Dr. Stuart Reeves - Studying Human-Computer Interaction with Video (online)

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Studying HCI
Type Training
Categories (tags) Uncategorized
Dates 2021/11/10 - 2021/11/11
Link https://www.ncrm.ac.uk/training/show.php?article=11550
Abstract due
Submission deadline 2021/11/10
Final version due
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Dr. Stuart Reeves - Studying Human-Computer Interaction with Video (online):


Human-computer interaction (HCI) is an ever-more pervasive phenomenon. In fact, avoiding any kind of interaction with digital technologies has become a purposeful and quite challenging act in many modern societies. In this way HCI has the potential for widespread relevance considerably beyond its initial disciplinary origins stemming largely from university computer science and psychology departments.

Simultaneously, approaches from the human sciences (and arts and humanities) have pushed well into HCI’s mainstream. One approach that has had significant formative impact in HCI is, broadly, sociological interactionism; that is, understanding interaction with / around digital technologies, infrastructures and services as constitutively interactional in nature.

This course will explore one formative strand of interactionism: video-based studies of social interaction with / around digital technologies (e.g., in everyday life), informed by traditions of ethnomethodology and conversation analysis.

The course will contextualise video analysis both in terms of human-computer interaction as everyday, routine phenomena, and with respect to HCI as a field (and its connections with both technical and sociotechnical fields of research). By looking at video analysis through the lens of ethnomethodology and conversation analysis, coupled with a perspective on the disciplinary challenges such work potentially faces, this course will provide a broad introduction to doing studies in this form: how they can be conceived of and what outcomes they might produce.

The course covers:

  • Scoping human-computer interactions (HCI) and collaborative computing as phenomena
  • Scoping HCI as ‘discipline’: Methods, approaches, disciplinarity
  • Social turns and the ‘missing what’: critical review of traditions of ethnomethodology and conversation analysis in / of HCI
  • Video as aid: Why study human-computer interactional phenomena with video?
  • Getting things done: Practicalities of video-based studies of digital technologies and infrastructures
  • “So what?” Formulating outcomes in / of HCI
  • The future: EMCA and the future of HCI discourses

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Be familiar with the nature of human-computer interactional phenomena and matters of HCI research disciplinarity
  • Be aware of the basic ideas driving EMCA and correspondingly the use of video as a tool for this research approach, including an appreciation for the various caveats and inherent problems (as well as practical challenges and disciplinary ones with respect to HCI research)
  • Understand what is involved in examining video recordings of human-computer interaction and unpacking how interaction unfolds (and its significance for designers)
  • Be familiar with some basic transcription techniques and their use in unpacking video recordings of interactions with / around digital technologies

For the two-day breakdown of activities and to register: https://store.southampton.ac.uk/short-courses/school-of-economic-social-and-political-sciences/national-centre-for-research-methods/studying-humancomputer-interaction-with-video-online