Aalto University Design Social Software

Backchannels and Live participation tools (Call for workshop participation)

Matti Nelimarkka writes about backchannels and live participation tools:

“Backhannels and live participation tools are used e.g. in education, conferences and TV shows to increase the interactivity and participation of learners, participants and viewers. Research-wise the domain is scattered across different fields, such as HCI, CSCW and education. This workshop aims to draw together researchers, developers and practitioners in this area to consider (1) how to conduct high quality research and (2) how to make research with impact on the larger society.

To discuss and understand the phenomena we decided to organize a workshop at the European conference on Computer-suppoted cooperative work (ECSCW 2013) & European conference on Technology enhanced learning (EC-TEL 2013).

Submission deadline June 28, 2013
Workshop date September 21, 2013

Paphos, Cyprus

Call for participation

We invite position papers (max 5 pages, ESCSW format) in one (or more) of following categories:

  • Examples and demos of prototypes, experiments and system descriptions of and for backchanneling and other forms of audience participation
  • Research methods for analysis
  • Case studies and empirical findings
  • Exploration of new ideas

Workshop papers will be shared before the workshop among the participants, in order to map the content of these papers together before the workshop. During the workshop, we focus on two questions:

  1. development of a joint design space with a set of rationales for why certain kind of features have been enabled in backchannels and participation tools and others not, and
  2. methods for research (e.g. data collection, analysis, and theoretical underpinnings).

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