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




Master of Education in Instructional Design & Technology Student Showcase

If you are interested in the program, and curious as to what types of projects students work on, you...




Deadline for ICEM Call for Presentations

August 15 is the deadline for ICEM Call for Presentations:

ICEM Graduate Students Pan...




Deadline for Chapter Submission 'AECT at 100'

September 3, 2021 is the deadline for: Call for Proposals for
AECT at 100: A Century of Lea...




2021 AECT International Convention

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

Latest News

IDT Student Showcase

July 30 2021

Educational Partner, University of Cincinnati Online, is hosting the 'Master of Education in Instruc...

ICEM Call for Presentations

July 15 2021

Call for Presentations: Due August 15th ICEM Graduate Students Panel Presentations in Emerging Te...

AECT announces Dr. Ellen Wagner as Interim Executive Director

June 17 2021

The Association for Educational Communications and Technology announced that Dr. Ellen Wagner has ac...

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...


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...

Educational Partners