Author: Neil Ballantyne

Neil Ballantyne is the current Chair of the husITa board and a senior lecturer at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand.

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…


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…

Registration for husITa14 is now open

Registration for husITa14 in Melbourne, Australia is now open. husITa members (members of the husITa mailing list) can receive a discount in their husITa14 registration fees. Please note that early bird registration must occur before 2nd May 2014 For details see members fees at the SWSD site.