News, Events, and Activities


AECT and NATO-ACT partnership continues to deepen

Oct 11 2021

AECT President Xun Ge addressed a session of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization-Allied Command Transformation Training Technology Conference that was held September 14-16 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The event was a hybrid conference attended by 485 NATO members and affiliates, 425 online and 60 in-person.

Webinar October 20th.

Oct 08 2021

“Open Education and the Field: Join the Conversation!” Webinar Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 Time: 4:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern (8:00 - 9:00 PM GMT) We’re writing to invite you to attend the International Division's upcoming professional development event titled, “Open Education and the Field: Join the Conversation!”

Breakfast with Champions - Celebrating 10 Years

Oct 06 2021

There is the breakfast of champions, and then there is our AECT breakfast with champions. AECT will host its 10th annual Breakfast with Champions on November 4 at its annual International Convention at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago.

Be a Convention Volunteer and Serve

Sep 29 2021

The volunteer application is now live. OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE INCLUDED: Registration/Check-in Desk Zoom Moderator and Host Technical and Network support Equipment Distribution and Set-up Miscellaneous tasks

Convention Fundraiser: Foundation is Matching Private Donations

Sep 20 2021

A grant from the AECT Foundation will match private donations, and the number of scholarships and grants will depend on donated funding.

AECT Convention Raffle Winners

Sep 15 2021

CONGRATULATIONS to the prize winners of the AECT Raffle as a result of completing The survey to help us estimate the numbers of attendees for our annual convention this year. THE WINNERS ARE: | First Prize: Chih-Pu Dai (100% off convention registration) | Second Prize: Scott Gibbons (50% off convention registration) | Third Prize: Semra FIS ERUMIT (25% off convention registration) ...

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 technology and learning. AECT has a rich history, evolving from the National Education Association’s (NEA) Department of Visual Instruction (DVI) and later the Department of Audio-Visual Instruction (DAVI). Over its 100 years, AECT and its members have had a substantial impact on the evoluti...

AECT announces Dr. Ellen Wagner as Interim Executive Director

Jun 17 2021

The Association for Educational Communications and Technology announced that Dr. Ellen Wagner has accepted the position of Interim Executive Director of the organization. Dr. Wagner is a long-time AECT member, who has served in a number of capacities, including most recently as a board member of the AECT Foundation.

BLAST From the PAST! 1964-1985

May 24 2021

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

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 10, Issue 2) has recently been published using the new open-access format. https://edtechbooks.org/jaid_10_2 The following is a link to all issues of JAID: https://edtechbooks.org/jaid

NEW! - AECT Interactions

Apr 14 2021

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 Proceedings is Now Online

Mar 05 2021

The 2020 AECT Proceedings for the AECT Convention, 'Towards Culturally-Situated Learning Design and Research' is now available. The Proceedings of AECT's Convention are published in two volumes. Volume #1 contains 37 papers dealing primarily with research and development topics. Papers dealing with instruction and training issues are contained in volume #2 which contains 15 papers.

2021 AECT Convention Registration Now Available

Feb 24 2021

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

AECT and Divisional Election Results

Mar 05 2021

As a member, please extend your congratulations and support to your new leaders. AECT also extends its appreciate to each candidate for their willingness to serve in their new leadership positions.

Open Call for Nominations for President-Elect & Executive Secretary

Feb 03 2021

AECT members are invited to submit a nomination to the Nominations Committee for the offices of (1) President-Elect and (2) Executive Secretary to stand for election in January 2022. If elected, these officers will begin their terms at the October 2022 convention in Las Vegas.

WRITE your dissertation FIRST and other essays on a graduate education

Jan 27 2021

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

First Principles of Instruction (revised edition) by M. David Merrill

Jan 26 2021

The revised edition of this popular book in instructional design available to AECT members thanks to the generosity of the author M. David Merrill.


