[SIGCIS-Members] SHOT 2013 SIG teaching panel, comments online

Marie Hicks mhicks1 at iit.edu
Sat Sep 28 13:13:47 PDT 2013

Hi all,

As I mentioned recently, this year there will be a panel on the main
SHOT program discussing how SIG concerns are integrated into teaching.
As part of SHOT's new website launch, comments from this panel and
several other roundtables are being made available in advance (at
http://shot-talk.org). I'll be representing the SIGCIS at this
teaching panel, and I've posted a draft of my comments on the SIGCIS
blog (first paragraph is below, rest is at:
http://www.sigcis.org/node/380). Thank you to all those who responded
with suggestions and insights as I was preparing these remarks. Feel
free to leave comments on the blog post as well.

Please come to the panel if you can--the full title of the panel is
"Integrating SHOT SIG Concerns into the Teaching of History of
Technology: Rethinking Modes of Instruction in a Diverse Communities"
and it takes place on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. It
is part of the President's Roundtable program.


Learning about Infrastructure, and Infrastructures for Learning:
Insights on Pedagogy from the SIGCIS

Our SIG is sometimes viewed as the “computer history SIG” and while
that forms an important part of what we do, I would like to start by
emphasizing that it is only one part of what we do. Members of our SIG
work on topics ranging from telegraphy to labor history, and from
voice recognition to video games. Collectively, we are interested in
much more than a narrowly-defined computing history: our mandate is to
study how computers, information, and society interact, shaping the
human experience in the process. As a result, one of the main teaching
goals of the SIGCIS is to help students learn how to contend with
technologies of infrastructure that creep into all aspects of our
lives, from the broadest to the most personal level. (Read the rest at

Marie Hicks, Ph.D.
Asst. Professor, History of Technology
Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL USA
mhicks1 at iit.edu | mariehicks.net | @histoftech

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