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Jim Foley
Georgia Tech, USA

Jenny Preece
University of Maryland, USA

Important Dates:
  • 14 July 2005: Last date to request a mentor for Experience Reports and Interactivity submissions.
  • 14 October 2005, 5:00PM (1700) PDT: Submissions due for Panels, Experience Reports, HCI Overviews, the Interactivity, and novel formats.
  • Week of 16 December 2005: Notification of acceptance for 14 October submissions.
  • 13 January 2006, 5:00PM (1700) PST: SIG proposals due.
  • Week of 6 February 2006: Notification of acceptance for SIGs.
  • 17 February 2006: Final camera ready copy due.
Additional Information: Message from Jim and Jenny, Education Community Co-Chairs:
The CHI Education community will look at what is happening in HCI education. We will examine innovative educational techniques for teaching HCI. We will discuss controversial issues. We will review opportunities and discuss solutions to problems. We will analyze students' needs and the job opportunities for graduates, masters and Ph.D. students.

Whether you are a new HCI educator or an old hand, there will be something to interest you, so plan to join the CHI education community. We need your ideas, your enthusiasm and your energy to make this CHI community experience exciting, useful and memorable.
HCI is now established in the curricula of many countries across the world at undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels. Instructors have a variety of texts from which to choose. HCI classes contribute to the curriculum in computer science, information systems, information studies, psychology, design and others. Increasingly, universities are employing professors whose teaching and research focuses on HCI. Many corporations, government agencies and non-profit organizations seek to employ graduates and students with masters and doctoral degrees. They want people with knowledge and expertise in working with users; people who know how to design, test, evaluate and employ technology in different application areas. From banking in Europe to the mines of South Africa and cattle ranches in Australia, expertise in designing to meet users' needs and support their activities is a high priority. The success of our discipline has also encouraged many universities to develop HCI Research Centers. HCI has become a flourishing discipline with strong education programs. It is therefore timely to feature HCI education more strongly at CHI and to make it prominent in this year's CHI conference program.

The goals of the CHI education community are to:
  • examine educational curricula and practices from across the world
  • explore what topics are taught and how they are taught
  • discuss the foundations of our discipline
  • examine how the curriculum is changing and what drives it
  • review how students use their HCI education
  • ask for employer suggestions for HCI curricula
  • find out what students think about their HCI education
  • examine innovative HCI education ideas, plans and strategies

Because HCI is taught in different disciplines, we expect that there will be many links with themes and activities offered by the other CHI communities participating in this conference. We strongly encourage you to submit multi-community proposals that look at HCI education in the context of design, engineering, management, research, or usability.

Types of submissions
The education community invites submissions for panels, special interest groups (SIGs), HCI overviews, the interactivity, and experience reports. We also encourage you to submit, to the appropriate venue, research papers, CHI notes, works-in-progress, proposals for courses, and workshops that are relevant to education. The descriptions below outline the key characteristics of each type of community submission. In addition, the chairs welcome proposals for other events that serve the goals of the education community; we will work with submitters to shape these novel proposals into activities that will advance exchanges and understanding within the community.

