Studying Human-Computer Interaction with Video (Online Course)


16/05/2022 - 17/05/2022

Organised by:

University of Liverpool


Dr Stuart Reeves


Intermediate (some prior knowledge)


Dr Billie-Gina Thomason

Venue: Online


Human-computer interaction (HCI) is an ever-more pervasive phenomenon. In fact, avoiding any kind of interaction with digital technologies has become a purposeful and quite challenging act in many modern societies. In this way HCI has the potential for widespread relevance considerably beyond its initial disciplinary origins stemming largely from university computer science and psychology departments.

Simultaneously, approaches from the human sciences (and arts and humanities) have pushed well into HCI’s mainstream. One approach that has had significant formative impact in HCI is, broadly, sociological interactionism; that is, understanding interaction with / around digital technologies, infrastructures and services as constitutively interactional in nature.

This course will explore one formative strand of interactionism: video-based studies of social interaction with / around digital technologies (e.g., in everyday life), informed by traditions of ethnomethodology and conversation analysis.

The course will contextualise video analysis both in terms of human-computer interaction as everyday, routine phenomena, and with respect to HCI as a field (and its connections with both technical and sociotechnical fields of research). By looking at video analysis through the lens of ethnomethodology and conversation analysis, coupled with a perspective on the disciplinary challenges such work potentially faces, this course will provide a broad introduction to doing studies in this form: how they can be conceived of and what outcomes they might produce.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Be familiar with the nature of human-computer interactional phenomena and matters of HCI research disciplinarity
  • Be aware of the basic ideas driving EMCA and correspondingly the use of video as a tool for this research approach, including an appreciation for the various caveats and inherent problems (as well as practical challenges and disciplinary ones with respect to HCI research)
  • Understand what is involved in examining video recordings of human-computer interaction and unpacking how interaction unfolds (and its significance for designers)
  • Be familiar with some basic transcription techniques and their use in unpacking video recordings of interactions with / around digital technologies

Schedule: The course is run across two consecutive mornings with individual and group assignments inbetween and equates to one teaching day for payment purposes.


9:30 Welcome, 20 second intros around the room (10 mins)

9:40 Teaching session 1 – laying the ground work (1hr – short break included)

10:40 Break (20 mins)

11:00 Teaching session 2 – thinking about analysis (1hr – short break included)

12:00 Break (10 mins)

12:20 Briefing on the practical activity / task (video analysis) (20 mins)

12:40 End     

Afternoon session (own time): Practical activity taking place in own time in groups and / or individually (TBD)


9:30 Welcome back / recap (5 mins)

9:35 Teaching session 3 – analysing data (1.5hrs inc. 15 min break)

11:00 Break (10 mins)

11:10 Teaching session 4 – wrap up (max 1hr – short break included if necessary)

12:10 End


The fee per teaching day is: • £30 per day for students registered at UK/EU University. • £60 per day for staff at UK/EU academic institutions, UK/EU Research Councils researchers, UK/EU public sector staff and staff at UK/EU registered charity organisations and recognised UK/EU research institutions. • £100 per day for all other participants In the event of cancellation by the delegate a full refund of the course fee is available up to two weeks prior to the course. NO refunds are available after this date

Website and registration:


North West


Telephone/video call survey interview, Videoing interviews, Visual Methods, Video research, Interaction Analysis, Conversation Analysis, Ethnography, Visual Data Analysis, video analysis, human-computer interaction, field research, ethnomethodology

Related publications and presentations:

Telephone/video call survey interview
Videoing interviews
Visual Methods
Video research
Interaction Analysis
Conversation Analysis
Visual Data Analysis

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