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The International Association on Smart Learning Environments has recently been established as a cutting-edge professional forum for researchers, academics, practitioners, and industry professionals interested and/or engaged in the reform of the ways of teaching and learning through advancing current learning environments towards smart learning environments. With that aim, this Special Session is being organized to provide opportunities for discussions and constructive dialogue among various stakeholders on the limitations of existing learning environments, need for reform, innovative uses of emerging pedagogical approaches and technologies, and sharing and promotion of best practices, leading to the evolution, design and implementation of smart learning environments. The Special Session will focus on the interplay of pedagogy, technology and their fusion towards the advancement of smart learning environments. 


 

Special Session on Smart Learning Environments (SS-SLE)

Dates 01-03 July 2013

Maribor, Slovenia

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Summary and Theme of the Special Session

The International Association on Smart Learning Environments has recently been established as a cutting-edge professional forum for researchers, academics, practitioners, and industry professionals interested and/or engaged in the reform of the ways of teaching and learning through advancing current learning environments towards smart learning environments. With that aim, this Special Session is being organized to provide opportunities for discussions and constructive dialogue among various stakeholders on the limitations of existing learning environments, need for reform, innovative uses of emerging pedagogical approaches and technologies, and sharing and promotion of best practices, leading to the evolution, design and implementation of smart learning environments.

 

The Special Session will focus on the interplay of pedagogy, technology and their fusion towards the advancement of smart learning environments. Various components of this interplay include but are not limited to:

Pedagogy: learning paradigms, assessment paradigms, social factors, policy

Technology: emerging technologies, innovative uses of mature technologies, adoption, usability, standards, and emerging/new technological paradigms (open educational resources, cloud computing, etc.)

Fusion of pedagogy and technology: transformation of curriculum, transformation of teaching behavior, transformation of administration, best practices of infusion, piloting of new ideas.

This special session is organized in the context of the SouthCHI 2013, July 1-3, 2013, Maribor, Slovenia. The mission is to bring together researchers from diverse areas in a cross-disciplinary manner, to stimulate fresh ideas and encouraging multi-disciplinary work.

 

Topics of Interest

The scope of the journal is focused on issues related to smart learning environments. Topics of interest considered to be within the scope of the journal include but are not limited to:

Architectures for smart learning environments

Best practices in smart learning environments implementation

Conceptual frameworks for smart learning environments

Cultural issues in smart learning environments

Designing smart learning environments using sensing technologies

Evaluation approaches for effectiveness and efficiency of smart learning environments

Fusion of pedagogy and technology in smart learning environments

Historical perspectives of smart learning environments

Innovative uses of emerging didactical and pedagogical approaches

Innovative uses of emerging and existing technologies

Methodologies for development of smart learning environments

Pedagogical tools for supporting smart learning environments

Policy issues related to smart learning environments

Reform of learning environments

Strategies for learning assessment in smart learning environments

Usability criteria and standards for smart learning environments

Submissions / Format:

Submissions must report original, unpublished research. We welcome rigorous research studies, case studies, best practices, and evidence based vision articles.

Special Session papers should be formatted according the LNCS format and submitted electronically as a single PDF file through the ConfTool submission system. The paper length is not strictly defined, however we encourage papers be no shorter than 4 and no longer than 8 pages with given format (the papers are required to have even number of pages, which means, 4 pages, 6 pages or 8 pages).

 

Deadlines:

Papers due to March, 1, 2013

Decision notification: March 15, 2013

Camera Ready papers due: April 15, 2013

 

Publication:

Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings by Springer as a volume of the series of Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). A selected number of the best papers will be published in a Springer journal..

 

Contact:

Kinshuk, Athabasca University

kinshuk [at] ieee.org

 

International Scientific Committee

Alke Martens, PH Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany

Andreas Holzinger, Medical University Graz, Austria

Arif Altun, Hacettepe University, Turkey

Baltasar Fernández-Manjón, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Chen-Chung Liu, National Central University, Taiwan

Christophe Choquet, Universiti du Maine, France

Demetrios G. Sampson, University of Piraeus, Greece

Elvira Popescu, University of Craiova, Romania

Gautam Biswas, Vanderbilt University, USA

Grainne Conole, University of Leicester, United Kingdom

Guang Chen, Beijing Normal University, China

Gustavo Zurita, University of Chile, Chile

Gwo-jen Hwang, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan

Hiroaki Ogata, Tokushima University, Japan

Junfeng Yang, Beijing Normal University, China

Maiga Chang, Athabasca University, Canada

Marcus Specht, Open University of the Netherlands, The Netherlands

Miguel Nussbaum, Catholic University of Chile, Chile

Mohamed Jemni, University of Tunis, Tunisia

Moushir El-Bishouty, Athabasca University, Canada

Nian-Shing Chen, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan

Sabine Graf, Athabasca University, Canada

Sandhya Kode, International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad, India

Setsuo Tsuruta, Tokyo Denki University, Japan

Siu-Cheung Kong, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong

Srinivas Ramani, International Institute of Information Technology, India

Stephen J.H. Yang, National Central University, Taiwan

Tsukasa Hirashima, Hiroshima University, Japan

Vincent Tam, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Yanyan Li, Beijing Normal University, China

 

Organizers

Kinshuk, Athabasca University, Canada

Ronghuai Huang, Beijing Normal University, China

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