Emerging technologies are fundamentally changing how we plan, develop and manage our urban areas. Likewise, planning professionals are increasingly being called on to adopt new technologies to plan, communicate planning concepts and engage citizens in the planning process.

Here’s why you should consider this course:

  • This fast-paced and practical course provides an introduction to fundamental technology concepts needed by planners to evaluate and manage planning-related technology projects.
  • The course builds on these fundamental concepts to introduce a variety of Internet technologies that can be used to support planning and policy efforts. The course also provides a conceptual framework for evaluating new technologies.
  • Through a series of projects, students will gain hands-on experience with each of the technologies discussed.
  • Upon completion of the course, students will have a published website and portfolio of technology projects to demonstrate to potential employers.
  • The top student final projects will be edited and published by Planetizen Press.
  • The course is focused on delivering training on basic technology fundamentals, as well as hands on-experience with ten important technologies that can be used in policy and planning today.

We will discuss the following Technology Fundamentals:

  • Web 2.0, Web 3.0
  • Web publishing
  • Web security
  • Web content management systems
  • IT project management
  • Databases
  • Section 508 Accessibility
  • Search engine optimization
  • Web analytics

We will work with the following Technology Tools:

  • Blogging & Micro blogging (WordPress, Twitter)
  • Photo and video sharing (Flickr, YouTube)
  • Content aggregation (RSS, Google Alerts)
  • Project collaboration tools (Basecamp, Wikipedia, PBWorks)
  • Web Surveys (Google, SurveyMonkey, Wufoo)
  • Social networking (Facebook, LinkedIn)
  • Mashups (Google Maps)
  • Virtual reality environments (SecondLife)
  • Public participation, Crowdsourcing (MailChimp, UserVoice, TextMarks, Poll Everywhere)
  • Online Meetings (Skype, DimDim, SecondLife, GoToWebinar)


During this course, students will:

  • Gain hands-on experience with a wide range of Internet technologies.
  • Develop your own “consulting services” website, demonstrating how these technologies can be applied for clients.
  • Understand how Internet technologies can be applied in the fields of planning and policy.
  • Understand how to manage a technology project.
  • Gain familiarity with fundamental technology concepts.