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Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2000 20:42:33 -0500
From: Rob Kling <>


Announcing a new report from an NSF workshop:

Information Technologies in Human Contexts:
Learning from Organizational and Social Informatics
by Rob Kling, Holly Crawford, Howard Rosenbaum,
Steve Sawyer and Suzanne Weisband.

This newly released report can help you and your colleagues develop intellectually sound courses about the social and organizational aspects of computerization. Information Technologies in Human Contexts is the result of an NSF sponsored workshop and serves to introduce and make relevant the systematic and empirically-grounded body of research. It shows how sound systematic analysis can help information systems and computer science faculty (as well as others) better understand the consequences of their computerization proposals.

Faculty in many IS, CS and other IT programs are rethinking their curricula that examines the social and organizational aspects of IT. Chapter IV is a discussion of teaching and curricular issues about the social and organizational aspects of IT. It is written specifically for academic administrators (e.g., deans and department heads), members of curriculum committees, and teaching faculty. The chapter provides guidance for how to integrate techniques and concepts of the social analysis of computing into an IS or CS curriculum. Earlier chapters explain some of the key concepts of computing in organizations that derive form high quality, socially-grounded, research

The report also serves as an introduction to Social Informatics (SI). SI refers to the body of research and study that examines the social aspects of computerization -- including the roles of information technology in social and organizational change and the ways that the social organization of information technologies are influenced by social forces and social practices. SI includes studies and other analyses labeled: social impacts of computing, social analysis of computing, "computers and society," computer- mediated-communication (CMC) studies, information policy, organizational informatics, and other evocative names.

Information Technologies in Human Contexts:
Learning from Organizational and Social Informatics IS AVAILABLE (FREE) from the Center for Social Informatics @ Indiana University- Bloomington.

For related resources, conference links, course syllabi, discussion lists, etc., visit the Social Informatics web site at ---- Rob Kling
The Information Society (journal)
Center for Social Informatics
Indiana University
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Bloomington, IN 47405-3907 812-855-9763 // Fax: 855-6166

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