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IDC workshop 2020

Teaching the Next Generation of Child-Computer Interaction Researchers and Designers 

Workshop to be held at the ACM Interaction Design and Children (IDC) conference on June 18th.

  • The full workshop proposal can be found here.


Due to developments with Covid-19 worldwide, the IDC chairs and ACM have decided not to hold the conference in London physically this year, but there will be a virtual edition instead. We will host our half-day online workshop on Thursday June 18th. More details will follow later.

Call for Participation

Despite the Child-Computer Interaction (CCI) community’s rapid growth in the past two decades, there has traditionally been less focus on developing a curriculum to teach CCI to students. This entails a risk for a gap between the accumulation of knowledge and the transfer of this knowledge to new generations of researchers and designers. Building on previous workshops at IDC 2011 and 2014, the aim of this virtual IDC 2020 workshop on June 18th is to gauge the current state of teaching CCI to undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students.

We invite people from different disciplines with an interest in teaching CCI or closely related subjects to submit a position paper via email to mvanmechelen@cc.au.dk by May 1st outlining the following:

  • Short biography with focus on teaching experience, if any (ca. 150 words)
  • Description of teaching practices, experiences and/or ideas (1 to 2 pages), including but not limited to:
    • Course topics and learning goals
    • Student assignments
    • Didactic principles
    • List with key readings
    • Ethical challenges related to teaching
    • Assessment practices
    • Novel teaching ideas

Of special interest are ideas about aligning core topics with learning goals, relevant theories, good assignments, and didactic principles. During the workshop, we will first map out current practices, experiences and ideas for the future and, afterwards, develop a blueprint for a CCI curriculum that can be taught anywhere in the world.

Workshop Program

The workshop is planned for a half day and will be hands-on from start to end, meaning that participants do not have to prepare a formal presentation. At the start of the workshop, participants will break out in groups of 4 to 6 people. First, participants will discuss each other’s position papers and, afterwards, they will map out the content of the papers (i.e., teaching practices, experiences and ideas for the future). In the second part of the workshop, the groups will present the results of this mapping exercise to the other groups. Together, all groups will then develop a blueprint for an international CCI curriculum including learning objectives, core topics, relevant theories, practical activities, key readings, and didactic strategies. The workshop will conclude with a discussion of open challenges (e.g., how to tailor the blueprint to different contexts) and next steps to be taken. 

Important Dates and Information

  • Participant submissions due: May 10
  • Participants notified of acceptance: May 15
  • Online half-day workshop: June 18
  • Cost: $50 

Workshop Organizers

The organizers represent six universities in five countries (Denmark, the UK, Israel, the Netherlands, and the USA), and have been active members of the CCI community for many years. Their backgrounds reflect the multidisciplinary nature of CCI and include computer science, humanities, design and education. All organizers have relevant teaching experience in CCI and/or closely related subjects such as Design for Play, Human-Computer Interaction and Game Design, both on an undergraduate and graduate level, and have in common the belief that children’s interests should be represented in the design of technology. Some of them have also published about teaching Child-Computer Interaction, and were involved in organizing CCI courses at academic conferences. Two of the organizers, Shuli Gilutz and Eva Eriksson, have conducted workshops on teaching CCI during IDC 2011 and 2014. The organisers are:

Important dates

  • Participant submissions due: May 10
  • Participants notified of acceptance: May 15
  • Online half-day workshop: June 18


  • Maarten Van Mechelen (Aarhus University)
  • Shuli Gilutz (Tel Aviv University)
  • Juan Pablo Hourcade (University of Iowa)
  • Gökçe Elif Baykal (Aarhus University)
  • Mathieu Gielen (Delft University of Technology)
  • Eva Eriksson (Aarhus University)
  • Greg Walsh (University of Baltimore)
  • Janet Read (University of Central Lancashire)
  • Ole Sejer Iversen (Aarhus University)