TU Wien:Digital Humanism VU (Werthner)

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Lecturers Erich PremMete SertkanJulia NeidhardtPeter KneesHannes Werthner
Alias Digital Humanism (en)
Department Information Systems Engineering
When winter semester
Last iteration 2019WS
Language English
Links tiss:194072
Master Business Informatics Wahlmodul EE/EXT - Enterprise Engineering Extension
Master Data Science Wahlmodul FDS/EX - Fundamentals of Data Science - Extension

Mattermost: Channel "digital-humanism"RegisterMattermost-Infos


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To Whom It May Concern

The first session of Digital Humanism lecture was awkward, to put it nicely.

As there were no tables available in the front of the room, the overall atmosphere was more like an event ("Veranstaltung") than a university lecture. Speakers sometimes moved even closer towards the students sitting in the front rows, basically intruding into their personal space, creating a rather strange situation, given that the students' faces were basically at the same level as the speakers' groin.

Of the four guest lectures planned for this course (which is part of 2 English-only Master's programmes, and thus offered in English), one was announced in German. This is an issue for international students who may not speak German, as evidenced by one student asking about the language of this guest lecture. Prof. Werthner replied (in German!) to ask about the student's knowledge of German and, after the student's reply, proceeded to assure them that the guest lecturer would have no accent and that students would be able to understand his Standard German.

Later on, during the role call, Prof. Werthner demanded that all students who did not speak German tell him about their German proficiency (or lack thereof - in front of everyone else!). This way, he wanted to decide whether it would be necessary to offer all guest lectures in English. Also during the role call, Prof. Werhner recognized the name and accent of one student as Italian, which prompted him to address the student in Italian. He started chatting in Italian about where the student was from, and how he knew the area. It is completely unnecessary, inappropriate and intrusive to question a student about their personal life during class. Additionally, all students with "foreign", i.e. not Austrian or German sounding, names were required to correct Prof. Werthner's pronunciation, resulting in a rather humiliating display for some.

On the organisational side, it was unclear which lectures would be starting c.t. and which would be starting s.t. (because the information in TISS contradicted the information on the flyers for the public lecture).

Furthermore, the TISS page said that attendance would be mandatory (even for the public lectures, which would in part be held in a language not all students would understand). During the introductory session, it was not made clear whether this requirement would be checked or enforced.

Finally, as a finale for the lecture, a 1.5 day long retreat happening outside of Vienna was announced for the last weekend of January (Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday). When Prof. Werthner said that some (or even all) cost for this excursion would be covered by the university, which came across as him bragging about the resources available to his group. Objections that not everyone would have the time to participate in this (again, mandatory!) part of the lecture were rejected without further discussion. This completely ignores the reality of many students who have to work to cover their cost of living, want to visit their families and/or friends on weekends or having to prepare for exams, or just do not want to partake in such mini conferences for whatever reason.


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