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Designing for users : an holistic approach to teaching Information Retrieval

Ruthven, I. and Elsweiler, D. and 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) . British Computer Society, London.

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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.