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Eva Hornecker <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 2 Jun 2008 10:06:41 +0100
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Shareable Interfaces for Learning Workshop 2008

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 (

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  
( 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. (

Frederic Kaplan: Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (http://

Tom Moher: Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois,  

Submission and Participation

Please submit a 1-2 page position paper on the theme of the workshop  
by June 20 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. Some financial assistance is available to  
PhD students to enable participation.


University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
Inqbate Creativity Zone: Pevensey III building (http://

Time and Date

10am 11th – 3pm 12th September 2008


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)

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