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December 12, 2017

[AECT] News & Notes – December 11, 2017

A newsletter from yesterday’s inbox.

December 11, 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.

2018 CALL FOR PROPOSALS. The call for proposals will be out soon for the 2018 AECT Convention, Learning for All, Kansas City, MO, October 23-27, 2018. Check the website and watch your inbox.

NEW PUBLICATION OPPORTUNITY. AECT and Routledge are excited to announce the Key Issues in Learning Design and Technology series. Books published in this series may be individual books or edited volumes that translate cutting-edge research from developments in instructional design and technology into approachable, cross-disciplinary volumes for academic professionals and students. Each book in this series is poised to provide expert perspectives and principles on evolving areas of research, from personalized learning to data and analytics to visual design and beyond. To learn more about the possible topics and proposal guidelines, visit https://sites.google.com/view/ldtseries/home. Questions about this opportunity may be directed to the series co-editors, Linda L. CampionCindy S. York, or Tonia A. Dousay.

CALL FOR CHAPTERS. The Division of Emerging Learning Technologies (DELT) is sponsoring a special issue of TechTrends related to current trends, issues, and research involving emerging learning technologies and their effects on the teaching and learning process. Both research and practitioner proposals are welcome, however, all submissions should include collected data. Additional information can be found in the Call for Chapters.

CALL FOR PAPERS. AECT’s International Division sponsors a Special Issue ofTechTrends with the theme, “Educational Technology Research with International Perspectives and Cultural Contexts.” Additional information can be found in the Call for Papers.

CUBA TRAVEL ABROAD. AECT Guest Program to Cuba is on schedule. Watch your inbox for more details or visit www.professionalsabroad.org.  Did You Know?… Cuban Spirit “The Cuban people are true entrepreneurs, often creating something from nothing. This aspect of Cuban culture is visibly evident when experiencing paladares or privately-owned restaurants. Farm-to-table is not a trend but a way of life. With limited resources, chef’s and restaurant owners use urban spaces, such as roof tops, to grow fresh produce to use in their daily menus. Owners care about the product they are presenting and it shows on the plate.”

SIX NEW PUBLICATIONS. Six new publications have been added as member benefits to an already extensive publications library found under the Publications link on AECT’s website.  The new publications are: ICT-Supported Innovations in Small Countries and Developing RegionsEmerging Research, Practice, and Policy on Computational ThinkingInstructional Design Standards for Distance Learning,Leading and Managing e-Learning: What the e-Learning Leader Needs to Know;Visualization Tools for Learning Environment Development, and The 7 Transdisciplinary Cognitive Skills for Creative Education.

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

December 5, 2017

[AECT] News & Notes – December 4, 2017

Another newsletter from yesterday.

December 4, 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.

CONVENTION VIDEOS. The streamed videos taken in Jacksonville are available atustream.tv for another week. Be sure to check them out.

CALL FOR PAPERS. AECT’s International Division sponsors a Special Issue ofTechTrends with the theme, “Educational Technology Research with International Perspectives and Cultural Contexts.” Additional information can be found in the Call for Papers.

CUBA TRAVEL ABROAD. AECT Guest Program to Cuba is on schedule. Watch your inbox for more details or visit www.professionalsabroad.org.  Did You Know?…Cultural Visits “The AECT delegation to Cuba will not only focus on opportunities to meet with counterparts, but also the chance to experience authentic Cuban culture. Your program includes a guided walking tour of Old Havana, meals at paladares – privately owned restaurants, a free evening to enjoy Havana, and a special musical performance. This specialized program will be traveling under OFAC regulations for professional research. Professionals Abroad is a division of Academic Travel Abroad, Inc – a licensed Travel Services Provider to Cuba.

SIX NEW PUBLICATIONS. Six new publications have been added as member benefits to an already extensive publications library found under the Publications link on AECT’s website.  The new publications are: ICT-Supported Innovations in Small Countries and Developing RegionsEmerging Research, Practice, and Policy on Computational ThinkingInstructional Design Standards for Distance Learning,Leading and Managing e-Learning: What the e-Learning Leader Needs to Know;Visualization Tools for Learning Environment Development, and The 7 Transdisciplinary Cognitive Skills for Creative Education.

