I Search Therefore I Learn

International Conference on Web-based Learning ICWL2019 - Sep 23-25, 2019 Magdeburg, Germany

CALL FOR PAPERS

The World Wide Web has become the most popular gateway to find most types of information and to interact with it. Broder categorized web search queries into having either navigational, transactional or informational intents (Broder, 2002). In informational web search sessions, the intent of a user is to acquire some information assumed to be present on one or more web pages. Recent research initiatives in the realm of ‘search as learning’ (SAL) have recognized the importance of challenging the status quo of search engines that primarily serve relevance-related needs, by proposing optimization for users learning-related needs.

Different kinds of learning activities are associated with significantly different user behaviors and preferences, therefore a thorough understanding of learning needs as well as cognitive and behavioral learning patterns is required.

This workshop aims to flesh out interdisciplinary research directions and methodologies, survey state-of-the-art approaches, and build community around this important emerging research area.

We invite to discuss the challenges and research work on the detection of learning needs as well as understanding of users’ behavior during Web search. We are particularly interested in engaging interdisciplinary expertise across the fields of computer science, information retrieval, human computer interaction, psychology and education going beyond existing work by investigating different learning scenarios (both formal and informal).

We are soliciting submission of short and position papers up to 4 pages from single or multiple authors to encourage sharing of ideas and a lively discussion. Papers may include preliminary reports of research, proposals for new work, or follow a more traditional position paper format.

All papers will be single blind peer reviewed by members of the program committee and assessed for their relevance to the workshop and their likelihood to generate discussion. Papers considered outside the scope of the workshop will not be accepted for inclusion in the workshop proceedings. A small number of papers will be selected for presentation.

Papers should be in the ACM conference style and submitted in pdf form via EasyChair.

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

Investigating and understanding behavior

  • Understanding the user´s decision-making processes during web search
  • Defining and detecting learning needs and scopes
  • The relationship between the learning process and searchers' task contexts
  • Analysis of search queries in learning environments
  • Identifying students knowledge and intent (while searching)
  • Prediction of knowledge gain
  • Implicit indicators of learning (while searching)
  • Interaction of personality traits with behavior in search sessions
  • Identifying behavioural patterns while searching
  • Novel ways of learning that involve search for scholarly information
  • Implications of search as learning for different populations: students, teachers
  • Search as learning and multimedia aspects

System aspects

  • Search interface design in support of learning
  • Cross-modal relations of information resources
  • Strategies for intervening in the search as learning process
  • Pilot applications and evaluation of search as learning processes
  • Interaction monitoring and optimization for learning outcomes
  • Search history visualization tools to help users re-construct the semantic relationship among their search activities
  • Features and functionalities to support learning via web-based information
  • Collaborative and social computing tools for sharing results and experiences
  • Datasets to enable research on search as learning scenarios

Important Dates

Papers submissions due: July 22nd, 2019
Acceptance notification: August 22nd, 2019
Workshop@ICWL: Sept 23-25, 2019

Workshop Organizers

Ralph Ewerth
Leibniz Information Centre of Science and Technology (TIB), Hannover, Germany
Ujwal Gadiraju
L3S Research Center, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Hannover, Germany
Ivana Marenzi
L3S Research Center, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Hannover, Germany
Bernardo Pereira Nunes
PUC-Rio & UNIRIO, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil



Program Committee

  • Wolfgang Nejdl (L3S Research Center)
  • Maria Grazia Sindoni (Univ. Messina)
  • Sandra Petroni (Univ. Roma Torvergata)
  • Ilaria Moschini (Univ. FIrenze)
  • Davide Taibi (CNR, Palermo)
  • Maria Bortoluzzi (Univ. Udine)
  • Pavlos Fafalios (L3S Research Center)
  • Sean Siqueira (UNIRIO)
  • Sergej Zerr (L3S Research Center)
  • Ran Yu (GESIS)
  • ...

Program

TBA

Paper Submission

We are soliciting submission of short and position papers up to 4 pages from single or multiple authors to encourage sharing of ideas and a lively discussion. Papers may include preliminary reports of research, proposals for new work, or follow a more traditional position paper format.

All papers will be single blind peer reviewed by members of the program committee and assessed for their relevance to the workshop and their likelihood to generate discussion. Papers considered outside the scope of the workshop will not be accepted for inclusion in the workshop proceedings. A small number of papers will be selected for presentation.

All submissions must be written in English and must be formatted according to the ACM format (https://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template).

Please submit your contributions electronically in PDF format via the ISTIL2019 submission system at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sete2019 (please select the corresponding ISTIL2019 track).