Citizen, Territory and Technologies: Smart Learning Contexts and Practices

Guest Editors


• Monica Divitini, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

• Óscar Mealha, University of Aveiro, Portugal

• Matthias Rehm, Aalborg University, Denmark



Important dates


• Deadline: October 30, 2017 

• Notification to the authors: November 30, 2017

• Camera ready paper: December 15, 2017

• Publication of the special issue: end of December, 2017





How to support learning ecosystems to get smarter and play a central role to regional development and social innovation ?

“Smart,” is not simply equivalent to “technology enhanced” or “intelligent” learning ecosystems but, rather, learning ecosystems that promote the multidimensional well-being of all players of learning processes (i.e., students, professors, administrative personnel and technicians, territorial stakeholders, and, for the schools, parents) and contribute to the increase of the social capital of a “region,” also thanks to the mediation of the technologies.

This special issue and the Timisoara Declaration, challenge researches and practitioners in reflecting on how it would be possible to generate a concrete impact, starting with the achievement of a better understanding of learning ecosystems and contexts, to continue with the strategic design to support the increase of ecosystems’ “smartness”, with the generation of impact in real life well beyond technology enhanced prototypes and demo and, last but not least, with the promotion of adequate policies and action plans.

Researcher and practitioners are invited to submit their R&D work on policies, case studies, entrepreneur experiences with a special focus on understanding how relevant are the smart learning ecosystems (schools, campus, working places, informal learning contexts, etc.) for regional development and social innovation and how the effectiveness of the relation of citizens and smart ecosystems can be enhanced.  

Contributions are also expected to address how technology mediated instruments can foster the citizen’s engagement with learning ecosystems and territories, namely by understanding innovative human centered design and development models/techniques, education/training practices, informal social learning, innovative citizen-driven policies, technology mediated experiences and their impact. This set of concerns will contribute to foster the social innovation sectors and ICT and economic development and deployment strategies alongside new policies for smarter proactive citizens. 

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



Topics of Interest


The three main scientific topics considered in this special issue are: 


• Influences, Relations and ModelsTo consider work on: vision, strategies and processes; interplay between formal and informal learning; new educational models; continuity-discontinuity of time; technology, place/space, process; sharing & participatory practices; use of public space & services; dual education and other mixed educational approaches; open access; social innovation; cultural influences; monitoring and benchmarking of smartness of learning ecosystems; orchestration: complexity and its government; going from smart cities and regions' challenges to smart learning environments

• Abilities, Skills and CompetencesTo consider work on: general frameworks; design, data and other relevant literacies; digital skills & competences; acquisition strategies; gamification: pedagogical, social challenges; monitoring, evaluation and awareness; literacies, skills and competences of smart citizens

• Techno EcosystemsTo consider work on: open & big data management and application in education; interoperability of data & services; safety & security; privacy; trustability; IoT, ubiquitous and wearable technology; geolocalized information; technology mediation



Submission procedure 


All submissions (abstracts and later final manuscripts) 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 Domain Subjects under: 'Smart Learning Ecosystems and Regional Development' )

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

• divitini [at] ntnu [dot] no

• oem [at] ua [dot] pt

• matthias [at] create [dot] aau [dot] dk

marking the subject as: 'IxD&A Special issue on Smart Learning Ecosystems and Regional Development'''.