Workshops & Courses

What is a Workshop?

Workshops provide a forum for in-depth discussions, resource exchange and networking related to specific topics within IDC. Because focused interaction among participants is important, participants should have informed positions based on prior experience, as expressed in their position papers. Workshops should not be miniature paper presentation sessions, but focus on community building and communal knowledge creation.

Workshops will run the day after the main conference. A workshop may be half-day or full-day in length, and typically has 15 to 20 participants with a minimum of 8 participants (organizers not included). Workshops are different to Courses. Workshops are meetings of experts exploring new knowledge. Courses are expert instructors, typically with established reputations, teaching people new to a topic.

 

Quick Facts

Important dates:

  • Submission deadline (https://new.precisionconference.com/): 23 January 2019
  • Notification: 8 February 2019 Now 11 February 2019
  • Call for Participation released by workshop organizers and website up and running: (on or before) 15 February 2019
  • Participant submissions due: (on or before) 8 April 2019
  • Participants notified of acceptance: (on or before) 22 April 2019
  • Camera-Ready Deadline (for workshop organizers): 24 April 2019
  • Workshop day: 15 June 2019

Archive: Accepted workshop proposals (up to 8 page in Extended Abstracts format) will be published in the ACM Digital Library.

Participants: Minimum 8 (organizers not included by the early registration deadline), maximum 25 (or lower based on organizers’ preference). All organisers and participants must register for the workshop and the main conference.

Workshop fee: To be announced; organisers of a realized workshop proposal receive 1 free workshop ticket.

Questions? Ask us: workshops-2019@idc.acm.org

 

Workshop Submission

Workshop submissions should NOT be anonymous, but confidentiality will be maintained. Submissions must be prepared according to the SIGCHI Extended Abstracts format (up to 8 pages including references). Please upload the submission (single Pdf file) via the online conference system (https://new.precisionconference.com/). Note: the system will be available for submissions after January 7.

 

Submissions must consist of the following:

  • Title and brief abstract
  • Background: Provide a strong rationale for the workshop, describe the issues to be addressed, and state concrete goals for the workshop.
  • Organizers: Present the organizers’ backgrounds, including the main contact person.
  • Website: Provide details of the planned website, including the URL.
  • Pre-Workshop Plans: State your plans for recruiting and community-building (e.g. through a website or other communication with participants).
  • Workshop Structure: Explain in detail the workshop structure, including activities, timing, and resources.
  • Post-Workshop Plans: State your plans for follow-up and creation of tangible outcomes (e.g., poster presentation, publication of a workshop report, plans for a special issue of a journal).
  • Call for Participation: Provide a 250-word Call for Participation that will be posted on the conference site to recruit participants for your workshop. This should appear at the end of your Extended Abstract, and should include the following:
    • The format (full or half-day) and goals of the workshop
    • The participant selection criteria
    • Requirements for position papers (e.g. topics to address, page length)
    • Where these papers should be submitted
    • The requirement that at least one author of each accepted position paper must attend the workshop and that all participants must register for both the workshop and the main conference.
    • A link to the workshop website
  • References: Please add any relevant references within the 8-page limit.

Workshop submissions also need to provide the following information via the PCS submission form to help the jury and chairs understand the logistical constraints of the proposed workshop:

  • Duration of the workshop (half or full day)
  • Audience size: what is the preferred audience size? If you believe your workshop should be limited to a certain number for optimal effect, please state so. The minimal number of attendees is 8 (organizers not included).
  • Workshop history: if the proposed workshop has been given previously, describe where it was given, the evaluation it received from attendees, and how it will be modified.
  • Student Volunteers: specify and justify student volunteer help for your workshop.
  • Audio/visual needs: IDC can generally provide a projector, screen, computer audio, and podium microphone.
  • Promotional strategy: a description of your advertising/promotional strategy for attracting attendees

 

Workshop Selection Process

Workshop submissions will be curated by an expert panel, including the Workshop and Courses Chairs. Acceptance of proposals will be based on:

  • The potential for the topic of the workshop to generate stimulating discussions and useful results.
  • The organizers’ ability to demonstrate in the proposal a well-organized process and plan for the workshop that fosters interactivity.
  • The overall balance of topics in the Workshops program and relevance to the main conference theme.
  • If multiple submissions are received on the same or similar topics, the organizers may be encouraged to merge them or differentiate them.

