Designing digital tools and resources for human research ethics in HCI

External Member

ANU Human Research Ethics Office


Many human-computer interaction (HCI) projects involve engaging directly with current or prospective technology users in design and evaluation activities. HCI researchers must address the ethical dimensions of this work, such as managing risks of harm to participants through data collection activities, and consider the benefits and impacts of a technology design project on individuals and society.

All research projects involving human research, including HCI projects with human participants, are required to obtain ANU Human Research Ethics approval, and adhere to the NHMRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007).

This project involves designing new digital tools and resources to support the ethical conduct of HCI research projects with human participants. Ideas for specifics projects within this theme include:

  • Designing a mobile or web application that allows HCI researchers to deliver participant information sheets and consent forms in different audio-visual formats
  • Designing educational resources such as interactive quizzes, games, or tools for teaching human research ethics concepts and skills to HCI students
  • Conducting a qualitative investigation of ethical issues and challenges in a particular HCI design situation, and designing tools and frameworks to navigate and address these issues


Project Requirements

This project will involve the following activities, depending on the project length and topic:

  • Conducting a literature review
  • Applying for human research ethics approval (as a protocol variation)
  • Undertaking qualitative user research using methods such as interviews, diary studies, cultural probes, sensory ethnography etc. and/or co-design with participants
  • Technology development and implementation
  • Evaluating your technology design with prospective users.

You cannot reuse any part of your COMP3900/COMP6390 coursework assessment for this project.

Required Skills and Experience

To apply for this project, you must have:

  • Completed COMP3900/COMP6390 Human-Computer Interaction
  • Completed coursework or have relevant experience in programming, mobile application, and/or web application development
  • A genuine interest in human research ethics, and the skills to complete your project independently within the given timeframe

Prior involvement in a project involving human research ethics (in any discipline) is highly advantageous.

How to Apply

To submit an expression of interest for this project, please email by Monday 14 February 2022 with the subject line: “Student Project EOI: Designing digital tools and resources for human research ethics in HCI”

Your email must include all of the following for your EOI to be considered:

  • Academic transcript(s)
  • CV
  • 1-page project proposal with your project idea, motivation, methods, deliverables, and timeline. You should reference HCI publications from the ACM Digital Library in your proposal to show how your idea is new or different to what has been done before. State your degree program, project course code, and project length.

Background Literature

Bilstrup, KEK, Kaspersen, MH & Petersen, MG 2020, ‘Staging reflections on ethical dilemmas in machine learning: A card-based design workshop for high school students’, DIS 2020 - Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference, pp. 1211–1222.

Frauenberger, C, Rauhala, M & Fitzpatrick, G 2017, ‘In-Action Ethics’, Interacting with Computers, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 220–236, accessed from <>.

G. Pillai, A, Baki Kocaballi, A, Wah Leong, T, A. Calvo, R, Parvin, N, Shilton, K, Waycott, J, Fiesler, C, C. Havens, J & Ahmadpour, N 2021, ‘Co-Designing Resources for Ethics Education in HCI’, in Extended Abstracts of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, accessed from <>.

NHRMC 2007, National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, Canberra, accessed from <

Waycott, J, Munteanu, C, Davis, H, Thieme, A, Branham, S, Moncur, W, McNaney, R & Vines, J ‘Ethical Encounters in HCI: Research In Sensitive and Complex Settings’, Ethical Encounters website, accessed August 15, 2021, from <>


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