Monday, 28th August 2017

Masterclasses on Monday 28th constitute a one-day introductory program on CSCW concepts, methods and challenges. These masterclasses are particularly targeted at early career researchers and PhD students, but they are open also to other participants if places are available. Participants will be be able to register for a “one-day ticket” (comprising 3 masterclasses) for a reasonable fee, or for individual masterclasses.
The “one-day ticket” for these masterclasses will be free of charge for students who are accepted for the Doctoral Colloquium.
Full information on registration will appear soon.

Morning Session 09:00-12:00 (2 Masterclasses in Parallel)

  • MC1 – “Qualitative Research for CSCW” (David Randall)
    This masterclass will examine the various methodological possibilities inherent in qualitative research. Although it makes no sense to speak of ethnography as a ‘traditional’ method there is no doubt that orthodox observational strategies are being complemented by a range of interventions, including ‘probes’; ‘living labs’; virtual ethnography’, and so on. The range of possible interventions, their relationship to design and the various challenges inherent in them will be examined.
  • MC2 – “Participatory Design” (Tone Bratteteig and Ina Wagner)
    This masterclass will give an introduction to Participatory Design (PD) as an approach to design in cooperation with users. The class emphasizes what it means to have users participate in design decisions and how to arrange for this to happen. The class gives a conceptual basis for the many concrete methods for practicing PD, and gives an overview of such methods. In addition, PD as a research approach will be discussed, emphasizing how design activities can be incorporated as a part of a research project. PD often includes studies of artefacts and objects – in themselves and in use – and the class includes a brief introduction to such studies. Finally, the class discusses how analysis of artefact (in use) inform design, and the roles such analyses can play in PD.

Afternoon Session 12:30-15:00

  • MC3 – “Conceptual issues in CSCW” (Kjeld Schmidt)
    The mission of CSCW is not to merely build an inventory of particular computer programs or systems, recording how they were observably used in some setting, at some time, or a body of in-depth studies of social settings with some more or less elaborate implications for design. The objective is rather to be able to transfer those findings to other settings as lessons learned. In order for CSCW researchers to be able to do so, in an accountable way, it is of critical importance to clarify the ‘unit of analysis’ in terms of which findings are compared. The aim of this master class is to contribute to this clarification by discussing key concepts in CSCW such as ‘work practice’, ‘coordinative artifact’, ‘technique’ and ‘technology’, ‘infrastructure’.

Early Evening Session 15:30-17:30

  • MC4 – “Writing for Publication” (David Randall)
    This masterclass will examine the issues surrounding publication at a variety of conference and other venues. It will deal with the kinds of problem that PhD students and early stage researchers often have to contend with, to whit, what a good literature review looks like, how to defend methodological choices, how to avoid being a ‘hostage’ to reviewers and what good analytic work looks like. It will also deal with some of the rhetorical choices that lead to ‘good’ writing.

Please follow the ECSCW exploratory papers template for preparing your submissions to Masterclasses, if so requested by the organisers. The template can be downloaded as RTF or Ms Word from

Workshops and Masterclasses Chairs
Alexander Boden, Fraunhofer-FIT, Germany
Claus Bossen, Aarhus University, Denmark