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Mike Atwood
Drexel University, USA

Tom Hewett
Drexel University, USA

Important Dates:
11 July 2005: Proposals due.
14 October 2005: Acceptance decisions communicated.
14 November 2005: Advance Program description due.
16 January 2006: Course notes, supplies/AV request, compensation allocation instructions due.

Message from Mike and Tom, Courses Co-Chairs: This year we are making many enhancements to the educational program at CHI. The biggest changes are that courses will be merged with the rest of the technical program and that they will be offered in units of 1.5 hours to 6 hours. We believe that previous CHI instructors will find the new format works for the kinds of courses offered before, and we hope that instructors new to CHI will be inspired to submit proposals that fit our new flexibility and focus on professional development. We are quite willing to work with potential instructors to help you craft a course that will be attractive to a large number of conference participants and that will fit our new format. Please contact us as early as possible if you want this assistance.
For the first time, the CHI conference offers professional development courses as part of the technical program. Highlights of this format include:

What: professional development courses that are offered in one to four 1.5 hour blocks.

When: courses will run in parallel with papers, workshops, panels, and other elements of the technical program.

Why: the goal of these courses is to provide professional development opportunities for people in or wishing to join the broader HCI community

How: we are seeking course proposals from experts in the HCI community who are willing to lead these courses and to help us shape this new CHI professional development program.

Our goal is to offer professional development courses that provide conference participants with the opportunity to gain new insights, knowledge, and skills in a broad range of areas in the field of HCI. Course topics can range from practical guidelines and standards to research methods and theory. Course participants typically include user interface designers and users, software developers, managers of human-computer interface projects, human factors practitioners, interface evaluators and testers, industrial designers, teachers of HCI, researchers in human-computer interaction, and professionals in other areas seeking to gain an understanding of how some aspect of HCI relates to their specialties. For CHI 2006 courses will be conducted as an integral part of the 4 day conference rather than as a pre-conference activity.

Courses can cover a wide range of HCI-related topics. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Research: overviews of the current state-of-the-art in areas such as the semantic web, information visualization, cognitive modeling.
  • Design: design methodologies, processes and other aspects of design practice.
  • Usability: usability methods, usability process, advancing usability in organizations.
  • Engineering: identifying and developing functional requirements, making design trade-offs, product development and deployment.
  • Management: cost-benefit analysis, managing HCI in product development and deployment.
  • Education: tips for effective teaching, developing presentation skills, curricula in HCI.
Each professional development course should be designed to be presented in one or more 90 minute blocks of time. Quarter-day professional development courses are 90 minutes long, half-day professional development courses will consist of two 90 minute blocks of instruction separated by a break. Full-day professional development courses are six hours long (not including breaks). Also of interest will be coordinated proposals for blocks of instruction which can be taken either independently or as a sequence of 90 minute blocks of instruction, depending upon attendee needs. For example, a half day on the theoretical base for and design examples of some special purpose system (for example, Geographical Information Systems, Problem Solving Environments, Networked Design Environments, and so on), coordinated with a 90 minute block on the business case for, lessons learned from, and/or the management of such systems. Proposers of coordinated professional development courses should clearly indicate this in their submission materials. Depending upon other factors it may be possible or desirable to schedule multi time block courses (e.g., a 2, 3, or 4 time blocks) on consecutive days rather than all within a single day.

Review Criteria
Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of their value in offering professional development opportunities to some segment of the community. Some factors that will play a role in evaluation are relevance, suitability, timeliness, importance, audience appeal, attendance limits, presentation methods, and past experiences and qualifications of instructors. Proposals will also be considered for their fit within the CHI curriculum, considering such factors as overall distribution of topics, approaches, audience experience levels, and specialties of the intended audiences.

Professional development course instructors will receive a one complementary registration for the first 90 minute block of instruction and a $700 honorarium for each additional 90 minute block of instruction.

Submission Materials
Course proposal submissions must include three documents: a proposal, a description for the CHI2006 Advance Program, and a requirements list. Submissions are to be sent to chi2006-courses@acm.org in electronic form by 11 July 2005, 5PM (1700) PST. Document names should contain the lead proposer's last name as the first word and be named nameN_proposal, nameN_advanceprogram, and nameN_requirements (where N is 1 for the first proposal, 2 for the second, etc.). Documents should be sent as either PDF or RTF files, except for the Advance Program document, which should be sent as plain text. Submissions will be accepted in electronic form only.

The proposal, no longer than 10 pages, describes the learning objectives, the material covered to justify the professional development course for a CHI audience, and explains how the professional development course will be conducted. The proposal also needs to provide samples of materials that will be included in the course notes. Professional development courses will be accepted contingent upon receipt of high-quality course notes. The notes should serve as reference materials for attendees and support the presentation of material during the course in such a way that the attendee can concentrate more on the course material than on taking handwritten notes.

The description for the CHI2006 Advance Program should be no more than 1500 characters.

The requirements list includes materials needed to run the course. It should include any supplies required for each participant, restrictions or conditions on offering the professional development course such as an attendance limit, nonstandard technology support requests and other information that the review committee should know in considering the proposal.

