Teaching informatics to nonprofessionals: why, what and how?

  • Charles Duchâteau
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT)


Informatics is now fifty years old. Initially, only professionals used computers and it was quite easy to determine what the profile of these professionals was and, by consequence, to train them. Ten years ago a new reality appeared: nonprofessional users and thousands of software tools. As a consequence computer use is now appearing as a new field with its own mental representations, procedures and concepts. Several terms have been suggested to name this new domain: ‘informatics technology’, ‘information technology’, etc. There are links between this new field and informatics, but there are also many differences. In short: what must a user know about informatics systems, what concepts and principles make up the new discipline of ‘informatics for users’?


Informatics university education noninformatics majors curriculum (core) role of CIT 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles Duchâteau
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  1. 1.CeFISNamurBelgium

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