EDIT 14.5.2019: We are sorry to inform that the course has been postponed due to prof. Wisniewski's flights being cancelled. We are currently working to schedule a new time for this course.

Interact is proud to arrange the PhD course 'Conducting Research with Teens, Methods and Findings in Adolescent Online Safety' with visiting professor Pamela Wisniewski from University of Central Florida's Socio-Technical Interaction Research Lab. The course is funded by the ITEE doctoral programme and will be arranged 15.5.-17.5.2019.

This course will introduce students to research in the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) on the topic of adolescent online safety and risk. It combines lectures with hands-on activities and small group discussions on different empirical approaches to conducting research about and with teens. Students will learn user-centered approaches to conducting research with teens (ages 13-17). The aim is for students to be able to thoughtfully engage in issues around adolescent online safety, formulate well-informed research questions, and design a study in which to answer these questions. Students will also be given the opportunity to work with existing data sets to get practice analyzing data collected from teens. By the end of the course, each student will have:

  • Multiple research lectures of the topic of adolescent online safety
  • A repository of current research papers on adolescent online safety
  • An overview of empirical methods for conducting research with teens (e.g., interviews, surveys, diary studies, online digital trace data, and participatory design)
  • A fleshed-out research study design in which they could choose to pursue this line inquiry in collaboration with the speakers after the conclusion of the course

A more detailed description including a reading list and pre-assignment can be downloaded here

There is room for 20 students in the course. The slots will be filled in order of applications. Registration open in WebOodi until 3.5.2018, course 816620J. After registration closes, you can ask for vacant slots from: heidi.hartikainen@oulu.fi.

Dr. Wisniewski is a Human-Computer Interaction researcher whose work lies at the intersection of Social Computing and Privacy. She is particularly interested in the interplay between social media, privacy, and online safety for adolescents. She has authored over 55 peer-reviewed publications and has won multiple best papers (top 1%) and best paper honorable mentions (top 5%) at ACM SIGCHI conferences. She has been awarded over $2.48 million in external grant funding as a principal investigator or Co-PI, and her research has been featured by popular news media outlets, including ABC News, NPR, Psychology Today , and U.S. News and World Report. She is an inaugural member of the ACM Future Computing Academy and the first computer scientist to ever be selected as a William T. Grant Scholar.