2020 AECT Summer Research Symposium

Overview of the AECT Research Symposium.

Learning: Design, Engagement and Definition

The Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT) is soliciting research-supported papers for a symposium on learning. It will be held in Jacksonville, Florida July 22-23, 2020 in conjunction with the regular AECT Summer Leadership Meetings. The resulting book will be published by Springer. This year, all AECT journals, including ETR&D and TechTrends will have editors or representatives participate, recruit future reviewers and solicit articles for possible publication.

How we, learners, teachers, learning designers, instructional supervisors, education policy makers, and others involved with education institutions and educational enterprises define learning affects what is learned and to what extent learning is accomplished. The broadest questions that can and should be asked in education are in regards to learning, and yet they remain the deepest as well.but these are not often asked.

Proposals are solicited in multiple areas including the definition of learning, the design of learning experience, the evaluation and measurement of learning and the engagement of both teachers and learners. Both theory and research concerning learning are welcomed.

We expect an interesting range of contributions, from traditional research studies to design cases and opinion pieces supported by literature and/or practice. Examples and experiences from outside the traditional boundaries of instructional design and educational technology will also enrich the discussion.

The Symposium will begin the morning of July 22, 2020 and end on July 23, 2020 at the end of the day. It is the goal of the symposium to gather together a select group of scholars to share research for real dialogue and deep discussions about learning experience and learning design. Using Art of Hosting techniques for engaged conversation, we will have very intense and deep discussions of each proposed chapter. Social and recreation events will be developed to engage the participants more fully with the topic of design; non-electronic work periods will used to examine the field from different view-points. The conference fee (with some included meals) is expected to be around $200.

Proposals of 750-1000 words will be accepted through March 15, 2020. Should a proposal be accepted, the author will be asked to commit to:
  • Strictly adhering to the presentation and discussion guidelines for the symposium.
  • Advancing the initial proposal into a 2500 word draft suitable for discussion by June 1, 2020. Failure to provide the full draft paper by June 1, 2020 may result in a rescinding of the proposal acceptance.
  • Commit to reading most of the accepted papers from other presenters prior to attending the symposium. Attendees with be given access to all of the presenters papers after June 1, 2020.
  • Attend the full symposium (including all sessions and workshops) and actively participate in all collaborative and/or group activities.
  • Based on feedback and collaboration from symposium attendees, make adjustments to your initial draft and resubmit a draft for review by other chapter authors by September 15, 2020; to review other chapters, comment, and to submit a final draft by December 1, 2020.
  • Review authors proofs in a timely manner in preparation for publication in an upcoming Springer Press symposium book with an anticipated publication date of October, 2021.
March 15, 2020: Abstracts due: 1000 word max.
April 15, 2020: Chapters selected
June 1, 2020: Selected Chapters Due
July 22-23: 2020 Symposium
Further Information:
Brad Hokanson, Ph.D.
College of Design, University of Minnesota

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