Each of us knows what HCI means.
Most of us have even had someeducation in this domain, which mayhave been as little as a chapter in asoftware engineering course, or asmuch as a major in interaction designor a Ph.D. supervised by a member ofthe CHI Academy. Being a reader of
Interactions—and probably a memberof SIGCHI—means that you know howto find relevant stuff, how to search theACM Digital Library, how to use theHCI library ( www.hcibib.org, in caseyou forgot), and how to subscribe to theSIGCHI newsletter (ACM SIGCHI-Tech News). And you know how toapproach your local SIGCHI chapteror a dedicated SIGCHI community forspecialist information.
You are well aware SIGCHI is there tosupport you; indeed, SIGCHI memberspay for this benefit through memberdues. But there is a much broader needfor HCI awareness and knowledgeoutside our own well-educated world.
Even in the most developed parts
of the world, HCI education is not part
of regular education. And if it is, it is
often modest, due to a lack of qualified
teachers or a lack of insight into what
the basics should be. In the 1990s,
SIGCHI published a set of standard
HCI curriculum guidelines, which, even
though we tried to update them, failed
to be applicable to the wide variety and
diversity of educational cultures around
the world. We are now trying to develop
a broad picture of the educational
needs in HCI from the perspectives of
educators, practitioners, and students.
Consequently, please let us know whatyou think HCI education should include,what should be core in your context (youare the expert here!), and what should beelectives. Go to www.sigchi.org/news/hci-education-survey and help us find outhow to better serve the growing need forrelevant learning support.
In large parts of the world, eventhe most basic notions of HCI arenot yet commonplace in design, inproviding services, in using modernIC T, and in participating in society.
SIGCHI considers it a mission to
help build communities here, to lay
down stepping stones, and to support
isolated kernels. SIGCHI is willing to
provide organizational and financial
support (that is how we spend the part
of your membership fee allocated to
the Development Fund). But we need
your active help: If you know of a small
community of active colleagues who
need to build a local network, or if you
know of an isolated group of students
who could benefit from meeting with an
expert far away, get in touch. You may
be the only person who could prompt
us to act. Contact our Vice President for
Local Chapters, Tuomo Kujala (sigchi-
VPfirstname.lastname@example.org), or our Adjunct
Chair for Developing Worlds, Zhengjie
Liu ( email@example.com).
SIGCHI’s mission is to reach out. Weneed your help—in this case, that means,first and foremost, your knowledge!
—Gerrit C. van der VeerPresident, ACM SIGCHI
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Gerrit C. van der Veer,President, ACM SIGCHI
We are trying to develop a broad
picture of the educational needs in HCI
from the perspectives of educators,
practitioners, and students.
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