Call for Papers

Search systems to date have been viewed more as tools for the retrieval of content to satisfy information needs, than as environments in which humans interact with information content in order to learn. However, as full-text, information rich search systems become the norm, there is growing recognition of the importance of studying and designing search systems to foster discovery and enhance learning experience during the search process outside formal educational settings. The research agenda of “Search as Learning” will provide opportunities and challenges for researchers to reconsider the value of search systems in providing support for learning directly and to pay more attention to broader outcomes of searching beyond a set of search results.

The IIiX Searching as Learning workshop aims to flesh out research directions and methodologies, survey state-of-the-art approaches, and build community around this important emerging research area. We are particularly interested in engaging researchers across the information retrieval, information behaviour, human computer interaction and learning science fields.   

Areas of interest for the workshop include 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
  • Implicit indicators of learning (while searching)
  • Interaction monitoring and optimization for learning outcomes

We are soliciting submission of 3-4 page position papers from single or multiple authors to encourage sharing of ideas and a lively discussion. Position 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 papers will be circulated to workshop attendees.

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

 Important Dates:

+ Papers submissions due: May 30, 2014 June 13, 2014

+ Acceptance notification: June 25, 2014 June 29, 2014

+ Workshop in Regensburg: August 30, 2014


  • Luanne Freund, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Jacek Gwizdka, University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Preben Hansen, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Jiyin He, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Noriko Kando, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
  • Soo Young Rieh, University of Michigan, USA
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    Please contact or any of the organizers directly for further information about the workshop.

    The Searching as Learning Workshop is being held on the final day of the Information Interaction in Context (IIiX 2014) Conference, in Regensburg, Germany. More information is available on the conference website:

    Workshop Schedule
    Paper Submissions Due (Extended from May 30)

    Reviews Due

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    Author Notifications

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    Workshop in Regensburg at IIiX 2014