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 jcolorad@emporia.edu 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