XXVII.6 November - December 2020
Page: 84
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Closing note for the HCI education forum

Sukeshini Grandhi

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Dear ACM Interactions readers, After five years we are phasing out the print version of the HCI Education forum in Interactions magazine. In 2015, I took on the role of editor for the newly launched HCI Education forum. I (nervously) wrote an article kicking off the forum communicating my vision and hope for "educators, practitioners, researchers, and students to share their perspectives, reflections, and experiences related to HCI education." It gives me great pleasure to say that I have had the privilege of doing exactly that in the past five years. Several colleagues from our international HCI community both from academia and industry wrote about new approaches, new curriculums, creative classroom models, and community outreach in HCI education, as well as the challenges we face in this rapidly evolving field. Contributions came from a wide spectrum of educational, geographical, socioeconomic, and research/teaching cultures. These colleagues opened their doors to us, inviting us to see the accomplishments and challenges they experienced and, in the process, imparted insights to educators on how to mold various HCI educational and pedagogical activities.


I would like to thank each and every contributor to the HCI Education forum for taking the time to share their thoughts via Interactions. I would also like to thank three generations of editors in chief (Ron Wakkary and Erik Stolterman; Gilbert Cockton and Simone Barbosa; and Daniela Rosner, Mikael Wiberg, and Alex Taylor), who enthusiastically worked with me in featuring the contributions on HCI education. I can't thank Audrey Desjardins, Rachel Clark, and Anne Spaa enough for their immense patience and kindness, with which they seamlessly coordinated every single submission and review process! A big shoutout to John Stanik and his team at ACM for bringing the forum articles to life with color and graphics during the copyediting and layout process. Finally, I would also like to thank Elizabeth Churchill, one of many silent champions of the HCI Education forum, for bringing me in.

This is a bittersweet moment for me. On one hand, I am sad that I will not be actively involved with the print forum articles anymore, but on the other hand, this paves the way for exciting new avenues. The current editors in chief are moving toward strengthening the online presence of Interactions by setting up several new creative channels for contribution. I hope all my fellow HCI education enthusiasts will continue to contribute to the magazine through these channels.

Thank you.

Suki Grandhi, Editor, HCI Education forum

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