SLERD 2018

Aalborg, Denmark, 23-25 May 2018
The interplay of data, technology, place and people
(note: the website of this edition was maintained by the University of Aalborg and it is no longer available)


The 3rd International Conference on Smart Learning Ecosystems and Regional Development aims at promoting reflection and discussion concerning research and development, policies, case studies, entrepreneur experiences with a special focus on understanding the relevance of smart learning ecosystems (schools, campus, working places, informal learning contexts, etc.) for regional development and social innovation and how the effectiveness of the relation of citizens and smart ecosystems can be boosted. This forum has a special interest in understanding how technology mediated instruments can foster citizen engagement with learning ecosystems and territories, by understanding innovative human-centric design and development models/techniques, education/training practices, informal social learning, innovative citizen-driven policies, technology mediated experiences and their impact. This set of concerns will contribute to foster the social innovation sectors and ICT and economic development and deployment strategies alongside new policies for smarter proactive citizens.

This year’s edition focuses on the following areas but welcomes all
submissions related to smart learning ecosystems and regional development:
– Places for learning
– Human-centered design
– Learning technologies


*• John M. Carroll
Pennsylvania State University
Community Data: Awareness, Participation, Engagement

We are investigating community data, which is data gathered, analyzed, interpreted, and used by members of a local community. We discuss the ways that developing data literacy could result in more substantive civic participation and decision-making. Community members are already engaged in community data practices. Our goal is to help make these data more visible and accessible throughout the community and to engage the community at large in deliberation and planning with respect to its data. We report high-level outcomes of a community data hackathon that we facilitated along with a group of local water quality stakeholders. In order to design and develop an open community data platform and to build social infrastructure to sustain a long-term community data project, we plan to organize a series of these community-wide hackathon events.

*• Patrizia Marti
University of Siena and Eindhoven University of Technology
Crafting social innovation


SLERD 2018 features also the.
2018 International Student Design Contest

Students can submit ideas (first phase of the contest)
and proofs of concept/prototype (second phase of the contest) on how to
make learning ecosystems smarter.

It is open to individuals and groups of students (bachelor, master and
PhD students). The winner (individual or group) will be awarded with 500
€. Three individuals or groups (finalists) will be selected to present
their proofs of concept at SLERD 2018 and attend the conference for
free. ASLERD will cover also stay expenses (hotel and meals) for two
representatives per finalist.