ITI- Feb 5th

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February 5, 2008   1 Information Technology & Informatics (04:189:103:01) The Design of Technology Tuesday, February 5, 2008 Voorhees Hall 105 Stew Mohr
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February 5, 2008 ITI 103 2 Today’s Agenda Review approach of first written assignment Reprise key concepts on social informatics Constructing technology systems to meet user’s needs (case study: Vannevar Bush’s Memex) Preview of creating a bibliography Review materials and readings for Thursday night’s class
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February 5, 2008 ITI 103 3 Review Initial Paper Approach - Argue for or Against Adoption of a New Technology. A BRIEFING PAPER for a senior staff member (President, CEO, etc.) in your hypothetical organization Take a stand. In your argument you may wish to tell what the other side would say. Use evidence in your paper from the information you find on the Web and on the library’s website. More details on the paper appear in the assignment explanation that is available in eCompanion. BE SURE TO READ AND FOLLOW DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY.
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February 5, 2008 ITI 103 4 Reprise Social Informatics Technology Social Context Social Informatics A body of research that examines the social aspects of computerization: “The interdisciplinary study of the design, uses and consequences of information technologies that takes into account their interaction with institutional and cultural contexts.” (Kling, 1999)
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February 5, 2008 ITI 103 5 Reprise the Productivity Paradox Productivity Paradox Fear of automation and losing jobs. The relationship between productivity and the investment in ICTs showed no real cause and effect. Do you think ICTs bring better productivity to your own work or in your workplace? Why or why not? Social explanations may provide insights: Systems developed in ways that lead to failures Systems not designed in ways to actually facilitate people’s work Underestimation of how much skilled work is required to derive value from systems (Kling, 1999, sec. 3.0)
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ITI 103 6 Reprise Socio-technical Information Systems People in various roles and relationships with each other and with other system elements Hardware (computer mainframes, workstations, peripherals, telecommunications equipment) Software (operating systems, utilities and application programs) Techniques and processes (management science models, voting schemes) Support resources (training/support/help) Information structures (content and content providers,
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