Call: “Smart Learning Ecosystems – Technologies, places, and human-centered design” for IxD&A Journal

Call for Papers

Special Issue on
Smart Learning Ecosystems – technologies, places, and human-centered design

to be published at the
Interaction Design and Architecture(s) Journal (IxD&A)
(ISSN 1826-9745, eISSN 2283-2998)
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  • Hendrik Knoche, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Elvira Popescu, University of Craiova Romania
  • Antonio Cartelli, Università degli Studi di Cassino e del Lazio meridionale, Italy


  • Deadline: November 30, 2018
  • Notification to the authors: January 10, 2019
  • Camera ready paper: January 30, 2019
  • Publication of the special issue: mid February, 2019


Learning ecosystems are getting smarter and play a central role in regional development and social innovation. “Smart,” thus, are not simply technology-enhanced learning ecosystems but, rather, learning ecosystems that promote the multidimensional well-being of all players of learning processes (i.e., students, professors, administrative personnel and technicians, territorial stakeholders, and, for the schools, parents) and that contribute to the increase of the social capital of a “region,” also thanks to the mediation of the technologies. Elicited work should inform the understanding of learning ecosystems and accompanying design for “smartness,” foster the development of policies and action plans, or support technological impact.

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


Topics of interest include research papers that understand, conceive, and promote innovative human-centric design and development methods, education/training practices, informal social learning, and citizen involvement. Sub-topics can be grouped into (i) places for learning, (ii) learning technologies, and (iii) human-centered design.

Human-centered design

  • frameworks, literacies (data, design, digital, etc.), learning through design, methodological advances (HCD, participatory design, action research, etc.)
  • outreach: community involvement, designing dissemination


  • visions of institutional learning, interplay of formal and informal learning, novel educational models, mixed educational approaches, cultural influences, (dis-)continuity of time, technology, places, spaces, and processes


  • topics on data (management): open, smart, interoperable, safety, security, privacy, trustworthiness, veracity and quality assurance, mining, ubiquitous, open access, sharing, wearables, geo-localization, context awareness and adaptation, monitoring and benchmarking of smartness on different levels (personal, organization, region)
  • case studies of the technologies above as well as games, VR, and IoT


All submissions (abstracts and later final manuscripts) must be original and may not be under review by another publication.

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


Link to the paper submission page:

(Please upload all submissions using the Submission page. When submitting the paper, please, choose the section:
“SI: Smart Learning Ecosystems – technologies, places, and human-centered design”)

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 advice and queries, please contact any of the guest-editors below and mark the subject as:
IxD&A SI: Smart Learning Ecosystems – technologies, places, and human-centered design

  • hk [at] create [dot] aau[dot] dk
  • popescu_elvira [at] software [dot] ucv [dot] ro
  • cartan [at] unicast [dot] it


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