Dubai 2020: Smart City Learning


  • Carlo Giovannella, Dept. of Science and Technology of Education, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
  • Kiran Tangri, Centre of Excellence for Innovation & Creativity, Dubai Education, UAE
  • Rachid Benlamri, Lakehead University, Ontario, Canada

Important dates

*** Final Extension for Paper Submission: 19th September, 2014 ***

Other important dates

  • Notification to the authors: 30th September, 2014
  • Camera ready submission: 14th October, 2014


The workshop intends to follow up the work that has been carried on with the workshops:

SCiLearn 2012: Learning within and from Smart Cities (Sinaia, Romania - 2012), Horizon 2020: Smart City Learning (Villard-de-Lans, France - 2013), Smart City Learning: visions, practical implementations and impact of glocalities (Beijing, China - 2013), People Centered Smart Territories Design, Learning and Analytics (Bologna, Italy - 2013);

and concentrates on the transformation of learning that may be induced by the transformation of DUBAI and other territories.

The person, considered in all her/his complexity, will be placed at the center of educational contexts and scenarios increasingly ubiquitous, complex, organic. Scenarios where the mediating role of technology will widen over the time to: foster relationships with the natural environments, filter content needed to support meaningful experiences at glocal level, disclose feedback necessary to learn how to manage "in action", the complexity of static and dynamic, of learning contexts and processes.

Not by chance the Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohamed Al-Maktoum, in a recent speech, stated: "Our ambition is that this project touches the life of everyone in our country, or every mother in her house, or every employee in his work, or every investor in his project, or every child in his school, and doctor in his clinic."

The workshop welcomes original experiences from all over the world on:

  • Models of learning experiences in Smart Cities
  • Learning spaces for, and boundaries between formal and informal learning
  • Technological, pedagogical, social challenges to learning in smart cities
  • Techno-ecosystem for Smart City Learning
  • Ubiquitous Gamification
  • Digital literacy for Smart City Learning
  • Geo-localities and cultural effects
  • Privacy, Data Control and Security
  • Ecological monitoring and Analytics for Smart City Learning

The workshop aims to foster dialogue between experts of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) and experts in social innovation and systemic design related to 'smart cities, villages and territories'. In this perspective targets those among technologists, educators, psychologists and sociologists interested in innovative educational visions taking advantage of the transformation induced by the increasing smartness of cities. In addition, the workshop is expected to attract new participants among city planners, policy makers and entrepreneurs involved in the design and development of smart living environments and territories.

Format of the Contributions & Participants Selection

Participants will be selected on the basis of a submitted position paper of maximum 4 pages (IEEE style). All submissions will be reviewed at least by two members of the scientific committee and by the workshop organizers.

All submissions will be handled electronically through the EDAS system website. The selection will be done to ensure scientific quality together with the presence of different perspectives and to foster discussion. To promote discussion we intend to limit the number of accepted contributions to 15-18 and participation to no more than 25-30 people (the authors plus a small number of listeners strongly motivated to contribute to the discussion).


Accepted papers will be published and indexed by IEEE Xplore and must adhere to the IEEE Xplore PDF specification for compatibility.

After the workshop, participants will be invited to prepare a revised and extended paper to be included as part of a special issue of Interaction Design and Architecture(s) (IxD&A). The call for papers will be open to assure high quality of the special issue.

Smart City Learning Observatory

The workshop is supported by the Observatory for Smart City Learning - (SCLO)
http://www.mifav.uniroma2.it/inevent/events/sclo/index.php established to provide a meeting point and a think-tank for Smart City Learning and to monitor and influence the development of this area from an international perspective. The recently already includes more than 25 organizations across and beyond Europe.


Marking the subject as: "SCL@ICWOAL2014"




Final Extension

Regular paper submission deadline:

September 19th, 2014 August 24th, 2014 August 3rd, 2014

WIP paper submission deadline:

September 19th, 2014 August 24th, 2014 August 3rd, 2014

Abstracts Submission Deadline:

September 19th, 2014 August 24th, 2014 August 3rd, 2014

Author notification:

September 30th, 2014

Final Manuscript due:

October 20th, 2014

Registration due:

October 31st, 2014

Conference Dates:

November 25th -27th, 2014