Social informatics, 


Project-based learning, 

Continued multidisciplinary 

project-based learning, 

Competency-based learning, 

Agile learning, 

Blended learning, 

Organization development, 


Study program

Christa Weßel 

Social Informatics Experience

Learning about people and computers

ISBN 978-3-947287-14-7 | 2023 

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When did the digital era start? With the world wide web and the internet during the 1980ies and 1990ies? Earlier, with the astronauts and the men on the moon? Social Informatics (SI) has some answers and continues to explore, to develop and to evaluate. People who do social informatics come from disciplines such as sociology, psychology, philosophy, anthropology, historical sciences, economics, law and – of course – computer sciences. How can students learn about SI? ... and what? 


In 2017 and 2018 two groups of students and a teacher performed eight workshops: 

1. Getting started: Social net and electronic media. 

2. Exploration and evaluation: What do the users need? 

3. Internationalization and globalization: Life is a net. 

4. Product management and ethics: The art of balance between the technically feasible and social consequences. 

5. Life world and work world: In fact I live while I work. 

6. Hackathon: Let's work … and have fun. 

7. Digital Dexterity and Internet of Things: About handling the new. 

8. Synopsis: It's all about communication. 


This booklet contains some details and a case study, that investigated the design, implementation and evaluation of the workshop series. Written for  teachers, students, managers and other stakeholders in the world of people and computers, it is intended as an example and inspiration how to learn, teach and do social informatics at universities, in schools and in continued education. 



Learning about people and computers 


i Curriculum 


  Learning and teaching sociological basics in a technical context 

  SI | Guiding questions 

  SI | Content and learning objectives 

    Learning objectives and their realization 

    Module “Information technology and its social context” 

    Module “Social nets” 

SI | The workshop series 

  WS 1 | Getting started 

  WS 2 | Exploration and evaluation 

  WS 3 | Internationalization and globalization 

  WS 4 | Product management and ethics 

  WS 5 | Life world and work world 

  WS 6 | Hackathon 

  WS 7 | Digital dexterity and internet of things 

  WS 8 | Synopsis 

SI | Proofs of performance 


  Students’ research project (SRP)


ii The Case Study 

  Social Informatics Experience 

  1 Education in Social Informatics 

  2 Learning and Teaching 

  3 Case Study Considering Action Research and Triangulation 

    3.1 Case study 

    3.2 Action research 

    3.3 Triangulation 

  4 SI Workshop Series 

    4.1 Research questions 

    4.2 Data 

    4.3 Setting 

    4.4 Workshop topics and contents 

    4.5 Case 1: Summer term 2017 

    4.6 Case 2: Winter term 2017/2018 

    4.7 Cases 1 and 2: Workload 

    4.8 Study programme for SI: students’ design 

  5 Discussion 

  6 Conclusion and Outlook 

  Additional Information and Declarations 

  Appendix A: Learning Concepts 

    A.1 Competency-based learning 

    A.2 Continued multidisciplinary project-based learning  

    A.3 Agile learning and teaching  

    A.4 Blended learning 

  App. B: Organization Development in Learning and Teaching 

  Appendix C: Social Informatics Curriculum  

  Appendix D: Proofs of Performance 



iii Actors 



  Study programs and courses 


  Index: Keywords, abbreviations, persons 

  back cover text