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September 27, 2016

[AECT] News & Notes – September 26, 2016

A newsletter from yesterday…

September 26, 2016

NEWS&NOTESThe purpose of each weekly issue is to provide information and to engage members in the diverse opportunities and activities of your association.

LAST CHANCE! PROCEEDINGS SUBMISSIONS SOUGHT. All sessions accepted for presentation at the AECT International Convention are eligible for consideration for publication in the Proceedings. Proceedings submissions are due by September 30, 2016, to: Michael R. Simonson, Editor. See the website for details and contact information.

GOT YOUR BAGS PACKED? If you haven’t registered for the 2016 AECT International Convention in Las Vegas, October 17-21, what are you waiting for? This year’s convention promises to be a “best ever” event. Save money by registering before October 17. Use the registration website and look for all the information you need.

CANDIDATES ANNOUNCED. The AECT Nominating Committee has chosen Dirk Ifenthaler and Trey Martindale as the AECT candidates for President-Elect. Need a brush-up on the process? Look for AECT Nominating Committee Procedures underDocuments on the AECT homepage.

NEW POLICY BRIEF AVAILABLE. AECT’s newest policy brief, “Aligning the Purposes and Evaluations of New Technology in Schools,” is now available among the Policy Briefs already on the AECT website. Check it out and spread the word to your local policy makers and others.

MAJOR REFERENCE WORK. The AECT-Springer Online Major Reference Work (MRW) offers theorists, researchers, and practitioners a unique opportunity to publish articles of substance in a “living” forum with the capacity to include interactive elements and to make ongoing modifications as new information emerges. Review the Call for Authors and consider developing a submission.

Bookmark the AECT website and make it your go-to place for information about your professional association. Check in often. There’s always something new!

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Toll Free: 877-677-AECT Phone: 812-335­-7675 Email:

Mastery Series Group Rates Available

One from Saturday’s or Sunday’s inbox…

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September 26, 2016

IFWE 2016 Opening Keynote Announced – Registration Now Open!

From today’s inbox…

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Hotel Contessa, San Antonio, Texas
 November 30, 2016 – December 2, 2016
Opening Keynote Speaker Announced!

Becky Takeda-Tinker, Ph.D.

Please join us November 30 – December 2, 2016 at the Hotel Contessa, San Antonio, TX 

for the next IFWE event!  IFWE is the International Forum for Women in eLearning presented by the USDLA. Recognizing the role of women leaders in the field, USDLA is proud to present IFWE every two years.
As a forum, IFWE includes open discussions, a voicing of ideas, and a number of presentations involving conversations that include audience participation. It is designed to tap into the resources of the attendees as well as other experts in their profession.
IFWE is an opportunity to share ideas, learn about eLearning programs and products, discuss issues, and gain a better understanding of being a successful leader. It also provides attendees with a wonderful opportunity to establish new relationships and contacts, find a mentor or become a mentor, and visit with old friends involved in eLearning. The format of the event allows attendees to learn about relevant topics from many different points of view.  IFWE is a time for attendees to listen, think, talk, network, reflect, dream and learn.
This year’s Conference theme is “IFWE: Connecting the eLearning World.”  Hope to see you in Texas for this wonderful event!
About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The association reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry.

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E-Learn 2016 (DC): Final Call For Proposals

For those looking for a bit of work this evening…

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Call for Proposals
Due: September 26
Submissions accepted as
Full Paper – Journal Publication category will be published in an AACE Journal and Conference Proceedings, available at
AACE,, P.O. Box 719, Waynesville, NC 28786

DDL Convention Update

From yesterday’s inbox…  Note the K-12 online teaching session at the conference.

Dear DDL members,

Over the next few weeks, we’ll feature some of the DDL panels, concurrent sessions, posters, and roundtables to help you make the most of your convention experience. This week, we have six great panel discussions to share with you! Don’t forget that you can build your personal schedule at

All DDL panel sessions will be held in Conference Center, Pavilion 9 on the time and date noted below.

1. Administering Online Programs
10/18, 8-9 AM
Anthony A. Pina, Sullivan University
Jason Huett, University of West Georgia
Lauren Cifuentes, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Andrea Gregg, Penn State

2. Preparing Successful K-12 Online Teachers
10/18, 2:15-3:15 PM
Matthew Schmidt, University of Cincinnati
Jered Borup, George Mason University
Michelle Moore, University of North Texas
Kim C. Huett, University of West Georgia

3. Service Learning MOOC Facilitating Strategies
10/19, 1-2 PM
Camille Dickson-Deane, University of Melbourne
Keya Mukherjee, Saint Leo University
Jennifer Maddrell, Designers for Learning

4. Preparing Online Teachers in Higher Education
10/19, 3:30-4:30 PM
Ludy Goodson, IUPU
Laura E. Gray, UWI
Suzanne Y. Ensmann, Indian River State College
Hui-Ya Chuang, University of Hawaii-Manoa

5. Ways to Enhance Interaction and Engagement
10/20, 8-9 AM
Doris U. Bolliger, University of Wyoming
Swapna Kumar, University of Florida
Florence Martin, UNC-Charlotte
Ayesha Sadaf, UNC-Charlotte

6. Publishing Your Scholarly Work for Tenure & Promotion
10/20, 2:15-3:15 PM
Ruth Gannon Cook, DePaul University
Kathryn Ley, UH-Clear Lake

Ayesha Sadaf
DDL Communications Officer

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