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April 4, 2017

[AECT] News & Notes – April 3, 2017

Another newsletter from Monday’s inbox.

April 3, 2017

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

REGISTER EARLY AND SAVE! The 2017 AECT International Convention early-bird registration is now available. Member registrations and nonmember registrations can save $150. Deadline is May 31, 2017. See the AECT website for registration and hotel information.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The AECT Summer Board & Leadership Meeting will be held July 24-25, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in Jacksonville, Florida, with a great room rate starting at $79. Details regarding registration will follow soon. To make your hotel reservation click here. If you need additional assistance booking your room, please call 888-421-1442.

‘RESEARCH TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE’ WEBINAR. The Research & Theory Division has announced the following webinar – “Research to Make a Difference,” presented by Dr. Charles M. Reigeluth, April 5, 2017 at 2:00 PM EST. For more information and to register, see the complete flyer.

AECT DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT COMPETITION. We are pleased to announce the 2017 AECT Design and Development Competition for promising instructional design research by graduate students working with mentors in the Design and Development Division. AECT is specifically interested in promoting collaboration and mentoring within the professional community. Review the guidelines and the 2017 Problem Statement to prepare your Team’s Submission.

ETR&D CALL FOR SPECIAL ISSUE PROPOSALS. Educational Technology Research & Development typically has one special issue each year. The two major sections of the journal alternate in managing that process. The Development Section will manage the special issue to be published in 2018. This is an initial call for proposals. A proposal should contain the names, CVs, and contact information of guest editor(s), the title of the special issue, the focus, scope and rationale for the special issue, and likely authors and/or a process for recruiting authors who can deliver good papers in a few months. Deadline is April 30, 2017 and proposals should be sent to Please see the complete call for full details.

U.S. DOL O*NET DATA COLLECTION. The U.S. Department of Labor O*NET Data Collection Program, through Research Triangle Institute (RTI), has reached out to AECT seeking members who might be willing to provide expertise on the Instructional Designers and Technologists occupation. If you have at least 5 years of experience with the occupation, have been active within the last 6 months, are based in the U.S. and are interested in filling out 5 questionnaires (90 mins time total) and receiving $40.00 and a Certificate of Appreciation from DOL, please email Please submit your name, mailing address, daytime phone, email address, # of years of experience (as a practitioner, supervisor, trainer or teacher) in the occupation in order to be considered. A random sample of individuals will be selected for participation. Please respond by no later than April 17, 2017.

AECT/SPRINGER BOOKS & BRIEFS. Simulations as Scaffolds in Science Education, by Maggie Renken, et al. This brief outlines key issues for addressing the grand challenges posed to educators, developers, and researchers interested in the intersection of simulations and science education. To achieve this, the authors explore the use of computer simulations as instructional scaffolds that provide strategies and support when students are faced with the need to acquire new skills or knowledge. The monograph aims to provide insight into what research has reported on navigating the complex process of inquiry- and problem-based science education and whether computer simulations as instructional scaffolds support specific aims of such pedagogical approaches for students. Check out all the AECT/Springer Books & Briefs titles available.

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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