Searching as Learning

The SAL 2014 Workshop took place on August 30, 2014. We are pleased to announce that in 2015 we are soliciting submission for:

Journal of Information Science Special Issue on Recent Advances on Searching as Learning - 2015

The Call for Papers is published here: JIS_Call.htm

SAL 2014 Workshop Description: 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 learning as a search outcome and of the need to provide support for it.

This 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, and human computer interaction fields.    

Workshop Topics
  • 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

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

(Revised Schedule)


Author Notifications

(Revised Schedule)

Workshop in Regensburg at IIiX 2014