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We are happy to announce the list of accepted courses for CHI 2020.

Quick Facts

Important Dates

Submission Details:

Selection Process: Curated

Chairs: Daniela Busse and Rajan Vaish (courses@chi2020.acm.org)

At the conference: Accepted Courses with the minimum number of registered participants will be taught in up to four 75-minute sessions during the conference. Course instructors will receive compensation according to the CHI Steering Committee policy.

After the conference: Course Descriptions will be published in the Extended Abstracts and in the ACM Digital Library.

Message from the CHI 2020 Courses Chairs

We expect courses to provide clear practical value to intended audiences (researchers, practitioners, designers, developers, managers, and students), and at recommended levels: new researchers/practitioners, general interest, or experts.

Courses might cover areas like:

  • Research Methods (HCI Research, UX/User Research)
  • Design  (including UX / Interaction Design)
  • Engineering (including Prototyping)
  • Professional skills  (for academics and practitioners)

If you want to discuss your ideas for courses with us, then just ping us.

Daniela Busse, eBay Inc., CA, USA
Rajan Vaish, Snap Inc, CA, USA
Email: courses@chi2020.acm.org

What is a CHI Course?

Courses allow CHI attendees to extend their knowledge beyond their current area(s) of expertise. Courses help people to 1) explore new methods, techniques, and practices, 2) develop new skills in order to innovate, and 3) become inspired to pursue new ideas. Participants will include industry managers and professionals, practitioners, students and researchers. Courses will be offered in a maximum of four 75-minute sessions. Courses will run in parallel with the technical program. Courses can be designed for novices, experts, or audiences with general interest – the expected audience should be very clear in the proposal.

For example, a Course could cover:

  • Foundational concepts of HCI research and UX practice
  • Specialized courses with significant depth in specific established and/or emerging areas of research and practice
  • Tools and Methods courses which offer hands-on practical skill development in methodologies, technologies, research/design/ development approaches, etc.
  • CHI Academic/UX Professional meta-skills

Courses are different to Workshops or SIGs – Workshops are meetings of experts exploring new knowledge, while Courses are run by expert instructors, typically with established reputations, teaching people new to a topic. See Courses vs Workshops vs SIGs for more information.

Call for Submissions

We invite foundational courses that satisfy the ACM SIGCHI curriculum requirements (see below), and also any courses that would be relevant and interesting to CHI attendees – see the collection of ‘hot topics’ (below) for suggestions.

Priority will be given to courses with clearly defined learning outcomes of strong & immediate relevance to CHI course attendees.


We invite a variety of high quality submissions to cover the ACM SIGCHI curriculum on Foundations of HCI and UX Research and Design:

  • Introduction and overview of HCI
  • Introduction and overview of UX, user-centered design and/or interaction design
  • Introduction to qualitative methods (in HCI/UX)
  • Introduction to quantitative methods (in HCI/UX)
  • Introduction to Designing for Accessibility


Our goal is to provide courses with high relevance and educational value to the CHI community. Although any course proposals are welcome, the following have been suggested as hot topics & categories of interest:

  • Content Moderation and Identifying misinformation at Scale in Online Communities
  • Computational Design
  • Statistics for HCI/Quantitative Research/Data Science
  • Big data / Machine Learning/AI for Research/Design
  • Blockchain
  • Critical Design
  • Virtual/Augmented Reality
  • Voice/screen-less interaction
  • Accessibility and Assistive Technologies
  • Crowdsourcing and Human Computation
  • Intelligent and Autonomous Systems
  • HCI for Health
  • Human-Centered Innovation
  • HCI and Society (Sustainability/Circular Design, Feminist HCI, Civic Engagement, ICTD, etc)
  • Ethics in HCI
  • Security and Privacy on the Web
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Risks and Bias in Artificial Intelligence
  • Tools, Skills, and Methodologies of interest to the CHI audience
  • Leadership/Management professional skills
  • Making/Fabrication/Prototyping/Sketching
  • Third Wave HCI
  • Play/Games
  • Prototyping (incl. Arduino) / sketching
  • Statistics for HCI (Intro/Advanced)
  • UX Research and Design (from established practitioners)
  • Children and Technology (Research, Design, Safety, Societal Implications)
  • Art + HCI

If you have ideas for courses you would like to see presented at CHI 2020, or in the future, please provide course suggestions with an email to courses@chi2020.acm.org.

Preparing and Submitting your CHI Course Proposal

A Course proposal must be submitted via the PCS Submission System. The proposal should have the following components:

PART 1: Key Course Information (to be entered into the PCS submission form)

PART 2: Detailed Course Description document (up to 4 pages), for publication in the ACM Digital Library on acceptance of the Course (to be attached to the PCS submission form).

