Welcome to Association for Educational Communications and Technology

"AECT is my home in the field of instructional design and technology. My peers are here, my former students are here, who are now peers. Everything that goes on in instructional design and technology is here. You go beyond the journals, and it really is my family within the field."
Ginger Watson-Papelis, Associate Professor of Education, University of Virginia

The Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) is an international organization that values diversity of thought, culture and people whose activities are directed toward improving learning. AECT members may be found in colleges and universities; in the Armed Forces and industry; in museums, libraries, and hospitals; and in any other places where educational change takes place. AECT members include instructional designers, researchers, professors and teachers, educational technologists, and other professionals united by a passion for improving teaching and learning. Our members serve in many different settings including education, business and industry, non-profits, military, health care, and other environments. AECT members fulfill a wide range of responsibilities in the study, planning, application, and production of communications media for instruction.

AECT has become a major organization for those actively involved in instructional design and the development of a systematic approach to learning. It provides an international forum for the dissemination and exchange of ideas among its members and target audiences; it is the national and international advocate for the improvement of instruction; and it is the most widely recognized source of information concerning a wide range of instructional and educational technology. AECT and its members have numerous state and international affiliates, all of which are passionate about finding better ways to help people learn. AECT is the oldest professional home for instructional designers and continues to maintain a central position in the field, promoting high standards of scholarship and practice. AECT has 10 divisions and a Graduate Student Assembly that span the breadth and depth of the field. The association produces two print bimonthly journals, Educational Technology Research and Development and TechTrends, and three electronic journals, Journal of Formative Design in Learning, The Journal of Applied Instructional Design, and  International Journal of Designs for Learning.

 2022  AECT International Convention

  IMPACTING STUDENT LEARNING  - Early-Bird Registration Now - July 14th

Upcoming Events




2022 AECT Summer Research Symposium

Formative Design in Learning: Design thinking, growth mindset, and community
July 13 and July... Read More




2022 AECT International Convention

Mark your your calendar for the 2022 AECT International Convention being held in Las Vegas, NV, Octo... Read More




2023 AECT International Convention

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Latest News

AECT Convention Early-Bird Registration is Now Live

May 10 2022

The Early-Bird registration for the 2022 AECT International Convention is available until July 14th. This...

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Summer Research Symposium Registration

April 22 2022

Once again the Summer Research Symposium will return as an in person event, July 13-14, 2022 being at...

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AECT and Divisional Elections Results

March 18 2022

As a member, please extend your congratulations and support to your new leaders. AECT also extends its...

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What Is Learning Loss in the Wake of the Pandemic?

March 14 2022

What Is Learning Loss in the Wake of the Pandemic? A Q&A with Ellen Wagner, AECT Executive Director By...

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Summer Research Symposium Registration

Apr 22 2022

Once again the Summer Research Symposium will return as an in person event, July 13-14, 2022 being a...

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2021 AECT Proceedings is Now Online

Jan 11 2022

The 2021 AECT Proceedings for the AECT Chicago Convention, 'Homecoming (Homestaying): A Return to Le...

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CALL FOR CHAPTERS: 'AECT AT 100: A Century of Leadership in Educational Technology'

Jun 23 2021

The purpose of this book is to highlight AECT’s 100 years of leadership in educational technol...

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BLAST From the PAST! 1964-1985

May 24 2021

AECT now has archives for the 'AudioVisual Instruction' journal and the 'Instructional Innovator' jo...

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