Organisers of accepted Workshop submissions will receive further instructions after the notification date.

 

Courses

What is a Course?

Courses allow IDC attendees to extend their knowledge beyond their current area of expertise. Courses help people to 1) explore new methods, techniques, and practices, 2) acquire new skills to develop meaningful technology for children, and 3) become inspired to pursue new ideas. Participants will include professionals, practitioners, students and researchers.

 

Courses may be half-day or full-day in length and run the day after the main conference. Courses can be designed for novices, experts, or audiences with general interest – the expected audience should be very clear in the proposal. Courses are different to Workshops. Courses are expert instructors, typically with established reputations, teaching people new to a topic. Workshops are meetings of experts exploring new knowledge.

 

Quick Facts

Important dates:

  • Submission Deadline (https://new.precisionconference.com/): 20 February 2019
  • Notification: 8 March 2019
  • Camera-Ready Course Description & (optional) Course URLs: 24 April 2019
  • Course Notes & Room/Material Requirements: 15 May 2019 (instructions will follow)
  • Course day: 15 June 2019

Archive: Course Descriptions (4 pages in Extended Abstracts format) will be published in the ACM Digital Library.

Participants: Minimum 8 (instructors not included by the early registration deadline), maximum defined by the instructors. All instructors and participants must register for the workshop and the main conference.

Course fee: To be announced; instructors of a realised course receive one free course ticket.

Course suggestion or questions? Tell/Ask us: courses-2019@idc.acm.org

 

Course Submission

Course submissions should NOT be anonymous, but confidentiality will be maintained. Please upload the documents (Pdf files) via the online conference system (https://new.precisionconference.com/). Note: the system will be available for submissions after January 7.

 

A course submission must consist of the following:

  • Course Description (up to 4 pages in Extended Abstracts Format) for publication in the ACM Digital Library
  • Course Notes samples (optional), for example, handouts, slides, etc.

Course submissions also need to provide the following information via the PCS submission form to help the jury and chairs understand the logistical constraints of the proposed course:

  • Duration of the course (half or full day)
  • Audience size: what is the preferred audience size? If you believe your course should be limited to a certain number for optimal effect, please state so. The minimal number of attendees is 8 (instructors not included).
  • 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.
  • Student Volunteers: specify and justify student volunteer help for your course.
  • Audio/visual needs: IDC can generally provide a projector, screen, computer audio, and podium microphone.
  • Promotional strategy: a description of your advertising/promotional strategy for attracting attendees

Course Description (up to 4 pages)

The Course descriptions in Extended Abstracts format (up to 4 pages) should include:

  • Title and brief abstract
  • Benefits: summarize the learning outcomes (skills and knowledge) the attendees will gain as a result of attending this Course.
  • Intended audience(s): types of audience (researchers, students, practitioners, etc.) and the required background to understand the course.
  • Content and practical work: describe in detail the material that will be covered and the expected practical work in the course.
  • Instructors: provide a short biography for each instructor, including links to a website and other relevant resources that provide more information about the instructor.
  • References: Please add any relevant references within the 4-page limit.

Course Notes samples (optional)

Provide a sample of the 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.

 

All accepted courses are required to provide their course notes in advance. The deadline for the final Course Notes is 15 May. Further instructions will be provided after the notification date.

 

Course Selection Process

IDC 2018 Courses will be curated by an expert panel, including the Workshop and Courses chairs. Acceptance of proposals will be based on:

  • Factors such as relevance of the course to the IDC community, the value provided to the intended audience, presentation methods and practical activities, and the diversity of the topics within this year’s program (only a small number of courses will be selected).
  • Prior experience and qualifications of the instructors.