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HCI@Large Workshop

HCI@Large - Educate to the new frontiers of the Human-Machine Interaction

Alghero, September 13, 2011

HCI@Large is a workshop promoted by the IFIP WG 13.1 and is part of CHItaly 2011, the biannual conference organised by the Italian chapter of ACM SIGCHI (Association for Computer Machinery - Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction).

The design of services/artifacts/environments for the mediated communication has traditionally required the integration of cognitive science, computer science and engineering; with the time more and more relevance has also been given to sociology, anthropology, industrial design and, more recently, also to the design for the experience and to the architecture. This is due to the embodiment of the machine within spaces that are becoming increasingly sensitive and co-evolutionary, because of the miniaturization of the machine that allows us to dispose at any time of powerful mobile devices and, finally, it is because of the growing awareness of the experiential nature of any complex communication process.

From an educational point of view all this provokes effects of various kinds: it requires the development of new visions, paradigms and educational processes; it requires a modification, or rather an enlargement, of contents and focus of the educational processes; requires the development of new didactic methods. Unavoidably the educational contexts involved with the interaction between human and machine is more and more enlarged and now involve almost any kind of design courses, and even those on architecture.Technological progresses, in addition, had another effect, perhaps not so immediately obvious to those who are not 'Digital Native': the educational processes should no any longer take place within a physical space but can be delocalized/virtualized and develop within mixed environments; this, as well, requires a redefinition of educational paradigms and the development of new processes and methods.

It is quite evident that we are experiencing a period of increasingly convergence and complexity, and that we urge to favor a debate on visions, processes and methods that should involve not only the areas traditionally interested in the study of human-machine interaction but also design, architecture, technology enhanced education, etc..


Please note that the preliminary programme below is subject to change. Consult the workshop abstracts

How recent technological developments and further theoretical insights are re-shaping education (visions, methods, processes, artifacts, spaces)?

Introduction by and discussants: Carlo Giovannella & Lars Oestreicher
each presentation 15' + open discussion and/or activities 40'
- Teaching HCI to Undergraduate Computing Students: the Quest for the Golden Rules
Roberto Polillo
- Developing human technology interaction curriculum

Teija Vainio, Veikko Surakka
- The balance between generalists and specialists in the Medialogy education

Rolf Nordahl, Stefania Serafin
- Designing Interactive Systems for Discovering and Learning
Oscar Tomico, Bart Hengevelt
10:45-11:15 Coffee break
Technology enhanced education -> how on-line and off-line technologies may enhance and support education

Introduction by and discussants: Patrizia Marti & Lars Oestreicher

each presentation 15' + open discussion and/or activities 40'
- Service Design - a Structure for Learning before Teaching
Gerrit C. van der Veer, Teresa Consiglio, Laura Benvenuti
- User-Centered Design of E-Learning Tools for Users with Special Needs: The ***Pedia Case Study
Stefano Valtolina, Barbara Rita Barricelli, Marco Mesiti, Marina Ribaudo
- Participatory grading in a blended course on "Multimodal Interface and Systems"

Carlo Giovannella, Andrea Camusi
- Language-based Computer Interaction

Carlo Lusuardi
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:45 Working session on Fostering International/European cooperation on curricula, process, methods and tools ... and other possible EU projects
15:45-16:30 Elaboration of a HCI@large manifesto