HCI Educators 2009 - playing with our education (HCIED)
22 - 24 April
HCIEd 2009 is the annual international conference of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) educators. The theme of the 2009 conference was PLAY - education through play, play through education. Play is enjoyed by all and in terms of HCI education it is a concept that can be considered from many viewpoints.
Initiated by the BCS Interaction SG (previously the BCS HCI Specialist Group) in 2001 as an informal workshop amongst HCI educators, the workshop has since grown into a small conference with strong participation from various national and international HCI organisations. In 2009 the event was organised by the University of Abertay, Dundee and co-sponsored by IFIP WG 13.1 Education in HCI and HCI Curriculum and the BCS Interaction SG.
HCIEd 2009 seeks to extend the discussions of previous conferences and continue the remit of HCIEd 2008 to consider 'Architecting the Future'. In previous years the roles of inventivity and creativity had been the focus of the discussions and presentations and we believe that continuing varied discussions across these issues creates a virtuous circle of educational pedagogy.
This year we particularly welcomed contributions that specifically address the theme of play, such as:
Teaching interactivity and design through the theory and technology of play.
Designing and developing the interfaces of play by considering concepts such as unobtrusive interaction and collaborative interaction.
Consideration of the appeal of the new technology of play to all generations and how that impacts on interactive processes.
HCI education needs to consider the importance of play as a tool to aid our teaching, but also presumably must ensure that interfaces and interaction styles of play are part of the curriculum. We therefore also encouraged papers that describe methods for teaching the concepts of play at the interface, in terms of design, developing, interaction styles and users.