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IFIP WG 13.1 "Education in HCI and HCI Curriculum" organizes in conjunction with INTERACT 2001 a workshop on:

INTERACT 2001, the Eighth IPIP TC 13 Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, takes place in Tokyo, Japan, in July (see

Workshop Dates: 9 - 10 July 2001


Please Note: If you have any problems with submitting the position paper or need guidance in drawing up the paper, please contact one of the organisers for assistance.


An HCI Education Workshop was held in 1999 during the INTERACT 99 Conference in Edinburgh. Among the topics that were discussed was the relative lack of good textbooks in the area.  Most of the existing textbooks being used turned out to be too wide, too unspecific, or not suitable for a complete course in human-computer interaction (HCI). The workshop also emphasised the need for material that supported the forming of an HCI mindset with the student, something that the traditional textbooks don't do. Furthermore there was a suggestion to construct an example database with good or useful examples of teaching materials that would allow people to avoid to reinvent the wheel in their teaching. Some of the ideas of this workshop have been documented in a report (see ).

A follow-up workshop on the development of educational material for HCI was held in 2000 at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, coinciding with the NordiCHI 2000 conference (see for a draft report). The rationale of this workshop was to investigate alternative possibilities to provide the HCI community with a qualitative resource of educational material, which is useful, accessible, and affordable, where the focus is on topics that are not exactly textbook topics, but which in many cases can be used to augment the available textbooks. The first part of the workshop focussed on a discussion of suitable types of materials to be published in this way, while the second part of the workshop focussed on criteria to be placed on the material (essentially creating a template for contributions to this database).

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.

To initiate the discussions on the needed sources, four main questions were raised and from these questions a number of recommendation and resolutions were made:
1.  What resources are required to enable educators and learners?
2.  What is required to make these resources useful? How would one use the resources to teach HCI?
3.  Which topics need to be covered?
4.  How to evaluate / validate resources / topics?

It was recommended that the resources needed should as far as possible be directed towards a distributed teaching context, that is, they should not require the support of an HCI network. Several types of material were identified and envisaged as typical material that would be both valuable and useful to all parties concerned. This material should focus on actual content and should not be confused with an HCI bibliography.

A framework was identified which could be used to record and organise these sources, including examples, exercises, assignments, examination support, posters, cartoons, textbook chapters, and specialised lectures. 

The last two questions stayed unanswered during the previous two workshops and call for further investigation and study. One or more curricula developments could be used for the purpose of establishing the topics to be covered by the resources. But the most pressing issue still remains quality control or verification of the material to be stored in the repository and enforcing such control. Without such control the material would be just another useless source of information. This is important follow-up work that needs to be addressed.


We cordially invite interested participants to submit 2-page position papers to this workshop on education in HCI, stating their teaching experience and position with respect to HCI education both in a academic and/or industrial settings, or the development of web-based educational resources. We especially would like to encourage the statements to relate to the main workshop topics, as described above. Participants need not have been involved in any of the previous workshops of the group. Since the results of this workshop and the previous workshops are aimed at developing an international resource, any newcomers to the group would be welcomed in order to make the envisaged material as wide as possibly applicable and relevant. We would especially appreciate participants from developing countries to join the workshop. 


Please submit electronic versions of position papers in Rich Text Format (rtf), following the INTERACT 2001 short paper format, to: Lars Oestreicher at [log in to unmask] , not later than 30 April 2001. 

Although the position papers are limited to 2 pages, additional supporting material is welcomed and may be submitted.

See the style guides on the INTERACT 2001 website ( for the paper format, or contact one of the workshop organizers.


4.1 Schedule and Activities

The workshop will be organized as a two-day workshop, from 9 to 10 July 2001, where the first day will be devoted to the discussion of quality control measures and validation procedures that can be applied to the materials to be published in distributed resource (issue 4 above). On the second day of the workshop we propose to work in groups, focusing on specific topics and appropriate types of material that would be suitable for contributions to the data resource, and on how to implement the results practically. Sample educational material will be provided to the participants for discussion during both days. Ideally one outcome from the workshop could be a prototypical database, containing good examples for other authors to follow together with a sample of associated documentation. Although the workshop builds on results from previous workshops, it is assumed that any person interested in HCI education issues will be able to participate in the workshop.

4.2 Results
The results of the workshop will be presented as a poster during the conference, as well as in a report, to be published afterwards. 

4.3 Number of participants
Maximum 20.


Paula Kotzé, Lars Oestreicher, Matthias Rauterberg, and Mark Toleman

Paula Kotzé, PhD (York, UK), Professor and Head of Department, Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, University of South Africa. Paula has vast experience in teaching and research, including a variety of topics in HCI, formal software specification, databases as well as educational issues. She has developed courseware for all levels of tertiary education, and has supervised a large number of graduate students.
Contact details: Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, University of South Africa, P O Box 392, UNISA, 0003, South Africa
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Lars Oestreicher, PhL, Lecturer in HCI, Department of Information Science, Uppsala University, Sweden. Lars has experience in teaching subjects ranging from basic HCI courses, task analysis, and usability testing, through to cognitive science on graduate levels. He also presents an annual module on task analysis at the Technical University in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
Contact details: Department of Information Science, Uppsala University, P O Box 513, 751 20 Uppsala, Sweden
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Matthias Rauterberg, PhD (Zurich), Professor for Human Communication Technology and Director of the Postgraduate School for User-System Interaction Design at the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. Matthias has held teaching and research positions at the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg (Germany), University of Oldenburg (Germany), and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. He has teaching and research experience in computer science, industrial engineering, and man-machine interaction.
Contact details: IPO, Center for User-System Interaction, Eindhoven University of Technology, P O Box 513, 5600 Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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Mark Toleman, PhD (Queensland), Senior Lecturer Department of Mathematics and Computing and Deputy Associate Dean in the Faculty of Sciences, University of Southern Queensland, and Associated Academic University of Queensland, Australia. Mark has extensive teaching and research experience, including subjects in HCI, artificial intelligence, discrete mathematics, software engineering, and programming. He has developed an on-line course in graphical user interface programming.
Contact details: Department of Mathematics & Computing, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, 4350, Australia
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Prof. Paula Kotze

Head of Department
Computer Science and Information Systems
University of South Africa
P O Box 392

Telephone: +27-(0)12-4296817
Fax: +27-(0)12-4296655
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