Social Informatics Experience

Version 3 submitted

Encouraging news from one reviewer (the other was not that optimistic) and the managing editor: proceed, just a minor revision of the paper. It is still not certain, whether the journal will accept the paper. I embrace the opportunity to publish this version here in "blog & books" and thus to tell the story of the case study. 


Social Informatics Experience:

Learning and teaching sociological basics in a technical context. A case study.


in short:

To be able to play an active role in the design, creation and development of a networked society students, scholars and practitioners need basic knowledge in social informatics. At a university of applied sciences students attended a one-term seminar that consisted of eight two-day workshops. The students learned and used theories, concepts and methods of social informatics (SI) focusing on the sociological part of SI. The learning and teaching approach is based upon competency-based learning. It enables students to explore a certain field. This is implemented by means of organization development, project-based learning, agile learning and teaching plus blended learning. It empowers teacher and students to work together efficiently, effectively and with joy. To learn how and why this approach worked, an embedded two-case case study investigated the design, implementation and evaluation of the workshop series. Finally the paper describes impediments to the communication and understanding of the term and the field social informatics and sketches ideas how to deal with it concerning study programs and the value social informatics can contribute to challenges like a pandemic. 


Enjoy ... SIE 15 Dec 2021


Christa Weßel - Thursday, 16 Dec 2021


[CW 25 Jan 2022: article is published; thus I erased the link to the submitted version 3]

  • Weßel, C. (2021). Social Informatics Experience: A Case Study on Learning and Teaching Sociological Basics in a Technical Context. Acta Informatica Pragensia, 10(3), 211–235. https://doi.org/10.18267/j.aip.170


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