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

December 1, 2017

[AECT] WOW! – Six New Publications Available

From Tuesday’s inbox…

SIX NEW PUBLICATIONS have been added as member benefits to an already extensive publications library found under the Publications link on our website.

Many thanks to the authors and the partnership with Springer.


ICT-Supported Innovations in Small Countries and Developing Regions

Editor: Ian A. Lubin, Independent Scholar and Researcher

This timely analysis brings greater clarity to the question of how ICT-supported innovations are experienced in small low- to middle-income countries and developing regions with implications for international education and development. By bringing together a group of international technologists, researchers, and scholars, this book explores the building of local capacity for educational technology policy and application in such regions and ably links theory to practice to illuminate how the issues at hand play out in professional practice. The volume offers itself as an invaluable resource by offering a salient assessment of the existent methodological and ecological challenges and constraints in developing, implementing, and evaluating technology and technology research, while simultaneously providing recommendations and strategy for future policy and implementation.


Emerging Research, Practice, and Policy on Computational Thinking

Editors: Peter J. Rich, Charles B. Hodges

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.


Instructional Design Standards for Distance Learning

Editor: Anthony A. Piña, Sullivan University

The version of the standards presented here marks the beginning of what we hope will be an extended conversation. The standards began as a series of discussions between AECT staff and members about the large number of universities now developing online courses without the guidance of any research-based standards for designing online learning. Working from the extensive research literature on instructional design, two AECT members drafted the standards, and an edited version was approved by AECT’s Executive Committee and shared with selected members of the Division of Distance Learning.


Leading and Managing e-Learning:

What the e-Learning Leader Needs to Know

Editors: Piña, Anthony A., Lowell, Victoria L., Harris, Bruce R. (Eds.)

This book provides state-of-the-art knowledge on how to establish, organize, staff, and develop online education/e-learning programs. It strengthens knowledge of the different technologies, infrastructure and issues necessary for leaders and managers to make competent decisions. It is the most comprehensive guide for administrative practice currently available for e-learning leaders and managers.


Plus! -Two New SpringerBriefs in Educational Communications and Technology

Visualization Tools for Learning Environment Development

Dr. Joseph Frantiska, Jr. in SpringerBriefs in Educational Communications and Technology (2018)

This brief discusses and explains how an educator can use various tools (Use Case, IPO diagrams, flowcharts, entity-relationship diagrams, information mapping) to help visualize how a learning environment will work. Such tools were originally developed for use by software engineers but as the complexity of learning environments has increased with various interfaces and processing, both educators and students have developed a need to understand the design and development of visualization tools. The primary audiences for this text are K-12 and post-secondary educators and instructional designers who want to use tools that will allow them to develop effective learning environments in an efficient manner. Undergraduate and graduate students in an educational technology class can also employ these tools and techniques to develop their own materials.


The 7 Transdisciplinary Cognitive Skills for Creative Education

Danah Henriksen in SpringerBriefs in Educational Communications and Technology (2018)

This book focuses on rethinking creativity for 21st century education. The specific emphasis examines the way that creativity spans disciplines, through a set of common thinking skills that the most accomplished thinkers in any field use. These seven transdisciplinary thinking skills are rooted in historical exemplars of creativity across disciplines. We examine these skills in more detail, chapter by chapter, to offer examples of what each skill looks like in disciplines ranging from art to science, or music to math, and beyond. This set of thinking skills reflects the way that creativity may look different across fields, yet there are common paths of creative thinking that cut across disciplinary boundaries. Beyond this each chapter also considers applications for such skills in 21st century educational contexts, with an eye toward creative teaching and technology. In all of this, the book weaves together broad cultural examples of creativity and the seven transdisciplinary skills, alongside specific application-based examples from technology and teacher education.


The Association for Educational Communications & Technology
Office: 812-335-7675

November 28, 2017

[AECT] News & Notes – November 27, 2017

A newsletter from yesterday’s inbox.

November 27, 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.

NEWS & NOTES is brief this week. We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday and look forward to the rest of the year.

CONVENTION VIDEOS. The streamed videos taken in Jacksonville will be available at ustream.tv for approximately two weeks. Be sure to check them out.

CALL FOR PAPERS. AECT’s International Division sponsors a Special Issue ofTechTrends with the theme, “Educational Technology Research with International Perspectives and Cultural Contexts.”  Additional information can be found in the Call for Papers.

