Estonia, Tallinn

Research methods in HCI

when 10 July 2016 - 17 July 2016
language English
duration 1 week
credits 4 ECTS
fee EUR 400

The overarching aim of this course is to improve participants’ understanding of significant research methods commonly or increasingly used in the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Such enhanced understanding will enable them to select and combine appropriate research methods for their specific HCI projects and to contextualise them without unintended impacts on validity. Read more here: http://idlab.tlu.ee/rmhci/

The course will cover topics like:
1. Data collection approaches: experiments, interviews, questionnaires, observations, structured dialogue design.
2. Data analysis: quantitative data analysis (including statistical techniques), qualitative data analysis (including text, audio, video).

The lecturers will be addressing questions, such as:
a) How can qualitative and quantitative research methods be best synergized? What are the benefits and risks associated with mixed-method approaches?

b) Which principles need to be observed when contextualizing a research method originated from a specific discipline to HCI? Are there any viable guidelines enabling such contextualization?

c) How would the methodological landscape evolve when the research areas in HCI metamorphose in every five or even three years?

d) Are there any “uncharted waters” where HCI professionals can get further inspirations and resources for developing new research methods to address interdisciplinary problems of increasing complexity and scope?

Course leader

The training course will be taught by experts in the field of HCI. Lectures will be provided by:

Dr. Effie Lai-Chong Law, University of Leicester, UK
Prof. Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Dr. Jettie Hoonhout, Philips R

Target group

The course mainly targets PhD students.

Course aim

The overarching aim of this summer school course is to improve participants’ understanding of significant research methods commonly or increasingly used in the field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI).

Credits info

4 ECTS
Upon full participation students will be awarded 4 ECTS points.

Fee info

EUR 400: Full price
EUR 300: For students.

Scholarships

Limited number of scholarships are available.