TwinTide AUtumn Training SchOol 2013:

REsearch Methods for Human-Computer Interaction (TUTOREM 2013)

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Date: 4th – 8th November 2013 (arrival on 4th November)

Venue: Hotel Kompas, Bled, Slovenia (http://www.kompashotel.com/index_en.php)


Main Goal:

The overarching goal of TUTOREM is to improve participants’ understanding of significant research methods commonly or increasingly used in the field of HCI.  Such an 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. While we recognise the importance of theories that inform the development of research methods, due to the time constraint no session is dedicated to HCI theories. Nevertheless, relevant theoretical frameworks will be addressed in individual sessions of TUTOREM, which consist of lectures, workshops and discussions. In addition, student participants will collaboratively work in small groups on a mini-project with the topic identified by the School’s lecturers.

Expected Outcomes:

Participants are expected to:

  • develop a succinct overview of existing as well as emerging HCI research methods;
  • explore the relations between quantitative and qualitative research methods and their synergy in different research studies (i.e. mixed-method approaches);
  • gain knowledge and practical skills for several common, significant research methods in HCI, including experimental design, survey, statistical methods, interviews, and qualitative data analysis;
  • learn about research methods with increasing use and interest in HCI, including ethnographic approaches and narrative-based methods;
  • reflect on critical issues when applying research methods, including fundamentals for PhD studies and research ethics;
  • expand research network of peers, laying the ground for future collaboration;

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