Human-Computer Interaction and the Learning Sciences

Full-Day Pre-Conference Workshop, in conjunction with CSCL 2013, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA

Motivation

Both Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and the Learning Sciences (LS) are active research communities with established bodies of literature. As both have an interest in using computing technologies to support people, there is a natural synergy. However, the practices and values of the two fields are substantially different, leading to tensions felt by researchers who actively participate in both fields. They also make it harder for researchers in either field to move towards the other.

Recently, there has been increased interest in LS to acknowledge the importance of HCI. In his keynote at ICLS 2012, Pierre Dillenbourg made the case that many of the important problems of learning / education are not primarily addressed through innovations in learning theory (a particular emphasis in LS) but of addressing important problems through useful, usable, perhaps innovative designs (a particular emphasis in HCI). At the "Interactive surfaces and spaces: A learning sciences agenda" symposium later that day, the relationship between HCI and LS was heavily debated. That discussion continued in email form. What became clear is that the relationship is complex, viewed differently by different groups (LS researchers interested in HCI, HCI researchers interested in LS and interdisciplinary researchers) and needs to be improved.

Workshop Paper

This paper provides motivation for the workshop, an introduction to the two fields and an overview of topics covered during the workshop.

Rick, J., Horn, M., & Martinez-Maldonado, R. (2013). Human-computer interaction and the learning sciences. In Proceedings of CSCL '13 (vol. 2, pp. 451–455). ISLS. [more, document]

Papers for "The World" Track

These papers are intended to address the critical issues in interdisciplinary HCI / LS work or present visions of how to advance the relationship between HCI and LS. During the workshop, the papers will be presented to the group and a discussion, led by Tom Moher, will follow.

Anthony, L. (2013). Learning from HCI: Understanding children’s input behaviors on mobile touchscreen devices. Paper for "Human-Computer Interaction and the Learning Sciences" workshop, CSCL 2013, Madison, WI. [more, document]
Bonsignore, E., Yip, J. C., Ahn, J., Clegg, T., & Guha, M. L. (2013). Designing for learners, with learners: Toward a theory of cooperative inquiry in the design of learning technologies. Paper for "Human-Computer Interaction and the Learning Sciences" workshop, CSCL 2013, Madison, WI. [more, document]
Davidsen, J. (2013). Intersubjective meaning making: A common ground for human-computer interaction and the learning sciences? Paper for "Human-Computer Interaction and the Learning Sciences" workshop, CSCL 2013, Madison, WI. [more, document]
Lingnau, A., Harrer, A., & Pfahler, K. (2013). Bringing learning science and user interface design into one loop of joint research interests — the SoCCR case in Metafora. Paper for "Human-Computer Interaction and the Learning Sciences" workshop, CSCL 2013, Madison, WI. [more, document]
Slotta, J., Cober, R., Fong, C., Lui, M., Tissenbaum, M., & Shapiro, B. (2013). “Our world”...as learning scientists who engage with HCI. Paper for "Human-Computer Interaction and the Learning Sciences" workshop, CSCL 2013, Madison, WI. [more, document]

Papers for "A Grain of Sand" Track

These are design papers of exciting new work at the intersection of HCI and LS. During the workshop, they will be presented to the entire group and authors will receive individual feedback with the aim to strengthen the work.

Avramides, K., & Luckin, R. (2013). Developing engaging technology to support teenagers learn about personal energy consumption. Paper for "Human-Computer Interaction and the Learning Sciences" workshop, CSCL 2013, Madison, WI. [more, document]
Cober, R. (2013). Supporting collaborative inquiry through aggregate representations of student-generated content. Paper for "Human-Computer Interaction and the Learning Sciences" workshop, CSCL 2013, Madison, WI. [more, document]
Hsiao, I.-H., Malhotra, M., Joo, J., Chae, H. S., & Natriello, G. (2013). Survey Sidekick: Learning & designing scientifically sound surveys. Paper for "Human-Computer Interaction and the Learning Sciences" workshop, CSCL 2013, Madison, WI. [more, document]
Prieto, L. P., Muñoz-Cristóbal, J. A., Dimitriadis, Y., & Asensio-Pérez, J. I. (2013). Flexible CSCL scripting using paper, generic augmented reality browsers and GLUEPS-AR. Paper for "Human-Computer Interaction and the Learning Sciences" workshop, CSCL 2013, Madison, WI. [more, document]
Yip, J. C., Bonsignore, E., Ahn, J., Clegg, T., & Guha, M. L. (2013). Building ScienceKit through cooperative inquiry. Paper for "Human-Computer Interaction and the Learning Sciences" workshop, CSCL 2013, Madison, WI. [more, document]
Wilkerson-Jerde, M., Gravel, B., Macrander, C., Bell, A., & Krouwer, M. (2013). Developing SiMSAM, an integrated animation, simulation, and data analysis toolkit. Paper for "Human-Computer Interaction and the Learning Sciences" workshop, CSCL 2013, Madison, WI. [more, document]

