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CFP, 2017 SIG InfoLearn Workshop: Information and Learning Sciences Research as an Integral Scholarly Nexus

“Information and Learning Sciences Research as an Integral Scholarly Nexus”

This event occurred Sat. October 28, 2017, 8:30am – 12:30pm, Hyatt Regency, Crystal City, VA, close to DC.

Introductory talk transcript


  • Dr. Rebecca Reynolds, Rutgers University
  • Dr. Soo Young Rieh, University of Michigan

Interactive panelists:

  • Dr. Denise Agosto, Drexel University
  • Dr. June Ahn, New York University
  • Dr. Sam Chu, University of Hong Kong
  • Dr. Nicole Cooke, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Dr. Eric Meyers, University of British Columbia

Researchers in both information and learning sciences aim to understand the processes that facilitate searching, learning, and knowledge co-construction, in order to advance theory and system design. Recent special volumes of the Journal of Information Science and The Information Society discuss the intersections in human information and learning research.

ASIST’s new Special Interest Group, SIG Information and Learning Sciences (InfoLearn) was initiated and launched in Spring of 2017. To mark this occasion, we will offer this half-day pre-conference workshop at the ASIST annual meeting. A primary goal is to present several cross-disciplinary scholars’ perspectives on key research occurring within both of these connected disciplines, offer analysis and discernment on scholarly boundaries and convergences, and identify productive ongoing and future areas of theory building, methodology and system design praxis, spanning these 2 inter-disciplinary fields.

We seek information and learning researchers to join us in exploring, defining and advancing work in this scholarly nexus. Workshop themes include:

  • Information behavior during both formal and informal learning, and by the full diversity of youth, adults, elders and specialized populations: at work; at school; at play
  • Design and use of learning systems and information systems
  • Computer supported collaborative learning
  • Ethnographic, emancipatory, critical-race theory and post-structural research involving information and learning
  • Digital divide, literacies, access, and engagement
  • Learning analytics and/or data science perspectives on inquiry and learning activity across systems
  • E-learning systems research on policies and practices in data sharing, information architecture, knowledge ecosystems management
  • Social and ethical issues, privacy and security concerns in online and cyber-learning
Tentative Schedule
8:30 -8:50 Welcome and Introduction (Rebecca Reynolds)
8:50 – 9:20 One-minute introductions (All participants)
9:20 – 10:20 Interactive Panelists Discussion
10:20 – 10:40 Coffee Break
10:40 – 11:40 Breakout Sessions based on themes emergent from participant position papers
11:40 – 11:55 Report-Out on future research areas, by breakout groups
11:55 – 12:20 One minute madness (participant debriefings, takeaways)
12:20 – 12:30 Wrap-up and closing remarks (Soo Young Rieh)

Registration rate: $115 for ASIS&T members, $125 for non-members; includes 1 coffee break. Optional informal networking lunch to follow! Continuing the conversations…