Courses

The SIGCHI EC voted on October 20th 2019 to take this guidance offline as the authorship of this guidance is the now the responsibility of the CHI steering committee. [This advice is deprecated after CHI 2020]

SIGCHI strongly supports Human Computer Interaction education for researchers and practitioners at all levels at CHI and our Specialized Conferences.

Our SIGCHI sponsored conference, CHI, has an established track record of offering a wide variety of courses. SIGCHI sponsored Specialized Conferences are also strongly encouraged to offer specialism-relevant courses at CHI and in their own conferences. This page below provides an overview of courses while our “Advice for SIGCHI Conference Chairs” provides more practical advice for CHI and Specialized Conference chairs.

SIGCHI sponsored conferences both specialized and CHI are encouraged to offer three kinds of courses

  • foundational concepts for newcomers and those wanting to revisit and refresh their knowledge of HCI as an area of research and practice
  • specialized courses focused on depth in specific established and/or emerging areas and
  • technical skills and methodology courses which offer hands-on practical skill development.

As our premier international conference on human-computer interaction foundational courses must be offered at CHI. In addition, balance across these three types of courses should be carefully managed in each year’s CHI program.

Examples of HCI Foundation courses offered every year at CHI include:

Course
Instructors
Conference
Intro to HCI
Jonathan Lazar and Simone Barbosa
Empirical Research Methods for HCI
Scott MacKenzie and Steven Castellucci
Methods for Human-Computer Interaction Research
Sandy Gould, Duncan Brumby, Anna Cox, Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Jettie Hoonhout, David Lamas, Effie Law

Specialised courses offered at CHI vary from year to year. In the past, courses have included:

Course
Instructors
Conference
What HCI can do for Citizen ScienceI
Jennifer Preece and Anne Bowser
Designing for Seniors
Ron Baecker
Design for Searching & Finding
Daniel Russell, Jaime Teevan, Meredith R Morris, Marti Hearst, and Ed H Chi
Interaction Design for Online Video and Television
David Geerts and Pablo Cesar

Technical skills and methodology courses also vary from year to year. Courses taught in the past include:

Course
Instructors
Conference
Learn to Sketch (Even if You Can’t Draw): Hands-on Sketching Course
Stephanie Foehrenbach
Make this!: Introduction to electronics prototyping using arduino
David Sirkin
HCI Meets Data Mining: Principles and Tools for Big Data Analytics
Duen Horng (Polo) Chau
A Crash Course in Modern Geography for HCI Researchers and Practitioners
Brent Hecht and David Ayman Shamma

This page only provides an overview of courses while our “Advice for SIGCHI Conference Chairs” provides more practical advice for CHI and Specialized Conference chairs.

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