PART 3 (optional): Course Material Samples (for example, handouts, slides, etc., in PDF format) to support your submission and aid the course acceptance decision (also to be attached to the PCS submission form (optional))

PART 1: Key Course Information (to be entered into PCS)

Submitters will be asked to also enter the following information into the PCS submission system at time of submission:

  • Duration of the Course (total number of 75-minute sessions (between 1 and 4 total)).
  • Linkage to other courses, if any. A linkage should be defined if there is a dependency between the courses requiring that they are considered together (for instance, an introduction course, and an advanced “linked” course on the same topic; or a theoretical overview vs practical applications of a topic in two separate, but linked courses). Linked courses will be accepted or rejected together. Include scheduling constraints, such as the order of the Courses and whether they can be scheduled on different days.
  • Audience size: what is the preferred audience size, and what is the maximum audience size your course would be effective at? The average number of registrations for Courses at CHI in recent years was 43 (st.dev.=18), with 10 of the 28 Courses having over 50 registrations. If the Course is very popular, would you consider teaching it more than once? We will contact instructors of Courses that have significant enrollments by the end of the second week of registration. If you believe your course should be limited to a certain number for optimal effect, please state so and state the optimal number below or above which you believe your course would not be maximally effective.
  • Category: “professional skills”, “research methods”, “design”,  “engineering”, or “other”.
  • 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 any student volunteer help needed for your Course.
  • Audio/Visual & other needs: CHI can generally provide a projector, screen, computer audio, and podium microphone. Budget constraints make it unlikely that additional equipment can be provided. CHI also provides a small budget for instructors to buy office supplies for their course. We require that all your requirements for audio visual aids and office supplies be defined at submission time.
  • Promotional strategy: a description of your advertising/promotional strategy for attracting attendees

PART 2: Detailed Course Description (up to 4 pages)

The Course description is the most important part of your proposal. The chairs will evaluate the course based primarily on this description and the material sample in Part 3. The course descriptions for accepted courses will be included in the ACM Digital Library Extended Abstracts publication. This part of the proposal must not exceed four pages. It should include:

  • Title of the Course (please make this short but descriptive)
  • Names and affiliations of the instructors.
  • 100 words Abstract/Course Description. This will also will appear on the CHI website describing your course to promote and advertise your course.
  • Benefits: summarize the learning outcomes (skills and knowledge) the attendees will gain as a result of attending this Course. This should include the reasons that CHI attendees would want to take your course.
  • Intended Audience(s): types of audience (researchers, students, practitioners, etc) that will benefit from the course
  • Prerequisites: describe any background required to understand the Course, including attendance at any other course in the program if that is a requirement.
  • Content: describe in detail the material that will be covered.
  • Practical work: describe the expected practical work in the course.
  • Instructor background: list the background for each instructor, including current employment and activities, previous professional activities, and relevant publications.
  • Resources: web site or other resources (e.g., books) that might be accessed to provide more information about the Course or instructor(s)

The Detailed Course Description document needs to follow the SIGCHI Extended Abstracts Format template. Please make sure it includes all above-listed headings and sections.

PART 3: Course Material Sample (optional)

Provide a sample of the Course 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. Sample course materials are very helpful in the Chairs’ Course selection process.

Course Selection Process

Please note that Courses is a curated venue. Course selection will happen by the discretion of the CHI 2020 Course Chairs. Acceptance of proposals will be informed by a variety of factors:

  1. Clarity of intended learning outcomes, value for the participants, level of expected interest and engagement, and relevance to the CHI audience. A good course submission will give us a high degree of confidence that the course can meet and exceed these goals.
  2. Previous presentations and, if appropriate, course participant evaluations of the Course at CHI and number of times this course (or a similar course) has been offered over the past years, also in order to balance the CHI courses program over the years
  3. Coverage of the recommended ACM SIGCHI Course Curriculum, as well as of Hot Topics and other categories of interest listed above.
  4. Prior experience and qualifications of the instructors.

Courses should not contain sensitive, private, or proprietary information that cannot be disclosed at publication time. Courses that promote products or services (solely for marketing purposes) will not be considered. The courses may discuss techniques or products in the context of larger issues. Submissions should NOT be anonymous. However, the confidentiality of submissions will be maintained during the selection process. All rejected submissions will be kept confidential in perpetuity.

Upon Acceptance of your CHI Course

The Courses venue is a curated, so no reviews or rating scores will be included in the acceptance/rejection notice. Acceptance/rejection will have been informed by the factors above. The instructors will receive more information about the expected format of the Course notes and about logistics (e.g., student volunteers, A/V equipment, recommendations, and requirements for course evaluations, course payments) after acceptance of courses.

As a general guideline, Course notes are intended to provide the attendees with materials that will enable them to concentrate their attention on the presentation and participation, rather than on hastily taking handwritten notes. As with recent years, the course notes will primarily be distributed online, in digital format.

The notes should include materials such as:

  • Overview and clear time plan for your units
  • Copies of presentation material, e.g., slides
  • Annotated bibliography and/or recommended reading
  • Copies of relevant background material or scholarly papers (for which the instructors have obtained any necessary reprint permission)
  • Course exercises, as appropriate

All accepted courses are required to provide their course notes to CHI before the deadline for the final course materials.

Cancellation: Courses with fewer than 10 participants registered by the early registration deadline may be canceled. We therefore strongly recommend that you promote your courses through social media channels, in your own social networks, to your personal contacts and in your teaching, research and professional/practice communities. The CHI 2020 conference organizers typically do not promote specific courses or course materials.

At the Conference

Your CHI Course will be allotted up to four 75-minute sessions for presentation. We will coordinate A/V requirements with accepted course instructors. Instructors should see Presenting at CHI 2020 for information about standard computing and A/V equipment that will be made available to instructors and presenters at CHI.

After the Conference

Accepted four-page Course Descriptions will be distributed in the CHI Extended Abstracts, available in the ACM Digital Library. Course notes and additional descriptive material will not be available in the Proceedings or the ACM Digital Library.