Thursday, 24 October 2013

AECT Conference 2013 RTD Saturday Sessions

Saturday, November 2

RTD session Research on Engaging Instruction 8:00 - 9:00, 1st Level - South,Terrace E

In the first presentation “Enhancing Pre-service Teacher’s Engagement in a Technology-supported Flipped Classroom”, presenters, Hyun Yu, Tim Newby, Adrie Koehler, and Erin Besser’ will demonstrate how technology-enhanced flipped classroom can enrich learning in ways not possible using traditional methods! 

In the second presentation “How to Make Instruction Interesting and Engaging: Examination of the Seductive Details Effect through EEG and Eye-Tracking”, presenters Robert Christopherson and Robert Atkins, will present how using innovative research method such as eye tracker and electroencephalogram (EEG) is possible to investigate if seductive (interesting but distracting) details in instructional materials are beneficial or harmful. 

RTD session  Analyses of Instructional Design Journals  9:15 to 10:15,1st Level - South, Terrace E

In the  first presentation “Common Reliability and Validity Strategies in Instructional Technology Research”, presenters, Zeynep Turan, Fatma Burcu Topu, Ozlem Baydas, and Yuksel Goktas, will share validity and reliability methodologies in examined doctoral theses that have qualitative, quantitative, and mixed research designs.

In the  second presentation “Methodological Trends in Instructional Technology Research: A review from 2002 to 2011”, presenters, Sevada Kuckuk, Rabia Meryem Yilmaz, and Melike Aydemir, will present findings of the content analysis of 1019 full-length articles in three prominent journals: Educational Technology Research & Development (ERT&D), Cognition and Instruction (C&I) and British Journal of Educational Technology (BJET).

RTD Session Issues Concerning Journals in the Field 10:30 to 11: 30, 1st Level - South, Terrace E

If you want to know which open access journals are seen as more prestigious and reputable  as well as why academics choose to publish/not to publish in open access journals, come  to the presentation “Educational Technology Professionals Perception of Open Access Journals.” Presenters, Patrick Lowenthal and Ross Perkins.

The second is a panel presentation: “What are We Talking About? An Analysis of a Decade of Research Published in Major Journals in Our Field”.  Presenters Rick West,  Jered Borup, and Kyle Welch  will report results about publishing trends in five major journals over the last 10 years.

AECT Conference 2013 RTD Friday Sessions

Friday, November 1

RTD session Evaluating Interventions  10: 30 - 11:30,  2nd Level - North, Harbor

The problem with emerging technologies such as apps is that there is difficult to find any literature to determine their effectiveness. Come to presentation “Learning Apps Need Analysis: Mixed Method Classroom Pilots”. Presenter, Janet Holland, will share results how through three pilot studies she developed a set of quality questions for quickly evaluating apps for instructional implementation!

Come to listen to conceptual paper  “Framework of Promoting English Language Learners’ Narrative Skills Using Digital Storytelling”. The presenter,  Sha Yang, will share an unique framework for teaching and learning with Digital Storytelling (DST) based on four components of pedagogy of multiliteracies: situated practice, overt instruction, critical framing, and transformed practice (The New London Group, 1996).

RTD session Faculty Members Use of Social Media 2:15 to 3: 15, 2nd Level - North, Salon 3

In the first presentation “How faculty are using social media to support student learning”, presenters, Ghania Zghe  and Nada Dabbagh’s will share findings of their qualitative study of social media tools across five courses at university  that has been selected as number one among national universities in 2012!

The second presentation,“When academics use social media: Acts of defiance and personal sharing” will be presented by George Veletsianos in a narrative style using reflexive, autobiographical, and reflective lenses. 

RTD Session Applying Theory to Practice  1:00 - 2:00, 2nd Level - North, Salon 5

How to foster statistical reasoning in introductory statistics course? Come to Wendy Miao presentation “Designing for Statistical Reasoning and Thinking in Technology Enhanced Learning” to hear how implementation of Merrill’s First Principles of Instruction can positively affect student’s conceptual understanding.

Oldenburg described third places as home away from home, like coffee shops, museums, restaurants, bookstores, and libraries. Come to Tahani Aldosemani, Ibrahim Ahmed, and Craig Shepherd’s presentation “Using Third Places to Define Learning Communities.” Presenters will describe how such third places can be created online without violating Oldenburg’s criteria for third places.

RTD session:  Problem-Solving Research, 1:00 to 2:00, 2nd Level - North, Harbor

How to incorporate scaffolding and the types of scaffolding that can best support problem solving process in case based learning? Come to Debbie M Stark presentation “Ill-Structured Problems, Scaffolding and Problem-Solving Ability of Novice Nursing Students.” The researcher compared and contrasted the effects of scaffolding support (in the form of question prompting or listening to alternative perspectives) or no scaffolding support.

