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Search As Learning
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Special Issue

We are happy to announce that Springer's Information Retrieval journal will publish a special issue on Search As Learning. Download the call here. This is an open call for all researchers in this area, it is not restricted to workshop participants. The submission deadline is October 30 (extended from 15/10), 2016.

Workshop Format

One goal of the workshop is to encourage collaborations among attendees. While presentations of papers are meant to inspire discussions, breakout group sessions will make the workshop highly interactive.

Program (July 21, 2016)

All papers are available as CEUR Workshop Proceedings, Volume 1647.

Time slot
9:00 - 9:30 Keynote I by Kevyn Collins-Thompson
Challenges and opportunities in algorithms for optimizing learning while searching
9:30 - 10:30 Paper session I (10+5 minutes for presentation+discussion)
Search Literacy: Learning to Search to Learn (Max Wilson and Michael Twidale)
Finding, Understanding and Learning: Making Information Discovery Tasks Useful for Children and Teachers (Ion Madrazo, Nevena Dragovic and Maria Soledad Pera)
Optimizing Search Results for Educational Goals: Incorporating Keyword Density as a Retrieval Objective (Rohail Syed and Kevyn Collins-Thompson)
Towards Observable Indicators of Learning on Search (Jacek Gwizdka and Xueshu Chen)
10:30 - 11:00 Coffe break
11:00 - 12:15 Breakout discussion I
12:15 - 12:30 Lightning presentations (2 minutes each)
Exploring Knowledge Learning in Collaborative Information Seeking Process (Yu Chi, Shuguang Han and Daqing He)
Retrieval Techniques for Contextual Learning (Nino Weingart and Carsten Eickhoff)
Learning in Second-Language Searching (Anita Komlodi and Nadia Caidi)
Learning when searching for Web data (Laura Koesten, Emilia Kacprzak and Jenifer Tennison)
Training on the Job: Learning While Searching in an Engineering Workplace (Dirk Ahlers and Mahsa Mehrpoor)
Search Behaviour Before and After Search Success (Mengdie Zhuang, Elaine G. Toms and Gianluca Demartini)
SaR-Web: A tool to support search as learning processes (Giovanni Fulantelli, Ivana Marenzi, Qazi Asim Ijaz Ahmad and Davide Taibi)
How does Domain Expertise Affect Users' Search Processes in Exploratory Searches? (Jiaxin Mao, Yiqun Liu, Min Zhang and Shaoping Ma)
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch & Poster Session
14:00 - 14:30 Keynote II by Andreas Nuernberger
Exploring and Learning: How to support young users in learning while searching
14:30 - 15:30 Paper session II (10+5 minutes for presentation+discussion)
Promoting User Engagement and Learning in Search Tasks By Effective Document Representation (Piyush Arora and Gareth Jones)
Metacognitive Knowledge and Metacognitive Regulation in Time-Constrained Information Search (Anita Crescenzi)
Integrating domain knowledge differences into modeling user clicks on search result pages (Saraschandra Karanam and Herre van Oostendorp)
On measuring learning in search: A position paper (Luanne Freund, Samuel Dodson and Rick Kopak)
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 - 17:00 Breakout discussion II
17:00 - 17:15 Wrap up

Call for Papers

The Search as Learning Workshop aims to flesh out research directions & methodologies and survey state-of-the-art approaches in this important emerging research area. We are particularly interested in submissions across the IR, IS, HCI and learning science fields.

Topics of interest include the following (but are not limited to):

Understanding searching as a human learning process.

When and how learning occurs in the search process.

The relationship between the learning process and searchers' work task contexts.

Features and functionalities to foster learning.

Search interface design in support of learning.

The implications of searching for learning for different populations: children, low literacy searchers, non-experts.

The role of affect and engagement on learning while searching.

Methods and measures to assess learning performance and experience.

Learning analytics for search contexts.

Collaborative aspects of searching as learning.

Indicators of learning (while searching).

Interaction monitoring, modelling, and optimization for learning outcomes.

Program Committee

Leif Azzopardi, University of Glasgow, UK

David Elsweiler, University of Regensburg, Germany

Christa Womser-Hacker, University of Hildesheim, Germany

Kevyn Collins-Thompson, University of Michigan, USA

Rebecca Reynolds, Rutgers University, USA

Jussi Karlgren, Gavagei/KTH, Sweden

Soo Young Rieh, University of Michigan, USA

Hitomi Saito, Aichi University of Education, Japan

Jeremy Pickens, Catalyst Repository Systems, USA

Pia Borlund, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Pertti Vakkari, University of Tampere, Finland

Andreas Nurnberger, University of Magdeburg, Germany

Kalervo Järvelin, University of Tampere, Finland

Rick Kopak, University of British Columbia, Canada

Robert Capra, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Workshop Organizers

If you have questions about the workshop, contact us at sal2016[at]nii.ac.jp.

Jacek Gwizdka

University of Texas Austin, USA


Preben Hansen

Stockholm University, Sweden


Claudia Hauff

Delft University of Technology, Netherlands


Jiyin He

CWI, Netherlands


Noriko Kando

National Institute of Informatics, Japan