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May 23, 2017

[AECT] News & Notes -May 22, 2017

Another newsletter from yesterday.

May 22, 2017
www.aect.org

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 TODAY! The 2017 AECT International Convention early-bird registration will remain available until May 31, 2017. Make plans to attend the convention,November 6-11, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. See the AECT website for registration and hotel information.

SUMMER JOURNAL SYMPOSIUM 2017. Registration is available for the 2017 Summer Journal Symposium and Summer Board & Leadership Meeting which will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Jacksonville, Florida, July 22-25. Details regarding registration and hotel reservations are available on the AECT website.

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE MENTORING RELATIONSHIP but were afraid to ask. The AECT Leadership Development Committee knows that a mentoring relationship can play a key role in developing leaders and professional scholars, but what exactly does it mean to have an effective mentoring relationship? Add this full day workshop to your AECT17 convention registration for only $15 to learn about the components and dynamics of effective and productive mentoring relationships! Contact Tonia Dousay with questions.

NOMINATIONS NEEDED! The AECT Division of Distance Learning needs more nominations for the 2017 DDL Awards sponsored by the division. More information about each of the awards, including award coordinators, evaluation criteria, and how to submit nominations, can be found on the DDL website. Nominations and accompanying materials must be received by June 1, 2017. Winners will be recognized at the DDL Membership Meeting during AECT International Convention to be held in Jacksonville, Florida on November 6–11, 2017.

AECT INTERNSHIP PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS. The AECT Leadership Development Committee is excited to invite applications for the Leadership Internship Program to coincide with the 2017 AECT Convention in Jacksonville, FL.  We need your help to identify and recognize outstanding individuals with leadership potential in educational technology and in the broader field through the AECT Leadership Internship Program.  Details and submission information can be found here. The deadline is June 5, 2017.

NEW CALL FOR ETS V2 PROPOSALS. Do you have a passion for a new technology or tech ‘toys’ with promise for learning? Do you want to have a little funwhile learning about the most novel new learning technologies exciting AECT members?  Planners have tweaked the design of the Emerging Technology Showcase so that AECT Jacksonville Convention participants can access their practitioner’s side to think about, meet and question over 60 hot-tech advocates hosting many roundtables in two large sessions!  Explore the possible! Click here to see the Call and Click here to find the submission portal to submit your individual (or team) ETS2 Proposals: Due, June 15, 2017. Fun!

JOURNAL OF FORMATIVE DESIGN IN LEARNING. Journal of Formative Design in Learning, a publication of AECT, has published its first paper.  All the papers in Volume 1 (2017) and Volume 2 (2018) are freely available to anyone during those two years.  Simply visit the homepage and click on Online First Articles to access the article.  The journal’s content will also be available to all AECT members via the AECT website soon.  We welcome you to submit your next paper to this journal to experience its fair, balanced, timely, and helpful peer review. Accepted papers are published quickly (within 2-3 weeks) and enjoy wide dissemination, including free availability in the journal’s first two years.  The homepage contains a link (Submit Online) to the journal’s Editorial Manager website, as well as instructions for authors, aims and scope, Editorial Board, and more.  Please contact Editor-in-Chief Robert Kenny with any general inquiries about the journal.

U.S. DOL O*NET DATA COLLECTION. The U.S. Department of Labor’s 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 occupation of Distance Learning Coordinators. 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 tbelcher@onet.rti.org. 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.

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: aect@aect.org

 

May 21, 2017

[AECT] DD Reads: Part 2 Webinar & Chat

From late last week…


VIRTUAL REALITY FOR
IMMERSIVE LEARNING
How do we design and develop immersive learning experiences using virtual reality technologies? This session of #AECTDDREADS will explore potential directions for researchers and practitioners regarding different issues and implications of virtual reality.

Dr. Fengfeng Ke | Associate Professor, Florida State University


Ke, F., & Carafano, P. (2016). Collaborative science learning in an immersive flight simulation. Computers & Education, 103, 114-123.

Dr. Zahira Merchant | Assistant Professor, San Francisco State University


Merchant, Z., Goetz, E. T., Cifuentes, L., Keeney-Kennicutt, W., & Davis, T. J. (2014). Effectiveness of virtual reality-based instruction on students’ learning outcomes in K-12 and higher education: A meta-analysis. Computers & Education, 70, 29-40.
  Par t 1: Webinar
  Wednesday | 5.31.17 | 3:00 PM EST | http://bit.ly/2pDZ3OC

During this one-hour webinar, Drs. Fengfeng Ke and Zahira Merchant will discuss their recent research and publications related to virtual reality as an immersive learning environment. To participate in this session, please register at http://bit.ly/2pDZ3OC.

Par t 2: Live Facebook Chat
  Thursday | 6.1.17 | 8:00 PM EST | https://www.facebook.com/AECTDDReads

Join us after the webinar for a live guided Facebook chat session to share your perspectives and experiences related to virtual reality in educational technology. We’ll also discuss the two focus articles for this event and recap the webinar presentations.

