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Call for Participation for IFIP TC 13 WG 13.1 Workshop

TITLE:
"HCI--Theory or Practice in Education"

Co-Chairs:
   Matthias Rauterberg,          Chairman IFIP WG13.1
   Margaret Cox,                 Member IFIP WG3.3
   Clark Quinn,                  Member IFIP WG3.3
   Lars Oestreicher,             Vice-Chair IFIP TC13
   Markus Stolze,                IBM Zurich Research, Switzerland

Supported by:
   IFIP WG13.1 "Education in HCI and HCI Curriculum"
   IFIP WG3.3  "Research on Education Applications of IT"

DATE: Monday,  August 30, 1999; 9:00-17:00
      Tuesday, August 31, 1999; 9:00-13:00

LOCATION:
Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, Edinburgh EH14 4AS
(in conjunction with INTERACT'99 http://www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/i99/)

WORKSHOP FEE:
Pound Sterling 40 (incl. VAT, morning and afternoon refreshments)

ABSTRACT:
Human Computer Interaction now has an established place in the curricula of
many University departments. It is a necessary component in the professional
development schemes advocated by IFIP TC13, the ACM, the British Computer
Society, the IEEE and the IEE. This workshop will provide a forum for
practitioners to discuss 'leading edge' techniques and technologies for
teaching HCI in theory and/or practice.


KEYWORDS:
Human-Computer Interaction, Education, Tele-Teaching, Tele-Education


GOALS:

Identify ways that HCI education programs can get benefit from modern
teaching techniques. Identify ways that HCI can provide benefit for
education programs. Identify ways to increase collaboration between industry
and academia.
(1) Can we use multimedia technology to implement networks of teaching
excellence?
(2) What kind of support do we need for teaching both at undergraduate and
postgraduate level?
(3) Undergraduate teaching: professional development and accreditation; the
role for HCI within both the Software Engineering, Psychology and Sociology
curricula.
(4) Postgraduate teaching: what is a PhD in HCI?, what criteria should we
impose in a multi-disciplinary subject? how can those multi-disciplinary
criteria be defended within the traditional departmental structures of most
Universities?


FORMAT:

The workshop will last one and a half days. It will include approximately 20
participants. Prior to the workshop, participants will submit a position
paper that includes: (1) a description of their current experiences in
education either academic or industry, and (2) a description of a proposed
or hypothetical teaching project in their area.

Activities at the Workshop:

The primary activities at the workshop will take place in small working
groups. The working groups will be made up of 4-5 people. During the first
working group meeting, the first two goals of the workshop will be
addressed. Each group will develop two lists. One list will share multimedia
technology to implement networks of teaching excellence, and the other will
share strategies to support teaching both at undergraduate and postgraduate
level. For each suggestion on each list, participants will identify what
techniques, technology, skills or attributes this suggestion will help
develop. To address the third goal of the workshop, working groups will
devise conditions for professional development and accreditation. To address
the fourth goal of the workshop, working groups will compile conditions for
a PhD in HCI.
As the final activity of the workshop, these results will be presented to
the whole group. Finally, we intend to develop a web site of views and
position papers about the effective teaching of HCI.


Intended Participants and Audience:

The workshop primarily aims at scientists and practitioners that apply
'leading edge' techniques and technologies to solve practical teaching
problems. To attend the workshop, one should submit a position paper, a one
page extended abstract or a statement of interest. In case of too many
submissions, the program committee selects participants on expected the
contribution to the workshop discussion. Ideally, the audience contains a
mix of university and industrial participants.


Participation:

Deadline for submitting the position paper is JULY 23, 1999.
Please send an electronic version to [[log in to unmask]].
Register for this workshop at the INTERACT'99 conference secretary.


SCHOLARSHIPS:

Limited funds are available to provide support for HCI scientists from
Developing Countries in Asia, India, South America or Africa to attend
INTERACT'99. Applications will be received until the closing date 2nd July,
and should be sent to
Dr. Fabio Paterno, CNUCE-C.N.R., Via S.Maria 36, 56126 Pisa, Italy
Tel: +39 050 593 289
Fax: +39 050 904 052
email: [log in to unmask]
Further information and conditions for applying are available from the
conference website or from Dr. Paterno.
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