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KidRec 2020

4th International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Children & Recommender and Information Retrieval Systems (KidRec)
What does good look like: From design, research, and practice to policy

June 19, 2020
Co-located with ACM Interaction Design and Children (IDC) Conference 2020 - London, Englad


IDC 2020 is monitoring the global situations that may necessitate changes (e.g. impacts of COVID-19). Should changes be required, alternative methods of discussing and progressing this work are and will be explored.


As an interactive workshop, KidRec aims to bring together researchers, practitioners and experts from multiple disciplines, in order to understand how to design, research and put into practice good Information Retrieval Systems (IRS) for children, and investigate necessary supportive policies. We intend to attain this goal by accomplishing the following four objectives:

  • Identify interpretations of good, e.g., effective, ethical, usable, useful, intuitive, helpful, beneficial, and fair. Discuss how these interpretations can be combined in designing IRS for children.
  • Discuss different experiences (e.g., positive, challenges, limitations) that can contribute to best practices for establishing an evaluation framework for IRS for children. Such a framework should accommodate alternative combinations of what makes a good IRS.
  • Explore the existing obstacles to the general evaluation framework, together with the possible solutions to the identified challenges and plan future research directions.
  • Continue to build a community focusing on the definition of such a general framework for evaluating different interpretations of good in child-friendly IRS.


We welcome all IDC participants who are interested in joining the conversation!

(Times below are BST)

Keynote Address

Personalizing Online Instruction with Help from Natural Language Processing

Abstract: This talk discusses ways we are using real-time, autoscored student data along with research-derived instructional customizations via a digital teacher report (the Teacher Action Plan, or TAP) to inform both teacher practice (implementation of responsive instruction) and student learning (as evidenced by their written and revised explanations for an embedded milestone assessment item).

Bio: Marcia C. Linn is Professor of Development and Cognition, specializing in science and technology in the Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley. She is a member of the National Academy of Education and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science. She has served as President of the International Society of the Learning Sciences, Chair of the AAAS Education Section, and on the boards of the AAAS, the Educational Testing Service Graduate Record Examination, the McDonnell Foundation Cognitive Studies in Education Practice, and the National Science Foundation Education and Human Resources Directorate. Awards include the National Association for Research in Science Teaching Award for Lifelong Distinguished Contributions to Science Education, the American Educational Research Association Willystine Goodsell Award, and the Council of Scientific Society Presidents first award for Excellence in Educational Research.
Linn earned her Ph. D. at Stanford University where she worked with Lee Cronbach. She spent a year in Geneva working with Jean Piaget, a year in Israel as a Fulbright Professor, and a year in London at University College. She has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences three times. Her books include Computers, Teachers, Peers (2000), Internet Environments for Science Education (2004), Designing Coherent Science Education (2008), WISE Science (2009), and Science Teaching and Learning: Taking Advantage of Technology to Promote Knowledge Integration (2011). She chairs the Technology, Education—Connections (TEC) series for Teachers College Press.


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Monica Landoni
Universita della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland

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Emiliana Murgia
Universita degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Italy

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Sole Pera
Boise State University

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Natalia Kucirkova
UCL Institute of Education

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Theo Huibers
University of Twente, The Netherlands

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Jerry Alan Fails
Boise State University

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline May 10, 2020
Notification to authors May 18, 2020
Camera-Ready Version May 23, 2020
IDC Conference June 21-24, 2020
KidRec Workshop June 19, 2020


We invite submissions of:

  • Papers (4-6) pages discussing novel work
  • Position papers or Work-in-progress (2-4 pages) focusing on open challengesin evaluating IRS for children

All papers will be peer-reviewed, and at the time of submission, must not be under review in any other venue. 

All submitted papers must:

Authors will retain the copyright of their submission, however, proceedings will be publicly posted on the Workshop website 

You can also express your interest in participating in the workshop (without submitting a position paper) by completing this interest form; which will ask you to briefly articulate your perspectives and interest in the workshop topic.

We are developing a special issue proposal and will be inviting accepted authors to submit extended papers for consideration.