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.

2021 AECT Convention

AECT's 2021 International Convention at the Historic Palmer House in Chicago!
November 2 - 6, 2021
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Breakfast with Champions - Celebrating 10 Years

If you are coming to Chicago for the convention...Be sure to register for the Breakfast with Champions!

 2021  AECT International Convention

  Homecoming (Homestaying): A Return to Learning through Innovation 
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Upcoming Events




Webinar: “Open Education and the Field: Join the Conversation!”

We’re writing to invite you to attend the International Division's upcoming professional devel...




Webinar: Accessibility Committee’s Best Practices for Presentations

Accessibility Committee Chair Amy Lomellini and her colleagues strive to keep us informed about the ...




2021 AECT International Convention

Mark your calendar for the 2021 AECT International Convention being held in Chicago, Illinois Novemb...




Deadline for HKAECT Call for Proposals

February 1, 2022 is the deadline to submit a proposal for the HKAECT 2022 International Confere...

Latest News

AECT and NATO-ACT partnership continues to deepen

October 11 2021

AECT President Xun Ge addressed a session of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization-Allied Command T...

Webinar October 20th.

October 08 2021

“Open Education and the Field: Join the Conversation!” Webinar Date: Wednesday, Octobe...

Breakfast with Champions - Celebrating 10 Years

October 06 2021

There is the breakfast of champions, and then there is our AECT breakfast with champions. AECT will ...

Be a Convention Volunteer and Serve

September 29 2021

The volunteer application is now live. OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE INCLUDED: Registration/Check-in...


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...

BLAST From the PAST! 1964-1985

May 24 2021

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

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...

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