Teaching the Socio-Technical Practices of Tomorrow Today

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dc.contributor.author Anderson, Theresa Dirndorfer
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-17T00:54:17Z
dc.date.accessioned 2012-12-15T01:34:49Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-17T00:54:17Z
dc.date.available 2012-12-15T01:34:49Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-60566-264-0
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2100/844
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/19492
dc.description.abstract This chapter explores the challenges associated with teaching the principles of socio-technical systems in the dynamic climate that characterizes work in today’s—and tomorrow’s—world. Avoiding a “socio-technical gap” involves preparing the designers of tomorrow in such a way that they can anticipate society’s future needs and technology’s future potential and prospective peril. By way of a narrative that draws on the author’s own experiences teaching social informatics (SI) as part of an information studies degree program, this chapter discuss how her own research perspective in relation to socio-technical and social networking systems coevolves with the classroom experience. The case study offers examples of tutorial activities and assessments to illustrate how the suggested approach to teaching and learning can be applied in an STS classroom. Habits are useful but they can also be deadly. They are useful when the conditions in which they work are predictable and stable. But what happens if and when the bottom falls out of the stable social world in and for which we learn? Is it possible that learning itself—learning as we have come to enact it habitually—may no longer be particularly useful? Could it be that the very habits that have served us so well in stable times might actually become impediments to social success, even to social survival? en_AU
dc.language.iso en en_AU
dc.publisher Information Sciences Reference (an imprint of IGI Global) en_AU
dc.relation.ispartofseries 2 en_AU
dc.rights This chapter appears in Information Science Reference edited by Whitworth, Brian and de Moor, Aldo, Copyright 2009, IGI Global, www.igi-global.com. Posted by permission of the publisher.
dc.subject Online social networks en_AU
dc.subject Internet--Social aspects en_AU
dc.subject Information technology--Social aspects en_AU
dc.title Teaching the Socio-Technical Practices of Tomorrow Today en_AU
dc.type Book chapter en_AU

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