2022 AECT Convention: Call for Proposals

2022 AECT International Convention
Theme: Impacting Student Learning

Las Vegas, Nevada
October 24 - 28, 2022
We invite you to submit a proposal (online submissions now being accepted) for the 2022 AECT International Convention to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada from October 24 - 28, 2022. The AECT International Convention brings together AECT members and affiliated educational researchers and practitioners interested in learning design, performance improvement, and educational uses of technology in order to:
  • share and learn about recent research results and evidence-based practices
  • engage in professional networking and meet future collaborators
  • advance the state of the art in using design and technology in the service of learning, and
  • support the learning, growth, and professional development of our members.
Working in and around technology, where every year the newest gadgets are smaller and faster and more powerful and less expensive, it can be difficult to stay oriented toward our north star of student learning. Consequently, the 2022 AECT International Convention specifically invites us all to reflect on this central question: How does my work impact student learning?
The theme for the 2022 AECT convention is “Impacting Student Learning.”
We invite high-quality presentations from the wide diversity of disciplines whose expertise can be orchestrated to positively impact student learning. While we continue to prioritize empirical and theoretical scholarship, we also specifically encourage and invite practitioner-oriented presentations focused on using evidence-based practices that improve student learning.
New Presentation Formats for 2022
The 2022 AECT International Convention will feature two special presentation formats, Impact Design Sessions and Impact Practice Sessions.
Impact Design Sessions. In these highly collaborative, workshop-style sessions, facilitators and participants will discuss potential learning resources, assessment strategies, high impact teaching practices, and other aspects of course designs for courses their programs do not yet offer (or have only started offering very recently). The goal of these sessions is to collect, organize, and provide open access to sample syllabi and other materials necessary to teach courses on contemporary topics like:
  • educational technology, student data, and ethics
  • learning analytics / educational data mining
  • learning engineering / continuous improvement and educational technology
  • artificial intelligence and machine learning in educational technology
  • models for effective teaching and learning during a pandemic
  • decentralization / web 3.0 / blockchain and educational technology
  • open educational resources and OER-enabled pedagogies
By creating openly licensed model syllabi that anyone can adopt and modify to suit their local needs - including identifying key readings and assessment strategies - we hope to accelerate the rate at which courses on these and other contemporary topics are offered in our programs, better preparing our students for the future.
Impact Design Session proposals must include faculty from at least three institutions; proposals with faculty from only one or two institutions will not be reviewed. Proposers must commit to license the output of their session under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License; proposals that do not include this commitment will not be reviewed.

Impact Practice Sessions. In these highly concrete, practical sessions, presenters will share tips and tricks for effectively implementing evidence-based teaching and learning practices. The goal of these sessions is for attendees to leave ready to implement new evidence-based practices in their classes, or to use technology to implement evidence-based practices in new ways. Examples include:
  • using a specific online tool (e.g., Kahoot, Desmos) to implement specific evidence-based practices
  • using specific hardware (e.g., VR goggles, iPads) to implement specific evidence-based practices
  • using other specific mediational means to implement specific evidence-based practices

Impact Practice Session proposals must include a clear statement of the online tool, hardware, or other mediational means that will be discussed; proposals without this statement will not be reviewed. Proposals must also identify the specific evidence-based teaching and learning practice to be implemented; proposals that do not identify one or more specific evidence-based practices will not be reviewed.
Other Presentation Formats for 2022
A variety of other presentation formats used at past AECT conventions continue to be available this year:
  • Fee-based Workshops. Fee-based workshops are intended to provide intense professional development opportunities that result in participants acquiring new skills. Fee-based workshops may be two-hour, half-day (3 hours), or full-day (6 hours) in length. Workshop proposals should identify specific learning goals or outcomes for attendees. The proposal’s short description should indicate if attendees should bring any equipment, software, or materials with them to the session. Please note that only a digital projector is provided in the room; presenters and attendees must supply their own computers and cables.
  • Concurrent Sessions. These 20-minute sessions are traditional stand-up presentations. The focus of these sessions is on sharing information. When proposing a concurrent session, make sure to describe how you will engage and encourage interaction with your audience - reading slides to your audience is not acceptable. Planners may group concurrent presentations of related content to form one 60-minute session.
  • Panel Sessions. These four- to five-person panels focus on vibrant topics of contemporary concern and professional interest. They are a chance to compare and contrast experts’ disciplinary expertise quickly with an active, participating audience. Submissions require a designated chair to organize and facilitate the interchange between the panel and the audience, for example. Abstracts should identify panel members and the expertise each member contributes to the session. This presentation format will be scheduled as one 60-minute session.

