Monday, 6 December 2010

AECT Research and Theory Division Nominations for Election Due December 13th 11:59pm

It is that time of the year that we are seeking nominations of future division leaders. This year we have several positions to fill. The positions that we are seeking nominations include the following 1 year positions:

Division Secretary
Graduate Student Member-at-Large

and the following 3 year positions:

Communications Officer
Research and Theory Division Representative to the AECT Board

and the
President-Elect Designate, which is a 4 year commitment.
Below is list of each position description. If you are interested please send an email indicating the specific position you are interested to

AECT Research and Theory Division Officer Descriptions

One-Year Term Positions

Division Secretary

Documents meetings, prepare minutes and other duties as assigned by the division president.

Graduate Student Member-at-Large

Participates in Research and Theory Division Executive Board meetings. Serves as liaison with the Graduate Student Assembly.


Participates in Research and Theory Division Executive Board meetings.

Three-Year Term Elected Positions

Communications Officer

Acts as manager for all R&T communications such as the blog, Ning site, and listserv. May also include design and development of promotional materials, and other duties as assigned by the division president.

Research and Theory Division Representative to the AECT Board

Represents the Research and Theory Division on the AECT Board and report to all division officers


The position of the President is a four-year commitment. Once elected, the person in this role will serve as President-Elect Designate, President-Elect, President, and Past President. Within each one year position, the responsibilities are as follows:

President-Elect Designate

The President-Elect Designate is elected prior to the annual convention in which he or she becomes the President-Elect. This position is elected prior to the convention so that he or she can become oriented to the activities of Research and Theory Division and the other members of the division board. The President-Elect Designate assists the President-Elect with conference planning and program proposal evaluation.


Chairs the division convention planning activities while serving on the overall AECT Convention Planning Committee


Conducts all business, meetings, and other tasks relating to division activity within AECT and submits semi annual report to AECT Executive Board.

Past President

Manages elections of officers and Research and Theory Division awards.

*All of the above individuals participate in the Research and Theory Division Executive Board meeting once every month.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

AECT Anaheim follow-up

Research and Theory Division Members,

I hope those of you who attended last week's convention in Anaheim had an enriching experience and an uneventful return home. I know that I always return, invigorated with new ideas and feeling refreshed from catching-up with my long-time colleagues and meeting many new friends. I would like to extend a special thank you to those who presented as a part of our Research and Theory
Division program. In addition, I hope those of you who were unable to attend in Anaheim can join us next year in Jacksonville, Florida.

AECT 2011 International Convention - Jacksonville, Florida - November 8-12, 2011
Mark your calendars for November 8-12, 2011. The theme - Celebrate 3.0: Design.Learn.Community. President-Elect Ana Donaldson and her planning team of Mary Herring and Sharon Smaldino are sure to put together an exciting program. We will be meeting at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Waterfront.

Research and Theory Division leadership personnel are already brainstorming for next year's program. If you have any ideas for our 2011 convention, be sure to let RTD president-elect (and 2011 RTD convention planner) Ana-Paula Correia know -

Call for Proposals - AECT 2011 International Convention - December 1, 2010
The call for proposals for our AECT 2011 Convention will be live on December 1, 2010, so start planning ahead. Download a PDF of the call for proposals at

AECT and Research and Theory Division Leadership elections - coming soon
We are in the process of organizing our Research and Theory Division slate for upcoming elections. If you are interested in a leadership position, contact RTD past-president Lisa Yamagata-Lynch -

Division Apparel
If you are interested in purchasing apparel or items with the new Research and Theory logos, go to A percentage of proceeds go back to our division.

Division Blog and Ning site
Be sure to stay abreast of Research and Theory Division news by following the RTD blog - and by joining our RTD Ning site -

We look forward to working with you in the coming months!

Marc Childress
Research and Theory Division Representative to the AECT Board of Directors

Monday, 18 October 2010

See you in Anaheim!

Good Afternoon, Research and Theory Division Members!

