Quick Facts
  • Submission: 15 June 2007 (5:00pm PDT)
  • Notification: 3 Aug 2007
  • Camera Ready: 10 Dec 2007
  • Submission Format: 500 word advanced program description, 4 page detailed description of material, and sample Course material
  • At the Conference: Accepted Courses will be taught in 1.5 to 6 hour sessions during the conference
  • Archives: Course descriptions will be printed in the advance and final CHI 2008 program
Message from the CHI Courses Chairs

CHI 2008 will again offer Courses from 1.5 to 6 hours as begun at CHI 2006. We will work to encourage a wide variety of Courses from members of all our CHI communities. If you are interested in developing a Course, but are unsure of its suitability for a CHI audience, we would gladly discuss possibilities with you.

Luca Chittaro, University of Udine
Steve Poltrock, Boeing Phantom Works
Contact us: chi2008-courses@acm.org

What is a CHI Course?

Courses allow CHI attendees to extend their knowledge beyond their current community and their current areas of expertise. Participants will include members of all CHI communities, and interested instructors are advised to consult the specific CHI communities pages for additional information on possible topics of interest. Courses can be aimed at a particular community or can be cross-community. They can be designed for novices or experts in a specific field or novices and experts in other fields.

As an example, Courses could:

  • Provide professional development for practitioners
  • Introduce researchers to emerging areas that will benefit from HCI research
  • Provide an overview of state of the art research or technology areas
  • Create opportunities to learn new techniques for use in research or practice
  • Educate CHI communities about other CHI communities
  • Provide master level classes for experienced CHI attendees

Courses will be offered in one to four 1.5 hour blocks and will run in parallel with the technical program.

We strongly encourage instructors to submit Courses of one or two blocks. Full day Courses (four blocks) can be proposed but instructors must justify why the Course cannot be broken into smaller, independent units. Only a limited number of these Courses will be offered. Coordinated blocks of instruction can also be proposed. These Courses could either be taken independently or as a sequence of 90 minute blocks of instruction, depending upon attendee needs. Depending upon the overall conference schedule it may be desirable to schedule multi-time block Courses (e.g., 2, 3, or 4 time blocks) on consecutive days rather than all within a single day and this too should be clearly indicated.

Instructor Compensation
Each Course will receive one complementary registration or $500 (instructors choice) for the first 90 minute block of instruction and a $500 honorarium for each subsequent 90 minute block of instruction. If there are multiple Course instructors, they must decide who will get the complementary registration and how the additional honorarium will be divided.

Preparing and Submitting your CHI Course Proposal

A Course proposal must be submitted as a single PDF file via the PCS submission system by 15 June 2007 (5:00PM PDT).

The proposal must have the following, three distinct sections:

Part 1. CHI 2008 Advance Program Description
The Advance Program Description is your opportunity to market your Course. Be concise yet provide enough information so that prospective attendees can make informed decisions about the Course(s) they want to attend. Please limit the description to 500 words. Examples of CHI2007 Advance Program descriptions can be found here. Components of the description include:

  • Title of the Course (please make this short but descriptive)
  • Names and affiliations of the instructors.
  • Benefits: Summarize the skills and knowledge the attendees will gain as a result of attending this Course. This should include the reasons that CHI attendees would want to take your Course.
  • Origins: Describe the history of this Course (for example, whether it was given as a tutorial at past CHI conferences or related venues).
  • Features: A bulleted list of the educational goals and/or major elements of the Course content.
  • Audience: Described any background required to understand the Course. State the disciplines and/or organizational roles of attendees who would be interested in your Course.
  • Presentation: List the various presentation forms used in the 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.
  • (Optional) A web site or another reference that might be accessed to provide more information about the Course or instructor(s).

Part 2. Detailed Course description
The Course description is needed for the review of your Course proposal but will not be published. This part of the proposal must not exceed four pages. It should contain at least the following information:

  • Duration of the Course (total duration and number of 90 minute units).
  • Scheduling constraints, such as the order of the Course blocks, whether participants need to take all Course blocks, whether this Course is being submitted as part of a coordinated block of Courses, etc.
  • Learning objectives
  • Justification: Explain why this Course would be of interest to a CHI audience.
  • Content: Describe in detail the material that will be covered.
  • Background of attendees: Describe the assumed background and expected skills of attendees. Include who should not take the Course.
  • Presentation format: Explain how the Course will be conducted.
  • Schedule: Describe time allocations to the Course content.
  • Audience size: What is the preferred audience size? The average number of participants in Courses integrated with the conference in CHI 2006 was 76, with 10 Courses having over 100 participants. If the Course is very popular, would you consider teaching it more than once? We will contact instructors of Courses that have significant enrollments by the end of the second week of registration.
  • Course history If the proposed Course has been given previously, describe where it was given and how it will be modified for CHI 2008.
  • Student Volunteers: Specify and justify student volunteer help for your Course.
  • Audio/visual needs CHI will provide typical Audio Visual aids: projectors; flip charts; post-it notes. Define all your requirements for audio visual aids.

Part 3. Material sample
Provide a sample of the Course material you will present in this Course.

CHI Courses Review Process

Proposals will be reviewed by members of the community or communities they are addressing. Acceptance will be based on evaluations by reviewers.

Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of their value 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, previous presentations of the Course, and past experiences and qualifications of instructors. Proposals will also be considered for their fit within the overall CHI experience, considering such factors as overall distribution of topics, approaches, audience experience levels, and specialties of the intended audiences. Courses that promote products will not be considered.

Upon Acceptance of your CHI Course

Instructors will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance on or about 3 Aug 2007.

Instructors will receive more information about the expected format of the Course notes and logistics (student volunteers, audio visual, evaluations, payments, etc.) after acceptance.

As a general guideline, 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 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 will be required to sign a release form giving CHI 2008 one-time-only permission to utilize the notes for Course participants and to sell notes at the conference.

Course notes must be submitted by 10 Dec 2007. If the Course notes are not received on time, we cannot open the Course for registration and the Course will be canceled.

Your CHI Course at the Conference

Your CHI Course will be allotted one or more 90 minute blocks of time for presentation. We will coordinate A/V requirements with accepted Instructors, but Instructors should see Conference Technical Support for information about standard computing and A/V equipment that will be provided by the conference.

Your CHI Course After the Conference

The Course description in the final CHI 2008 program is the only official archive of courses. No record of courses will be available in the Proceedings or the ACM Digital Library.