Submission Format and Requirements
A professional development course proposal submission must include a list of applicable topics and three documents:
  1. A proposal document as PDF or RTF,
  2. A description for the CHI 2006 Advance Program as plaintext, and
  3. A requirements list document as PDF or RTF.
Proposal document
Prepare a PDF format or Word RTF format document of the proposal, no longer than 10 pages, for review purposes. It must have several distinct sections:
  • Indicate the duration of your professional development course.
  • Describe the learning objectives of the professional development course.
  • Describe in detail the material that will be covered in the course.
  • Describe the assumed background of attendees.
  • Justify the professional development course for a CHI audience.
  • Describe the skills expected of attendees.
  • Who should not take the professional development course?
  • Explain how the professional development course will be conducted.
  • Give a schedule of events with time allocations.
  • Describe and provide samples of materials to be included in the professional development course notes in cases of multiple instructors, indicate role and percentage involvement of each instructor.
If the proposed professional development course has been given previously, the proposal should include where the course or tutorial has been given and how it will be modified for CHI 2006. If the tutorial has been given at a previous CHI conference, describe how any changes will address comments from previous attendees. Additional materials may be submitted, but will not necessarily be included in the review process.

In describing the target attendee background, include any prerequisites such as knowledge of HCI content, processes, and procedures. State any skills that are needed to understand course content or to complete the exercises. Also, specify whether the course is intended to introduce participants to an area, or to further develop the expertise of knowledgeable participants.

Document describing the course for the CHI 2006 Advance Program
Prepare an Advance Program description as a plain text file. This description should be no more than 1500 characters. Longer descriptions will be cut. The Advance Program description should contain the following sections:
  • Title of the professional development course, up to 60 characters.
  • Names and affiliations of the instructors.
  • Benefits: The benefit statement should contain a summary of what skills and knowledge the attendees will gain as a result of attending this professional development course.
  • Origins: The origins should state the history of this professional development course (for example, whether it was given as a tutorial at past CHI conferences or related venues).
  • Features: The features should consist of a bulleted list. The items in this list should include the educational goals and/or major elements of the professional development course content.
  • Audience: The audience should be described in terms that include any background required to understand the professional development course. State the disciplines and/or organizational roles of attendees who would be interested in your professional development course (see first paragraph of call for a list of roles).
  • Presentation: List the various presentation forms used in the professional development course, for example, lectures, demonstration, exercises, videos, group discussions, and/or case studies.
  • Instructor background: List the background for each instructor, including current employment and activities, previous professional activities, and relevant publications.
Requirements Document
The requirements list document in either PDF or RTF format should include any materials or conditions needed to run the course. It should include any supplies required for each participant, restrictions or conditions on offering the course such as an attendance limit, non-standard technology support requests and other information that the review committee should know in considering the proposal.

Submitting Your Proposal documents
Prepare the proposal for review in PDF or RTF format. Prepare the Advance Program description, as described above, in plain-text format. Prepare a requirements list, as described above in PDF or RTF. Submit the materials electronically to chi2006-courses@acm.org no later than 11 July 2005, 5PM (1700) PDT. If you do not receive confirmation of delivery, please contact the Courses Co-chairs. If you anticipate difficulties with electronic submission, then contact the Courses Co-chairs as early as possible to see if alternate arrangements are possible.

Upon Acceptance
Instructors will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance on or about 14 October 05. A final version of the Advance Program description is due on 14 November 2005. Offering of the course at the conference will be contingent upon the instructor meeting conference deadlines and requirements.

Before the Conference
Professional development courses are accepted upon the assumption that the instructors will provide a set of high-quality notes in a timely fashion so that they can be reproduced for dissemination to attendees. The notes should serve as reference materials for attendees and should support the presentation of the material during the course. All course notes must be submitted electronically and CHI2006 reserves the right to cancel the offering of any course where high-quality notes are not provided in a timely fashion.

Instructors of accepted professional development courses will receive detailed format requirements for preparation of a publication-ready version of their professional development course notes. Instructors must prepare course material (course and notes) specifically for the CHI2006 course session. Presentation materials used by the instructor for other courses or projects must be reworked within the guidelines described here. Course notes are due on 16 January 2006.

Course notes are intended to provide the attendees with carry away materials that will enable them to concentrate their attention on the presentation rather than on hastily taking handwritten notes. The notes should include such useful learning support materials as:
  • an introduction to the topic
  • copies of all overhead transparencies and or slides
  • an annotated bibliography pointing the attendee towards recommended reading
  • copies of relevant background material or scholarly papers (for which the instructors have obtained any necessary reprint permission)
  • course exercises, as appropriate
Instructors must sign a release form giving CHI2006 one-time-only permission to utilize the notes for professional development course participants and to sell notes at the conference.

Course Submission Checklist
Please review the following checklist to help ensure completeness of your professional development course proposal submission.
  • Prepare the course submission proposal document for review in the appropriate format.
  • Prepare the Advance Program description document, as described above, in plain-text format.
  • Prepare a requirements list document, as described above.
  • Be sure the document names contain the lead proposer's last name as the first word in the document name, as described above.
  • Submit the materials electronically to chi2006-courses@acm.org by 11 July 2005, 5PM (1700) PDT.