May 19, 2017

[AECT] Searching For Future Leaders!

From Wednesday’s inbox…

Greetings AECT Members!

We are searching for the future leaders of AECT.  Who are they?  They are the new professionals in K12 and higher education as well as those in industry and current graduate students within our membership.  We need your help, AECT members, to identify and recognize outstanding individuals with leadership potential in educational technology and in the broader field through the AECT Leadership Internship Program.

Eligible applicants and interested sponsors may review program details and application requirements at http://www.aect.org/events/intern. The deadline for submission to the internship program is a firm June 5, 2017.

AECT members interested in sponsoring an applicant should provide their contact information to the individual for inclusion in his or her application materials. Once an application is submitted, the online system will notify sponsors with instructions on how to complete the process. Please note that the application process places a heavy emphasis on past and current leadership experiences with a specific focus on personal goals for growth within AECT and the professional field.

All pieces of the application must be completed in order to be considered. This includes a sponsor letter in support of your application. Please allow enough time for your sponsor to submit this letter by the due date, June 5.

All interns will be expected to arrive at the 2017 AECT Convention in Jacksonville, FL by Sunday afternoon, November 5, 2017 and to stay until 12:00 PM Saturday, November 11, 2017.

Please submit all application materials via the AECT website at the URL above. Additional correspondence regarding the Leadership Internship Program can be directed to the Leadership Internship Program Coordinator, Megan C. Murtaugh, at 239-560-8301 or aect-intern-chair@aect.org.


 

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320 W. 8th Street. Suite 101
Bloomington, Indiana 47404
Office: 812-335-7675

May 17, 2017

[AECT] News & Notes – May 15, 2017

A newsletter from Monday’s inbox.

May 15, 2017
www.aect.org

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

JOURNAL OF FORMATIVE DESIGN IN LEARNING. Journal of Formative Design in Learning, a publication of AECT, has published its first paper.  All the papers in Volume 1 (2017) and Volume 2 (2018) are freely available to anyone during those two years.  Simply visit the homepage and click on Online First Articles to access the article.  The journal’s content will also be available to all AECT members via the AECT website soon.  We welcome you to submit your next paper to this journal to experience its fair, balanced, timely, and helpful peer review. Accepted papers are published quickly (within 2-3 weeks) and enjoy wide dissemination, including free availability in the journal’s first two years.  The homepage contains a link (Submit Online) to the journal’s Editorial Manager website, as well as instructions for authors, aims and scope, Editorial Board, and more.  Please contact Editor-in-Chief Robert Kenny with any general inquiries about the journal.

AECT INTERNSHIP PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS. The AECT Leadership Development Committee is excited to invite applications for the Leadership Internship Program to coincide with the 2017 AECT Convention in Jacksonville, FL.  We need your help to identify and recognize outstanding individuals with leadership potential in educational technology and in the broader field through the AECT Leadership Internship Program.  Details and submission information can be found here. The deadline is June 5, 2017.

EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION AVAILABLE. The 2017 AECT International Convention early-bird registration will remain available until May 31, 2017. Make plans to attend the convention, November 6-11, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. Member and nonmember registrations can save $150.  See the AECT website for registration and hotel information.

SUMMER JOURNAL SYMPOSIUM 2017. Registration is now available for the 2017 Summer Journal Symposium and Summer Board & Leadership Meeting which will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Jacksonville, Florida, July 22-25. Details regarding registration and hotel reservations are available on the AECT website.

NEW CALL FOR ETS V2 PROPOSALS. Do you have a passion for a new technology or tech ‘toys’ with promise for learning? Do you want to have a little funwhile learning about the most novel new learning technologies exciting AECT members?  Planners have tweaked the design of the Emerging Technology Showcase so that AECT Jacksonville Convention participants can access their practitioner’s side to think about, meet and question over 60 hot-tech advocates hosting many roundtables in two large sessions!  Explore the possible! Click here to see the Call and Click here to find the submission portal to submit your individual (or team) ETS2 Proposals: Due, June 15, 2017. Fun!

NEW AECT/SPRINGER PUBLICATION. Emerging Research, Practice, and Policy on Computational Thinking, P. Rich and C. Hodges, (Eds.). This book reports on research and practice on computational thinking and the effect it is having on education worldwide, both inside and outside of formal schooling. With coding becoming a required skill in an increasing number of national curricula (e.g., the United Kingdom, Israel, Estonia, Finland), the ability to think computationally is quickly becoming a primary 21st century “basic” domain of knowledge. The authors of this book investigate how this skill can be taught and its resultant effects on learning throughout a student’s education, from elementary school to adult learning. You can find additional information here.

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: aect@aect.org

May 15, 2017

[AECT] 2017 Award Nominations

There may be some K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning scholars or graduate students that might apply.

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