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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.