Recent growth in use of project based learning (PBL) in K-12 raises questions such as what are the  PBL researchers’ interests and concerns in these field?  Come to Jason Ravitz and Mary English’s presentation - “PBL in K-12: A survey of researchers and an emerging shared online resource”. Together with analysis of  their research findings, presenters will introduce an interactive Google Site that allows people to update and contribute their research and theory ideas and work on K-12 PBL issues!

RTD session: AWARD PAPER! Learning through Cases and Problem-solving, 3:30 to 4:00, 2nd Level - North, Harbor  

How and to what extent problem space afforded by an ID case study is covered in online discussion? Attend Peg Ertmer and Adrie Koehler’s presentation “Examining Students Engagement in the Problem Space Afforded by Case-based Discussions” to hear about the role of online discussion with instructor facilitation in creating problem finding and problem solving space. Their study will share results of to what extent in online discussion  learners cover problem space of the given ID case as well as what type of questions and prompts are helpful in focusing students. 

RTD session: Self-directed Learning in Open Learning Environments, 3:30 to 4:30pm,  2nd Level - North, Salon 3

How open educational resources, open courseware, and massive open online courses (MOOCs) can foster self-directed learning online? Come to Curtis J. Bonk’s presentation “Research on Self-Directed Informal Learners in Open Educational Environments and Massively Open Online Courses.” Presenters will analyze obstacles, success, and motivational aspects of self-directed online learner.

AECT Conference 2013 RTD Thursday Sessions

Thursday, October 31

RTD session  Examining Higher Education Innovations 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. , 2nd Level - North, Salon 

Come to  Lloyd Rieber, TJ Kopcha, and Brandy Walker’s presentation “Understanding University Faculty Perception about Innovation in Teaching and Technology”.  Using  innovative Q methodology (a by-person factor analysis), researchers identified four different faculty’s profiles.

Come to Albert Ritzhaupt and Brenda Lee’s presentation “Migrating Learning Management Systems: a case of two Large Public Universities”. Seeking to characterize facets of successfully migrating to a new LMS, researchers gathered in-depth qualitative data from individual across the university organizational structure: CIOs, academic technology officers, deans and department chairs, faculty, and students!

RTD session Mobile Learning Research 1:00 to 1:30, 2nd Level - North, Salon 5

What are perceptions of Dominican students and instructors on the use of educational use of cellphones? Come on Thursday 1:00 to 1:30 to Gisel Martz’s presentation “Perceptions of English language Dominican students on the use of cell phones as learning tools.” Using ethnographic case study, presenters gathered and analyzed rich data that want to share with you.

RTD session  Multimedia Learning Research  1:00 to 2:00, 2nd Level - North Salon 4

Does visual and kinesthetic learner-content interaction facilitated learning better, than visual interaction alone? Come to Daniel Hoffman’s session “Learning through Cross-modal Interaction in Digital Environments” to hear about impact of bodily experience on learning in digital learning environments!

Does verbal feedback accompanied by semantically related images benefit learning? Come to Albert Dieter Ritzhaupt and Villiam Kealy’s presentation “Impact of Supplementing Verbal Feedback with Pictures during Story Recall.” Using 4 Group Factorial Design, they sought to answer the question, whether adding pictures to verbal feedback improve learning.

RTD session Multimodal and Research Instrument Analysis 1:00 to 2:00,  2nd Level - North, Salon 8

Come to the first presentation, “Aligning with Ely’s Eight: A Second Look at the RIPPLES Survey”, to hear about the  more robust theoretical model and revised instrumentation for the integration of ePortfolios at one university. Presenters, Samantha Blevins and Jennifer Brill, will share the process, how they aligned RIPPLES survey model with Ely’s eight implementation conditions that are based on Diffusion Innovation theory.

In the second presentation “Applying multimodal analysis to examine a home page of web-based instructional material”, Hery The will demonstrate how to apply the multimodal transcription and text analysis to analyze the homepage of the Basic English Grammar course that was designed using three Web 2.0 applications

AECT Conference 2013 - RTD Wednesday Sessions

Wednesday, October 30

RTD session Research on Inquiry and Problem-based Learning 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. TBD

In the first presentation, “Cultural Interpretations of Challenges Experienced by Asian Medical Students and Tutors During Their Problem-Based Learning,” you will hear about new challenges that Asian medical students experience in problem-based learning (PBL) and how those new challenges can be explained in light of  Hofstede cultural framework. experiences!’

If you want to know how effective can be inquiry based activities (Case Based Learning, Project Based Learning,  group discussion, etc.) in large-enrolment class environment with more than 100 students, come to the second presentation “College Students’ Perception of Inquiry-based Learning Activities in A Large-enrollment STEM Introductory Classroom.”

