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Courses

Courses are either fully in-person on-site or fully virtual, but not in a synchronous hybrid manner.

 

Important Dates

All times are in Anywhere on Earth (AoE) time zone. When the deadline is day D, the last time to submit is when D ends AoE. Check your local time in AoE.

  • Submission deadline: Thursday, October 10, 2024
  • Notification: Thursday, November 28, 2024
  • e-rights completion deadline: Thursday, December 5, 2024 
  • Publication-ready deadline:  Thursday, January 9, 2025
  • TAPS closes: Thursday, January 16, 2025
  • First version course notes due: Thursday, March 6, 2025

 

Submission Details

  • Online submission: PCS Submission System
  • Template: ACM Master Article Submission Templates (single column)
  • A submission must consist of the following three parts:
    • Part 1: Key Course Information
    • Part 2: Detailed Course Description, up to 5 pages (excluding references)
    • Part 3 (optional): Course Materials Sample
  • Submissions are not anonymous and should include all author names, affiliations, and contact information.

 

ACM Selection Process Category

Reviewed

 

Message from the Courses Chairs

CHI courses allow CHI attendees to extend their knowledge beyond their current areas of expertise. The courses help people to explore new methods, techniques, and practices; develop new skills in order to innovate; and become inspired to pursue new ideas.

Most courses will run in parallel with the technical program for a maximum of three sessions (75-minutes each). Some will be remote online courses, which run during the two weeks before the actual conference.  Course participants will include seasoned academia, industry leaders and practitioners, students, early-career researchers, and a wider audience with general interest. Please make the expected audience very clear in your proposal.

Courses might cover (but not limited to) the following areas: research methods, design, engineering, and professional skills. For example, a course could cover:

  • Foundational concepts of HCI research and practice
  • Specialized courses with significant depth in specific established and/or emerging areas of research and practice, including the various subfields relevant to the SIGCHI community
  • Tools and methods courses which offer hands-on practical skill development in methodologies, technologies, research/design/development approaches, etc.
  • CHI academic or professional meta-skills

Courses are different to Workshops or SIGs. Workshops are meetings of experts exploring new knowledge, while Courses are run by expert instructors, typically with established reputations, teaching people new to a topic. See Courses vs Workshops vs SIGs for more information.

We invite foundational courses on HCI Research and Design, as well as any courses that would be relevant and interesting to CHI attendees and particularly also to practitioners (see the collection of ‘hot topics’ below for suggestions). Priority will be given to courses with clearly defined learning outcomes of strong and immediate relevance to CHI course attendees.

 

Foundations of HCI Research and Design

We invite a variety of high-quality submissions on foundations of HCI Research and Design, mostly under the form of introductory courses:

  • Introduction and overview of HCI
  • Introduction and overview of practical topics in user-centered design and/or interaction design
  • Introduction to qualitative methods in HCI
  • Introduction to quantitative methods in HCI
  • Introduction to universal design and designing for accessibility

 

Hot Topics

Our goal is to provide courses with high relevance and educational value to the CHI community. Although any course proposals are welcome, the following have been suggested as particular topics of interest:

  • Art + HCI
  • Accessibility and Assistive Technologies
  • Big Data, Machine Learning, and AI for Research/Design
  • Blockchain
  • Children and Technology (Research, Design, Safety, Societal Implications)
  • Content Moderation and Identifying Misinformation at Scale in Online Communities
  • Computational Design
  • Crowdsourcing and Human Computation
  • Critical Design
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Ethics in HCI
  • Generative AI (LLMs, VLMs, diffusion models) for HCI
  • Intelligent and Autonomous Systems
  • Human-AI Interaction
  • HCI for Health
  • HCI and Mobility
  • HCI and Society (Sustainability/Circular Design, Feminist HCI, Civic Engagement, ICTD, etc)
  • Human-Centered Innovation
  • Leadership and Management Professional Skills
  • Making and Digital Fabrication
  • Play/Games
  • Prototyping (incl. Arduino)
  • Risks and Bias in AI (Responsible AI, AI ethics, etc)
  • Security and Privacy on the Web
  • Sketching
  • Statistics for HCI (Intro/Advanced)
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research
  • Data Science
  • Third Wave HCI
  • Tools, Skills, and Methodologies of interest to the CHI Audience
  • UX Research and Design (from Established Practitioners)
  • Virtual/Augmented Reality
  • Voice Interactions and Conversational User Interfaces

If you have ideas for courses you would like to see presented at CHI 2025, or in the future, please provide course suggestions with an email to courses@chi2025.acm.org.

 

Should I Consider the Workshops, Courses, Special Interest Group, or Panel track?

