INTERACT Workshop on HCI Education

Call for Papers

Challenges from the Future: Bridging the gaps through HCI Education
INTERACT2013 Workshop, September 2, 2013, Cape Town, South Africa

The field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) research is currently
being posed with many new challenges. These are being triggered by the rapid
advancement of technology, in areas such as social media, mobile and
ubiquitous computing, and gestural user interfaces. Simultaneously, the
HCI research field is going through a series of paradigmatic changes in
itself, from user interface design, to interaction design and user experience
design. While it is good to see that HCI is keeping up with the
developments in the world, this leaves HCI Education in a challenging, and sometimes
difficult, situation. While most of the Œold¹ knowledge about how people interact with
computers (or machines) may still be useful and true, there is a wealth of new
knowledge that is not included in the old curricula. What do the existing HCI resources, guidelines and textbooks say about  these issues? How should we develop our teaching in order to keep up with the development both in the field and the application areas? Another
interesting point for reflection is how the HCI Education prepares the students to
design for special target users (for e.g. older adults and children)
and for specific target domains (such as health and open or gamified
education)? Finally, how do we balance the inclusion of these topics with the ones
that are already part of the HCI curricula?

We invite position papers up to six pages in Springer LNCS format
ats/> . We ask authors to
include their personal views and problem statements concerning the HCI
Education in the future, as well as possible approaches to solving these. We
encourage creative and challenging position papers, and welcome participants from
a broad range of disciplines including pedagogy, computer science,
interaction design, interactive arts, psychology, ethnography, cognitive science
and design sciences.

Possible contributions may include but are not limited to:
– alternative teaching methods
– literature suggestions and critique
– examination methods
– studio-based learning
– non-formal education methods
– didactics of applied HCI
– new interface and interaction technology
– student perspectives on HCI Education

We also warmly welcome papers discussing results of new approaches to
HCI teaching. Please send your submissions to by May
12th. Authors will be notified of acceptance by May 21st.
The final workshop schedule will be available on the workshop website
( for participants and others
interested in the topic.
Keep designing and educating, and looking forward to seeing you in Cape
Town, Paula Alexandra Silva & Lars Oestreicher

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