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Susanne Jul <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 19 Jul 2005 21:35:01 -0700
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Call for Participation

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BLURRING THE BOUNDARIES BETWEEN LEARNING, ENJOYING AND WORKING
A one-day Critical Computing Workshop
Susanne Jul, Organizer
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http://www.sjul.org/boundaries05
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Critical Computing
20-24 August 2005
Aarhus, Denmark
http://www.aarhus2005.org
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POSITION PAPERS due Aug 1

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BOUNDARIES BETWEEN LEARNING, ENJOYING AND WORKING
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People learn (only) in school, are productive (only) at work and enjoy
themselves (only) elsewhere, right?  No? That's the impression often
imparted by information technology: entertainment software is distinct
from productivity tools and both differ from educational technology.
Blurring the boundaries between learning, enjoying and working will be
increasingly critical as information technology matures, becomes more
diverse and enters new dimensions of human existence. This need is
already evident, for example, in efforts to incorporate "fun" as a
design value for productivity tools, or to support understanding and
solving of real-world problems in educational technologies.

Research and design communities also reflect these boundaries, differing
in values, practices and expertise. For instance, educational designers
emphasize "reflective design" (stressing interpretation, understanding
and reasoning), whereas productivity designers emphasize "behavioral
design" (stressing use and experience), while entertainment designers
emphasize "visceral design" (stressing appearance, touch, and feel).
Development of boundary-blurring technologies will require understanding
ways and implications of crossing the boundaries in both research and
design settings.

The purpose of the workshop is to examine, systematically, opportunities
for and implications of research, design and development of integrated
technologies, and explore ways of helping designers and researchers to
cross boundaries. The objectives of the workshop are to develop an
understanding of the opportunities for, limitations of and issues raised
by blurring boundaries, and to outline a research agenda for
technologies that allow people simultaneously to learn, enjoy themselves
and be productive, and to do so across all the settings -- work, home,
play -- in which they conduct their lives.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS
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Topics for discussion will primarily be derived from participants'
suggestions and interests. However, they might include:

* Implications and Opportunities for Integrated Technologies
    - Are there venues for integrated technologies that are particularly
      appropriate or inappropriate?
    - Do integrated technologies pose special social or ethical concerns?
    - What conflicts might blurring boundaries present? E.g., automating
      subtasks to increase productivity vs. exposing them to increase 
learning.
    - Do integrated technologies introduce new or specialized computational
      problems?

* Benefits of Integrating Technologies
    - How might research or design communities benefit from looking across
      boundaries?
    - What do different research and design communities have to offer each
      other?

* Process and Methodological Changes
    - Do design processes and methodologies differ for different spheres of
      purpose or types of design, and what changes are needed for integrated
      technologies?
    - Do research questions and methods differ by purpose or type of design,
      and what changes are needed for integrated technologies?

* Research Agenda
    - How might viewing technology across boundaries affect research, design
      and development?
    - What research questions might be raised or answered by integration?
    - What research questions must be answered to achieve integration?
    - How can opportunities for research, design and development across
      boundaries be created and supported?

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IMPORTANT DATES
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Aug 1:    Position papers due
Aug 8:    Notification of acceptance

Aug 20:   Workshop takes place in Aarhus, Denmark

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