IDC 2014 Workshop

Curriculum or Not Show Us How You Teach Interaction
Design and Children!


The workshop will be held the 17th of June from 11.00 to 13.00 in Aarhus, Denmark during Interaction Design and Children 2014 conference.

The workshop is now open to anyone interested in teaching IDC, also without position papers. To participate, please send an email to olof.torgersson@ait.gu.se and register to the conference http://idc2014.org/registration/.


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The workshop intends to bring together educators, researchers, designers, and practitioners to explore issues regarding interaction design and children, to discuss training needs from different perspectives, and to share best practice methods to teach designers how to design technologies for children. There is a growing awareness of the needs of children, but less focus on developing teaching modules for design methods and practices aiming at covering their needs. To improve the design practice in the area of design for children, it is necessary to not only study and improve methodology, but also to transfer the gained knowledge to new generations of designers to ensure its use in design. The overall aim of the workshop is to find ways to initiate discussions on an emerging interaction design curriculum with a specific focus on children.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • - experiences from teaching IDC
  • - best teaching practices / methods
  • - essential topics / literature / exercises / methods to be included in IDC teaching
  • - an IDC curriculum, what is that?

Researchers, practitioners, educators and designers from different disciplines involved and interested in designing for and with children, both practically and methodology wise, are welcome. The expected number of participants is about 15 people. We will consider the scope of issues that might arise when teaching IDC by asking workshop participants to draw on their individual experiences to present a case study or teaching methodology relating to the design of digital technologies (product or service) with children.

Interested participants are invited to prepare a ten minute informal presentation describing both theoretically and practically their best teaching method for a specific user group and a case where it has been practiced. The presentations will be gathered and distributed among the participants, so that each participant will return home with several new teaching materials. The goal is to point out directions in teaching design for and with children, from several perspectives.

Application to the workshop

We invite the submission of 2-4 page position papers offering perspectives on the workshop topics using the ACM CHI Extended abstract format www.sigchi.org. In the position papers authors are encouraged to include descriptions of their teaching or techniques they have used or are planning to use in teaching as well as their expectations of the workshop and the specific topics they would like to discuss. The submission should be sent to the workshop using the Easy Chair system: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=workshopidc2014.

Workshop activities

The workshop will take place the 17th of June at Aarhus, Denmark during IDC 2014 (idc2014.org) conference.
The workshop is planned to last for half a day from 11.00 to 13.00, with the following schedule:

  • - Welcome and Introduction by organizers
  • - Ten minutes presentations by participants
  • - Group Discussions
  • - Sum up and Future

Interested participants are invited to prepare a ten minute informal presentation describing both theoretically and practically their best teaching method for a specific user group and a case where it has been practiced.
The presentations will be gathered and distributed among the participants, so that each participant will return home with several new teaching materials. The goal is to point out the direction in teaching design for and with children, from several perspectives.

At least one author of each accepted one-page paper must attend the workshop and all participants must register for the workshop and for at least one day of the conference.

Position papers

Curriculum or Not Show Us How You Teach Interaction Design and Children!
Pdf IDC2014 workshop proposal DevideProjectPaper available for download - IDC2014 workshop proposal
Caterina Calefato, Eva Eriksson, Chiara Ferrarini, Olof Torgersson

Teaching Teen Co-Design: What Belongs in a Curriculum?
Pdf IDC2014 workshop 1 DevideProjectPaper available for download - IDC2014 workshop 1
Karen Fisher, Ann Bishop, Lassana Magassa and Phil Fawcett

The UPC model: Teaching IDC Through Evaluation of Children's Technology
Pdf IDC2014 workshop 2 DevideProjectPaper available for download - IDC2014 workshop 2
Shuli Gilutz

Sorry, There Is No Algorithm For That: Orienting Computer Science Students To IDC Issues And Processes
Pdf IDC2014 workshop 3 DevideProjectPaper available for download - IDC2014 workshop 3
Alyssa M. Alcorn , Helen Pain

Organizers

Caterina Calefato, ICOOR , Italy caterina.calefato@icoor.it

Eva Eriksson, Department of Applied IT, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden eva.eriksson@chalmers.se

Chiara Ferrarini, RE:Lab S.r.l., Italy chiara.ferrarini@re-lab.it

Olof Torgersson, Department of Applied IT, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.- olof.torgersson@chalmers.se

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