Pedagogical Approaches, Ludic and Co-Design Strategies & Tools supporting Smart Learning Ecosystems and Smart Education

Guest Editors


Óscar Mealha, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Matthias Rehm, Aalborg University, Denmark

Traian Rebedea, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania



Important dates


• Deadline: December 21, 2020 -> January 11, 2021
• Notification to the authors: January 30, 2021 -> February 15, 2021
• Camera ready paper: February 15, 2021 -> February 28, 2021
• Publication of the special issue: end February, 2021 -> mid March 2021




The guest editors and the ASLERD Association are proud to invite and welcome contributions from researchers and practitioners that foster the development of smart learning ecosystems and smart education to help learning places to recover their central role in the education of future citizens, and in the promotion of social innovation and territorial development. We welcome contributions from people that fight to reify the above vision and to achieve a better learning for a better world as a contribution to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs). This is a particularly pertinent moment of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic that still prevails with an enormous, still unmeasurable impact, on learning ecosystems. Papers that report on work that nurtures a post-pandemic view and strategy for a better learning world are specially welcome.

This special issue is supported by the Association for Smart Learning Ecosystems and Regional Development (ASLERD) and welcome the submission of substantially extended version of the papers presented at SLERD 2020.         


Topics of Interest


Topics of interests can be grouped under three big themes: places for smart education, people in place centered design for smart education, supportive learning technologies and tools for smart education. All of which, can also include studies in the context of this COVID-19 pandemic period.

Places for smart education

  • future of institutional learning
  • interplay between formal and informal learning
  • new educational models and settings
  • continuity-discontinuity of time, technology, place/space, process in learning
  • role of and case studies of games and gamification in smart education
  • dual education and other alternate scheme approaches
  • monitoring and benchmarking of smartness (individual, institution, city, region)

People in place centered design for smart education

  • general frameworks and methodological advancement
  • design, data and other relevant literacies
  • literacies, skill and competences of smart citizens
  • communities and co-design in smart learning
  • sharing & participatory practices
  • open access to any resource and disparity
  • cultural influences

Supportive technologies and tools for smart education

  • intelligent tutoring systems and interfaces
  • semantic web technologies and applications
  • text/opinion mining and sentiment analysis
  • real/virtual communities and social network analysis
  • interoperability and application of open/smart data and services
  • safety & security in education
  • IoT, ubiquitous and wearable technologies
  • adaptability to educational contexts and citizens
  • role of VR in education


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 Ecosystems and Smart Education')

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


• oem [at] ua [dot] pt  
• matthias [at] create [dot] aau [dot] dk 
• traian [dot] rebedea [at] cs [dot] pub [dot] ro


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