Jan 12 2021

As you may be aware long time member Yusra Visser recently died and her parents have established the Yusra Laila Visser Research Fund to honor her work. Click here to contribute to the fund and the continuation of her professional work.

Handbook of Research on Educational Communication

Jan 06 2021

Fifth edition of the Handbook of Research on Educational Communication is now available.

JAID Special Call for 'Informal Learning in Online Social Communities'

Nov 20 2020

The Journal of Applied Instructional Design has issued a special issue call for proposals on 'Informal Learning in Online Social Communities'. They are looking for submissions in Instructional Design Practice, Research Studies on Applied Instructional Design, and Instructional Design/Performance Design Position Papers. Proposal deadline for submissions is December 11, 2020.

Call for Design Cases for AECT Publication

Nov 19 2020

The AECT Major Reference Works Section on Case Studies in Learning Design and Instructional Technology is seeking submissions for design cases. This section features cases that span different types of projects, designs, and contexts in k-12, higher education, training and organizational development, and informal learning contexts as well as case studies ranging from instructional design ...

Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Announces 2020 Award Winners for Outstanding Research, Scholarship and Service

Oct 21 2020

The Association for Educational Communications (AECT) today announced the 2020 award winners for outstanding research, scholarship, and service in the fields of instructional design and educational technology. The award recipients were nominated and selected by AECT's awards committee and Executive Committee for their exemplary contributions to the field.

The Effect of Covid-19 on Education in Africa and its Implications for the Use of Technology

Sep 17 2020

AECT is a global organization whose mission is to nurture research-based design of effective teaching and learning, with a particular focus on e-learning. Therefore, we are pleased to pass along this most interesting and timely research on e-learning in Africa. The upcoming AECT Virtual Convention will be an opportunity to learn much more about important research like this.

Preview of ETR&D Special Issue

Aug 03 2020

The special issue “A Synthesis of Systematic Review Research on Emerging Learning Environments and Technologies” edited by Drs. Florence Martin, Vanessa Dennen, and Curtis Bonk has assembled a noteworthy collection of systematic review articles, each focusing on a diferent aspect of emerging learning technologies. In this conclusion, we focus on these evidence-based review...

Increased Impact Factor for ETR&D

Jul 13 2020

The Educational Technology Research and Development's (ETR&D) 2019 impact factor increased to 2.303 (2019) from 2.115 (2018). ETR&D’s five year impact factor increased to 2.752 (2019) from 2.672 (2018). ETR&D is one of the top Q1 and SSCI journals. On behalf of AECT and Springer Nature, we congratulate all who contribute to the journal on this positive development.

K-12 Crowdsourced Resource

Apr 07 2020

As one of the responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, AECT solicited for suggestions of online resources (e.g., articles, posts, videos, documents, slides) and recommendations for best practices to support remote teaching and the transition to online course delivery. Given a number of topics (Class/Group Meetings, Delivering Content Online, Ensuring/Creating Student Access, Parents/Guardian S...

Higher Education Crowdsourced Expert Resources with Commentaries

Apr 02 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, AECT has generated a crowdsourced list of expert resources (e.g., articles, posts, videos, documents, slides) with recommendations for best practices for remote teaching and the transition to online course delivery. This project is the result of the community-based approach with reliance on AECT members' expertise and knowledge to provide a robust ye...

Advice for Those New to Online Learning

Apr 02 2020

Jonathan Michael Spector, Department of Learning Technologies, University of North Texas realizes that many educators may be new to challenges of Online Learning.

Announcing Formation of New AECT Special Interest Group on Education in Health Professions

Feb 06 2020

To start the New Year, I'm excited to announce the formation of the Education in Health Professions-Special Interest Group (EDHP) within (AECT).

Divisions Leadership Meet to Consider Association Topics, Issues

Feb 06 2020

The new year offered new directions for AECT. On Jan. 24 our divisions met to discuss association topics and issues, as well as plan future actions.

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