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March 25, 2017

[AECT] DDReads: Chat and Webinar


This may be of interest to some…

How do we design and develop learning instances for learners from diverse backgrounds? What challenges persist in addressing the digital divide? This inaugural session of #AECTDDREADS will explore potential directions for researchers and practitioners regarding issues of equity and diversity.

Dr. Albert Ritzhaupt | Associate Professor, University of Florida

Ritzhaupt, A., Liu, F., Dawson, K., & Barron, A. (2013). Differences in student information and communication technology literacy based on socio-economic status, ethnicity, and gender: evidence of a digital divide in Florida schools. Journal of Research on Technology, 45(4), 291-307

Dr. Andrew Tawfik | Associate Professor, Northern Illinois University

Tawfik, A.A., Reeves, T.D., & Stich, A. (2016). Intended and unintended consequences of educational technology on social inequality. TechTrends, 60(6): p. 598-605.
  Par t 1: Live Facebook Chat
  Monday | 3.27.17 | 8:00 PM EST |

Join us live for a guided Facebook chat session to share your perspectives and experiences related to equity and diversity in educational technology. We’ll also discuss the two focus articles for this event and kickstart conversation prior to the live webinar.

Par t 2: Webinar
  Wednesday | 3.29.17 | 3:00 PM EST |

During this free one-hour webinar, Drs. Albert Ritzhaupt and Andrew Tawfik will discuss their recent research and publications related to inequality in educational technology. To participate in this session, please register at

March 23, 2017

2017 AECT RTD Awards Program

For K-12 distance, online and blended learning researchers…

Dear IT Forum Members, 
Please consider submitting your excellent work or nominating other scholars for the AECT Research and Theory Division awards. Check the link below to see more award details or contact me (E-Ling Hsiao) if you have any questions. The deadline for all RTD awards will be April 15, 2017
Link to descriptions for each award:
  • Dean and Sybil McClusky Research Award
  • Outstanding Journal Article Award
  • Outstanding Book Award
  • AECT Young Researcher Award (supported by Springer Publishing)
  • AECT Qualitative Inquiry Award
  • Outstanding Service Award
E-Ling Hsiao
Immediate AECT RTD Past President

March 21, 2017

[AECT] News & Notes – March 20, 2017

And another newsletter from yesterday.

March 20, 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.

MEMBER INPUT SURVEY 2017. At this time the AECT Leadership is interested in hearing member feedback and input to consider adjustments to our organizational actions and activities. This survey will remain available until March 31, 2017. Your responses will be aggregated with all others and will not be individually identified. Please help us out!

TRAVEL OPPORTUNITY? AECT has been contacted about academic travel abroad and we are seeking your input. We’ve been asked to explore interest in spending a week in Cuba focusing on education opportunities and issues.  Proposed dates would be January, March, or May of 2018.  If this type of member benefit is of interest to you please contact President Brad Hokanson ( or Executive Director Phil Harris ( to express your interest. (We realize that cost will be a major issue.)

INTERNET RULES IN THE NEWS. Questions about future Internet rules have been popping up in the news recently. AECT published a policy brief on “Net Neutrality” in 2015. Now would be a good time to review it and other AECT policy briefs.

SUMMER SYMPOSIUM TAKING SHAPE. A symposium is planned to allow interested writers to participate in a peer-review process related to submissions to the new Journal of Formative Design in Learning. The journal has issued a call for papers, with a deadline for abstracts of March 30, 2017. The symposium will be held July 22-23 at the Hyatt Regency in Jacksonville, Florida (room rate starting at $79). Details can be found on the AECT website. Of course, the journal is open to receive manuscript submissions at any time. Instructions for authors, aims and scope, editorial board, and other information is provided on the journal homepage.

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 will follow.

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.

AECT/SPRINGER BOOKS & BRIEFS. Learning Technologies and Globalization: Pedagogical Frameworks and Applications, by Nada Dabbagh, et al. This brief describes the evolutionary and global impact of the techno-social transformation on learning technologies in terms of emerging pedagogical frameworks and applications. It provides examples of such applications in higher education, K-12, and the workplace, across the globe. 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!

Association for Educational Communication and Technology
320 West 8th Street, Suite 101, Bloomington, Indiana 47404
Toll Free: 877-677-AECT Phone: 812-335­-7675 Email:

March 18, 2017

[AECT] The 1st Formative Design in Learning Symposium

Note this event…

Click here to view webpage.

March 17, 2017

TechTrends, Vol. 61, Issue 2 – New Issue Alert

Another notice of a new issue, but this time there are no K-12 distance, online or blended learning items.

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New Issue Alert

Dear Reader,

We are pleased to deliver your requested table of contents alert for TechTrends. Volume 61 Number 2 is now available online.

Important news

We welcome your submissions!

TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, an official publication of the AECT, invites manuscript submissions. Visit the journal homepage for aims and scope, author instructions, and link to the submission site ( Enjoy fair and efficient peer review; speedy production of accepted articles and publication in Online First; wide distribution to academics, researchers, and professionals worldwide, including all AECT members; option to publish open access or traditionally. Questions? Please contact Editor-in-Chief Charles B. Hodges (

In this issue

Editor’s Notes

Editor’s Notes

Charles B. Hodges

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Column: AECT President’s Message

Springing Forward

Brad Hokanson

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Guest Editorial

Teaching in a Time of Discord: Six Strategies for Learning Design and Practice

Donovan R. Walling

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Column: Graduate Member Musings

Graduate Student Reflections on Participating in the AECT Design and Development Competition

Jessica J. Resig, Alison L. Moore, Jiyae Bong, Beth Allred Oyarzun, D. Kaye Rabel & Sheri Anderson Conklin

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Column: Rethinking Technology & Creativity in the 21st Century

Uncreativity: a Discussion on Working Creativity Before and After Ideation with Dr. Chris Bilton

William Cain & Danah Henriksen

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Building TPACK in Preservice Teachers Through Explicit Course Design

Douglas M. Harvey & Ronald Caro

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The Effects of Prior Beliefs on Student Interactions in Online Debates

Allan Jeong & Zhichun Liu

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Peer Teaching in a Flipped Teacher Education Classroom

Kevin J. Graziano

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An Alternative Approach: Openness in Education Over the Last 100 Years

Fredrick W. Baker

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Glass Vision 3D: Digital Discovery for the Deaf

Becky Sue Parton

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TechTrends 2010–2015: A Content Analysis

Eric Stauffer

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Designing Technology-Enabled Instruction to Utilize Learning Analytics

Randall Davies, Robert Nyland, Robert Bodily, John Chapman, Brian Jones & Jay Young

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The Effects of Game Design Experience on Teachers’ Attitudes and Perceptions regarding the Use of Digital Games in the Classroom

Yun-Jo An & Li Cao

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Gender Differences in Teens’ Digital Propensity and Perceptions and Preferences With Regard to Digital and Printed Text

Soonhwa Seok & Boaventura DaCosta

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Interactive Storytelling: Opportunities for Online Course Design

Sally Baldwin & Yu-Hui Ching

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Enhancing Reading Comprehension with Student-Centered iPad Applications

Andria L. Moon, Cheryl M. Wold & Gregory M. Francom

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Academic Help Seeking: a Framework for Conceptualizing Facebook Use for Higher Education Support

Paul V. Amador & Julie M. Amador

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Column: Book Review

Review of: Prensky, M. (2016) Education to better their world: Unleashing the power of 21st-century kids. New York: Teachers College Press.

Charles M. Reigeluth

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Journal of Formative Design in Learning, A Publication of AECT, invites manuscript submissions. Click here to learn more about this journal.

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