Events organized by IFIP WG 13.1

overview over regular events see HRCIN

Workshop: Teaching HCI: Looking at Other Disciplines
held at INTERACT 2003:

Subject disciplines often have distinguishable educational methods depending on the nature of the subject and the target audience. Some of these methods are seen as unique or unconventional, but can also add value to other disciplines when applied. The main theme of this workshop is on a critical comparison of educational methods of a variety of disciplines related or adjacent to human-computer interaction (HCI) and how these can inform the teaching of various aspects of HCI.

6th Educators Workshop: Effective Teaching and Training in HCI:
You are invited to participate in the 6th British HCI Group "HCI Educators' Workshop", being hosted by Napier University School of Computing in Edinburgh, on Monday 31st March and Tuesday 1st April 2003. 
The HCI curriculum continues to expand, while students are presented with an increasing variety of ways to learn. Through a mixture of invited speakers, interactive sessions, and posters, including plenty of opportunity for discussion and exchange of experiences, the workshop aims to provide a highly participative forum in which to explore the widening range, multifarious contexts and innovative methods of HCI teaching and training. The workshop will be structured around key themes. Invited speakers will lead off the discussion, and their presentations will be followed by interactive sessions.

Workshop on  'Teaching Usability and User-Centered Design Techniques to Software Engineers'--a required step for cost-effectively integrating usability concerns and user-centered design techniques in software engineering
held at IFIP WCC 2002
This workshop is an open forum for the discussion of the usability topics that should be taught to software engineers, the people who make most of the user interface design decisions that affect usability. We will also discuss the design, implementation and validation of the learning resources to effectively teach such topics. A sub-goal of this workshop is to explore educational avenues for integrating user-centered design in software engineering, computer and information science education.

Workshop on Developing educational material for HCI: validation and quality control issues
held at INTERACT 2001

The workshop identified resources to complement existing HCI literature as the main concept to be pursued. Issues to be considered include the identification of resources to enable educators and learners, how to make these resources accessible to educators around the world, the topics to be covered, and the evaluation and validation of resources. The general consensus was that the material to be collected, developed, and recorded should focus on topics that are not exactly textbook topics, and should try not to duplicate the material generally found in textbooks. The material should rather support the theory provided in the textbooks. Each example should be explained and linked to associated theoretical issues. In cases where the theory is incomplete or absent from available textbooks, the associated theoretical background should be provided as explanatory text, or appropriate references to assessable sources should be provided.

Workshop on Developing educational material for HCI
held at NordiCHI 2000

The workshop emphasised the need for material that supported the forming of an HCI mindset in the students, something that traditional textbooks do not do. The rationale for this workshop was to investigate the possibilities to provide the HCI community with a qualitative source of educational material, which is useful, easily accessible, and affordable.

Workshop on HCI--Theory or Practice in Education
held at INTERACT 1999

HCI now has an established place in the curricula of many University departments. It is a necessary component in the professional development schemes advocated by IFIP TC13, the ACM, the British Computer Society, the IEEE and the IEE. This workshop will provide a forum for practitioners to discuss 'leading edge' techniques and technologies for teaching HCI in theory and/or practice.

Workshop on Teaching HCI and Design of Interactive Systems
held at INTERACT 1997

In this workshop the issue of integration of HCI education in the curricula of different countries and disciplines is revisited with participants from countries not represented in earlier workshops. The discussion is intended to focus in part on comparison of present approaches in different countries and subject areas. The expected result is a set of outlines for recommendations to serve as the basis for further development of HCI related education after the workshop.

Workshop TeaDIS - Teaching Design of Interactive Systems - Schaerding (Austria) 20 - 23 May 1997 
This workshop was held over 3 working days in Shaerding, Austria in May of 1997, the initial emphasis was on attempting to engage the participants in developing a common vision of the ideal way to teach design of interactive systems. The goal was to try to break free of the constraints imposed by different working environments, disciplines and organizational burdens to envision the future of teaching HCI Design. The follow up discussions were focused on attempting to use the common vision to derive recommendations for various educational settings. Preparation of a report on the position papers, the conclusions and recommendations, and the other results of this workshop is in progress.

Workshop on Advances in Teaching the HCI Design Process, 
held at INTERCHI 1993:

In this workshop the emphasis was upon presentation of and practice with HCI design concepts, with four presentations by guest speakers articulating a variety of views. One of the important results of this workshop was a recognition on the part of many participants that tension and uncertainty are both a natural and a healthy part of teaching HCI design. Arising from different teaching approaches, different disciplines, different emphases on design product and design process, and different teaching philosophies, the underlying tensions and uncertainties in teaching HCI design can be used to improve the teaching-learning environment for both student and teacher (Gasen, Preece, Gorny, & Hewett, 1994).

Workshop on Education in HCI: Transcending Disciplinary and National Boundaries, 
held at INTERACT 1990:

In this workshop the initial discussions quickly revealed that the structure of a university education in each of the countries represented at the workshop was different enough that discussing curricula within these structures was relatively difficult and that there was a strong need to establish a common terminology. The workshop participants also discovered that the different educational structures had a major impact on the ability to cross disciplinary boundaries, a necessity for the field of HCI. After the workshop participants had laid out the different structures of education, they identified the professional categories which students were being educated and trained to fill. These categories were: The Researcher, The Professionally Oriented Researcher, The Research Oriented Professional, and The Professional. In this workshop there was both strong and profound agreement on the categories, even though the academicpaths leading to them were different (Mantei, Hewett, Eason & Preece, 1991).


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