Call for Participation

Developing Skills for Social and Emotional Wellbeing

This one-day workshop was part of the CHI 2015 annual ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, held in Seoul (South Korea) between the 18th and 23rd of April.


Exploring the potential of digital technology to support emotional wellbeing has become an important research topic across HCI over the last decade, motivated by the essential role that emotional wellbeing plays in people’s health and quality of life. Maintaining and achieving wellbeing requires a set of well-developed social and emotional skills, and the possibility for personal growth and development. However, the research on how digital technology can scaffold the learning of such skills, or promote individuals’ self-development more generally, is still in its early stages. This workshop aims to develop a richer conceptual and practical understanding of this context, with the view to support and shape agenda for future research. The workshop will provide a balance of plenary sessions, break-out discussions and practical design activities. Other activities will allow workshop attendees to meet one another, engage in discussions about their papers, identify best-case examples from practice, discuss emerging themes, and identify plans for future work.

We invited authors to submit 2-4 page position papers (in ACM Extended Abstract Format) describing research and design ideas as well as strategies for supporting peoples’ wellbeing through the development of personal and social skills. We welcomed submissions on subjects including, but not limited to:

  • Descriptive and reflective accounts of research/designs supporting
    personal and social skills development in the context of wellbeing;
  • Analysis of strategies by which existing systems, perhaps
    implicitly, support the learning of social and emotional skills;
  • Position papers suggesting a well-argued research agenda for HCI in
    this space, including novel connections to domains other than HCI.

We especially invited submissions considering work in one of the following three topic areas:

  • Social and emotional learning in primary/secondary education (as a
    field with a long history of skills training for general and at-risk
  • Facilitating development of skills for carers of people experiencing
    irreversible loss of mental or physical capacity;
  • Supporting skills training as part of therapeutic treatment,
    particularly building on positive psychology.

Position papers were reviewed by a committee of experts in the aforementioned topics according to their significance, quality of presentation, as well as their potential to stimulate discussion.

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