Course Name: Mobile Data Collection Using ODK
Venue: Tech for Development Training Center, Nairobi, Kenya
Event Date: 2nd to 6th Dec,2019
Course Fee: KES75,000 OR USD 1,100
Online Registration: Register here
Mobile Data Collection using ODK
ODK or Open Data Kit is a set of free and open source tools that are used for field data collection using android mobile phones (Devices) and allows data submission to an online or cloud server. The ODK – Open Data Kit ecosystem includes the following components: ODK Collect, ODK Build, XLSForm, ODK Aggregate and ODK Manage as the major components. Other tools in the ODK ecosystem include ODK Briefcase, ODK Aggregate VM, ODK XLSForm Converter, ODK Validate, GEOODK, ODK Scanner, ODK Printers and the ODK Sensor Framework.
The other tools that were inspired by the ODK ecosystem include but not limited to: Kobo tool box which is also free and open source, Ona.io and Survey CTO which have a free trial period and a premium version with added functionalities and unlimited survey data storage capacity.
Other commonly used mobile data collection tools include CSPro for android (CS Entry), Magpi (Regular data collection and also supports SMS data Collection), fulcrum, mobenzi, visitbasis, dimagi, zapier amongst many others.
This training course will focus on the popularly used free and open source tools for mobile data collection but will also give a mention to the other mobile data collection tools available.
If you have always wanted to learn how to collect, manage, visualize and analyze project field data using mobile phones and devices, this training course is for you.
Data collection has always been an integral part of development work. In the past, this task was performed with paper and pen which made it prone to error, difficult to conduct on a large scale, and high in transaction costs.
Mobile data collection (MDC) tools and technologies such as mobile devices and software such as Open Data Kit (ODK) that allow users to create surveys, collect, manage and upload data to storage facilities in real-time, have reduced the conventional challenges associated with remote data collection.
Open data kit, commonly referred to as ODK is a set of popular free and open source tools that allow us to collect data using mobile devices.
If you have always wanted to learn how to collect, manage and analyze data using mobile devices, this training course is for you.
Who should attend
This training course is suitable for anyone who is interested in learning how to collect and manage project data using mobile devices and Open Data Kit – ODK tools .
This course is designed for participants who are reasonably proficient in English and have an understanding of basic ICT concepts. No prior knowledge in ODK is required.
The course will introduce participants to tools and techniques to gather data for project/programme outcomes to stakeholders using innovative Mobile data collection tools such as ODK and other implementations of the ODK technologies.
At the end of the course, you will be able to design a mobile data collection , analysis and reporting platform using ODK.
Tools to be covered
Introduction to Mobile Data Collection (MDC)
Benefits of Mobile Data Collection (MDC)
Challenges facing Mobile Data Collection and their work around
Introduction to the ODK ecosystem
Introduction to basic ODK XLSForm syntax for survey authoring
Getting started – Survey authoring using ODK XLSForm
Types of questions
Data types for each question
Types of questionnaire and Form logic
Extended data types geoid, image and multimedia
Form Validation and Conversion for ODK
Converting XLSForm to xml forms using ODK xlsform.
ODK Validate for validating xml forms
Troubleshooting common syntax errors
Device calibration (Mobile Phones/Tablets) – ODK Collect
Introduction to ODK Collect
ODK Collect installation and configuration
Uploading forms into ODK Collect manually
Downloading form into ODK Collect from ODK Aggregate server
Hosting survey data (Online) – ODK Aggregate
Introduction to Google app engine for ODK
Introduction to ODK Aggregate
ODK Aggregate – Download and setup
ODK Aggregate administration and calibration
Data analysis in ODK aggregate
Intermediate Survey Authoring for ODK
New data types
Notes and dates
Multiple choice Questions
Multiple Language Support
Hints, metadata and more
Conditional Survey Branching
Skip: Asking Relevant questions
The specify (other)
Skipping many questions at once (Skipping a section)
Advanced Survey Authoring for ODK
Repeating a set of questions
Making dynamic calculations
Survey Styling and formatting – Working with the appearance column
Working with media files
Conducting Longitudinal surveys
Form Design using web platforms
Downloading data from ODK Aggregate
Introduction to ODK Briefcase
Download and setup ODK Briefcase
ODK Briefcase calibration and administration
Presentation of course project by participants
This instructor led training course is delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.
All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.
Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with a certificate of participation
This training course can also be tailored for your organization. This way, your organization will benefit by:
Using own datasets and tools during the training.
Being able to choose areas of interest you wish the trainer to put more emphasis on.
Taking the course in-house or at a venue of choice.
Cutting on the cost of transport and accommodation.
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