Infret: Preliminary Findings of a Tool for Explorative Learning of Information Retrieval Concepts

Aleksandar Bobic, Christopher Cheong, Christian Gütl

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Abstract

To help students better understand concepts in an information search and retrieval (ISR) class using the Motivational Active Learning (MAL) pedagogical ap-proach, a tool called Infret was developed. It serves as the interactive experimen-tation and visualization component of MAL. The design of Infret is based on feedback collected from a testing session with a first proof of concept tool built in Java a year earlier. Infret was developed using Web technologies in order to have a simpler update process and be accessible from any Internet connected device with reasonable screen sizes (PC or tablet) without the need for manual installa-tion. It was used and evaluated as part of a text statistics exercise in which stu-dents explored different properties of a text-based document collection. When students completed the exercise, they filled out a multi-part survey about Infret. Findings revealed that Infret helped participants gain a better understanding of text statistics and that the activity was well received by them. The usability score of Infret was 76.9, which indicates a usability level that is slightly above average and the emotions scale results were mostly positive. Additionally, the most com-monly experienced emotion by students was happiness followed by negative emotions such as sadness, anxiety and anger which were experienced almost none of the time. There were multiple improvement suggestions such as improv-ing the responsiveness of the UI on small screens, offering the option to see the content of text collections and the addition of formula explanations. These sug-gestions will be considered for improving Infret in future versions. Additionally, students expressed they would like to use Infret in other areas of information re-trieval and also in other subjects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ICBL 2019
PublisherSpringer
Number of pages17
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2019

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information retrieval
emotion
learning
student
statistics
happiness
anger
PC
visualization
anxiety
Internet

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  • Information, Communication & Computing

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Bobic, A., Cheong, C., & Gütl, C. (Accepted/In press). Infret: Preliminary Findings of a Tool for Explorative Learning of Information Retrieval Concepts. In Proceedings of ICBL 2019 Springer.

Infret: Preliminary Findings of a Tool for Explorative Learning of Information Retrieval Concepts. / Bobic, Aleksandar; Cheong, Christopher ; Gütl, Christian.

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Bobic, Aleksandar ; Cheong, Christopher ; Gütl, Christian. / Infret: Preliminary Findings of a Tool for Explorative Learning of Information Retrieval Concepts. Proceedings of ICBL 2019. Springer, 2019.
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