CUBA TRAVEL ABROAD. AECT Guest Program to Cuba is on schedule. Watch your inbox for more details or visit www.professionalsabroad.org.  Did You Know?…Take Aways “Meaningful dialogue with your professional counterparts will be the main focus on the AECT Delegation to Cuba, May 21 – 26, 2018. Past delegates who traveled to Cuba to explore the education system noted “meeting other teachers and talking about curriculum ideas” and “visiting the schools and understanding more about their education system and programs” as the most memorable and impactful moments they experienced while abroad. What will you take away from meetings with your counterparts in Cuba?”

NEW AECT/SPRINGER BOOKS. ICT-Supported Innovations in Small Countries and Developing Regions: Perspectives and Recommendations for International Education, Ian A. Lubin (Ed.). This timely analysis brings greater clarity to the question of how ICT-supported innovations are experienced in small low- to middle-income countries and developing regions with implications for international education and development. The volume offers itself as an invaluable resource by offering a salient assessment of the existent methodological and ecological challenges and constraints in developing, implementing, and evaluating technology and technology research, while simultaneously providing recommendations and strategy for future policy and implementation. More information can be found here.

Leading and Managing e-Learning: What the e-learning Leader Needs to Know edited by Anthony A. Pina, Victoria L. Lowell, and Bruce R. Harris. This book provides state-of-the-art knowledge on how to establish, organize, staff, and develop online education/e-learning programs. It strengthens knowledge of the different technologies, infrastructure and issues necessary for leaders and managers to make competent decisions. It is the most comprehensive guide for administrative practice currently available for e-learning leaders and managers. More 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

 

November 21, 2017

[AECT] News & Notes – November 20, 2017

A newsletter from yesterday.

November 20, 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.

2017 JACKSONVILLE. AECT Jacksonville 2017 was a resounding success! Nearly one thousand people registered for the convention, travelling from many states and countries to share the newest ideas in our field. Our program innovations like the High Impact Talks, AECT Listens and Learns PD event with Duval County Teachers (for nearly 100) were very successful. A revamped Emerging Technology Showcase and First Timers events added to the positive excitement that many registrants reported from starting each day with excellent keynotes. We are looking forward to Kansas City in 2018.

CALL FOR PAPERS. AECT’s International Division sponsors a Special Issue ofTechTrends with the theme, “Educational Technology Research with International Perspectives and Cultural Contexts.” Additional information can be found in the Call for Papers

CUBA TRAVEL ABROAD. AECT Guest Program to Cuba is on schedule. Watch your inbox for more details or visit www.professionalsabroad.org. Did You Know?…Professional Exchanges, “Dive deep into the Cuban educational system on the Association for Educational Communications & Technology Delegation to Cuba, May 21 – 26, 2018. As a delegate, you will have the unique opportunity to step into the Cuban school system and meet with teachers and principals to hear, first hand, how educators are utilizing access to technology to transform Cuban student’s education. Delegates will visit a secondary school, technical university, and CUJAE – considered Cuba’s MIT.”

NEW AECT/SPRINGER BRIEF. Visualization Tools for Learning Environment Development, by Joseph Frantiska, Jr. This brief discusses and explains how an educator can use various tools (Use Case, IPO diagrams, flowcharts, entity-relationship diagrams, information mapping) to help visualize how a learning environment will work. The primary audiences for this text are K-12 and post-secondary educators and instructional designers who want to use tools that will allow them to develop effective learning environments in an efficient manner. More information can be found here.

NEW AECT/SPRINGER BOOKS. ICT-Supported Innovations in Small Countries and Developing Regions: Perspectives and Recommendations for International Education, Ian A. Lubin (Ed.).  This timely analysis brings greater clarity to the question of how ICT-supported innovations are experienced in small low- to middle-income countries and developing regions with implications for international education and development. The volume offers itself as an invaluable resource by offering a salient assessment of the existent methodological and ecological challenges. More information can be found here.

Leading and Managing e-Learning: What the e-learning Leader Needs to Know edited by Anthony A. Pina, Victoria L. Lowell, and Bruce R. Harris. This book provides state-of-the-art knowledge on how to establish, organize, staff, and develop online education/e-learning programs. It strengthens knowledge of the different technologies, infrastructure and issues necessary for leaders and managers to make competent decisions. More 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

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