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Call for papers: IWILDS2020@CIKM2020 - First International Workshop on Investigating Learning During Web Search

Workshop Website
Workshop date: October 19th (full day), collocated with CIKM 2020

Important Dates

Submission deadline: 2020-07-15 Acceptance notification: 2020-08-15 Camera-ready submission: Workshop date: 2020-10-19

Keynote talks by

Carita Kiili, Faculty of Education & Culture, University of Tampere, Finland

Claudia Hauff, Web Information Systems Group, Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science, Delft University of Technology

Scope & Topics

Web search is one of the most ubiquitous online activities and is often used for learning purposes, i.e. to acquire or extend one's knowledge or skills about certain topics or procedures. The importance of learning as an outcome of Web search has also been recognized in research at the intersection of information retrieval, human-computer interaction, psychology, and educational sciences. Search as Learning (SAL) research examines relationships between querying, navigation, and reading behavior during Web search and the resulting learning outcomes, and how they can be measured, predicted, and supported. IWILDS aims to provide a platform to the interdisciplinary SAL community, with the objective to bring together interested researchers from all related disciplines, provide space for presentation and discussion of novel research insights and future directions of SAL research. We thus invite submissions addressing topics related to the understanding of online learning, specifically during Web search, or the technological support of such learning processes.

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

  • Understanding learning during Web search
  • Role of individual differences (e.g. self-regulation, confidence, engagement, affect, etc) on learning while searching
  • Modeling & predicting learning processes and outcomes in Web search ○ Information literacy & multiple documents comprehension
  • Methods of data collection (e.g. query & navigation logs, eye-tracking) to understand learning
  • Indicators of learning (while searching) & learning outcome measures
    Collaborative aspects of SAL
    Context effects (e.g. search at the library, outdoors, etc) on learning while searching
  • Support of learning during Web search
    Interventions, tools, & user interfaces to foster SAL ○ Information/multimedia retrieval for SAL

Learning analytics & educational data mining in Web-based (informal & formal) learning

Fairness and transparency of Web-based learning

Source credibility evaluation during Web search

Transparency of retrieval & ranking in SAL
Implications of SAL for different populations: e.g., children, low-literacy searchers

Bias in recommendation, user profiling etc. for SAL scenarios

Submission Guidelines

  • We will welcome two types of contributions:
    long papers (up to 8 pages) presenting high-quality contributions of completed research
  • short papers (up to 4 pages) presenting positions, work in progress, and minor contributions.
  • All submissions must be written in English and formatted according to CEUR-WS format
  • (the two-columned style, no page numbers) and submitted via EasyChair

Submission will be reviewed by the Program Committee based on (a) quality of its contribution, (b) quality of the content's presentation, (c) fit to the workshop's topics. Accepted papers will be invited for presentation during the workshop; the corresponding papers will be published in the CIKM companion volume.

Format guidelines
Submission page


Due to the global crisis in coping with the COVID 19 virus, ISIC2020 will now be presented as a virtual conference. We are very excited to invite you to the first virtual ISIC conference! We hope that our regular ISIC conference attendees will join us, and we invite those who have not yet joined our community to take this opportunity.

Please visit our website

ISIC2020 is hosted by: Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria

Dates: 28 September 2020  – 1 October 2020

Platform: To be announced.

Registration fees – significantly reduced.

Registration is now open and will close 4 September 2020.

Registration website

This is an official registration site managed by the University of Pretoria; for guidelines on the registration process, please visit our ISIC2020 conference site.

Please note the Euro values are equivalent to what we advertise on our website. Since the University of Pretoria registration system accepts only South African Rand (ZAR) we calculated the conversion rate on 12 May 2020.

We have lower registration rates for participants from South Africa and Africa to encourage local / regional participation.

Important information for presenters and panelists: At least one presenter per paper (i.e., full paper, short paper and poster) must be registered by 30 June. This is essential for us to develop and announce the conference programme. All panelists for panel discussions and all presenters of workshops must also be registered by 30 June.

Important information for doctoral workshop: You can only register for the doctoral workshop if you have been accepted. The doctoral workshop fees include attendance at the plenary conference sessions.

International delegates: ZAR 1 790 (approx.  Euro 90)

SA and other Africa country delegates: ZAR 1 492 (approx. Euro 75)

Doctoral workshop (only if accepted) – international delegates: ZAR 995 (approx. Euro 50)

Doctoral workshop (only if accepted) – SA and other African country delegates: ZAR 895 (approx. Euro 45)

ISIC Steering committee members not presenting: ZAR 597 (approx. Euro 30)

Student individual registration (fulltime or early career part time students only) - international delegates: ZAR 1 113 (approx. Euro 58)

Student individual registration (fulltime or early career part time students only) - SA and other African country delegates: ZAR 995 (approx. Euro 50)

Student group registration (5 fulltime students) - international delegates: ZAR 1 917 (approx. Euro 100)

Student group registration (5 fulltime students) - SA and other African country delegates:

ZAR 1 629 (approx. Euro 85)

Keynote speakers and invited guests: ZAR 0 (Euro 0)

Webinar – workshops
Please visit the conference website for more detail.

Workshop 1 – Introduction into interactive information retrieval and user experience (Presenters: Prof. Elke Greifeneder & Dr. Maria Gäde) – International delegates: Euro 30 (ZAR 597)

Workshop 1 – Introduction into interactive information retrieval and user experience (Presenters: Prof. Elke Greifeneder & Dr. Maria Gäde) – SA and other African country delegates: Euro 25 (ZAR 497)

Workshop 2 – Synergy through Diversity: Creating Innovation through Bonded Design (Presenters: Dr Valerie Nesset and J. Brice Bible)

International delegates: Euro 30 (ZAR 597)

Workshop 2 – Synergy through Diversity: Creating Innovation through Bonded Design (Presenters: Dr Valerie Nesset and J. Brice Bible SA and other African country delegates: Euro 25 (ZAR 497)

We will announce the conference programme by mid-July. There will be only plenary sessions to allow people to get full benefit from presentations. Presentations will also be recorded. In the meantime we will soon make a list available of papers accepted. Please check our website for more detail.

Our keynote speakers:
Naresh Agarwal (USA):
The many meanings of context: Can we arrive at a shared understanding?

Gunilla Widén (Finland): Infodemic – the challenges of making sense of information disorder and what is the cure?

Archie Dick (South Africa): South Africa's long walk to information freedom

For more detail about our keynote speakers can be found here.

PhD Opportunity in Information Interaction

We are looking for a motivated graduate who is looking for a novel PhD opportunity. Based in Sheffield, UK, you will work on a specific project Augmenting Human Cognition Interfaces in the Workplace. 

This project is part of DoSSIER, a Marie Curie International Training Network that trains early career researchers. You must not currently have a PhD, or have been in the UK for more than one year in the past three. This is a fully funded PhD with no restrictions on nationality, etc.  Ideally someone with a bit of information interaction, an understanding of information retrieval and an appreciation of the interface problem in accessing information.

Deadline: June 31, 2020

Interested? Please contact Elaine Toms for a preliminary discussion, or to see more information here.