Courses are delivered by expert instructors, typically with established reputations, teaching people who are new to a topic. Workshops are meetings of subject matter experts exploring new knowledge. Special Interest Groups enable attendees with a common interest to meet for informal but facilitated discussions during the main conference program. Panels are interactive, discussion-oriented forums in which audience members are participants in the discussion. See Courses vs. Workshops vs. SIGs for more information. 

 

Preparing and Submitting your CHI Course Proposal

A Course proposal must be submitted via the PCS Submission System. The proposal should have the following three parts:

  1. PART 1: Key Course Information (to be entered into the PCS submission form)
  2. PART 2: Detailed Course Description document (up to 5 pages, excluding references), for publication in the ACM Digital Library on acceptance of the Course (to be attached to the PCS submission form).
  3. PART 3 (optional but recommended): Course Material Samples (for example, handouts, slides, etc., in PDF format) to support your submission and aid the course acceptance decision (also to be attached to the PCS submission form (optional)

 

PART 1: Key Course Information (to be entered into PCS)

Submitters will be asked to also enter the following information into the PCS submission system at time of submission:

  • Duration of the Course (total number of 75-minute sessions, between 1 and 3 sessions for each course).
  • Course delivery: You will have the option to propose courses for either in-person delivery (during the on-site event), or for online delivery (within the two weeks before the conference starts).
  • Course description to the CHI website: This description is a brief 100-word abstract that is used to describe and advertise your course to prospective attendees on the website. The abstract should be as inviting as possible (think: advertising!), as it will be used directly on the CHI 2025 website.
  • Audience size: what is the preferred audience size, and what is the maximum audience size your course would be effective at? The average number of registrations for Courses at CHI in recent years was 43 (st.dev.=18), with 10 of the 28 Courses having over 50 registrations. 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. If you believe your course should be limited to a certain number for optimal effect, please state so and state the optimal number below or above which you believe your course would not be maximally effective.
  • Category: “professional skills”, “research methods”, “design”, “engineering”, or “other”.
  • Course level: Introductory, Intermediate, or Advanced.
  • Intended audience: As you see relevant, please briefly describe (less than 50 words) a) type of audience (new students, practitioners, new-to-topic-X, or general), and b) any prerequisite experience (e.g. expect some basic stats knowledge).
  • Promotional strategy: A description of your advertising/promotional strategy for attracting attendees.
  • Linkage to other courses, if any. A linkage should be defined if there is a dependency between the courses requiring that they are considered together (for instance, an introduction course, and an advanced “linked” course on the same topic; or a theoretical overview vs practical applications of a topic in two separate, but linked courses). Linked courses will be accepted or rejected together. Include scheduling constraints, such as the order of the Courses and whether they can be scheduled on different days.
  • Course history: if the proposed Course has been given previously, describe where it was given, the evaluation it received from attendees, and how it will be modified.
  • Expertise / merits of instructors: Organizers’ overall expertise and merits related to the area of the course (100 words).
  • Expected practical activities: Are there any planned practical activities for participants? (less than 100 words).
  • Audio/Visual & other needs: CHI can generally provide a projector, screen, computer audio, and podium microphone. Budget constraints make it unlikely that additional equipment can be provided. CHI also provides a small budget for instructors to buy office supplies for their course. We require that all your requirements for audio visual aids and office supplies be defined at submission time.
  • Student Volunteers: Specify and justify any student volunteer help needed for your Course.

 

PART 2: Detailed Course Description (up to 5 pages)

The Course description is the most important part of your proposal. The chairs will evaluate the course based primarily on this description and the material sample in Part 3. The course descriptions for accepted courses will be published as CHI Extended Abstracts in the ACM Digital Library.

This part of the proposal must not exceed five pages (excluding references). It should include:

  • Title of the Course (please make this short but descriptive)
  • Names and Affiliations of the Instructors.
  • 100 words Abstract/Course Description: This will also appear on the CHI website describing your course to promote and advertise your course.
  • Benefits: the learning outcomes including skills and knowledge the attendees will gain as a result of attending this Course. This should also include the reasons that CHI attendees would want to take your course.
  • Intended Audience(s): types of audience (researchers, students, practitioners, etc) that will benefit from the course.
  • Prerequisites: describe any background required to understand the Course, including attendance at any other course in the program if that is a requirement.
  • Content: describe in detail the material that will be covered.
  • Practical Work: describe the expected practical work in the course.
  • Instructor Background: list the background for each instructor, including current employment and activities, previous professional activities, and relevant publications.
  • Resources: web site or other resources (e.g., books) that might be accessed to provide more information about the Course or instructor(s)
  • Accessibility: Submitters are encouraged to describe how they plan to improve accessibility of the audience with diverse needs.

