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

Monday, 16 January 2012

2012 AECT International Convention - Visit to Louisville

World's largest baseball bat!

The 2012 AECT International Convention planning team made a short (2 day) site visit to Louisville, KY in December 2011. We made visits to the Muhammad Ali Center, the Louisville Science Center, and marvelous attractions on Museum Row on Main. Prior to our tour of Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, we seized the opportunity to have our photo taken in front of the world’s largest baseball bat. The Galt House Hotel (our convention venue) was beautifully decorated for the holidays.  Walking through the hotel and checking-out the rooms needed for our concurrent sessions, panels, roundtables, and poster sessions, brought back many fond memories from our 2009 convention at the Galt House.  As a matter of fact, I still remembered many of the rooms and the presenters who used them (shades of Simonides and Method of Loci, I suppose?).
Speaking of rooms, staying at the Galt House also refreshed my memory about the spacious guest rooms in the Galt House. Not only are the guest rooms large (most notably the reasonably-priced suites), but they are also impeccably clean and comfortable. Hint: If you have some additional funds for your stay in Louisville, be sure to pay a little extra for a suite; it’s worth the price.
Hitting a home run with Big Pappi's bat.

On the planning end of things, our 2012 convention planning team (consisting of planners from divisions, affiliates, committees, and other partners) started working the last day of our Jacksonville convention and has already met via Adobe Connect. Division/affiliate descriptions have been updated and the All-Academic proposal submission site is up and running.  Soon, I hope you will take some time to prepare and submit a proposal (or two).  Doing so will reduce your stress as the March 2 closing date approaches. More importantly, getting your proposals submitted well in advance will reduce MY stress (and high blood pressure) as I wait for all of those last minute submissions. I'm excited about our 2012 convention. Let's knock it out of the park!

Thursday, 12 January 2012

2012 AECT Convention - Ready for your proposals

The submission system for AECT 2012 International Convention proposals is now LIVE and accepting your proposals.  The gateway to submissions with the complete Call for Proposals is available at

Concurrent session and Workshop session dates for our Louisville Convention are as follows -
Concurrent Sessions: October 31-November 3
Workshop Sessions: Tuesday, October 30, Wednesday, October 31, & Saturday, November 3

Once at the site, you will also find our Call for Featured Research, Design Showcase, Submission Guidelines, hints on creating Effective Proposals, and of course our Proposal  Login for submissions. 

Included in the plethora of information at the call for proposals page, you will find our numerous session types with descriptions. 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. A list of groups is available on the call for proposals, describing particular topics suggested by each group and identifying the planner for each group.

We plan to close submissions on March 2, 2012, 11:59 p.m. (Eastern).

Marc Childress
President-Elect, AECT
AECT 2012 International Convention