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.

NEW! AECT Interactions

Check out AECT’s new digital publication, AECT Interactions, a short-form publication of relevant and contemporary topics for the field of learning design and educational technology.

 2020  AECT International Convention

  Homecoming (Homestaying): A Return to Learning through Innovation 
  PROPOSAL Review now in progress

Upcoming Events




ADECT/AECT International Conference

ADECT/AECT International Conference:

 "The Innovative Educator – Brid...





Intersection of Education and Te...




2021 AECT International Convention

Mark your calendar for the 2021 AECT International Convention being held in Columbus, OH, November 2...




2022 AECT International Convention

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

Latest News

AECT Design And Development Competition: Submission Deadline May 12th

May 10 2021

The AECT Design And Development Competition submission deadline has been extended to May 12th

2020 Post Convention: 3 ways to Still Benefit

March 05 2021

The 2020 International Convention being a virtual event provided a unique opportunity to have sessio...

2021 Early-Bird Registration Now Available

February 24 2021

The Early-Bird Registration for the 2021 AECT International Convention is now available.

AECT and Divisional Election Results

March 05 2021

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


New Issue for 'The Journal of Applied Instructional Design (JAID)'

May 13 2021

The Journal of Applied Instructional Design (JAID) is excited to announce its latest issue (Volume 1...

NEW! - AECT Interactions

Apr 14 2021

Check out AECT‘s new digital publication, AECT Interactions, a short-form publication of relev...

2020 AECT Proceedings is Now Online

Mar 05 2021

The 2020 AECT Proceedings for the AECT Convention, 'Towards Culturally-Situated Learning Design and ...

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Jan 27 2021

by M. David Merrill, Professor Emeritus, Utah State University

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