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EC-TEL Workshop on
"SMART CITY LEARNING: opportunities and challenges"

16th September 2014
Graz, Austria

• Paloma Diaz Perez, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
• Monica Divitini, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norwey
• Carlo Giovannella, Univ. of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
• Marco Kalz, Open University, The Netherlands
• Alke Martens, University of Rostock, Germany


Important dates:
*** Deadline for submission: 15th July, 2014 (extended) ***
Other important dates:
• Notification to the authors: 20th August, 2014 (extended)
• Camera ready submission: 1st September, 2014


Smart Cities promise to preserve and improve the wellbeing of society,
exploiting information and communication technology (ICT) as an
infrastructural backbone to influence and improve key factors like
mobility, environment, people, quality of life and governance. Going
beyond top-down popular functionalist approaches a new vision driven by
a 'person centered in place' design approach is emerging:
a) The interaction process with the environment is moving from the
metaphor “being able to use” towards the metaphor “actively influence”;
digital consumers are going to transform into “digital enactive”
producing an increasingly amount of data that actively contributes to
the re-definition of places and spaces;
b) Learning is going to transform into a life long process for
knowledge, skill, and expertise acquisition and, additionally, for
strengthening peoples meta-cognition abilities, which are related to a
genuine self-regulation in order to consciously determine its trajectory
within the new techno-ecosystems;
c) A new set of personal and interpersonal skills is required to avoid
possible new "divides" and to allow to adequately developing the above
mentioned processes in people and in society.
d) The representation and usage of the main sources of knowledge has to
change to enable new forms of learning. The traditional medial
representation, e.g. book (i.e. unit of text) or film (i.e. unit of
audio-video material), will have to act as a seed for a new open
structure which will be customizable and will provide the access to data
that is available everywhere, but might be subject of permanent
extension and change.

The workshop welcomes original contributions on:

• Models of learning experiences in Smart Cities
• Learning spaces for formal and informal learning
• Boundaries between formal and informal learning
• Technological, pedagogical, social challenges to learning in smart cities
• Techno-ecosystem for Smart City Learning
• Novel approaches to learning and scenarios
• Ubiquitous Gamification
• Experiences and models for social learning in the Smart City
• Digital literacy for Smart City Learning
• Geo-localities and cultural effects
• Success and fiasco stories
• Privacy, Data Control and Security
• Ecological monitoring and Analytics for Smart City Learning
• Empirical research and investigations related to ICT usage and future


Format of the contributions & Participants selection
Participants will be selected on the basis of a submitted position paper
of maximum 4 pages (LNCS style). All submissions will be reviewed at
least by two members of the scientific committee and by the workshop
organizers. The selection will be done to ensure scientific quality
together with the presence of different perspectives and to foster
The submission and review process will be handled by Easychair:
To promote discussion we intend to limit the number of accepted
contributions to 12-15 and participation to no more than 20-25 people
(the authors plus a small number of listeners strongly motivated to
contribute to the discussion).

After the workshop, participants will be invited to prepare a revised
and extended paper to be included as part of a special issue of
Interaction Design and Architecture(s) (IxD&A); a slot has been reserved
for the second half of 2015. The call for papers will be open to assure
high quality of the special issue.


Smart City Learning Observatory: General Assembly
The workshop is supported by the Observatory for Smart City Learning -
established to provide a meeting point and a think-tank for Smart City
Learning and to monitor and influence the development of this area from
an international perspective. The recently already includes more than 25
organizations across and beyond Europe.

The yearly General Assembly (GA) of the SCLO will take place at ECTEL
2014, on 17th September, and will be open also to selected observers.

SCLO on Linkedin:


For any request, also to be admitted to the workshop as listeners or
SCLO GA observers, please write to:

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