As you get ready for the AECT Convention, we hope you will keep some events in mind for your schedule:

Research and Theory Featured Sessions and Sessions-at-a-Glance
Attached, as printer-friendly .pdfs, you will find a list of Featured Sessions hosted by the Research and Theory Division and also a list of all Research and Theory Division Sessions-at-a-Glance.

Welcome Reception and Research and Theory Division Dinner
In particular, we would love to see you at the Welcome Reception Wednesday Evening (6-8 p.m.) Lobby Level: Pool-Side, Ground Floor. We will have a drawing for some Research and Theory Division items! Then, join us for dinner afterwards! We will meet at Joe's Crab Shack (within walking distance of hotel) immediately following the reception at around 8 p.m. If you plan to attend dinner, either sign up at the RTD table at the reception or email Zeni Colorado at

Division Meeting
Also, remember to attend the Research and Theory Division Membership meeting on Thursday, from 2:15-3:15 p.m. in the Garden 4 room on the first floor of the North Tower.

Research and Theory Division Apparel
If you are interested in purchasing apparel or items with the Research and Theory logos, please go to . Proceeds go back to the division. RTD board members will be modeling items at the Welcome Reception. A special thank you goes to our talented RTD Communications Officer E-Ling Hsiao for designing our new logo(s) and the best-looking Featured Sessions and Sessions-at-Glance flyers that you will find at the convention.

See you in Anaheim!
This promises to be one of our best AECT conventions, due to the tireless work of AECT leadership and convention planners. If you get an opportunity to thank our very own Research and Theory Division convention planner (and division president-elect) Zeni Colorado, be sure to do so. Better yet, buy her a Starbucks coffee in the Hyatt Regency lobby!

On behalf of the Research and Theory Division Board, I look forward to seeing you in Anaheim.

Marc Childress
Research and Theory Division Representative to the AECT Board of Directors
AECT Executive Committee Member

Thursday, 26 August 2010

AECT 2010 conference program is available now

AECT 2010 conference program is available now at Please login the system to organize your selected sessions!!

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

AECT 2010 Mentor Program - Deadline Extended

AECT 2010 Mentor Program - Deadline Extended. See more details at

Saturday, 31 July 2010

Call for the 2010 AECT Early Career Faculty Symposium: Due September 1, 2010

AECT’s Research and Theory Division will be hosting the 2010 Early Career Symposium sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The symposium will be held at the annual AECT International Conference on October 26-27th, 2010, in Anaheim, California. The symposium will engage participants in a day and a half of focused career mentoring and networking.

The symposium will provide each participant with the following:
- AECT Conference registration fee
- conference travel expenses up to $500
- two community building lunches
- lodging for the AECT conference not to exceed $200/night for the duration of the conference

The intended outcomes of the Early Career Symposium include:
- mentoring of early career faculty and advanced doctoral students into the social/professional network as partners in idea-making,
- supporting early career faculty and advanced doctoral students in developing viable technology-oriented research agendas,
- providing specific feedback and guidance to early career faculty and advanced doctoral students about their research agendas,
- providing information about building a research agenda, pursuing funding, and building collaborations,
- developing a community of researchers interested in ways technology can transform teaching and learning

The Symposium will occur over a day and a half as part of the AECT Annual Meeting. On the first day, the mentors will work with their primary team of participants (6 participants per mentor) for much of the day. Then, on the half-day, they will talk to other participant groups so that each participant gets some personal feedback from at least two mentors. Participants in the symposium will be asked to identify a project to work on in consultation with their mentors over the following year. Participants will participant in a follow-up video conference Spring 2011.

Our model for the Early Career Symposium relies on three groups of people working together to create a supportive community. Participants will be assigned to one of three mentors. Each of these mentors is a mid-career faculty member who has a strong record of scholarship and grant activity.

Early Career Faculty Participants
Nine early career faculty applicants will be selected through a competitive application process. The symposium is focused on faculty members who have received their terminal degree in the last five years. Preference will be given to those faculty members who are not at research-intensive schools as they typically have fewer opportunities for mentoring at their home institutions than faculty in research-intensive positions. Three early career faculty will be assigned to each mentor.

