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October 13, 2016

[AECT] News & Notes – October 12, 2016

Another item from yesterday…

October 12, 2016


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

LIVE STREAM. The three keynote sessions at the AECT International Convention in Las Vegas will be live-streamed. Check your email soon for a URL that will take you to the live-stream platform.

SPRINGER HIGHLIGHTS AECT PUBLICATIONS. A recent promotional video,“Publish with Springer in Education,” features a number of AECT books. Click the link to see the short video. Also, as part of Springer’s Teachers’ Day special, the publisher is making a number of articles from TechTrends open access until October 31. Again, click on the link for more information.

NEW ENDORSEMENT. The University of Missouri is the latest institution to receive an AECT endorsement of a certificate program. The program is the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies’ Online Educator Graduate Certificate Program. The University of Missouri joins the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the University of Texas Rio Grand Valley in granted endorsements. Check the AECT homepage for a link to the Certificate Program Endorsement Policy.

MEMBER BENEFIT. As a member benefit, AECT routinely helps researchers by disseminating information, such as calls for participants. Some time ago Todd Reeves, Asst. Prof. at Northern Illinois University, requested and received assistance getting the word out about a research project involving MOOCs. The study he and his colleagues developed has been completed. Here’s an excerpt from his summary: “MOOCs have been advanced as a mechanism for increasing access to higher education for underserved populations. However, we still know little about the socio-demographics of MOOC participants in general and even less about underserved MOOC participants in particular…. This study replicates findings that suggest MOOC participants are already educationally advantaged while also contributing new findings on the underrepresentation of some racial/ethnic minorities in MOOCs….” The full report is published in Internet and Higher Education 32 (2017) 58–71. Can AECT help you? See Research Initiatives on the website.

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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