Welcome to Association for Educational Communications and Technology

The Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) is a professional association of thousands of educators and others whose activities are directed toward improving instruction through technology.  AECT members may be found in colleges and universities; in the Armed Forces and industry; in museums, libraries, and hospitals; in the many places where educational change is underway.  AECT members carry out a wide range of responsibilities in the study, planning, application, and production of communications media for instruction.

The Association has become a major organization for those actively involved in the designing of instruction and a systematic approach to learning.  It provides an international forum for the exchange and dissemination of ideas for its members and for target audiences; it is the national and international spokesperson for the improvement of instruction; and, it is the most recognized association of information concerning a wide range of instructional and educational technology.  Along with our members, we have numerous state and international affiliates who are all passionate about finding better ways to help people learn.  AECT is the oldest professional home for this field of interest and has continuously maintained a central position in the field, promoting high standards, both in scholarship and in practice.  AECT has 10 divisions and a Graduate Student Assembly that represent 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.

2018 International Convention


Learning for ALL

October 23-27, 2018 Kansas City, MO

Upcoming Events




Webinar: Learner Engagement SIG Webinar Series #2

Learner Engagement SIG Webinar Series #2
Tuesday, March 20, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
Presenter: Tonia Dousay, PhD., Assistant Professor of...




OTP Webinar: Dr. Clark Quinn's Microlearning

Dr. Clark Quinn is presenting a webinar on microlearning! The webinar will be hosted via Zoom (see access details below) on March 21st at 2pm EST. We ...




Deadline for SMT Logo Competition

The School Media and Technology Division is having a logo contest, and we hope you'll consider entering! We invite your submissions (or those of gradu...

Latest News

2018 AECT Design and Development Competition

February 22, 2018

The Design and Development Division of AECT is pleased to announce the 2018 AECT...

Call For Nominations - Due April 15th

March 12, 2018

For the AECT President-Elect (2019-2020) & AECT Executive Secretary (2019-20...

AECT and Divisional Elections - Results

March 12, 2018

As a member, please extend your congratulations and support to your new leaders....


AECT Reference Library
AECT offers a huge reference library to our members as well as open source content.

The Definition and Terminology Committee
The Definition and Terminology Committee has issued a new and sooner to be published definition for Educational Technology:
'Educational technology is the study and ethical application of theory, research, and best practices to advance knowledge as well as mediate and improve learning and performance through the strategic design, management and implementation of learning and instructional processes and resources.'

Educational Partners

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