Everything that we do as researchers is based on what we write. Especially for graduate students and young researchers, it is hard to turn a research project into a successful CHI publication. This struggle continues for postdocs and young professors trying to provide excellent reviews for the CHI community that pinpoint flaws and improvements in research papers. This course provides hands-on advice on how to write papers with clarity, substance, and style and how to structure reviews that are helpful and focused on enhancing someone’s research.
Writing and reviewing papers is at the heart of our craft as CHI researchers. Yet, good writing sometimes seems ephemeral to us when trying to structure our research ideas around what we perceive as the demands of the CHI community. In addition, we are quick to complain about bad reviews, but often lack the training and sometimes the information to create excellent reviews ourselves. While some helpful work exists online with lots of writing and research structure advice for CHI authors, it has unfortunately not been synthesised into a course format.
Students will learn the practical writing skills that enable them to “trim the fat” in their writing and focus on bringing the essential information across in this course. They will also work through exercises that show them how to structure their CHI paper around a research narrative to solve the main problem and outline a strong contribution using exploratory learning.