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:
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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:
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:
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:
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 email@example.com 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.
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:
Course Submission Checklist
Please review the following checklist to help ensure completeness of your professional development course proposal submission.