Call for Papers

This one-day workshop is going to bring together top researchers and practitioners working in the area of interactive e-books for children. The goal of the workshop is defining key directions for future research in the design process and implementation of this kind of books. The workshop will critically explore opportunities and challenges for making interactive e-books effective for children's learning and entertainment. 

The aim of this workshop is to investigate all those topics related to the design and implementation of electronic books (e-books) for children. 

Within the workshop the discussion will focus on how to design interactive e-books for children in order to create effective tools for increasing the achievement of educational and cognitive benefits, as well as fostering children’ engagement, enjoyment, and fun. The workshop is also going to discuss aspects concerning possible paradigms, methodologies and approaches to be used in designing, developing and evaluating e-books. 

We would like to bring together researchers from a wide range of disciplines - HCI designers, computer scientists, technologists, educators, linguists, pedagogists, psychologists, graphic designers, editors - who work in interactive e-books for children or are interested in exploring the challenges of this domain. Our wish is to promote an interdisciplinary exchange collecting participants desiring to integrate different views and ideas, findings and experiences. 

Papers are solicited dealing with design and implementation of e-books for children, as well as methodology, field study and evaluation. 

They should be related but not limited to the following topics: 

  • designing effective learning e-books 
  • e-books as complementary tools to other technologies 
  • designing of gamification 
  • designing for the abilities of children with special needs 
  • individualizing approaches and other methods to address individual differences 
  • applying theories to design and evaluation 
  • best practices 
  • evaluation and impact assessment 
  • complying with regulations guidelines and standards 

The workshop intends to provide a venue to share the participants’ expertise in interactive e-books field, address open questions, identify emerging trends and challenges in this field, and explore unified approaches. 

In particular, submitted papers and discussion during the workshop presentations will let us: 

  • obtain a good picture of the current technological solutions and empirical evidence 
  • identify requirements and constraints to develop interactive e-books supporting the claimed benefits 
  • identify novel design concepts that extend the boundaries of what interactive e-books can offer to children from the educational and entertainment viewpoint 
  • foster and motivate appropriate design and evaluation methodologies 
  • outline possible directions for future research in the field. 

Furthermore, through a peer-to-peer review and a careful selection of submitted workshop papers, we aim to provide a suitable stage for discussion that will both push forward the state of the art and generate follow-up interest and ideas. 

Position papers must be submitted to idc2013-ebooks @ as .pdf file formatted according to the ACM SIGCHI Publications Format and should not exceed 4 pages. 

Papers will be peer-reviewed. Approximately 10 will be selected by relevance and likelihood of stimulating and contributing to an animated and effective discussion. 

The best position papers will appear in the conference proceedings and in the ACM Digital Library. 

A selection of best papers might be invited to submit a revised version, which is eligible for review and publication in a Special Issue of the International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction.

Please notice that: 

  • At least one author of each accepted position paper must register for the conference and the workshop by the early registration deadline (to be announced). 
  • Workshop participation will be open to any IDC 2013 participant (upon place availability) but all attendees must register for both the workshop and the IDC conference itself.