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*6th International Conference on Smart Learning Ecosystems and Regional 
Development - SLERD Reload**
**Smart Learning Ecosystems and the Regional Development after the 

*June 24-25, 2021*
/*Bucharest, Romania (blended)*/ <>

1st:  traian[dot] rebedea[at] cs[dot] pub[dot] ro /(conference chair)/ 
or mihai [dot] dascalu [at] upb [dot] ro
2nd: aslerd [dot] org [at] gmail [dot] com

Deadline for paper submission: *March 15, 2021
*call for papers <>
*SLERD 2021* is organized by /University Politehnica of Bucharest /in 
collaboration with /ASLERD/ <>/./


Please Note: The intention of the organizing committee is to hold SLERD 
2021 as a blended conference with the possibility to alternatively 
attend it physically or virtually.

If the pandemic is not attenuated, as expected by June 2021, SLERD will 
take place in a fully blown virtual conference format such as the 
previous 2020 SLERD.

*SLERD 2021* is proud to invite colleagues - researchers and 
practitioners - from all over the world to share the efforts concerning 
the development of smart learning ecosystems and, contributions on how 
to build together a brilliant post pandemic future, where smart learning 
ecosystems and smart education will be even more central in the 
education of future citizens, and in the promotion of social innovation 
and territorial development.

/*Short Intro*/

In 2020 the pandemic has affected the learning processes all over the 
world and learning ecosystems have reacted showing different degrees of 
resilience and promptness with emergence of similarities, differences 
and inequalities. Among the similarities, a tendency of the individuals 
to remain in a comfort zone and a general unpreparedness to operate in a 
full virtual space. Suddenly the two dimensions that characterizes 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. Some 
scholars refer to an age characterized by a so-called “new normality”. 
What should we expect for future learning ecosystems? How “smart 
learning ecosystems” are already changing? How such changes may be 
related to the achievement of “a better learning for a better world” as 
a contribution to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable 
Development Goals (SDGs) ? How will they contribute to the reduction of 

Smart /referred to /learning ecosystems,/ in ASLERD and SLERD contexts, 
does not simply means “technology enhanced”. The smartness is a more 
complex multilayered construct related to the wellbeing of the players 
operating in the ecosystems and is affected by the improvement of any 
relevant aspects of the learning processes and ecosystem functioning, 
especially if connected with territorial development and social innovation.
Technologies are mediators. Hopefully they should be included but they 
are not a “sine qua non”.
The achievement of the learning ecosystems’ smartness is a process that 
need a long term vision, multidisciplinary competences, an attitude to 
understand people and contexts and to mediate point of views, a dynamic 
resilience to keep on track to achieve, step by step, the foreseen goals.
*//*Topics of interests*/

can be grouped under three big themes:

/*• 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, processes 
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 advances

• design, data and other relevant literacies

• smart citizen’s literacies, skill and competences

• communities and co-design in smart learning

• sharing & participatory practices

• open access to any resource and disparity

• cultural influences

/*• supportive learning technologies 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

/*Important dates:*/

• Deadline for papers submission: *March**15, 2021*
• Notification to the authors: April 30, 2021
• Camera ready paper: May 15, 2021
• Conference: June 24-25, 2021

*Proceedings*, as for previous editions, will be published by *Springer* 
in the Series *Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies* 
<> that will be indexed by SCOPUS, 
EI-Compendex and Springerlink.
(Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Smart Learning 
Ecosystems and Regional Development is among the top used publications 
on SpringerLink that concern one or more of the United Nations 
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs))

*Extended version of selected papers* will be also included in a 
*special issue of IxD&A Journal 
(ISSN 1826-9745, e-ISSN 2283-2998) that is indexed by SCOPUS and 
Emerging Sources of Web of Science

SLERD welcomes short (max. 8 pages) and long contributions (max. 12 pages).

Papers should be written according to the */Spinger Instruction for 
Authors/* of the  series /Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies/:

Link to the /*paper submission page on easy chair:*/

Join ALSLERD and share our vision on the future of Smart Learning 
Ecosystems: Timisoara declaration 

See ASLERD website for
Request of membership, membership fees and legal

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