Advanced Doctoral Students
Nine advanced doctoral student applicants will be selected through a competitive application process. Students should be in the final stages of completing their degree. Preference will be given to students who are nearing completion and whose research agendas align to the technology in teaching and learning focus of the Symposium. Three early doctoral students will be assigned to each mentor.

Lunch for both days will be provided as part of the Symposium to offer an opportunity for unstructured conversation among all participants. Given that one of our desired outcomes is the development of a community of researchers, providing opportunities for that community to develop is a critical aspect of the experience.

- Applicants must be AECT Members in good standing
- Applicants must have not participated in a previous year’s symposium
- Applicants must be current faculty (within first five years of career) or graduate students (within one year of finishing doctoral degree)
- Applicants will be selected based upon their strength of argument for participation. Additionally, the Symposium board seeks to accept a diverse group of scholars representing the entirety of the membership of AECT.

Faculty applicants should submit:

* Cover letter providing a career statement as well as discussing why they would like to attend the Early Career Symposium, how they are qualified and how it would benefit their careers (letter should be limited to a single page).
* Updated Curriculum Vita

Student applicants should submit:

* Cover Letter discussing career goals, including description of dissertation and progress toward completion. The cover letter should also discuss how they are qualified for the Early Career Symposium and how it would benefit their careers (letter should be limited to a single page)
* Updated Curriculum Vita
* Statement supporting participation from dissertation advisor (limit to one paragraph)

Deadline: All applicants are due September 1, 2010. Cover letters and vita’s must be sent to Symposium coordinator, David Richard Moore ( All materials must be sent electronically. Applicants will be informed of their status on September 21, 2010.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Call for Facilitators

Dear Colleague:

The Research and Theory Division is recruiting facilitators for the AECT 2010 Convention sessions to be given this October in Anaheim, CA. Facilitators for each one-hour session are essential to ensure the quality of our division’s sessions, since they monitor presenter time usage and ensure that all presenters benefit from audience evaluations. I am writing to request your participation as a facilitator for our division.

The facilitators for each Research and Theory Division session (which feature from one to three presentations each) are tasked with introducing the speakers, collecting evaluations, and communicating with the presenters prior to the conference. Facilitators prepare for their jobs by reading each of the proposal abstracts (700-1000) for their assigned session in advance of the session, so that they can give a brief introduction (<5 minutes) while the presenters are setting up. Facilitators also contact the presenters about 1 month prior to the conference to confirm their participation and the day and time for the presentations, to request or provide any additional information, and to do any additional session coordination that might be necessary. At the beginning of each one-hour session, the facilitators pass out evaluation forms to the audience and then collect the evaluations at the conclusion each presentation.

“Themed Session” Facilitator Instructions
This year, the Research and Theory Division will have several themed sessions on the following topics:

1. Issues in CyberLearning Design and Development
2. Innovative Research Methods
3. Assessment and Evaluation
4. Online Learning
5. Research on Learning
6. Transforming Learning and Instruction
7. Strategies for Learning
8. Web 2.0
9. Simulated Learning Environments

In addition to the roundtables, reflection papers, and “stand-alone” concurrent sessions, the Research and Theory Division is also sponsoring several other special sessions.

To help with coordination of the themed sessions, I will supply you with the email addresses and proposal abstracts for ALL session presenters. If you’re interested in serving the division in the capacity of facilitator, please email Zeni Colorado at with 1) the number of hour-long sessions you would be willing to facilitate, and 2) if you have a theme preference. Please also provide me with a list of any other obligations you might have during the conference (include the names of any presentations, meetings, luncheons, etc.). I’ll do my best to honor your theme requests and avoid any conflicts with your other obligations.

Thank you for considering serving our division in this capacity!

