Workshops and Master Classes

Below you will find a list of workshops and master classes for the pre-conference days. Master Classes are free for students registered to the conference. Note that the Doctoral Colloquium will take place on Sunday 20th September (full day).


Saturday 19. September Sunday 20. September
Youth Participatory Cultures Experiences of Technology Appropriation
Examining the Essence of Crowds CancelledMixed Methods for Studying Interactions
Cancelled: The Role of Augmented Reality Conflict IT
Master classes Master classes
Design-related Ethnography The CSCW Research Program
 Analyzing Fieldwork Material (half day) Doctoral Colloquium

Detailed list:

Workshops Saturday 19. September

Youth Participatory Cultures: a CSCW perspective
Designing innovative participatory and collaborative spaces that enhance awareness and mobilize to engagement amongst Urban European youth is a challenge. This workshop aims to discuss opportunities for collaborative methods and other tools of the trade within the CSCW, to help increase engagement and participation in civic, leisure and cultural activities among urban youth. The goal of the proposed workshop is twofold: to discuss experiences with diverse methods and approaches from ongoing European projects, and to discuss the role of digital and material artefacts in building environments that support, motivate, engage and mobilize collaboration with urban youth in participatory culture processes.Organizers: Alma Leora Culen, Hani Murad and Dagny StuedahlWebsite:
Examining the Essence of the Crowds: Motivations, Roles and Identities
In this workshop we will examine the essence of the crowd: crowd’s roles, identities and motivation factors in voluntary and paid crowdsourcing. We encourage diverse and creative methods and theoretical frameworks, and we invite empirical and theoretical work, position papers and works in progress. We will apply interactive methods in exploring the topics like small group discussions and flash presentations. The workshop will result in a research agenda, which presents a roadmap for addressing these questions. Deliverables will be shared online.The workshop builds on three earlier successful workshops: Back to the Future of Organizational Work: Crowdsourcing Digital Work Marketplaces and Structures for Knowledge Co-creation between Organizations and the Public hosted at ACM CSCW 2014, and The Morphing Organization — Rethinking Groupwork Systems in the Era of Crowdwork hosted at ACM GROUP 2014.The questions and topics the workshop will explore is described on the website.Organizers: Tanja Aitamurto, Obinna Anya, Laura Carletti, Neha Gupta, Karin Hansson, Juho Lindman and Brandie NonneckeWebsite:

The Role of Cooperative Augmented Reality in CSCW: Rediscovering a Field of Work (?) 
Augmented Reality is a trending technology that is gaining momentum in both scientific and practical debates. Its potential for cooperation support has been recognized in earlier days of CSCW, in which technology was not ready for daily use. Given that nowadays the technology (both soft and hardware) is ready for usage in daily practice we believe that augmented reality will be one of the most prominent future topics in CSCW. Despite its potential and applicability for cooperation support and research done earlier on this potential, current work is mostly focused on human computer interaction aspects of augmented reality technology. This workshop therefore aims to bring together researchers from CSCW and related fields to raise awareness for AR in CSCW and to form a group of interested peers working on collaborative Augmented Reality. The workshop intends to create an agenda for further research and opportunities for collaboration among researchers.

Organizers: Michael Prilla, Thomas Herrmann, Steühan Lukosch and Wolfgang Prinz


Master classes Saturday 19. September

Design-related Ethnography (full day)
The masterclass develops and expands themes concerning the use of fieldwork methods in the Social Sciences in general and CSCW and HCI in particular. It has the overall objective of developing an understanding and appreciation of the various theoretical perspectives utilised by researchers and the practical and analytic issues that arise during the conduct of such ‘naturalistic’ fieldwork enquiry.
The masterclass will be delivered using extensive examples from fieldwork conducted by the tutor in a wide range of settings. It is intended that the class be fully interactive, with participants bringing their own questions, experiences and problems to the discussion. Some examples will also draw on the work of colleagues. The masterclass aims to meet a number of aims associated with the above overall objective.

  1. The Practicalities of Fieldwork
  2. Theoretical Perspectives on Fieldwork data
  3. Fieldwork Technologies –
  4. Fieldwork in Workplace, Private, Public and ‘Virtual’ Settings
  5. Fieldwork and Interdisciplinary Working .
  6. Fieldwork and Analysis .
  7. Fieldwork purposes .
  8. Fieldwork ethics .

See the website for more information:

Dave Randall is an emeritus professor at the University of Siegen, Germany. He has published widely on ethnography and related subjects. His book (with Mark Rouncefield and Richard Harper) ‘Fieldwork for Design’ was published by Springer in 2007 (electronic copies will be made available at no charge for anyone wanting them). He has a new book, ‘Choice’ in press at the moment, written with Richard Harper and Wes Sharrock

Analyzing fieldwork material (1/2 day, morning 9.00-12.30)
Different methods of data collection during fieldwork generate different types of data, mainly video, photos, samples of (coordinative) artifacts and documents of all sorts. This Master Class focuses on how to analyze such rich corpuses of mostly qualitative data, highlighting three different but complementary types of methods:

  • Narrative analysis, which is largely descriptive, uses fieldwork material for constructing ‘stories’ that illustrate e.g. typical events or particular complex practices.
  • Multimodal analysis is a much more conceptual approach to analyzing data. It is concerned with the multi-semiotic complexity of a construct or a practice and combines the analysis of talk, facial expressions, gestures, glances, bodily postures, and objects manipulations for understanding interactions, materiality and spatiality.
  • Artifact analysis has been developed within CSCW in order to understand how specific artifacts (e.g. flight progress strips, patient records, design artifacts) are used for making work visible, structuring communication, providing workspace and template, helping manage interdependencies, and so forth. Artifact analysis looks at the specific features that support practitioners in their work.

The Master Class will start with a lecture that provides an overview of methods of data analysis. Examples will then be provided for participants to perform an analysis in small groups so as to experience the potential and difficulties of different methods.

Max. number of participants: 15

Ina Wagner, Prof. em., Vienna University of Technology, currently holds an Adjunct Professor position at the University of Oslo. She has edited and written numerous books and authored over 150 papers on computer-support of hospital work and of architectural design and planning, participatory design, a feminist perspective in science and technology, and ethical and political issues in systems design.

Workshops Sunday 20. September (full day workshops)

Experiences of Technology Appropriation: Unanticipated Users, Usage, Circumstances, and Design 
Whether in private or professional life, people frequently adapt, adopt, and shape the technology around them based on their everyday practices to ease interaction when accomplishing certain tasks. The major goal of this one-day workshop is to discuss how this form of technology appropriation is used to satisfy people’s communication needs. In particular we focus on technology that was not initially intended to foster communication, but which led to appropriation, driven by people’s communication needs. We aim to identify ‘unexpected’ communication needs, to better account for them when designing interactive systems. We focus on different contexts, ranging from private settings (e.g., home) or semi-public spaces (e.g., art galleries) to strictly regulated environments (e.g., production lines or health- and emergency contexts) in which appropriation can be considered as a ‘critical’ matter. Thereby, we will discuss four aspects of appropriation: unanticipated usage, unanticipated users, unanticipated circumstances, and designing for the unanticipated.Organizers: Alina Krischkowsky, Manfred Tscheligi, Katja Neureiter, Michael Muller, Anna Maria Polli and Nervo VerdezotoWebsite:

Mixed Methods for Studying Interactions in Networked Environments
Researchers in CSCW have for a long time used traditional methods for data collection and analysis (e.g. ethnography) where a focus has been to develop an interdisciplinary research approach with methods from the social sciences to understand work and to inform the design of computer supported cooperative work. More recently, the CSCW community has become increasingly interested in social and crowd computing, to understand how certain phenomena play out at scale, often addressed by using social network analysis (SNA). This workshop will heighten the awareness of the need for more empirical studies of social and crowd computing using mixed methods in CSCW for better grounding of network level (e.g. SNA) data. It is the combination of different methods where one is quantitative and the other qualitative that is the focus of the workshop. This is also a controversial theme and thus invites different positions as topics for discussion.

Position paper submission instructions:

Organizers: Leif Lahn, Anders Mørch and Marisa Ponti


Conflict IT: Technologies and Collaborative Practices in Conflict areas
This workshop seeks to explore a new area of research within CSCW, which we coin, ‘ConflictIT’. ConflictIT focuses on the role that technologies play within contexts with longstanding historical imbalances and asymmetrical relations of power. Research in ConflictIT is dedicated to examining work and life within highly politicized and otherwise unstable contexts (e.g., Palestine, Tunisia, Kazakhstan, Ethiopia, India) and the special conditions political tensions place on collaborative practices, distributed work, and the development and use of technologies. The workshop aims to identify key research questions that we can investigate within the domain of ConflictIT and their theoretical relevance to CSCW. We will cover a range of topics, including, the particular conditions created by the political context and their influence on IT development, the role that technology play in these contexts, and the methodological challenges encountered when investigating technologies and practices within conflicted areas. The workshop will lead to the identification of new foundational boundaries for design of collaborative technologies emerging from studies within the domain of ConflictIT. We aim to explore the interplay between technologies, practices and political dimensions in order to gain in-depth knowledge of studies within these particular contexts.Organizers: Nina Boulus-Rødje, Pernille Bjørn, Dave Randall, Volker Wulf and Ahmad GhazawnehWebsite:

Master classes Sunday 20. September

The CSCW Research Program: Key concepts and methodological issues(full day)
The Master Class aims to offer a systematic introduction to the CSCW research program as it has evolved over the last 25 years. Emphasis will be put on key concepts such as ‘cooperative work’, ‘articulation work’, ‘situated action’, ‘work practice’, ‘coordinative practices and artifacts’, ‘mutual awareness’, etc. In step with this, emphasis will also be put on the methodological challenges of studying cooperative work practices such as the issue of the unit of analysis, the issue of determining and identifying practices, the issue of giving adequate descriptions of practices (‘thick description’), etc. The presentations and discussions will center on cases from the organizer’s field work (e.g., architectural planning, steel production, health care).Maximum number of participants: 25.Kjeld Schmidt is Professor of Work, Organization, and Technology at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark and visiting professor at the University of Siegen, Germany. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of Computer Supported Cooperative Work: The Journal of Collaborative Computing (since 1992).

Doctoral Colloqium Sunday 20. September

Ina Wagner and Toni Robertson (full day)