Child Computer Interaction Group

India Course

Advanced Course in Methods for Child Computer Interaction – IIT Guwahati 13 and 14th May IIT_Guwahati_LogoSmall

The two-day course in methods for Child Computer Interaction is a bespoke course that is built on over ten years of experience in delivering such content. The first version of it was a day long course in Zurich in 2003; which was then delivered, with adaptations, in 2004 in Maryland, US and Vienna, Austria and in 2005 in Rome, Italy and Boulder, US. In 2005, a week-long course was developed for the University of Tampere, Finland, that was later delivered in a similar week long format in Zaragoza, Spain in 2010 and at the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2011. Shortened versions of the same course with a mix of featured content have been delivered in Vancouver, CA in 2011, Austin, US in 2012, Toronto, CA in 2014, Seoul, Korea 2015, San Jose, US 2016, Mumbai, India 2017, Montreal, CA in 2018 and Trondheim, Norway 2018.

Professor Janet Read, who manages and runs the course, has over 15 years of experience in Child Computer Interaction.  She is a main author of the 2008 text book ‘Evaluating Interactive Products with and for Children, San Francisco: Morgan Kaufmann ‘and is the Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Child Computer Interaction.  She has over 200 peer reviewed publications, with more than half of these being on Child Computer Interaction.  She has delivered invited talks at over 30 institutions and has recently keynoted at CHIUxID in 2018 and ISD2017.  She has examined more than 30 PhD students in nine different countries and has worked as a consultant / advisor to the BBC, Vision Objects, SAPO, Kano Computing and AlderHey hospital in the UK.

The course being offered in Guwahati is a two-day course which will enable attendees to:

  1. Identify, and consider solutions for, the challenges of designing and evaluating technologies with and for children
  2. Become familiar with, and understand how best to use, the Fun Toolkit, MemoLine, Drawing Intervention, PETT surveys, and other child-centred evaluation methods
  3. Evaluate the advantages, disadvantages, and ethical challenges of inviting children to participate in design sessions
  4. Plan and organise a child-centred design or evaluation study.

Planned schedule (timings are approximate)

Day One – Basics and Survey Methods Day Two – Design and Ethics
Intro(20 mins) Meet the tutors Recap(15 mins) Reminder of earlier session
Planning(40 mins) Making a plan – selecting children and methods Inclusion of children (40 mins) Ethics and practicalities on inclusion
ACTIVITY(45 mins) Planning a study ACTIVITY(30 mins) Planning Design (1)
Surveys with children(20 mins) Understanding why surveys are problematic with children Design problems(15 mins) Reflection and discussion
ACTIVITY(30mins) PETT ACTIVITY(30 mins) Planning Design (2)
ACTIVITY(30mins) MemoLine Design problems(15 mins) Reflection and discussion
ACTIVITY(30mins) Drawing Intervention Other Pointers for Design (30 mins) Where to find information about design for children
ACTIVITY(30mins) The Fun Toolkit Wrap up and review Wrap up and review
Wrap up and review Wrap up and review


Instructor and Organiser Background

Janet Read is a Professor in Child Computer Interaction. Internationally known for her work on designing and evaluating technologies for children as well as for her work on text input with digital ink.

Gavin Sim is a Reader in HCI who has assisted with the course in Mumbai, Interact.  His specialisms in CCI are in the use of heuristics for evaluation and in long term UX evaluation.  Both instructors will be present at the event in Guwahati.

This course is jointly organized by the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (India) and University of Central Lancashire (UK). At Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, the course is made possible by the combined efforts of the Department of Design, and Centre for Linguistic Science and Technology. We are actively collaborating with Dr. Abhishek Shrivastava, Dr. Priyankoo Sarmah, and Dr. D. Udaya Kumar to make this course an enriching experience for our participants.   


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The course comes with a pack of materials including pocket guides and extended explanations.  These will be available online.

Selected References/Related Publications

  • Markopoulos, P., et al., Evaluating Interactive Products for and with Children. 2008, San Fransisco: Morgan Kaufmann.
  • Read, J., Children as participants in design and evaluation. interactions, 2015. 22(2): p. 64-66.
  • Read, J.C., Evaluating Artefacts with Children: Age and Technology Effects in the Reporting of Expected and Experienced Fun, in ICMI’12. 2012, ACM PRess: Santa Monica, CA.
  • Read, J.C., Validating the Fun Toolkit: an instrument for measuring children’s opinions of technology. Cognition Technology and Work, 2007.
  • Read, J.C. and M.M. Bekker. The Nature of Child Computer Interaction. in HCI2011. 2011. Newcastle, UK: BCS.
  • Read, J.C., D. Fitton, and M. Horton, Giving ideas an equal chance: inclusion and representation in participatory design with children, in Proceedings of the 2014 conference on Interaction design and children. 2014, ACM: Aarhus, Denmark. p. 105-114.
  • Read, J.C., et al., CHECk: a tool to inform and encourage ethical practice in participatory design with children, in CHI ’13 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. 2013, ACM: Paris, France. p. 187-192.