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Incorporating HCI into the Undergraduate CS Curriculum

The aim of this project is to build a tight, yet diversified community of CS educators interested in incorporating HCI into undergraduate CS curricula. It follows a special session at SIGCSE-2002 where a group of 40+ participants expressed interest in attending a workshop on this topic (see References 4?).

This community-building initiative is being implemented through a four-day workshop and two follow-up reflection meetings at SIGCSE symposia. Its objectives are to:

  1. expose a representative group of CS educators to significant HCI issues, educational approaches, and classroom experiences;
  2. disseminate implementations of the HCI core requirements in ACM/IEEE Computing Curricula 2001;
  3. facilitate opportunities for networking and team-building among CS educators; and provide the infrastructure to begin addressing the weak HCI preparation among CS graduates.

The overall aim of the initiative is to create a community of educators able to incorporate the HCI Knowledge Units in CC’01 within their own curricular programs and able to support each other in this endeavor. The four-day workshop was held on the campus of the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC in May 2003. Follow-up meetings are meant to help strengthen connections among members of this community.

  • The first reflection meeting was held at SIGCSE 2004 (Norfolk, VA).
  • The second reflection meeting was held at SIGCSE 2005 (St. Louis, MI).
  • The third reflection meeting was held at SIGCSE 2006 (Houston, TX).