RTD session Issues in Pre-service Teachers Education and Peer Evaluation 2:15 to 3: 15 TBD

Are digital natives distinct from digital immigrants? Are they enough proficient with specific classroom technologies? Come to Taehyeong Lim, Ji Hei Kang, and Vanessa Dennen’s presentation  “Digital Natives as Preservice Teachers: Do They Have Necessary Technology Skills for a Career in Teaching?” 

Is peer evaluation valid and reliable. Is there differences between teachers’ and student’s assessment? Come to  Semiral Oncu and Adem Uzun’s session Exploration of Peer Evaluation through Text-Based Scenarios.” Using data from 131 participants, they tested quality of peer evaluation through text-based scenarios through an online survey.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

AECT 2012 Conference Only One Week Away!

We are looking forward to seeing all of you in a few weeks in Louisville conference! We hope this will be a great event (as always :) to meet, to learn, to network, and to spent time together!

Research & Theory Division is hosting many great events in this conference - almost 80 concurrent, invited, roundtable, and poster sessions! Check out the program online:  -  look for RTD hosted sessions.

We hope you will make time for our Special Events:

On Wednesday, October 31:

Just after lunch - we will be honoring Sinem Aslan with the Dean and Sybil McClusky Research Award and she will present her research (1:00pm - 2:00pm in East- Suite Tower, 1 – Laffon).

Just right after that  -  join us for a special invited session on Social Media, Social Networking & Learning with senior researcher Vanessa Dennen from Florida State University and junior researcher Royce Kimmons from University of Texas-Austin (2:15pm - 3:15pm in East- Suite Tower, 1 – Laffon).

At evening make sure to stop by the Research & Theory table at the Welcome Reception to meet and greet Executive Board and fellow division members (6:00 pm to 8:00 pm). Interested members will go to dinner following the reception. Come by the table to get information!

On Thursday, November 1:

Be sure not to miss the Research & Theory Division membership meeting (10:30am - 11:30am in East- Suite Tower, 2 – Breathitt).  Here you will find out how to get more involved in the Research & Theory division.  Also, there will be steel mug raffle!

Immediately following our membership meeting, join us for the Design & Development/Research & Theory Divisions Awards Luncheon (11:45am - 12:45pm in East- Suite Tower / Combs Chandler) and help us congratulate R&T Award Winners.
If you prefer vegetarian food, you can even order vegetarian entrée when you sign up for the luncheon. You can sign up for this event here

On Friday, November 2: 

Join us for another special invited session on Physiological Measures in Instructional Design & Technology Research with senior researcher Roger Azevedo from McGill University, junior researcher Ginger Watson from Old Dominion University, and discussant Amy Adcock from Old Dominion University (9:15am - 10:15am in East- Suite Tower, 3 – Stanley).

We are offering a rich selection of professional development. I hope you will take advantage of these opportunities, join us, and celebrate the presenters’ accomplished works!

Monday, 13 August 2012

Upcoming events GSA Virtual Conference on September 21

A preliminary schedule:

1. 10:30-11:30 Opening Remarks & Keynote (Dr. Marc Childress, AECT President-Elect)
2. 11:45-12:30 Conference Preview: [Presidential Sessions]/Design & Development Division
3. 12:45-1:30 Conference Preview: Multimedia Production/Teacher Education
4. 1:30-2:30 Lunch Break/General Session chat
5. 2:45-3:30 Keynote (Dr. Monica Tracey)
6. 3:45-4:30 Conference Preview: Research & Theory Division/Division of Distance Learning
7. 4:45-5:30 Conference Preview: Systemic Change Division/International Division
8. 5:45-6:30 GSA Panel Discussion

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Call for Research and Theory Division Awards

Call for Research and Theory Division Awards

The Research and Theory Division is now accepting nominations for the following awards:

Dean and Sybil McClusky Research Award
This award is presented to honor the most outstanding doctoral research proposal in educational technology, as selected by a jury of researchers from the Research and Theory Division of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). For more information, go to

Research and Theory Division Outstanding Journal Article Award
An outstanding published article that demonstrates rigor in research on an important aspect of the educational communications and technology field. Articles nominated must have been published in the last three years in a regularly published journal relevant to our field, and should be relevant to the broad field of instructional design. Additionally, articles nominated should bring insights to either empirical research or theory development in instructional design. Anyone may submit a nomination; however, To be eligible for the award, a nominee must be a member AECT in good standing at the time of nomination. For more information, go to

Research and Theory Division Outstanding Book Award
The Research and Theory Division established this award for the best book-length publication in educational communications and technology. To be considered for the Award, a book must be concerned with the field of educational communication and technology through research or scholarly inquiry, must have a research base, and must have a copyright date of the past two years in the year in which the award is to be given. To be eligible for the award, a nominee must be a member AECT in good standing at the time of nomination. For more information, go to

The Deadline for all award nominations is June 1, 2012. All inquiries should be directed to Research and Theory Division Past-President, Zeni Colorado at