    Please note: In recent years, we have noticed a growing trend of people submitting panel proposals that include placeholders instead of actual panelist names. This has caused significant problems with scheduling sessions, since planners cannot ensure that people aren’t double-booked if they don’t know who is presenting in each session. For the 2022 AECT International Convention, panel proposals that do not include the names of all panelists will not be reviewed.
  • Poster Sessions: Posters are designed to showcase a project, program, process, activity, or similar experience in an informal setting. Posters may be projects that are completed, in progress, or in their beginning stages. A small table is provided to support a display board, laptop, and handouts. Feedback and insights from colleagues on these innovative developments are especially encouraged. Poster size is 48” x 36” horizontal/landscape layout. Presenters will design and bring their own posters to be attached to tri-fold panels provided by AECT.
  • Roundtable Sessions : Roundtables are designed for small group discussion of specialized topics, with the presenter leading the discussion. This participatory format allows for a highly interactive presentation lasting 50 minutes. Typically, many roundtable discussions happen concurrently in a large open room. A moderator will divide the time into two 25-minute sessions, so participants can visit multiple tables during the 60-minute session.
  • Featured Research Sessions: As the premier professional organization in instructional design and technology, AECT actively fosters the dissemination of important research findings. In order to encourage a greater number of high-quality research paper presentations at our annual convention, the Research & Theory Division features a small number of research paper sessions of 45 minutes.
  • Showcase: Showcases (as in 'Design and Development Showcase' and the 'Emerging Technology Showcase') are interactive 120-minute sessions that share experiences with the latest tools or novel use of old technologies for learning and teaching.
Face-to-Face and Remote Presentations for 2022
Presentations can be made either face-to-face at the venue in Las Vegas or remotely. Both modes of presentation will be viewable by both in-person and remote convention attendees. You will need to choose whether you will present F2F or Remote when submitting your proposal. Once your proposal has been submitted this choice cannot be changed due to the incredible complexity these changes introduce into the planning and scheduling process.
Proposal Scoring Rubric
All proposals will be scored according to the following core criteria:
Criterion Points
Explicit discussion of how the topic impacts student learning 10
Significance of the contribution to research, theory, or practice on the topic 5
Timeliness and general interest level of the topic 5
Clarity of writing 5
Individual divisions may choose to add supplemental criteria to this list, but all proposals will be scored according to at least these core criteria. See division calls for further information.
Key Dates and Deadlines
  • Dec 1, 2021 - This Call for Papers is published. 
  • Feb 21, 2022 - Proposals Are Due (note: there will not be a deadline extension). 
  • Apr 4, 2022 - Proposal Reviews Are Complete
  • April 25, 2022 - Accept / Reject Email Notifications will be sent on this day. 
  • June 6, 2022 The Final Program Is Published.
Presentation Rooms and Equipment
All presentation rooms, excluding sessions scheduled for roundtables and poster displays, will be supplied with a digital projector. Presenters must provide other equipment, including laptops, tablets, or cables. A limited number of external audio speakers will be available for checkout.
AECT is committed to making all reasonable arrangements that will allow conference presenters to participate in convention events. Please include any information necessary to help with scheduling or accommodating the presentation, if accepted.
Registration Requirement and Code of Conduct
All listed presenters on an accepted proposal must register and participate in the presentation at the convention. Non-presenting authors should be designated as a “contributor.” All presenters - as well as other convention participants - are required to follow the convention’s Code of Conduct.
Thank You!
Thank you for your ongoing commitment to teaching, learning, and student success. There is so much work to be done, so many problems to solve, and so much we have yet to learn about effectively impacting student learning! We look forward to learning from and with you at the 2022 AECT International Convention.
David Wiley, Ph.D., AECT President-Elect, 2022 Convention Planner
John Curry, Ph.D., 2022 Convention Co-Planner

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