Thursday, 3 December 2009

AECT Research and Theory Division Nomination Solicitation for President Elect Candidates

Dear Member of the Research and Theory Division of the AECT,

The Research and Theory Division of the AECT is still seekingnominations for individuals to serve as candidates for the office ofPresident Elect in 2010-2011. The President Elect becomes part of theR&T board, and serves subsequent terms as the President andPast-President. As such, the R&T President Elect will have thepotential to make a substantial impact on planning and strategicdirection for the division over the next several years. We are seekingindividuals who would like to make a meaningful contribution to thefurther development of the Research and Theory division.

In addition we are seeking nominations for a board member at large anda student board member at large. If you would like to nominate yourself or a colleague to any of theseposts, please contact me ( as soon as possible.

David Richard Moore
R&T Past President

Monday, 9 November 2009

2009 RTD Award Winners

(with Jared Danielson): Ioan Gelu Ioanas, Winner of the ECT Foundation’s 2009 Dean and Sybil McClusky Research Award for his research proposal entitled, “Self Explanation & Causal Reasoning"

(with Jim Klein): Ian Aronson, New York University – Winner of the Outstanding Featured Research Paper entitled, “Fine-tuning Educational Video: The Effect of Ethnic Concordance and Emotional Content in Educational Multimedia Video Presentations on HIV Prevention Knowledge and Behavior”

(with Jared Danielson): Khitam Azaiza, Winner of the ECT Foundation’s 2009 Dean and Sybil McClusky Research Award for her research proposal entitled, “Women’s Dialog and Distance Education: A University in the Arab World.”

Friday, 6 November 2009

Please join us at

Building on the momentum of last week's 2009 AECT Convention, we have created a new social network for the AECT Research and Theory Division. We hope this site will help facilitate more communication and collaboration among division members as well as increase participation. Please join us at Feel free to post convention photos, participate in discussions, and/or just communicate with each other.

Zeni Colorado, Ph.D.
AECT Research and Theory President-Elect

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Special Events - AECT Convention in Louisville, KY

1) AECT Division and Affiliate Welcome Reception

- Wednesday - 10/28/09 -
Following the closing of the First General Session
Join in the fun to meet up with your long-standing colleagues and take an opportunity meet and welcome AECT convention first timers. Each AECT Division and/or Affiliated Organizations will be represented to answer questions regarding division/affiliated organizations planned for the upcoming year. Many dinner groups will form after the reception to carry on the evening.

2) Research & Theory Division and Design & Development Division Awards Luncheon - $30.00 - Thursday - 10/29/09 - 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Along with the Design & Development Division, the Research & Theory Divisions will present our annual awards recognizing outstanding achievements in the instructional design and research fields.

3) Relaxin' on the River - River Steamboat Cruise- $25.00 - Friday - 10/30/09 - Boarding begins at 8:00 PM for the 8:30 - 10:30 PM cruise.
Join the ECT Foundation aboard the oldest operating river steamboat in the U.S.Docked steps away from the Galt House, our Convention Hotel, this evening's cruise
offers you a memorable way to wind down this year's AECT Convention. View the cityscape as night descends; enjoy a variety of desserts while listening or dancing to the
music of AECT members Tom Atkinson, Greg Clinton and friends; explore the historic vessel; listen to the rush of water and the steady rhythm of the paddle wheel; all while
relaxing with your AECT friends and helping raise funds for ECT Foundation funded awards and scholarships. This is an evening event not to be missed!
Seating is limited so add your ticket to your registration for the 2009 AECT International Convention in Louisville.
Only $25 per person (dessert included)

To add the luncheon or cruise event to your registration, simply log into - go convention registration and - CLICK to REGISTER

I hope you can join your Research and Theory Division colleagues for these fine events!

Marc Childress
AECT Board of Directors Representative
Research and Theory Division

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Dean and Sybil McClusky Research Award

The ECT Foundation's Dean and Sybil McClusky Research 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).

The awardee receives a cash award of $500 with a plaque of achievement presented during the awards ceremony at the 2009 annual convention to be held October 27-31, 2009 at Galt House Hotel and Suites (, Louisville, Kentucky.

Criteria: Submitted proposals may follow acceptable formats of individual schools but must include at least:
1.The definition of the problem including a statement of significance.
2.A review of pertinent literature.
3.Research hypothesis to be examined.
4.Research design and procedures including statistical techniques.
Applicants must be presently enrolled in a doctoral program in educational technology and have obtained committee acceptance of their proposal.

Intention Statement:The winner will be expected to sign a statement of the effect that he/she will complete the proposed doctoral study in accordance with the sponsoring university's graduate school policies (including any time limitations) or be required to return the award received.

Deadline:Deadline for nominations is August 28th, 2009.

Submission Procedure:Prepare a cover letter that briefly discuss the background of your research project and include both yours and you advisor's contact information. Your proposal must be within 2000 words. The title page and the references are not included in this word count. Make sure that you address the criteria for this award in your proposal.

Please send your cover letter and proposals to AECT Research and Theory Division Past President Jared Danielson

Please click Here to download a complete document for more details.

Friday, 1 May 2009

New President-Elect for Next Year

Welcome to our new President-Elect for next year, Zeni Colorado. Dr. Zeni Colorado is an Assistant Professor in the Instructional Design and Technology Department at Emporia State University. Her research interests include issues related to the instructional design for online courses including, the self-regulated learning characteristics of students in the online learning environment, web accessibility issues, social community in the online classroom, and models for training and professional development.

Monday, 2 February 2009

AECT 2009: Submission deadline February 16th

Dear Member of the Research and Theory Division of the AECT,

The deadline for submissions to AECT 2009 has been changed. Convention proposals are being accepted until midnight February 16th. This year we encourage authors to submit their work in the following categories:
Category 1: Completed Study - Report findings from a study that is complete.
Category 2: Work in Progress - Report the progress of a study currently underway.
Category 3: Research Methodology - Report research methodologies that are interesting to the AECT community.

Authors can submit their work in any of the above categories that fit the interest of the R&T division interest, conference theme, and conference subthemes. We welcome proposals that fit the 3 categories in the traditional paper presentation format as well as the special features of this conference:
. Interdisciplinary panels
. Presentations at a distance
. Reflection papers
. Interactive workshops.

The accepted submissions can be published in the AECT Proceedings - this do not prohibit subsequent publication of an expanded and fully elaborated paper in a journal assuming that proper credit and citation of the AECT Proceedings is made and that the complete data analysis is not published in the Proceedings (rarely occurs due to length restrictions for the Proceedings). For details, please see the entire Call for Proposals at

In addition, EARLY-BIRD registration is now available. Members and Nonmembers who register before Feb. 9th can save $160.00 from the regular registration. For details, please check

Monday, 26 January 2009

EARLY-BIRD registration is now available!!!

EARLY-BIRD registration is now available. Members and Nonmembers, register before Feb. 9th and you can save $160.00 from the regular registration.

Call for Featured Research Papers

Sessions: October 27-31, 2009
Proposal Deadline:
February 14th, 2009

Invitation To Present

As a premier professional organization in the field of teaching, learning, and technology, AECT actively fosters the dissemination of pertinent research findings. In order to encourage a greater number of high-quality research paper presentations at our annual convention, the Research & Theory offers Feature Research Paper sessions for data-based research studies.

The Sessions

  1. On each of the three days of concurrent sessions of the Louisville Convention (Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday), one 60-minute session will be devoted to presentation and discussion of two Featured Research papers. These sessions will be highlighted in the program.
  2. Each presenter will have 15 minutes to present a paper, followed by 5 minutes of question-and-answer with attendees. The discussant will have 15 minutes to offer a critique, comments, and synthesis of the papers followed by discussion.

Nature of the Studies

  1. Featured Research papers will describe recently completed research studies that have not been published in a journal article nor presented at a conference.
  2. These papers may describe studies that were primarily quantitative, qualitative or that involved the use of mixed methods.
  3. In all cases, the studies must have involved the collection of data. Historical research, reviews of the literature (other than meta-analyses), papers describing theories unaccompanied by data, and other non-data-based papers will not be considered for this special strand. (This is not intended to devalue such research, however. It simply means such work does not meet the targeted goal for this year's Featured Research papers.)
  4. Studies must have already been conducted and the data already analyzed at the time a proposal is submitted.

Submission Differences

  1. Submission Deadline:February 14th, 2009. You must submit your proposal using the online submission form. Make sure you identify your proposal as being for a Featured Research paper. Read the guidelines for electronic submissions.
  2. Enter your proposal in the online proposal form, following the directions provided. After you submit your proposal, you will receive electronic notification that it has been received. The peer review process begins shortly after the submission deadline.

Notification of Acceptance as a Featured Research Paper

Authors of accepted Featured Research papers must submit their full papers to their discussant/facilitator by midnight September 1, 2009. Authors who fail to submit their paper by this deadline will not be allowed to present their paper at the conference and will not appear in the convention program as a Featured Research paper.

Papers not accepted for Featured Research will be forwarded to an appropriate division for consideration.

Given the concentrated effort and commitment of a large number of people that goes into one being accepted into the Featured Research Program, presenters should make certain they can attend. Since there are limited slots for the Featured Research Papers in Louisville 2009. It would be a shame to have fewer people present.

As is true for all convention presentations, presenters must obtain written permission to use copyrighted photos, music, and the like in their sessions. In addition, all presenters are expected to follow the AECT Code of Ethics found on the AECT Web site (


Presenters are required to assume responsibility for all costs associated with the presentation, including convention registration, travel, lodging, handout materials.

Call for Proposals

AECT 2009
Integrative Approaches Meeting Challenges
Louisville, Kentucky
Concurrent Sessions: Wednesday-Saturday, October 28-31, 2009
Workshop Sessions: Tues, Wed & Sat Oct 27, 28, & 31

The Research and Theory division promotes the development and advancement of theory; promotes, presents, and disseminates rigorous research and scholarship; advocates the study of social and cultural issues in the field; and supports, fosters, and mentors emerging scholars. Any studies that embody excellent research methods in any area of interest to AECT members could be appropriate for submission to R&T. Topics such as the relationship between research and theory, promising research methods, ethical considerations in research, challenges associated with conducting research with data from web-based sources such as blogs, and the position of Educational Technology as a field in the context of related fields such as the Learning Sciences, Cognitive Science, Psychology, etc., might be of particular interest to R&T division members.??

This year we encourage authors to submit their work in the following categories:

Category 1: Completed Study
Report findings from a study that is complete

Category 2: Work in Progress
Report the progress of a study currently underway

Category 3: Research Methodology
Report research methodologies that are interesting to the AECT community.

Authors can submit their work in any of the above categories that fit the interest of the R&T division interest, conference theme, and conference subthemes. When submitting your proposal, please state in the abstract which category you are submitting your work. For example, "this proposal reports a Category 1 Completed Study on..," "this proposal reports a Category 2 Work in Progress on..," or "this proposal reports a Category 3 Research Methodology on.."

We welcome proposals that fit the 3 categories in the traditional paper presentation format as well as the special features of this conference that include:

. Interdisciplinary panels
. Presentations at a distance
. Reflection papers
. Interactive workshops

Questions regarding proposals for the Research and Theory Division should be directed to: Lisa Yamagata-Lynch,at
General Information

Regular Proposals
Proposals Open - December 15, 2008
Proposals Close - February 14, midnight (EST), 2009

Proposal Process
All proposals must be submitted electronically (see Proposal Submission Process, below) to one primary AECT division or affiliated organization for consideration. Guidelines and principles posted at will assist in preparing proposals for submission. Presenters are expected to follow the AECT Code of Ethics, available at

Presenters are limited to making no more than two (2) concurrent session presentations as key/first presenters during the convention. That is, proposers must select one division or affiliate to receive their proposal and not submit the same proposal (or one that is largely the same) to any other division or affiliate. Each division/affiliate has a Convention Planner (usually the President-Elect). If a Convention Planner and/or the peer review panel feel a proposal is not well suited to their division/affiliate, they may recommend it for consideration by another division/affiliate. This will occur without action by the proposer. In addition, a person may propose no more than two concurrent session presentations on which he or she is key presenter, although that individual may be a co-presenter on other proposals and may propose roundtables/poster presentations.

The intent of (1) not allowing submission of the same (or a very closely related) proposal to more than one division and (2) limiting the number of presentations on which a person may be key presenter is to assure a diverse program in which many strong presentations are included and little duplication occurs.

If you are unsure of the suitability of your proposal to a particular group, we encourage you to contact the Convention Planner for that group or organization.The following list describes particular topics suggested by each group and identifies the planner for each group.