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Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:42:51 +0200
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Pedagogy & Physicalization: Designing Learning Activities around Physical Data Representations 

This workshop will be held as part of the DIS 2017 conference
June 10-14, Edinburgh, UK

Call for Participation  

In an age where data and their various representations proliferates many aspects of our professional and private lives, a new form of awareness and visual literacy is required that enables people to decipher, interpret, critically discuss and actively engage in activities around this public and/or personal data and its (visual) representations. Previous case studies have found Physicalization to be a productive way to introduce people of different ages, and with different backgrounds, to activities around data collection, processing, and representation.

This full-day workshop will provide a rich hands-on introduction to and reflection on questions around the pedagogy of Physicalization. We will explore current research questions, as well as approaches to engaging people into designing physical data representations, while critically reflecting on the role these choices play in a learning environment. 

The aim of this workshop is to: (1) discuss different learning scenarios in which Physicalization activities can be beneficial, (2) explore different approaches on how to introduce Physicalization activities to different learning audiences, and (3) to build a community of researchers and practitioners interested in the pedagogical aspects of Physicalization. 

We invite designers, educators, researchers and practitioners from all backgrounds to participate in our workshop, which will explore Physicalization as an activity to encourage active learning. Participants are invited to submit a 2-4 page position paper in ACM CHI Extended Abstract Format ( to mailto:[log in to unmask] by 27 April 2017. Toptics can include, but are not limited to, participants’ research or practical experience with applying Physicalization in educational and/or workshop scenarios from a teaching and/or methodological point of view.

Submissions will be peer reviewed by an interdisciplinary review-committee. At least one author of each accepted position paper must attend the workshop. 

Important Dates

Paper Submission deadline: 27 April 2017
Notification of acceptance: 12 May 2017
Workshop date: 11 June 2017


Trevor Hogan (Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland)
Uta Hinrichs (The University of St Andrews, UK)
Yvonne Jansen (Sorbonne Universités, France)
Samuel Huron (Mines-Télécom ParisTech, France)
Pauline Gourlet (University Paris 8 & EnsadLab, France)
Eva Hornecker (Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany)
Bettina Nissen (University of Edinburgh, UK)

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