Zeni Colorado
Research and Theory Division - Program Planner
Emporia State University

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Dean and Sybil McClusky Research Award nominations are due June 1 2010

Dean and Sybil McClusky Research Award nominations are due June 1 2010. Please encourage your doctoral students who have completed their dissertation proposals and currently working on finishing their dissertations to apply for this award. Please click on the following link to see more details.

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Facebook Group

Since Ning will start charging for social networks, we have created a Facebook group for the AECT Research and Theory Division. We hope this Facebook group will help facilitate more communication and collaboration among division members as well as increase participation. To join, please go to, type in “AECT Research and Theory Division” in the search field and then click on “Join Group” button. Feel free to post photos, participate in discussions, and/or just communicate with each other.Thank you for being a part of the Research and Theory Division!

Wednesday, 31 March 2010


Dear R & T Division Members,

Register before April 9th and you can save $150.00 from the on-site registration.

E-Ling Hsiao, Ph.D.
R & T Division Communications Officer

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

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 2010 annual convention to be held October 26-30, 2010 at Hyatt Regency Orange County, Anaheim, California.


F. Dean McClusky was a professor of education at the University of California, Los Angeles. A prolific writer and researcher in the educational communications and technology field, he established his reputation with publications such as Audio-Visual Teaching Techniques, the A-V Bibliography (1950) which contained more than three thousand references to literature dealing with the use of audio-visual materials and techniques in education, and The Audio-Visual Reader (1954), a collection of readings in the visual education field co-edited with James S. Kinder, who was the coordinator of AV Services at San Diego State College. McClusky's wife, Sybil Kemp McClusky, working as his editorial assistant, offered constructive criticism and proofread manuscripts.

In 1976 the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) posthumously awarded McClusky its Distinguished Service Award, recognizing his outstanding leadership in advancing the theory and practice of educational communications and technology over a substantial period of time. The Dean and Sybil McClusky Research Award for an outstanding doctoral research proposal was established with funds donated to the ECT Foundation by Dean and Sybil McClusky, an expression of their commitment to the future leaders of the field.


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 are encouraged to review pages 157-161 of Isaac, Stephen and Michaels, William B., Handbook in Research and Evaluation, Robert R. Knapp, San Diego, CA 1971.

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.

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 David Moore


Deadline for nominations is June 1, 2010.


For more information please contact David Moore at


The ECT Foundation is the non-profit organization that carries out the purposes and programs of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) that are charitable and educational in nature. The awards given through the ECT Foundation promote scholarship and leadership in the field of educational communications and technology. Because it is a non-profit organization, all donations to the ECT Foundation are tax-deductible. Financial gifts to support its many programs are welcome. For additional information or to make a donation, write to ECT Foundation, c/o AECT, 1800 N. Stonelake Dr., Suite 2, Bloomington, IN 47404.


The Division of Research and Theory of the Association for Association of Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) improves the design, execution, utilization, evaluation, and dissemination of audio visual communications research; advises educators on the effective utilization of the results of the research; and promotes applied and theoretical research on the use of media. A jury of researchers from Research and Theory will select the winner(s) of the Dean and Sybil McClusky Research Award.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Welcome to our new division officers!!!

. President-Elect -- Ana-Paula Correia (Iowa State University)

. Graduate Student Board Representative -- Enilda Romero (Old Dominion University)

. Board Member At Large -- Tracey A Stuckey-Mickell (Northern Illinois University)

Thursday, 4 February 2010

AECT 2010 conference submission deadline has been extended

Dear Research & Theory Division members,

The deadline for proposal submissions has been extended to Mar 5th, 2010. Please HERE to see more details.

In addition, AECT and Divisional Elections will be active until February 26, 2010. Please click HERE to case your vote. Thank you! :)


Tuesday, 19 January 2010

AECT and Divisional Elections - Now In Progress

Dear Research and Theory Division members:

AECT and Divisional Elections will be active until February 26, 2010.

E-Ling Hsiao
R & T Communications Officer

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

2010 AECT Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals for the 2010 AECT Convention is now available! You can access it by going to the following link: