Call: “Pedagogical Approaches, Ludic and Co-Design Strategies & Tools supporting Smart Learning Ecosystems and Smart Education” for IxD&A Journal

Call for Papers

Special Issue on
Pedagogical Approaches, Ludic and Co-Design Strategies & Tools supporting Smart Learning Ecosystems and Smart Education
to be published at the
Interaction Design and Architecture(s) Journal (IxD&A)

(ISSN 1826-9745, eISSN 2283-2998)

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Guest editors:

  • Óscar Mealha, University of Aveiro, Portugal
  • Matthias Rehm, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Traian Rebedea, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania

Important dates:

  • Deadline: December 21, 2020
  • Notification to the authors: January 20, 2021
  • Camera ready paper: February 10, 2021
  • Publication of the special issue: end February, 2021


The guest editors and the ASLERD Association are proud to invite and welcome contributions from researchers and practitioners that foster the development of smart learning ecosystems and smart education to help learning places to recover their central role in the education of future citizens, and in the promotion of social innovation and territorial development. We welcome contributions from people that fight to reify the above vision and to achieve a better learning for a better world as a contribution to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs). This is a particularly pertinent moment of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic that still prevails with an enormous, still unmeasurable impact, on learning ecosystems. Papers that report on work that nurtures a post-pandemic view and strategy for a better learning world are specially welcome.

This special issue is supported by the Association for Smart Learning Ecosystems and Regional Development (ASLERD) and welcome the submission of substantially extended version of the papers presented at SLERD 2020.
(video recording of SLERD2020 presentations and of the open debate are available through the ASLERD Youtube channel:


Topics of interests can be grouped under three big themes: places for smart education, people in place centered design for smart education, supportive learning technologies and tools for smart education.

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, process 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

People in place centered design for smart education:

  • general frameworks and methodological advancement
  • design, data and other relevant literacies
  • literacies, skill and competences of smart citizens
  • communities and co-design in smart learning
  • sharing & participatory practices
  • open access to any resource and disparity
  • cultural influences

Supportive technologies and tools 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


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: Pedagogical Approaches, Ludic and Co-Design Strategies & Tools supporting Smart Learning Ecosystems and Smart Education”)

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 the IxD&A scientific editor marking the subject as:
Pedagogical Approaches, Ludic and Co-Design Strategies & Tools supporting Smart Learning Ecosystems and Smart Education

  • oem [at] ua [dot] pt
  • matthias [at] create [dot] aau [dot] dk
  • traian [dot] rebedea [at] cs [dot] pub [dot] ro


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