Designing for users: an holistic approach to teaching Information Retrieval

I. Ruthven, D. Elsweiler, E. Nicol

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Abstract

Many Information Retrieval courses take a reductionist approach: reducing the complexity of Information Retrieval systems into a series of decomposed modules for indexing, retrieval, and results presentation. In this short paper we describe a complementary approach for practical coursework that encourages students to take a holistic approach to thinking about Information Retrieval systems. This approach helps students to consider Information Retrieval systems as a whole system, the potential users of a specific Information Retrieval system, and appropriate evaluation approaches.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Teaching and Learning Information Retrieval
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBritish Computer Society
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Publication series

NameElectronic Workshops in Computing (eWIC)
PublisherBritish Computer Society
ISSN (Print)1477-9358

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Keywords

  • constructivism
  • information retrieval
  • problem solving
  • reductionist approach

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Ruthven, I., Elsweiler, D., & Nicol, E. (2008). Designing for users: an holistic approach to teaching Information Retrieval. In Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Teaching and Learning Information Retrieval (Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWIC)). London: British Computer Society.
Ruthven, I. ; Elsweiler, D. ; Nicol, E. / Designing for users : an holistic approach to teaching Information Retrieval. Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Teaching and Learning Information Retrieval. London : British Computer Society, 2008. (Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWIC)).
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Ruthven I, Elsweiler D, Nicol E. Designing for users: an holistic approach to teaching Information Retrieval. In Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Teaching and Learning Information Retrieval. London: British Computer Society. 2008. (Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWIC)).