Welcome to Association for Educational Communications and Technology
"AECT means a lot to me. It is my family and a place where I can grow professionally. I'm glad that I am a member of it!"
Szu-Yueh (Justine) Chien, Ph.D, University of Wisconsin-Extension
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 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 the design of instruction 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 this topic 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.
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.'
AECT offers an endorsement for non-degree academic certificate programs in the field that are rigorous and aligned with AECT standards. For information on the Certificate Program (CEP), download the CEP Policy and FAQ for applying institutions.
The version of the standards presented here marks the beginning of what we hope will be an extended conversation. The standards began as a series of discussions between AECT staff and members about the large number of universities now developing online courses...
One of the goals articulated in the AECT Strategic Plan is to increase the association’s visibility by positioning the association as an expert international resource on teaching and learning for policy makers and stakeholders.
The Design and Development Division of AECT is pleased to announce the 2018 AECT Design and Development Competition for promising instructional design research by graduate students working with mentors in the Design and Development Division. Learn more...
AECT / Old Dominion University Career Resource Center
AECT student members can go to access information and resources to help them on their job searches.