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Final CfP SLERD 2021 - 6th International Conference on Smart Learning Ecosystems and Regional Development

/Apologies for unintended cross-mailing/

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

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

Contacts: 1st: traian[dot] rebedea[at] cs[dot] pub[dot] ro /(conference chair)/ - 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 will feature: **

keynotes by Inger Birkeland (University of South-Eastern Norway)
June 24 /Place-conscious education and regional development: Facilitating ecologies of place/ Danielle McNamara (Arizona State University) June 24 /Interdisciplinary Behavioral Science: Enhancing Literacy from a Multidimensional Perspective/ Sbastien Turbot (eko6 and WISE research fellow) June 25 /Accelerating Learning Ecosystems: a Living Lab Approach/


the Student Scientific Video Contest call for contributions

with the award of the BEST SCIENTIFIC VIDEO DOCUMENTS (prizes: 500,00 , 300,00 , 300,00 and free participation to the conference)

an Open Debate June 25 on Smart Learning Ecosystems as Engine of the new normality and as Satellite Event June 23 the round table on Social inclusion at school: new perspectives for a smart learning ecosystem

*orgnized by the PLEIADE partnership

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 inequalities?/

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 citizens 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:/

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. (Note that 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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