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June 24, 2017

[AECT] New Special Interest Group: Learner Engagement

Also from Thursday’s inbox…

New AECT Special Interest Group, Learner Engagement
Contact Kay K. Seo, kay.seo@uc.edu, The Learner Engagement SIG
   

Announcement:
Learner Engagement

Special Interest Group

Today’s rapid digital and technological advancements have presented new opportunities and challenges in facilitating learner engagement. For example, the popularity of social networking has not only accelerated communication but also changed the way learners can interact. The highly accessible, multimedia-based, instant connections have allowed for more meaningful learning environments via synchronous chat, webinars, video conferencing, podcasting, and so on. At the same time, they have posed significant challenges for institutions to support, designers to assist, and instructors to implement.

AECT’s newest special interest group (SIG), The Learner Engagement SIG, seeks to stimulate open, vibrant dialogue about the evolution of learner engagement and contribute to shaping the direction of effective pedagogy and instructional design.

The SIG covers cases, research, strategies, and tools concerning all dimensions of learner engagement including learner-to-learner, learner-to-instructor, and learner-to-content interactions. The degree of attention and interest that students show in the learning process is a critical consideration for maximizing instructional outcomes and building

powerful experiences for them. Aiming at promoting deep understanding of learning deep understanding of learning and engaging in the design and development of instructional interventions, the SIG seeks to raise awareness of the new implications technology has on learner engagement and foster innovative instructional strategies to increase learner engagement. The Learner Engagement SIG will promote research and discussions through a variety of media such as Facebook and Twitter. The social media aspect of the SIG is designed to bring together AECT members interested in both learning more about learner engagement and sharing research, strategies, and experiences, and allow them to participate in the inquiry involved with instructional design, pedagogical strategies, changing technologies, and ways to support the implementation and evaluation of different forms of learner engagement. The SIG will be both an active and interactive space, geared toward bringing together researchers and practitioners in a common area to ask and answer questions that will inform the study and application of strategies which address learner engagement.

The SIG will also add a new dimension to instructional design and how technology and pedagogical strategies impact learning. Through a shared interest in education and technology, members of the SIG will grow their understanding of the interplay between pedagogy and learner engagement and develop concepts about how that relationship can be better understood and improved in a range of contexts. Members of the SIG will have the opportunity to learn and share in a professional and enhanced environment that can lead to enriched practices and unique research opportunities.

For more information about The Learner Engagement SIG, please contact Kay K. Seo, PhD, University of Cincinnati (email: kay.seo@uc.edu).

June 20, 2017

[AECT] News & Notes – June 19, 2017

Another newsletter from yesterday’s inbox.

June 19, 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.

AECT SOCIAL MEDIA SURVEY (2017). AECT is trying to learn more about how members use social media in their professional lives. Please help us by completing a short survey of six questions. Thank you for your support.

SUMMER BOARD AND LEADERSHIP MEETING. Plans are being finalized for the 2017 Summer Board & Leadership Meeting, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Jacksonville, Florida, July 24-25, 2017. If you haven’t already registered, please do so. Details regarding registration and hotel reservations are available on the AECT website.

2017 EARLY CAREER SYMPOSIUM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS. AECT’s Research and Theory Division will be hosting the 2017 Early Career Symposium this year sponsored by AECT. The symposium will be held as a half day online conference October 28th and at the annual AECT International Convention on Tuesday, November 7 (half day 1-6 PM starting with lunch) and Wednesday, November 8 (half day, 7:30AM – noon, ending with lunch together with the AECT Board), 2017, in Jacksonville, Florida. The symposium will thus engage participants in a day and a half of focused career mentoring and networking.Learn how to apply!

NEW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP. The AECT Executive Committee has approved a new special interest group – Learner Engagement. The leadership team consists of Kay K. Seo (University of Cincinnati), Scott Gibbons (University of Cincinnati), and Matt Yauk (Ohio State University).  For more information, please contact Kay K. Seo.

DID YOU KNOW? Since 2013 there have been over 670,000 chapters downloaded from the 4th Edition of the Handbook for Research on Educational Communications & Technology. Additional stats and facts can be found here.

JOURNAL OF FORMATIVE DESIGN IN LEARNING. Journal of Formative Design in Learning, a publication of AECT, published its first few papers. 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 is available to all AECT members via the AECT website. 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.

