Digital Single Market
Digital Economy & Society

ICT 2015

Networking Sessions Programme

Smart Learning Ecosystems for social innovation and territorial development

Room 5C, 22/10/2015 (14:50-15:35)


Achieving territorial smartness & economic development is a process strongly dependent on citizens’ expectations, engagement and competences, as well as on socio-cultural conditions. Learning is unavoidably one of its driving forces, although scarcely considered by most popular smart city models, ICT solutions and benchmarking approaches. Objectives of the session are:

- raise awareness about opportunities and benefits associated with the development of smart learning ecosystems (in terms of: opening up content; competencies; cooperation among schools and industries, regional development, etc.)

- foster ideas exchange, strategies co-creation, stakeholders networking

- foster actions planning on: seamless integration of augmented physical & virtual places to support creative, design based, participatory, active learning processes; big data use to support learning from and on territories; personalized and contextualized lifelong acquisition of competences to become smart citizen, increase personal and territorial competitiveness, contribute to social innovation; analytics framework development (integrating bottom-up and top-down approaches) to benchmark smart learning ecosystems; increase engagement and fun of learning processes

The session is promoted by ASLERD - Association for Smart Learning Ecosystems and Regional Development - a cutting edge think-tank and D&D (design & development) platform involved in developments, benchmarking and policy making at pan European level


The session will be divided into three parts.

In the first part representatives of ASLERD will provide a short overview of the state of the art: vision, reference framework, achievements, open problems, technological needs and opportunities for cooperation.

A moderated discussion will follow aimed at identify guidelines for policy makers and to present ideas that will be collected by ASLERD to promote preparation of proposals to answer 2016 H2020 calls.

A brief summary and indications about following up initiatives will close the session.


14:50-15:00 Background

15:00-15:10 Perspectives on on-going and future calls

15:10-15:30 Open discussion (please reserve you mini-slot by writing to: aslerd [dot] org [at] gmail [dot] com

15:30-15:35 Summary and future actions

Expected outcome

In the short term this networking session is expected to foster clustering to:

- prepare proposals to answer the on-going calls described in the Horizon 2020 working program (2016-2017)

- promote awareness about present needs to implement smart learning ecosystems

- create, within ASLERD, action groups to produce recommendations for policy makers and guidelines for implementers

On medium and long term expected outcomes are: an amplification of the impact produced by ASLERD activities, a larger involvement of stakeholders and a growth of European capacity building, a growth of the awareness about the relevance of smart learning ecosystems in supporting social innovation and territorial development and, as well, people centered smart cities (i.e. focused on social innovation, community development and cohesion) and, finally, an increase of European competitiveness and leadership.

Organised by: Carlo GIOVANNELLA (Univ. Roma Tor Vergata, Dept. of Educational Science and Technologies - Scuol IaD - ISIM_garage, Italy)

Cluster: EU Policy



Fernando Manuel DOS SANTOS RAMOS, 01/10/2015 16:25

This is a major research topic for the next years! The advent of the Internet of Things will pave the way for a myriad of new opportunities for learning, but new knowledge ir required to deal with the new issues (flexible educational models, interoperability technologies, formal/informal convergence, etc).


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