Track 15. Smart Learning Environments (SLE@ICALT2014)

Track Chairs

Kinshuk, Athabasca University, Canada [Coordinator - kinshuk@ieee.org]
Chen Nian-Shing Chen, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan
Huang Ronghuai Huang, Beijing Normal University, China
Giovannella Carlo Giovannella, Universita' di Roma Tor Vergata, Italy

Track Program Committee

  • Nian-Shing Chen, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan
  • Ronghuai Huang, Beijing Normal University, China
  • Carlo Giovannella, Universita' di Roma Tor Vergata, Italy
  • Kinshuk, Athabasca University, Canada
  • Josep Blat, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
  • Rosa Maria Bottino, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
  • Ben Chang, National Chiayi University, Taiwan
  • Ting-Wen Chang, Athabasca University, Canada 
  • Bertrand David, LIRIS-CNRS, France
  • Monica Divitini, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  • Larry Johnson  New Media Consortium, USA
  • Marco Kalz, Open University, The Netherlands
  • Gilbert Paquette, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
  • Chiara Rossitto, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Marlene Scardamalia, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Arkendu Sen, Monash University, Australia
  • Yanjie Song, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong
  • Jun-Ming Su, National University of Tainan, Taiwan
  • Ka Wai Wong, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong
  • Longkai Wu, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Matej Zajc, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Jinghua Zhang, Winston-Salem State University, USA
  • Li Ping, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong 
  • Andreja Istenič Starčič, University of Primorska, Slovenia 
  • Holly Ludgate, NewMedia Consortium, USA
  • Željka Car, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Jeff Tang, Caritas Institute of Higher Education, Hong Kong 
  • Martina Weicht, Universität Rostock, Germany
  • Dirk Börner, Open University of Netherlands, The Netherlands
  • Bernardo Tabuenca, Open University of Netherlands, The Netherlands 
  • Stefaan Ternier, Open University of Netherlands, The Netherlands 
  • Bodong Chen, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Cesare Nunes, University Sao Paulo, Brazil

Track Description and Topics of Interest

Broadly defined, smart learning environments represent a new wave of educational systems, involving an effective and efficient interplay of pedagogy, technology and their fusion towards the betterment of learning process. 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

A learning environment can be considered smart when the learner is supported through the use of adaptive and innovative technologies from childhood all the way through formal education, and continued during work and adult life where non-formal and informal learning approaches become primary means for learning. Smart learning environments are neither pure technology-based systems nor a particular pedagogical approach. They encompass various contexts, in which students (and perhaps teachers) move from one context to another. So, they are perhaps overarching concept for future academia.

SLE@ICALT2014 will explore various dimensions of smart learning environments, such as what makes a learning environment smart, challenges in the design and implementation of such environments in multiple and heterogeneous contexts, pedagogical and technological underpinnings, and the validation issues.


Important dates about ICALT 2014 submissions can be found here.

The ICALT 2014 Author Guidelines can be found here.

The Track 15 CfP can be downloaded from here: