EDUCON2017 25-28 April 2017, Athens, Greece

EDUCON2017 25-28 April 2017, Athens, Greece

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This special session aims at sharing experiences and challenges connected with the use of Ubiquitous Computing, Mobile Computing and the Internet of Things (to which we will collectively refer to as UMI technologies) in promoting STEM education.

UMI technologies open a new space of possibilities for STEM education, as witnessed by e.g. various positive experiences with FabLabs and graduate courses. The potential is to design learning activities that are more engaging and inclusive, leading to the development of STEM competencies, as well as more general 21st Century (transversal) skills. However, there is not enough knowledge about how to turn this potential into a reality, due to a lack of clear understanding of how to design meaningful learning activities and courses, that are sustainable and can lead to long term effect, for example motivating more students, both at secondary and tertiary education, to pursue STEM careers. Knowledge in this area is scattered and needs to be recorded, systematized and shared.

Moreover, many of the UMI-enabled learning activities have until now happened outside the school curricula, often as a result of volunteer work. Generally, they are not connected in any way with the (admittedly few) higher education study programmes that contain UMI subjects. Therefore, there is a need to understand how to foster continuity and improve the impact and sustainability of these activities. It is also time we understand how these informal learning experiences can be integrated into national education curricula of all levels.

The main objective with this session is to start building an international Community of Practice around these challenges. In particular, the special session aims to develop a critical discussion about well-established as well as innovative practices using UMI for the acquisition of 21st Century learning competences and for promoting STEM education. With this special session we want to promote sharing of experiences and lessons learned among all the involved partners. We therefore welcome papers from the research communities, but also more practice-oriented papers reporting experiences from educators, makers, and industry. Papers will be chosen to provide a broad perspective on the topics of interest and promote exchange among different communities.

Topics of Interest

  • The role of the maker movement in learning, including Hackerspaces, Makerspaces, TechShops, FabLabs
  • Learning theories applied to / affected by UMI technology
  • Engagement and creativity
  • Training the UMI educators
  • Sustainability of UMI practices
  • Relation between informal and formal learning practices
  • Assessment of UMI learning
  • Communities of practice around STEM education
  • Integration of UMI in school and higher education curricula
  • Reciprocal interaction between school and higher education regarding UMI learning
  • Methodologies and tools for promoting UMI learning
  • Promoting STEM

The special session is supported by the EU project UMI-Sci-ed:


  • Monica Divitini, Dpt. Of Information and Computer Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
  • Olga Fragou, CTI Greece
  • Michalis Giannakos, Dpt. Of Information and Computer Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
  • Achilles Kameas, Hellenic Open University, Patras, Greece
  • Anna Mavroudi, Dpt. Of Information and Computer Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

International Program Committee

  • Peris Chatzimissios, TEI of Thessaloniki, Hellas
  • Kieran Delaney , CIT, Ireland
  • Mark Lochrie, University of Central Lancashire, UK
  • Letizia Jaccheri, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway
  • Panos Markopoulos, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Sofia Papavlasopoulou, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  • Nikoleta Yiannoutsou, Greece
  • Ioannis Zaharakis, TEI of Western Greece, Hellas
  • Trond Aalberg, NTNU, Norway

Important Dates

06 Dec 2016Complete paper submission
10 Jan 2017Notification of Acceptance
06 Feb 2017Author registration and payment,
Final/Camera-ready Due
26 Apr 2017Conference Opening


Contributions to the special session might be in the following formats:

  • Full papers: 8 pages in IEEE A4 format
  • Short papers: 4 pages

Please make sure you have read and applied the authors instructions at, then submit your paper to the Special Track at


All submissions will be reviewed by the international program committee of the special session and the accepted papers will be included in the EDUCON2017 proceedings submitted to IEEE Xplore®, provided at least one author pays the registration fee before February 6th, 2017 and the paper is presented at the conference.

More information:


For further questions, please contact one of the session organizers, Monica Divitini, Olga Fragkou, Michalis Giannakos, Achilles Kameas, Anna Mavroudi. (Subject: EDUCON 2017 Special Session Submission).

Important Dates

20 Oct 2016Abstract submission, Proposals for Special Sessions
02 Nov 2016Invitation to submit complete paper (postponed, was expected for Oct 31st)
06 Dec 2016Complete paper submission,
Panel and Workshop proposals
23 Jan 2017Notification of Acceptance
17 Feb 2017Author registration and payment,
Camera-ready submission
25 Apr 2017Pre-conference Workshops
26 Apr 2017Conference Opening


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