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 

eBook: 150 pages

Open Access: PDF ... | online ... 

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.