CFP for Courses at IDC 2015

Courses are an opportunity to advance participants knowledge in a specific domain area.  Beyond learning information, participants forge potential collaborations with fellow participants and course instructors with regard to a specific interest topic within the IDC community.  Courses may be half-day or full day in length, and typically have 10 to 15 participants.

  • Submission Due Date (EXTENDED): March 1
  • Notification: March 16
  • List of Position Papers and Participants: April 20th
  • Tutorials Date: June 21st, Tufts University, Boston, MA

Submission Format:

  • Coversheet with course title, names & contact information for instructors, proposed course length
  • A proposal in CHI extended abstracts format (up to 4 pages) describing the scope and topics of the course, rough schedule, expected outcomes, and bios of organizers
  • Brief abstract to appear in the program
  • 300-word call for participation that you will use to publicize your course
  • Submission directions: email pdf file with the information above to the workshop coordinators: Jerry Alan Fails ( and Tilde Bekker (

Proposals will be reviewed by an expert jury based on the workshop topic’s potential for generating community interest and useful results. The chairs reserve the right to suggest potential changes to the proposal (e.g., changing the course length) or to cancel a course due to insufficient participation.

If accepted, the course instructors will be responsible for the following:

  • Implementing the publicity plan to recruit potential participants
  • Preparing a course description in extended abstract format
  • Developing a final agenda of course activities
  • Making sure at least 10 attendants (including organizers) are registered by the early registration deadline, otherwise we reserve the right to cancel the course

Please note that attendants must register for both the course and the IDC conference itself. The course registration fee will be waived for one course instructor only.


  • Jerry Alan Fails (Montclair State University – Montclair, New Jersey)
  • Tilde Bekker (Eindhoven University of Technology – Eindhoven, The Netherlands)

Please feel free to contact the organizers with questions.

Conference topics including (but are not limited to):

  • Designing for children from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Designing for children with special needs and of different ages and genders
  • Emerging technologies for children
  • The impact of these technologies on children’s lives, personalities and needs
  • Interactive technology for children’s civil involvement, democracy, social awareness of environmental, ethical, ethnographic or cultural issues
  • Usability, enjoyability, accessibility, ethics and safety issues
  • Children’s interests, desires and needs regarding technology
  • Ethnographic and case studies in children’s use of interactive systems
  • Replication studies that provide novel perspectives
  • Design and evaluation methods
  • Empirically derived guidelines
  • Quantitative and qualitative evaluation of technologies
  • Educational aspects in theory and practice
  • Application of developmental and cognitive theories to design

See the full call for proposals at:

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