Panels are an exciting format for encouraging thoughtful and provocative discussion about issues that impact HCI education. If the topic can be considered from several different perspectives, it may make a good panel topic. For a panel to be exciting, panelists must take different positions. Some HCI education topics that might make interesting panel discussions include:
  • What is the role of theory in HCI education;
  • How do we deal with an expanding curriculum?
  • How different disciplines (computer science, information/library science, management information systems, human factors, psychology, design) view/teach HCI
  • What is the "core knowledge" that every HCI student should know - at the MS level? At the PhD level?
  • To what extent, and in what ways, should design be part of an HCI education - at the MS level? At the PhD level?
  • International perspectives on HCI education - how HCI is taught in countries around the world.
  • Academic scorecard - how does industry view HCI education - the good, the bad, the ugly
  • Industry scorecard - how does academia view the practice of HCI in industry - the good, the bad, the ugly
Special Interest Groups (SIG)
Special interest groups provide an opportunity for those who share an interest to come together to explore ideas. They can take many forms. They can be discussions, planned presentations, question and answer sessions. Special Interest Groups offer an excellent way for bringing together groups of HCI educators. Some possible SIG topics are:
  • HCI education across the world
  • Starting an HCI program - pragmatics and politics
  • The future of HCI education
  • Teaching the introductory HCI course
HCI educators can demonstrate how they design or use technology, story boards, web teaching materials, and Internet applications. Interactivity presentations are also an excellent format for presenting innovative student work. Typical interactivity submissions might be:
  • Interactive simulations that illustrate or teach HCI concepts
  • Digital libraries for HCI
Experience Reports
Experience reports provide an opportunity for discussing graduate or undergraduate degree programs, teaching and mentoring experiences from which you gained new insights, developed new techniques, or explored a creative approach to HCI education.
  • Putting CHI to work: socially beneficial, academically rigorous group projects
  • Graduate degree programs - reports from the field. (Similar to the old lab reviews, but with a focus on graduate degree program goals, designs, and experiences.)
HCI Overviews
Overviews provide us with information about a particular educational institution. This might be a department, an interdisciplinary institute or a multi-organizational program. We are looking for big picture overviews of work done by many participants, and what brings them together. For educational overviews, a focus on the roles that students play in the organization would be very appropriate.

Novel formats
Remember, we are open to other ideas as well. If you feel your work would be of interest to the CHI education community, but does not fit any of the mentioned formats, please contact us at chi2006-educ@acm.org to discuss the best way to submit and present your work.

CHI 2006 will try to provide mentors for individuals planning to submit an Experience Report or an Interactivity. Please see Mentoring for more information. The deadline to request a mentor is 14 July 2005.

Review Criteria
All submissions will be reviewed based on the clarity of the information and the potential contribution to the field of Education. The individual submission categories have additional review criteria (which you can find in the description of each category).

Preparing Your Submission
Please see the pages on Panels, SIGs, Experience Reports, HCI Overviews, and the Interactivity for detailed information on what information is needed for each type of submission. All community submissions will use the Conference Extended Abstracts Publication Format. Submissions for Panels, HCI Overviews, and novel formats are to be sent to chi2006-educ@acm.org no later than 14 October 2005, 5:00 PM (1700) PDT. Submissions to the Interactivity and Experience Reports are to be uploaded to the CHI 2006 submission website by the same deadline. SIG proposals should be sent to chi2006-educ@acm.org by 13 January 2006, 5:00 PM (1700) PST. Submissions arriving after the deadline will not be considered.

Upon Acceptance
You will be notified of the acceptance or rejection of your submission the week of 16 December 2005. Accepted submissions will be published in the conference Extended Abstracts. The contact person will receive instructions for preparing the final version of the extended abstract and other information about presentation logistics.

Education Community Submission Checklist
  • Read all the above material and the Submissions Requirements section for the particular category you are submitting to (Panel, SIG, Experience Report, HCI Overview, Interactivity).
  • If you are submitting something in a novel presentation format, contact the Education Chairs (chi2006-educ@acm.org) well before the 14 October 2005 deadline.
  • Prepare a submission in the format required by your submission category, using the Conference Extended Abstracts Publication Format.
  • Create a PDF file of your submission and test that your PDF file prints correctly.
  • Email your Panel, HCI Overview, or novel format submission to chi2006-educ@acm.org no later than 14 October 2005, 5:00 PM (1700) PDT.
  • updated Submit your Interactivity or Experience Report to the CHI 2006 submission web site under the appropriately named venue no later than 14 October 2005, 5:00 PM (1700) PDT.
  • Email your SIG proposal to chi2006-educ@acm.org no later than 13 January 2006, 5:00 PM (1700) PST