Dissassembling digital communication has become the latest skill of the students during the lecture at the Danube University Krems. Students learned to connect knowledge activities and psychological theories to facilitate digital communication, and ultimately build intuitive, easy to use tools. With the solid practical experience of the keen students, the lecture was highly interactive, and the newly acquired theoretical knowledge was translated into fruitful discussions of how to apply theories in the field. Be it standard collaborative tools such as google docs, highly specialized tools such as bits and pieces, or tools that make use of the wisdom of the crowd, such as social tagging systems – Sebastian Dennerlein and Stefan Schweiger of the WMF had everything covered.
In a “Christmassy” Thursday evening, and with the temperature indicating that it’s time to get together, the WMF decided to arrange its annual Christmas feast. The evening started by warming up in the atmospheric styrian Christmas market with some Glühwein. However with temperatures close to 0° “Herzl” was awaiting to warm our feet and most importantly our heart. The highlight of the evening? Of course five WMF associated members that joined our “get-together” and supported us in spending an evening full of interesting discussions and too much knowledge sharing. Topics of the evening included an overview of the WMF accomplishments during the last year, like the acquisition of three new members, teaching opportunities, the barcamp, as well as discussions and planning for future initiatives like further teaching opportunities, refocus on the mutual PhD support and the further development of the “Praxishandbuch”. The atmospheric evening gave the chance to both our new and old members to share experiences and ideas, as well as advices for the future steps. Above all it was an event full of joy and fun. From their full of knowledge hearts, the WMF members wish you merry Christmas and a happy new year. Until 2017!