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Important Dates
(preliminary, with possibility of further extensions)

Submission deadline: 2023-01-20 2023-01-27
Acceptance notification: 2023-02-15
Workshop date: 2023-03-19

Submission page: IWILDS 2023 easychair

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’23 provides an interdisciplinary forum that includes keynotes, paper presentations, and discussion. Additionally to traditional IWILDS topics (see below).


include (but are not limited to):

  • Understanding learning during Web search
    • Role of personal characteristics & attitudes in Web-based learning, e. g.
      • Confidence, engagement, & affect
      • Educational background
      • Technology acceptance & experience 
      • Security concerns
    • Modeling, recognizing, measuring & predicting learning processes and outcomes in Web search
    • Methods of data collection to understand online learning
      • Data acquisition (e. g. crowdsourcing, lab experiments)
      • Data sources (e.g., query & navigation logs, eye-tracking) and their interpretation
    • Information literacy & source credibility, authenticity, relevance, and usefulness evaluation during Web search
    • Role of Web search in formal & semi-formal learning scenarios
    • Resource features influencing online learning trajectories & outcomes
      • (Multi-)media composition (e.g., learning with videos, comics/pictograms, texts)
      • Accessibility 
  • Supporting learning during Web search
    • Interventions, tools & user interfaces to foster SAL
    • Information/multimedia retrieval for SAL
    • Learning analytics & educational data mining in search-based  learning
    • Fusion & summarization techniques for aggregating learning resources
    • Evaluation & benchmarking of SAL systems 
    • Transparency of retrieval & ranking in SAL

Submission Guidelines 

IWILDS’23 welcomes papers ranging from 2 to 8 pages plus unlimited references. Any page length in between is allowed. Authors are expected to adapt the length of their submission based on contribution size; appropriateness of the chosen length will be a reviewing criterion. 

All submissions must be written in English and formatted according to TBD format. All identifying attributes must be removed to allow for double-blind review.  

Each submission will be reviewed based on (a) quality of its contribution, (b) quality of presentation and suitable length, (c) fit to the workshop’s topics. 

Accepted papers will be invited for presentation during the workshop. Presentation time and format (talk or poster) will be allocated based on the presented contribution.

Format guidelines: Please use the CEUR template (two-column style, with page numbers)