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EAI International Conference on Design, Learning & Innovation

October 30–31, 2017 | Heraklion, Greece


Learning Technologies in Special Education and Inclusion


You are hereby invited to contribute to the dedicated track on learning technologies targeting special education and inclusion, held during the 2nd EAI International Conference on Design, Learning & Innovation.

As educational technology targeting inclusion currently is a highly topical area. How is it possible in both a global and local perspective to investigate – and employ the affordances of technologies in the design for social inclusion of the disadvantaged in general, and of learners with physical and mental special needs in particular? What is the inclusive and educational potential of robotics (r-technologies) or other technologies for acting as vehicles for empowering the disadvantaged and special needs learners and support the development of digital and social competencies?

We thus welcome and encourage academics as well as designers and practitioners working in this cross-disciplinary field, to submit a paper to this dedicated track.

All accepted papers will be published by Springer and made available through SpringerLink Digital Library, one of the world's largest scientific libraries.

Accepted Authors may submit an extended version of their work to EURODL (European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning) (



The topics that can be addressed are (but not limited to):

  • New digital/educational practices;
  • New digital/educational tools;
  • New digital/educational environments;
  • New and innovative educational strategies
  • Design of teaching/learning for inclusion.
  • Institutional policies with respect to the challenge of using technologies for inclusion.



Full Paper Submission 23 June, 2017
Notification and Registration opens: July 10, 2017
Camera-ready deadline:  August 18, 2017
Start of Conference: October 30, 2017
End of Conference: October 31, 2017



We welcome submissions in the form of Full Papers, Work in Progress and Demonstrations  

  •  Full Papers should be between 8 and 10 pages long (excluding references)
  •  Work in Progress submissions should be between 4 and 6 pages (excluding references)

Work in Progress submissions will be presented at the conference in a poster session

  •  Demonstrations submissions should be between 2 and 4 pages (excluding references)

Demonstrations submissions must include a three-minute (anonymous) video documenting the demonstration, and an extra logistics document explaining the requisites to present the work. Demonstration submissions must be a complete, stand-alone submission that makes sense without the video. The maximum size of the submission should not exceed 40 Mb. Accepted Demonstrations will be exhibited in a venue that is open to conference participants. Authors will need to be available for facilitating interaction with their Demonstration at scheduled times.

NOTE - We encourage authors (if appropriate) of all categories to provide a three-minute video, as this will facilitate the review process and increase the visibility of the work. All videos must be anonymous. The maximum size of each submission should not exceed 40 Mb. In case your submission exceeds this limit, please contact the program chairs to make alternative arrangements.



One author of each accepted submission must register for the conference before the early registration deadline in order for the final paper version to be published in the conference proceedings.

All accepted papers will be published by Springer and made available through SpringerLink Digital Library, one of the world's largest scientific libraries.

"Proceedings are submitted for inclusion to the leading indexing services: EI, ISI Thomson's Scientific and Technical Proceedings at Web of Science, Scopus, CrossRef, Google Scholar, DBLP, as well as EAI's own EU Digital Library (EUDL)."

Accepted Authors will be invited to submit an extended version of their work to a Special Issue in the Journal of Designs for Learning. The International Forum for Research on Design and Learning.


Papers should be submitted via Confy system. Please follow instructions on initial submission and in author's kit when submitting your paper.



Elsebeth Korsgaard Sorensen, Organizing Committee

Eva Brooks, Organizing Committee