Author: Neil Ballantyne

Neil Ballantyne is a member of the husITa board and a Senior Lecturer at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand.

Winners of the Best Human Services App Award 2017

husITa is delighted to announce the winners of the Best Human Services App Award 2017. The award recognizes outstanding software applications that support husITa’s mission to promote the ethical and effective use of information technology to better serve humanity. Submissions were judged by a panel of three (two husITa Board Members and one app developer) using a set of seven criteria…

Best Human Services App Award 2017

husITa is proud to announce the Best Human Services Application Award 2017. This award is designed to encourage and support the development of innovative and effective human service applications. We have decided to make the award an annual event with a different app award each year: one year the award will be for the best human services app; the next for the best…

Board election results announced

The husITa board approved the results of the 2016 husITa ballot, many thanks to the 46 members of our mailing list who selected five from a slate of seven excellent nominees, they were spoiled for choice. Congratulations to Gareth Morgan and Yu-Cheung Wong, our existing board members, who have both been elected for a further three-year term. Welcome aboard to three new board members…

Reflecting on husITa16

As many readers will be aware husITa16 – the 10th international conference of husITa – was held in Seoul, Korea as part of the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development. Over 2,500 delegates from over 80 countries worldwide attended the event. This is the third occasion in which husITa have coordinated the technology subtheme inside the world conference with previous…

husITa history: CUSSN archive released.

We are delighted to announce the release of our digitized archive of the newsletters of the Computer Use in Social Services Network (CUSSN). CUSSN was formed by a group of US human service technology specialists meeting at a Council of Social Work Education conference in Louisville Kentucky in 1981. The contents of the CUSSN newsletters reveal the preoccupations of human service technologists…

SWSD16

husITa16 to be held in Seoul, South Korea as part of SWSD2016

Our next international conference husITa16 will be in held in Seoul, South Korea as part of the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development.  husITa will be reviewing and coordinating all symposia, workshops and papers submitted on the subtheme human service technology. Submissions are now open for symposia, workshops and abstracts and a conference discount is available to all member of the husITa mailing…

People and technologies

Making sense of our tangled sociotechnical world.

In this blog post, Neil Ballantyne describes the paper he presented at #husita14. The paper was selected for inclusion in the special husITa14 issue of the Journal of Technology in Human Services. I’d like you to join me in a thought experiment. Let’s imagine that you wake up one morning to discover that something very peculiar has occurred. All human technologies…

Designing learning in the attention economy

When petabytes of data are accessible to anyone with a digital device, information is no longer a scarce commodity.  In the information age it is human attention that is in short supply.  This is a well known problem for anyone with a message to communicate on the internet. It’s an even bigger issue for those of us designing learning materials, especially online…