“Learning today is about navigation, discernment, induction, and synthesis” of the wide body of Information present ubiquitiously at everyone’s fingertips.
Cope, B., & Kalantzis, M. (2016). E-learning ecologies.
“Learning using the Internet has become a vital factor for academic success in higher education. Students increasingly rely on the Internet as their main information source. However, related research is still an emerging and highly fragmented field.”
Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, O., Hartig, J., Goldhammer, F., & Krstev, J. (2021). Students’ online information use and learning progress in higher education–A critical literature review. Studies in higher education.
Web search is one of the most ubiquitous online activities, and often used as a starting point to learn, i.e., to acquire or extend one’s knowledge about certain topics or procedures. When learning by searching the Web, individuals are confronted with an unprecedented amount of information in various forms and varying quality. Thus, successful learning on the Web requires high degrees of self-regulation, metacognition, and motivation, and should be supported by the adequate design of search, recommendation, and training systems to support such activities. This creates a highly interdisciplinary research area at the intersection of information retrieval, educational sciences, human-computer interaction, psychology, and others. Search as Learning (SAL) research examines the relationships between querying, navigation, media consumption behavior, and the learning outcomes during Web search; and how they can be measured, predicted, and supported.
Building on the growing SAL research community, IWILDS provides an interdisciplinary forum in a full-day workshop that includes keynotes, paper presentations, and discussion. The intended audience comprise researchers and practitioners from information and library science, educational sciences, computer science, educational psychology, and all other relevant disciplines.