 

PART 3: Course Material Sample (optional, but recommended)

Provide a sample of the Course material you will present in this Course. This can include handouts, slides or other relevant material you plan to use or have used before in courses, talks or related curriculum. Sample course materials are very helpful in the Chairs’ course selection process.

 

Metadata Integrity

All submission metadata, including required fields in PCS like author names, affiliations, and order, must be complete and correct by the submission deadline. This information is crucial to the integrity of the review process and author representation. The submission deadline is a hard deadline for listing all author names; there are no exceptions. Changes to the order of authors are allowed only during the Publication-Ready submission phase. Minor changes to the title and abstract are permitted during the Publication-Ready submission phase.

 

Policy on Use of Large Language Models

Text generated from a large-scale language model (LLM), such as ChatGPT, must be clearly marked where such tools are used for purposes beyond editing the author’s own text. Please carefully review the April 2023 ACM Policy on Authorship before you use these tools. The SIGCHI blog post describes approaches to acknowledging the use of such tools and we refer to it for guidance. Note that the LaTeX template will default to hiding the Acknowledgements section while in review mode – please make sure that any LLM disclosure is available in your submitted version. While we do not anticipate using tools on a large scale to detect LLM-generated text, we will investigate submissions brought to our attention and desk reject  those where LLM use is not clearly marked. 

 

Accessibility

Accessible submissions are essential for reviewers and are good practice. Authors are expected to follow SIGCHI’s Guide to an Accessible Submission. If you have any questions or concerns about creating accessible submissions, please contact the Accessibility Chairs at accessibility@chi2025.acm.org early in the writing process (the closer to the deadline, the less time the team will have to respond to individual requests). 

 

Selection Process

The Courses venue is a reviewed (ACM review process category) venue. No reviews or rating scores will be included in the acceptance/rejection notice. Course selection will happen by the discretion of the CHI 2025 Course Chairs. Acceptance of proposals will be informed by a variety of factors:

  1. Clarity of intended learning outcomes, value for the participants, level of expected interest and engagement, and relevance to the CHI audience. A good course submission will give us a high degree of confidence that the course can meet and exceed these goals.
  2. Previous presentations and, if appropriate, course participant evaluations of the Course at CHI and number of times this course (or a similar course) has been offered over the past years, also in order to balance the CHI courses program over the years.
  3. Coverage of foundational courses on HCI and design, as well as of Hot Topics and other categories of interest listed above.
  4. Prior experience and qualifications of the instructors.

Courses should not contain sensitive, private, or proprietary information that cannot be disclosed at publication time. Courses that promote products or services (solely for marketing purposes) will not be considered. The courses may discuss techniques or products in the context of larger issues. Submissions should NOT be anonymous. However, the confidentiality of submissions will be maintained during the selection process. All rejected submissions will be kept confidential in perpetuity.

 

Upon Acceptance of your CHI Course

The instructors will receive more information about the expected format of the Course notes and about logistics (e.g., student volunteers, A/V equipment, recommendations, and requirements for course evaluations, course payments) after acceptance of courses. All accepted courses are required to provide their initial course notes to CHI by the first version course notes due. As a general guideline, course notes are intended to provide the attendees with materials that will enable them to concentrate their attention on the presentation and participation, rather than on hastily taking handwritten notes. As with recent years, the course notes will primarily be distributed online, in digital format. The deadline for the final version of the course notes will be informed later.

The notes should include materials such as:

  • Overview and clear time plan for your units
  • Copies of presentation material, e.g., slides
  • Annotated bibliography and/or recommended reading
  • Copies of relevant background material or scholarly papers (for which the instructors have obtained any necessary reprint permission)
  • Course exercises, as appropriate

Cancellation: Courses with fewer than 10 in-person participants registered by the early registration deadline may be canceled. We therefore strongly recommend that you promote your courses through social media channels, in your own social networks, to your personal contacts and in your teaching, research and professional/practice communities.

 

At the Conference

In-person CHI Courses will be allotted up to 3 sessions for presentation during the conference. While the length of a session is not determined yet as of June 2024, it is 75 – 90 minutes long in the past CHI conferences. The Course Chairs will coordinate A/V requirements with accepted course instructors.  Online CHI Courses will be allotted up to 3 sessions for presentation in the two weeks before the conference.

 

After the Conference

Accepted five-page Course Descriptions will be distributed in the CHI Extended Abstracts, available in the ACM Digital Library. Course notes and additional descriptive material will not be available in the Proceedings or the ACM Digital Library.

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