Say it with Emojis: Co-designing relevance cues for searching in the classroom

Mohammad Aliannejadi, Monica Landoni, Theo W.C. Huibers, Emiliana Murgia, Maria Soledad Pera

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Abstract

Search Engine Result Pages (SERP) include snippets of retrieved resources as a means to help searchers select the ones that satisfy their information needs. This way, result relevance can be determined by scanning through snippets, an exercise that requires experience with reading, understanding, and assessing the value of a document. These are skills that primary school children are still developing and thus are not yet proficient with. As web search tools are essential to support children learning at school and home, we explore how to help young searchers in making informed relevance assessments while conducting searches in a classroom. In this paper, we describe a collaborative design exercise involving primary school children as co-designers: we asked them to examine interfaces with combinations of different emojis to help them assess the usefulness of results in SERP-a crucial factor to determine relevance for the classroom. This activity made our child experts engage with the design exercise while enabling us to collect their judgments so as to get a better sense of the user requirements for this age group. Here we discuss the main design issues emerging from the analysis of children's preferences, the rationale behind them, comments and concerns raised, and alternative proposals children sketched.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCIRCLE 2020 Information Retrieval Communities in Europe 2020
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Joint Conference of the Information Retrieval Communities in Europe (CIRCLE 2020) Samatan, Gers, France, July 6-9, 2020
PublisherCEUR
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event1st Joint Conference of the Information Retrieval Communities in Europe, CIRCLE 2020 - Samatan, Gers, France
Duration: 6 Jul 20209 Jul 2020
Conference number: 1

Publication series

NameCEUR Workshop Proceedings
PublisherCEUR-WS.org
Volume2621
ISSN (Print)1613-0073

Conference

Conference1st Joint Conference of the Information Retrieval Communities in Europe, CIRCLE 2020
Abbreviated titleCIRCLE
CountryFrance
CitySamatan, Gers
Period6/07/209/07/20

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