NEW AECT/SPRINGER PUBLICATION. New Ecology for Education — Communication X Learning, Selected Papers from the HKAECT-AECT 2017 Summer International Research Symposium, Ma, W.K.W., Chan, C.K.A., Tong, K.-w., Fung, H., Fong, C.W.R. (Eds.) This book gathers the best papers from the HKAECT-AECT 2017 Summer International Research Symposium. Revealing the complex interactions between communication and learning, which are represented by the symbol “X” in the title, it provides a platform for knowledge exchange on the new ecology for education in the digital era. It also equips readers to handle complex issues in both communication and education, and clarifies the difference between practitioners and academics in communication and in education. Additional information can be found 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

June 13, 2017

[AECT] News & Notes – June 12, 2017

A second newsletter from yesterday’s inbox.

June 12, 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.

SUMMER BOARD AND LEADERSHIP MEETING. Plans are being finalized for the 2017 Summer Board & Leadership Meeting, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Jacksonville, Florida, July 24-25, 2017. If you haven’t already registered, please do so. 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 Showcaseso 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 Calland Click here to find the submission portal to submit your individual (or team) ETS2 Proposals: Due, June 15, 2017. Fun!

2017 EARLY CAREER SYMPOSIUM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS. AECT’s Research and Theory Division will be hosting the 2017 Early Career Symposium this year sponsored by AECT. The symposium will be held as a half day online conference October 28th and at the annual AECT International Convention onTuesday, November 7 (half day 1-6 PM starting with lunch) and Wednesday, November 8 (half day, 7:30AM – noon, ending with lunch together with the AECT Board), 2017, in Jacksonville, Florida. The symposium will thus engage participants in a day and a half of focused career mentoring and networking. Learn how to apply!

NEW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP. The AECT Executive Committee has approved a new special interest group – Learner Engagement. The leadership team consists of Kay K. Seo (University of Cincinnati), Scott Gibbons (University of Cincinnati), and Matt Yauk (Ohio State University). For more information, please contact Kay K. Seo.

SUMMER JOURNAL SYMPOSIUM 2017. Registration is available for the 2017 Summer Journal Symposium 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.

JOURNAL OF FORMATIVE DESIGN IN LEARNING. Journal of Formative Design in Learning, a publication of AECT, published its first few papers. 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 is available to all AECT members via the AECT website. 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.

KANSAS CITY PLANNING UNDERWAY. Dr. Trey Martindale (President Elect Designee) will be leading the Convention Planning Team to Kansas City for a site visit June 18-19, 2017.

NEW AECT/SPRINGER PUBLICATION. New Ecology for Education — Communication X Learning, Selected Papers from the HKAECT-AECT 2017 Summer International Research Symposium, Ma, W.K.W., Chan, C.K.A., Tong, K.-w., Fung, H., Fong, C.W.R. (Eds.) This book gathers the best papers from the HKAECT-AECT 2017 Summer International Research Symposium. Revealing the complex interactions between communication and learning, which are represented by the symbol “X” in the title, it provides a platform for knowledge exchange on the new ecology for education in the digital era. It also equips readers to handle complex issues in both communication and education, and clarifies the difference between practitioners and academics in communication and in education. Additional information can be found 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

June 8, 2017

[AECT] Emerging Technologies Showcase – Call For Papers Due June 15

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June 6, 2017

[AECT] News & Notes – June 5, 2017

Another newsletter from yesterday’s inbox.

June 5, 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.

JACKSONVILLE 2017. Early-bird registration totals for AECT’s 2017 International Convention have exceeded those of previous years. The 2017 registration site will remain open until November 7thThe Jacksonville 2017 program is outstanding!

SUMMER BOARD AND LEADERSHIP MEETING. Plans are being finalized for the 2017 Summer Board & Leadership Meeting, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Jacksonville, Florida, July 24-25, 2017. If you haven’t already registered, please do so. 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!

2017 EARLY CAREER SYMPOSIUM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS. AECT’s Research and Theory Division will be hosting the 2017 Early Career Symposium this year sponsored by AECT. The symposium will be held as a half day online conference October 28th and at the annual AECT International Convention onTuesday, November 7 (half day 1-6 PM starting with lunch) and Wednesday, November 8 (half day, 7:30AM – noon, ending with lunch together with the AECT Board), 2017, in Jacksonville, Florida. The symposium will thus engage participants in a day and a half of focused career mentoring and networking. Learn how to apply!

NEW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP. The AECT Executive Committee has approved a new special interest group – Learner Engagement. The leadership team consists of Kay K. Seo (University of Cincinnati), Scott Gibbons (University of Cincinnati), and Matt Yauk (Ohio State University). For more information, please contact Kay Seo.

SUMMER JOURNAL SYMPOSIUM 2017. Registration is available for the 2017 Summer Journal Symposium 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.

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.

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

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