Smart learning Ecosistems and Regional Development: toward the “new normal''

Guest Editors


• Mihai Dascalu, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania

• Tania Di Mascio, Università de L’Aquila, Italy

• Óscar Mealha, University of Aveiro, Portugal



Important dates


• Deadline: November 29, 2021 -> January 20, 2022 (extended)

• Notification to the authors: February 28, 2022

• Camera ready paper: March 15, 2022

• Publication of the special issue: to be defined




The guest editors are proud to invite and welcome contributions from researchers and practitioners from all over the world involved in the development of Smart Learning Ecosystems and Smart Education, as engines of social innovation and  territorial development. At the core, the adjective smart comprises terms like intelligent, purpose oriented, supportive, artful, clever and the like. Thus, smart does not necessarily include the usage of technology (neither does it exclude technology!).
The COVID-19 pandemic has been extremely challenging to address several research contexts, suddenly the two dimensions that characterises the smart learning ecosystems – physical and virtual – started to be perceived somewhat as antithetical and it came out that the e-maturity of a learning ecosystem is not sufficient to explain and predict its transformation. Many factors concur – processual, social, individual – to determine the technological evolution of learning ecosystems and their smartness. For sure the pandemic has generated a higher awareness about the intrinsic nature of the smart learning ecosystems and it is likely that they will no longer be the same after the pandemic. 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 2021.         


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 that nurtures a post-pandemic view and strategy for a better learning world.

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:


• mihai [dot] dascalu [at] upb [dot] ro
• tania [dot] dimascio [at] univaq[dot] it
• oem [at] ua [dot] pt  


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