Designing Social and Emotional Skills Training: The Challenges and Opportunities for Technology Support: The challenges and opportunities for technology support

Petr Slovák, Ran Gilad-Bachrach, Geraldine Fitzpatrick

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Social and emotional skills are crucial for all aspects of our everyday life. However, understanding how digital technology can facilitate the development and learning of such skills is yet an under-researched area in HCI. To start addressing this gap, this paper reports on a series of interviews and design workshops with the leading researchers and developers of 'Social and Emotional Learning' (SEL) curricula. SEL is a subfield of educational psychology with a long history of teaching such skills, and a range of evidence based curricula that are widely deployed in primary and secondary schools. We identify the shared challenges across existing curricula that digital technology might help address: the support for out-of-session learning, scaffolding for parental engagement, and feedback for the curricula developers. We argue how this presents an opportunity for mutually beneficial collaborations, with the potential for significant real-world impact of novel HCI systems, and can inform HCI work on supporting social and emotional skills development in other domains.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Subtitle of host publicationCrossings
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450331456
ISBN (Print)9781450331456
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event33rd Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2015 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 18 Apr 201523 Apr 2015

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings


Conference33rd Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2015
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of


  • Social and Emotional Skills
  • Human-centered computing

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