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Title: HCI summer school in Tallinn
Authors: Lamas, David 
Zaphiris, Panayiotis 
Law, Effie 
Tuomo Kujala 
Keywords: Students;Research problems;Estonian history;Social activities
Category: Sociology
Field: Social Sciences
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery
Source: Magazine interactions, Volume 22 Issue 4, July - August 2015, Pages 78-78
Abstract: These were some of the experiences of students who took part in the first summer school on “Research Methods in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)” in Tallinn, Estonia from July 25–31, 2014. SIGCHI sponsored the event with 25 scholarships for HCI students from all over Europe. Co-organized by SIGCHI local chapters EstCHI and Cyprus SIGCHI and hosted by Tallinn University’s Institute of Informatics, the first summer school on research methods in HCI was a big success. It was led by David Lamas, head of the Interaction Design Lab at the Institute of Informatics, Tallinn University; Panayiotis Zaphiris, dean of the School of Fine and Applied Arts and director of the Cyprus Interaction Lab at Cyprus University of Technology; and Effie Lai-Chong Law from the University of Leicester, U.K. Attended by 38 Ph.D. students and practitioners specializing in HCI from more than 20 different countries, it gave a chance to all attendees to take part in training, discussions, networking, and social activities. The course was designed primarily to help Ph.D. students and practitioners better understand the major research methods in HCI and allow them to combine and use these methods to tackle their research objectives. The course included lectures from prominent academics and practitioners in the area of HCI. Duncan Brumby from University College London addressed Experimental Design; Jettie Hoonhout from Philips Research looked into Ethics, Questionnaire and Survey Design; Geraldine Fitzpatrick from TU Wien, Austria, introduced and explored Ethnographic Methods for User Research; Effie Law covered User Experience Evaluation Methods; Katrin Niglas from Tallinn University provided an introduction to designing research with Mixed Methods; and finally, Sian Lindley from Microsoft Research addressed Narrative-Based Methods. Throughout the course, students worked in groups exploring ideas and proposing solutions to real research problems. Overall, the environment was positive and the feedback was encouraging. Students found the course valuable, the teachers insightful, and the experience well-organized and welcoming. Further, the course was run as part of the annual Tallinn Summer School. Thus, the learning experience was enriched with revelations “about Estonian history, culture, and traditions through interesting talks during social activities.” The course was credited with 4 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credit points by Tallinn University through their Open University department. It was made possible through the generous support of ACM SIGCHI, the Estonian Information Technology Foundation for Education, and Tallinn University.
DOI: 10.1145/2787625
Rights: Copyright © 2015 ACM, Inc.
Type: Article
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