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February 27, 2017

[AECT] March 8th Webinar

Notice of another webinar.

AECT Webinar
“What are we preparing our students for? An argument for alt-format dissertations”

March 8th at 4:00 PM EST
[Webinar Registration]

     Hosted by: Feng-Ru Sheu, Kent State University
Presented by: Rick West, Brigham Young University

Most scholars agree that the main purposes of the dissertation are to train students in proper research methodology and to contribute original findings to research. However, some worry that the traditional dissertation format is not conducive to either of these goals. Research has shown that dissertations rarely get disseminated into academic journals, and academics rarely cite dissertations that have not been published as articles. Additionally, some scholars argue that the traditional dissertation format is a poor training tool because it does not prepare scholars for future professional pursuits. Many departments, including mine, now offer alternative-format dissertations, including the option of defending a series of articles. In this webinar, Dr. West will share some of the research about alternative-format dissertations and our experience at BYU. He will discuss what lessons we have learned, and engage you in a discussion about the strengths and weaknesses of the alternative-format dissertation and how it might be used to improve scholarship in our field.

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Join the Digital Leadership Webinar on Feb 28

Note this webinar tomorrow.

Illinois Virtual School – Professional Development
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
6:30pm – 7:30pm
Come explore the profound effect digital technology has on the professional lives of educators. Learn ways to embrace technology and leverage digital resources to improve your school’s programs and instruction. Modernize your behaviors and leadership practices to create a transparent, relevant, engaging, and inspiring educational environment.
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Free AECT RTD Webinar on April 5 [Dr. Charles Reigeluth]

Note that this webinar may be of interest to some…

The AECT Research & Theory Division would like to invite you to join us for this FREE professional development webinar.


Research to Make a Difference


Dr. Charles Reigeluth,

Professor Emeritus,

Instructional Systems Technology,

Indiana University Bloomington (

Time & Date:

2:00pm (EST), Wednesday, April 5, 2017



Could you improve the kinds of research you are doing?  Your chances of getting published?  Your impact on the real world?

Dr. Reigeluth will discuss a variety of topics that may help you to answer these questions, which may be crucial to the success of your career.

  • Different purposes for your research (e.g., to improve practice or to advance theory),
  • Different kinds of knowledge you may want to produce for each purpose (descriptive theory or design theory) and the appropriate forms of such knowledge (e.g., conditional and probabilistic),
  •  Different kinds of research methods for producing each kind of knowledge (research to prove or research to improve – confirmatory or exploratory),
  •  When in the history of a given focus area each kind of research method is most useful,
  • Different methodological issues for each kind of research (e.g., validity or preferability),
  • Specific methods you might find helpful (e.g., design-based research, formative research, grounded theory development).

This discussion will focus on highly practical issues for improving the research you do – ones that you likely have not encountered in research courses or projects.


Questions: Contact Feng-Ru Sheu, Webinar coordinator at

Enilda Romero-Hall, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

College of Social Science, Mathematics, and Education
The University of Tampa
Department of Education | Plant Hall, Room 439
(813) 257-3372

February 26, 2017

Coming up Next | Assessment, Learning Spaces, Preschool Safety

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Ignite Your Students with Passion, Creativity, and Energy (Rebroadcast)
Monday,  Feb. 27 at 11 a.m. Eastern Time
Presented by LaVonna Roth, Creator and Founder of Ignite Your S.H.I.N.E.®

Cathie Gillner
You Gave a Formative Assessment, Now What?
Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Cathie Gillner, Teacher at Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, PA

Dr. Jennifer Williams
Learning Spaces: Designing for a Computer Science-Infused Classroom
Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Dr. Jennifer Williams and Fran Siracusa, Co-Founders, Calliope Global
Hosted by Bryan L. Miller, Educator Community Manager, Wonder Workshop

Jody Martin
Preschool Health and Safety Matters: Best Practices for Protecting and Supporting Young Learners
Thursday, Mar. 2 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Jody Martin, Vice President of Education, Crème de la Crème

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