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*Student Funding and Extended Workshop Deadline - Shareable  
Interfaces for Learning
11-12 September 2008, University of Sussex *

The extended deadline for position papers is coming close -  31st  
July 2008.

We are also now able to provide funding including substantial travel  
and accommodation
costs for postgraduate students. Funded places will be allocated,  
subject to acceptance,
on a first come first serve basis.

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

We are organizing a workshop on Shareable Interfaces and Learning to  
be held in the
innovative Sussex University Creativity Zone on the 11-12 September  
2008. The aim is to
draw together research on the design of shareable interfaces to  
support learning from
researchers and practitioners working in areas such as psychology,  
education, computing,
HCI and architecture. It follows on from the highly successful  
workshop on shareable
interfaces held last year at the Open University (http:// 
mcs.open.ac.uk/pm5923/si2007/).

Shareable interfaces are designed to support co-located  
collaboration. They include
technologies such as interactive multi-touch whiteboards, walls and  
tables, tangibles,
single display groupware or multiple personal devices used to  
interact with a shared
representation. These technical  innovations provide both  
opportunities and challenges to
educators and designers who aim to design systems to support co- 
located collaborative
learning. On the one hand, these technologies would intuitively seem  
to support
collaborative activity better than the single user PC or the one-to- 
many PowerPoint
presentation. On the other hand, there are few design frameworks or  
systematic
evaluations of shareable technologies to guide their design and  
deployment.
Experience has shown that investment in technology in educational  
settings can be
problematic in the absence of clear guidelines about its best use.

This workshop, sponsored by the ShareIT project (www.shareitproject.org
<http://www.shareitproject.org/>) will draw together current themes  
and topics and
address the potential of different sorts of shareable technologies  
for supporting co-located
collaborative learning.

The workshop will feature 3 invited talks and several activity  
sessions to ground
discussion and provide a shared focus. The invited speakers will be:

Edith Ackermann: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of  
Architecture.
(http://web.media.mit.edu/~edith/) <http://web.media.mit.edu/%7Eedith/ 
%29>

Frederic Kaplan: Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
(http://www.fkaplan.com/en/index.xml)

Tom Moher: Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois,
(http://www.evl.uic.edu/moher/)

Submission and Participation

Please submit a 1-2 page position paper on the theme of the workshop  
by 20th June to:
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In order to facilitate cohesive discussion participation will be  
based on accepted
submissions only.

Participation is free and will be funded by the ShareIT project.  
Lunch and refreshments
during the workshop will be provided. There will be a charge of £30  
for the conference
dinner to be paid in cash on arrival at the workshop. Financial  
assistance is available to
PhD students to enable participation.


Location

University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
Inqbate Creativity Zone: Pevensey III building (http:// 
www.inqbate.co.uk/)

Time and Date

10am 11th –- 3pm 12th September 2008

Further information will appear at: http://shareitproject.org/index.php?
page=Workshop2008


Organisers:

Amanda Harris and Nicola Yuill (Department of Psychology, University  
of Sussex,
Brighton, UK),
Paul Marshall, Eva Hornecker and Yvonne Rogers (Pervasive Interaction  
lab, The Open
University,
Milton Keynes, UK)

-- 
Dr Amanda Harris
Research Fellow
Department of Psychology
University of Sussex
Brighton
UK

Tel: + 44 (0) 1273 678501
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