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Special issue on
*"Smart Learning Ecosystems and Regional Development"*

to be published at the
/*Interaction Design and Architecture(s) Journal (IxD&A)*/
(ISSN 1826-9745, eISSN 2283-2998)
**** Since 2012 also in Scopus ****
**** *Since 2015 also* in *Emerging Sources Citation Index* and *Web of 
Science* ***
IxD&A implements the Gold Open Access (OA) road to its contents
with no charge to the authors (submission & paper processing)

If you wish to help us in improving the quality of the journal, please 

*Guest Editors:*

/• /Alke Martens,/University of Rostock, Germany
• /Radu Vasiu,/Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania
• /Annika Wolff,/Open University, UK/
*Important dates:*
• Deadline: *October 31, 2016 (extended deadline)*
• Notification to the authors: November 30, 2016
• Camera ready paper: December 30, 2016
• Publication of the special issue: January, 2017

This special issue aims at offering an opportunity to reflect on how a 
Learing Ecosystems can become smarter and act as driver of regional 
development and the social innovation. In fact, accordingly to the 
Timisoara declaration 

'Learning ecosystems have the potential to play a central role in 
helping disparate members of a community to become active citizens. 
Engagement, cohesion, well-being and the development of a community, in 
other words its “smartness”, depends largely on the “smartness” of the 
learning ecosystems. Ecosystems are smart when individuals that take 
part in the local processes achieve a high level of skills and, at the 
same time, are also strongly motivated and engaged by continuous and 
adequate challenges, provided that their primary needs are reasonably 
The duty of the technology, is to support learning ecosystems to develop 
their people centred smartness towards becoming incubators of social 
innovation and engines of sustainable regional development - to tackle 
the current discontinuity between time, technology, place, space, 
content and process (formal, informal, non-formal).'

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

*Topics of Interest*
This special issue welcome research papers discussing innovative aspects 
of Smart Learning Ecosystems and their role in the development of smart 
city and regions. The three main macro-topics of interest are:

*• understanding influences, relations and models*
/to include: /vision, strategies and processes; boundaries and interplay 
between formal and informal learning and new educational models; 
continuity-discontinuity of time, technology, place/space, process; 
sharing & participatory practices; use of public space & goods; dual 
education; open access to any resource and disparity; capacity building 
and social capital; cultural influences; monitoring and benchmarking of 
smartness of learning ecosystems; orchestration: complexity and its 
government; challenges by smart cities and regions to smart learning 

*• abilities, skills and competences*
/to include:/ general frameworks; design, data and other relevant 
literacies; relation with digital skills & competences; strategies to 
foster acquisition included gamification; pedagogical, social 
challenges; monitoring, evaluation and awareness; literacies, skill and 
competences of smart citizens

*• techno ecosystems*
/to include: /open & big data management and their application in 
education; interoperability of data & services; safety & security; 
privacy; trustability; IoT, ubiquitous and wearable technological 
supports; geolocalized information; mediation role of technologies

Submission procedure

The manuscripts should be submitted either in .doc or in .rtf format.
All papers will be blindly peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers.
Authors are invited to submit 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

Authors' guidelines

Link to the paper submission page:
(when submitting the paper, please, choose Domain Subjects under:
"IxD&A special issue on: ‘Smart Learning Ecosystems and Regional 

More information on the submission procedure and on the characteristics
of the paper format can be found on the website of the IxD&A Journal
where information on the copyright policy and responsibility of authors,
publication ethics and malpractice are published.

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

• alke [dot] martens [at] uni-rostock [dot] de
• radu [dot] vasiu [at] cm [dot] upt [dot] ro
• annika [dot] wolff [at] open [dot] ac [dot] uk

marking the subject as: 'IxD&A issue on: Smart Learning Ecosystems''.

**** 2015: IxD&A in figures ****
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Forthcoming issues:*

• Spring 2017
'The Future of Human-Building Interaction: An HCI Perspective'
Guest Editors: Hamed S. Alavi, Denis Lalanne
with a focus section on
'Transforming books and the reading experience through interactive 
Guest Editors: Mohammad Obaid, Ilgim Veryeri Alaca, Pawel W. Wozniak, 
Lars Lischke, Mark Billinghurst

• Summer 2017
'Connecting Learning Design and Learning Analytics''
Guest Editors: Davinia Hernandez Leo, Yishay Mor, Maria Jesus-Triana, 
Paul Salvador
with a focus section on:
'Temporalities of Engagement: challenges of co-design in public spaces'
Guest Editors: Alma Leora Culén, Dagny Stuedahl

• Autumn 2017
'Emerging Design: Transforming the STEAM Learning Landscape with the 
Support of Digital Technologies'
Guest Editors: Daniel Spikol, Jalal Nouri, Teresa Cerratto Pargman, 
Marcelo Milrad

• Winter 2017
'Citizen, Territory and Technologies: Smart Learning Contexts and Practices'
Guest Editors: Óscar Mealha, Monica Divitini, Matthias Rehm

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