Organizers

Jochen RickJochen “Jeff” Rick is research associate / lecturer in the Department of Educational Technology (EduTech) at Saarland University, Germany. He received his PhD in the area of "Learning Sciences and Technologies" from the College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007. This will be his ninth ISLS conference. He has published in both JLS and ijCSCL and is on the editorial board of ijCSCL. He is also active in the HCI community, particularly the Interaction Design and Children community, serving as a full papers chair for the 2012 conference. He has experienced multiple perspectives on this interdisciplinary area: LS graduate student at an HCI powerhouse, postdoc in an HCI lab and junior faculty in an LS department. He has helped to organize four workshops, including one at CSCL 2002 and one at ICLS 2010. For two workshops, he successfully employed Open Space Technology, an organizing technique we plan to employ in this workshop.

Michael HornMichael Horn is an assistant professor at Northwestern University, USA where he directs the Tangible Interaction Design and Learning (TIDAL Lab). Michael holds a joint appointment in Computer Science and the Learning Sciences, and his research explores the role of emerging interactive technology in the design of learning experiences. His projects include the design of a tangible computer programming language for use in science museums and early elementary school classrooms; and the design of multi-touch tabletop exhibits for use in natural history museums. Michael has presented work at cross-disciplinary conferences including Interaction Design and Children (IDC), Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI), Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), ICLS, and AERA; he is on the editorial board for the Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Learning; and he is the program committee co-chair for ACM Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces (2012 and 2013). Michael also co-organized a workshop on Technology for Today’s Family at CHI 2012.

Roberto Martinez-MaldonadoRoberto Martinez-Maldonado is a PhD candidate in the Computer Human Adapted Interaction Research Group at The University of Sydney, Australia. His research focuses on analysing data generated when groups of students collaborate using shared devices to help teachers to be more aware about their learning processes and take informed decisions. His research grounds on principles of Human-Computer Interaction, CSCL, Educational Data Mining and Learning Analytics; he makes use of a number of technologies including multi-touch interactive tabletops, tablets, kinect sensors and databases. He has presented work at interdisciplinary conferences that include Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS), Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED), Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces (ITS) CSCL, ICLS and Educational Data Mining (EDM). He lead the organisation of the workshop held in conjunction with ICLS 2012 titled Digital Ecosystems for Collaborative Learning. He has published papers at CSCL 2011, ICLS 2012 and other communities related with HCI and Artificial Intelligence in education.

Participants

  • June Ahn, University of Maryland, College Park, College of Information Studies & College of Education
  • Lisa Anthony, Human-Computer Interaction, UMBC
  • Katerina Avramides, London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, University of London
  • Elizabeth "Beth" Bonsignore, University of Maryland's iSchool and HCIL
  • Tamara "Tammy" Clegg, Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership, College of Education, University of Maryland
  • Rebecca Cober, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto
  • Jacob Davidsen, eLearning Lab, Aalborg University
  • Yannis Dimitriadis, GSIC/EMIC group, University of Valladolid, Spain
  • Stian Håklev, OISE, University of Toronto
  • Sharon Hsiao, EdLab, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Andreas Lingnau, Catholic University Eichstaett-Ingolstadt
  • Lisa Maurer, Pearson
  • Emma Mercier, Durham University (until July 2013); University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (from August 2013)
  • Tom Moher, University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Kerstin Pfahler, Catholic University Eichstaett-Ingolstadt
  • Ben Shapiro, Tufts University
  • Jim Slotta, OISE, University of Toronto
  • Michelle Hoda Wilkerson-Jerde, Department of Education, Tufts University
  • Kathryn Wozniak, College of Computing & Digital Media (CDM) & the School for New Learning (SNL), DePaul University
  • Jason Yip, Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership, College of Education, University of Maryland & HCIL

Remote Contributors

  • Mona Leigh Guha, HCIL, University of Maryland
  • Mike Tissenbaum, OISE, University of Toronto

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