Smart Learning Ecosystems - Design as cornerstone of smart educational processes and places

Guest Editors


• Stefania Manca, Institute of Educational Technology, Italy
• Matthias Rehm, Aalborg University, Denmark
• Jelle Saldien, Gent University, Belgium
• Carlo Giovannella, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy



Important dates


• Deadline: November 20, 2019
• Notification to the authors: December 20, 2019
• Camera ready paper: January 10, 2020
• Publication of the special issue: end of January, 2020




Design is the cornerstone literacy to realize smart learning ecosystem where technologies are supportive of the multidimensional human wellbeing and help learning places to recover their central role in the education of future citizens and in the achievement of social innovation and territorial development. We welcome contributions from people that are deeply involved to concretize the above vision also as a contribution to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to achieve, overall, a better learning for a better world.

This special issue is supported by the Association for Smart Learning Ecosystems and Regional Development (ASLERD).


Topics of Interest


Topics of interest include research papers that understand, conceive, and promote innovative people-centric design and development methods, education/training practices, informal social learning, and citizen involvement. Sub-topics can be grouped into (i) places for learning, (ii) people in place centered design, (iii) supportive learning technologies

• Places for learning
visions and future of institutional learning; interplay of formal and informal learning; novel educational models and settings; sharing & participatory practices; mixed educational approaches; dual education and other alternate scheme approaches; cultural influences; (dis-)continuity of time, technology, places, spaces, and processes; gamification of learning

• People in place centered design
general frameworks and methodological advancement; design, data and other relevant literacies; relation with digital skills & competences; literacies, skill and competences of smart citizens; community involvement in smart learning; learning through designing; monitoring and benchmarking of smartness (individual, institution, city, region)

• Supportive Learning Technologies
IoT, ubiquitous, VR and wearable technological supports; safety & security and privacy; interoperability of data & services; application of open, smart and geolocalized data in education; context awareness and adaptation


Submission procedure 


All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication.

The manuscripts should be submitted anonymized either in .doc or in .rtf format. 
All papers will be blindly peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers. Perspective participants are invited to submit a 8-20 pages paper (including authors' information, abstract, all tables, figures, references, etc.). 
The paper should be written according to the IxD&A authors' guidelines .

Submission page -> link
(when submitting the paper please choose the section: 'SI: Smart Learning Ecosystem - Design as cornerstone of smart educational processes and places'')

For scientific advices and for any query please contact the guest-editor:


• manca [at] itd [dot] cnr [dot] it  
• matthias [at] create [dot] aau[dot] dk 
• Jelle [dot] Saldien [at] UGent [dot] be
• gvncrl00 [at] uniroma2 [dot] it


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