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March 14, 2017

AECT Immersive Learning Awards: 2017 Call for Submissions – Sponsored by the Emerging Learning Technologies Division

From yesterday’s inbox – hoping some K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning programs apply for this award.

Immersive Learning Awards

2017 Call for Submissions

Sponsored by the Division of Emerging Learning Technologies




For the purposes of this award, Immersion is defined as “absorbing involvement” or “deep engagement.” Thus, in learning environments that employ today’s emerging learning technologies, students today are deeply engaged with content made available through either linear technologies tools or through interactive media. As students become more media savvy with each passing year, traditional classroom and online contexts continue to incorporate more technology-mediated instruction and tools, ranging from multimedia presentations to games, simulations, computer- and web-based applications and mobile applications.


AECT’s Emerging Learning Technologies Division supports media researcher and designer efforts in this arena that demonstrate significant increases in learning that should be noted and rewarded. This competition targets at university faculty, corporate trainers, associated instructors, technologists, K‐12 teachers, and the organization’s graduate students who utilize this form of intervention in support of demonstrated increases in student learning.


The Immersive Learning Awards have submission in three categories:

  1. The most engaging linear submission
  2. The most engaging non-linear submission
  3. The most engaging graduate student (linear or non-linear) submission


These categories will be judged on

  • the production qualities of the submission such as high fidelity audio and visual components, such as exceptional graphical components,
  • documentation that learning objectives were met,
  • and students seriously engaged with the media and learning materials.


The entry must include an executive summary of the learning goals for the learning technology intervention, documentation describing the learners from the designer and, as appropriate, the student. It will also include evidence that learners were engaged and met or exceeded learning expectations.


A linear submission can be film, video, or a combination of media such as text, visuals, audio and video; however, live performances will not be considered, though a multi‐modal environment employing both media and live performance will be considered.


A non‐linear submission can be online, a product for individual use, a combination of text, visuals, dual coded audio-visual, and others. Pervasive environments are also allowed that integrate web-based products, games and simulations, and/or mobile technologies such as augmented and alternate reality aspects that support high interaction among users.




  • Any member of AECT is eligible to enter this award competition.
  • Membership must be instated prior to receipt of entries.





All submissions should consist of:

  1. An AECT Member Name who is sponsoring the submission
  2. A declaration of the category under which it is being entered (LINEAR, NON-LINEAR, or GRADUATE)


An Executive Summary of no more than three pages will be included that states:

  • learning goals of the intervention
  • documentation about the context and learners
  • evidence that learners were engaged with the treatment media
  • evidence that learners met or exceeded learning expectations
  • quotes or other evidence from learners describing their engagement with the treatment


Access to the Entry Media

  1. Web Link(s)
  2. DVD
  3. .wmv, .mov, .avi, .rm, .mpg, .m4g video file(s)
  4. CD
  5. .psd, .jpg, .png, .tiff, .tga, .gif digital image file(s)
  6. Executables, video, or Show files from middleware tools (PowerPoint, Unity, Second Life, etc.)
  7. A combination of any or all of the above



The judging of entries will be adjudicated by the Awards Committee of the Division of Emerging Learning Technologies. Those on this committee will be nominated by the Division board and drawn from members of the Division. As noted above, judging will focus on the production qualities of the multimedia such as High Fidelity Audio, Visual, and Graphic components, as well as how well the learning objectives were met and students were engaged with learning.


Judging criteria


Multimedia Fidelity:

  • Image Quality – Exposure, Focus, Framing, Color, Contrast, etc.
  • Audio Quality – Clarity, Frequency spectrum, Timbre, Volume, etc.
  • Sequencing – Pacing, Continuity, Rhythm, Content Density, etc.
  • Interface ‐ Clarity of Navigation, Layout, Look & Feel, Choice of Graphic Elements, Text, and Imagery, etc.


Pedagogical Fidelity:

  • Learning Objectives – Clarity, Appropriateness, Scope, Match to Learner, etc.
  • Engagement – Documentation of Time‐on‐task, Learner Comments re: Immersion and focused attention, etc.
  • Learning – Data comparing performance on non‐immersive learning environments to those of the entry environment, Learner comments re: motivation and increased learning, etc.




Call for Entries: March 10, 2017

Deadline for submission: June 15, 2017

Awards Notification: September 15th, 2017



Please send submissions to:

Scott J. Warren, Ph.D.

Professor of Learning Technologies

University of North Texas

3940 N. Elm Street, Suite G150

Denton, Texas 76201


Attachment: immersive-learning-awards_v2.pdf

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