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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 

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 
6th 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. Some financial assistance is available to PhD students 
to enable participation.


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

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)

Eva Hornecker (Dr. / PhD)

Pervasive Interaction Lab, Dept. of Computing
Open University, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA, UK

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