Information and Learning Sciences Research as an Integral Scholarly Nexus (SIG InfoLearn)

Researchers in both information and learning sciences aim to reach a deeper understanding of the cognitive and social processes among human actors facilitating inquiry, information-seeking and uses, learning, knowledge co-construction, and productivity. Researchers within both fields aim to advance theories, as well as improve learning system and/or information system design and effectiveness, towards fulfilling human-driven purposes. To mark SIG InfoLearn’s inaugural launch year, we propose to offer a half-day pre-conference workshop at ASIS&T 2017 entitled “Information and Learning Sciences Research as an Integral Scholarly Nexus.” A primary goal of this proposed Workshop is to present several cross-disciplinary scholars’ perspectives on key research occurring in the Learning Sciences that may be of interest to the information science research community. SIG InfoLearn has the potential to play an integral role in offering opportunities for interaction among those who do work in these cross-disciplines. A pre-conference Workshop is key to solidifying these endeavors, especially in this inaugural year.


8:30-8:50 Welcome and Introduction, Rebecca Reynolds (Founding Chair, SIG InfoLearn)

[Some initial terrain-mapping, across disciplines]

8:50 – 9:20 One-to-two-minute introductions (All participants).

Question Prompts (please prepare your brief response): What is the definition of learning you draw upon in your research? What theories underscore this definition?

9:20 – 10:20 Interactive Panelists Discussion: (Panelists will respond to a set of prompts)

§  Dr. Denise Agosto, Drexel University (SIG InfoLearn Membership Recruitment Officer)

§  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 (SIG InfoLearn Secretary/Treasurer)

10:20 – 10:40 Coffee Break
10:40 – 11:40 Breakout Sessions based on themes emergent from participant position papers (mixed groups including panelists):

  • Activities planned! Soo and Rebecca will share on the day-of.
11:40 – 12:20 Two-minute madness (participant report-back, debriefings, takeaways)
12:20 – 12:30  Wrap-up and closing remarks (Soo Young Rieh, SIG InfoLearn Workshop Co-Chair)


Pre-Conf. Workshops
Date: October 28, 2017 Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm Rebecca Reynolds Soo Young Rieh