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Design and Development Showcase
Sponsored by the Design and Development Division
Sessions: November 7 - November 11, 2017
Deadline: February 6, 11:59PM (EST), 2017
Invitation to Showcase Innovative Training and Educational
At the 2017 AECT International Convention, the Design and Development (D&D) Division is inviting practitioners, faculty and students to showcase innovative training and educational programs that are grounded in theory and research. The purpose of this special event is to honor and allow developers to share quality programs for all Convention attendees to learn from and enjoy. We know that prospective and practicing instructional designers, training specialists and other educators seek examples of such select programs to enhance their ability to design effective learning experiences and develop different types of instructional materials and environments. We expect the D&D Showcase to play an important role in providing such examples as an exclusive event at AECT Convention.
The D&D Showcase will be open during regular session presentation times at the Convention (TBA). Authors of selected programs will have a table to display their materials and their poster describing key components of the program (e.g., goal/intent, target learners, theoretical and research foundations, design and development process, team members, cost). At least one author/presenter is expected to be registered for the AECT Convention and present during the specified time of “Meet the D&D Showcase Teams.” The D&D Showcase session will be 2 to 3 hours in length (including set-up time).
NOTE: To be eligible to submit to the D&D Showcase, the training or educational program must be in finished form. Works in progress (or draft form) do not qualify.
February 6, 11:59PM (EST), 2017
How to Submit a Proposal
To be considered, a complete proposal must be submitted electronically no later than
February 6, 11:59PM (EST), 2017. A complete online proposal submission consists of:
- Program title
- A short (fewer than 100 words) description
- A 750-1000 word abstract that does not identify the specific presenter/s by name or
- Equipment request (see Equipment Needs below.)
- List of presenters (This will be blind to the reviewers.)
To submit a proposal:
- Be sure that your program or project is NOT in draft form or a work-in-progress. Only completed or finished programs or projects will qualify for submission to the D&D Showcase.
- Read the Design and Development Showcase Submission Guidelines (listed below).
- Prepare a proposal addressing the information requested in the guidelines.
- Submit your proposal through the AECT online proposal submission form
Be sure to select the unit, Design and Development Showcase. Any further questions should be addressed to the D&D Showcase Chair, Matthew Schmidt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peer Review Process and Submission Guidelines
The Design and Development Division will convene its own panel of peer reviewers. This
panel recommends which proposals should be accepted for the showcase. They will review
and select proposals using the following criteria:
- Clarity of proposal and the quality of writing
- Quality of the described program
- Strength and application of theoretical and/or empirical foundation(s).
- Suitability for the stated purpose of D&D Showcase and AECT membership.
- Format, organization, and length
Program Title. Use standard title case.
Short Description (100 words). This summary should clearly indicate the content and scope of the program, giving the reader a good idea of the program’s goal, intended audience, theoretical and empirical foundations, and a brief description of the design and development process used. (Emphasis should be given to the description of the actual program, not the design process of it.) These descriptions will help Convention attendees decide which “D&D Showcase Team to attend.
Abstract. Include a 750-1000 word abstract for your proposal that provides a more
detailed treatment of the program, including:
- purpose(s) or goal(s) of the program
- target learner population
- ey program features that make it innovative and/or unique
- specific theoretical and/or empirical foundation that guided the design and development of the program
- process used to design and development the program (briefly)
- resources used to design and develop the program (with testing and/evaluation data if available)
- context in which the program was designed (e.g., for a course assignment, as part of a contract or professional work, based on a grant)
- State funding/budget category: $100,000 or above; under $100,000; or No funding. NOTE: This item is to assist reviewers in identifying resources available to the authors, but will not be a main criterion to determine acceptance.
Types of Sessions. Select your Showcase presentation format as a “Concurrent Session.”
Note: Equipment needs. Presenters are expected to bring any equipment necessary to demonstrate or otherwise showcase their training and/or educational program. Tables will be made available, along with access to electrical outlets. A blank poster board and easel for your visual will also be provided.
Other Things to Consider in Writing Your Proposal
To prepare an excellent proposal, be sure to use concise language. Be sure to spell out all
acronyms and enclose the acronym in parentheses immediately after the first time the
word(s) appear (the acronym can then be used in the rest of the proposal). Pay attention to
the way you format your proposal. Use paragraph breaks, capital and lower case letters,
standard fonts, and correct punctuation and mechanics. Be accurate. Proofread your
narrative for correct spelling and eliminate typographical errors. Poorly presented proposals
often do not find their way into the convention program, regardless of the worth of the
Notification of Review Outcome
The Design and Development Division will notify you whether your proposal has been
accepted or rejected no later than March 15,, 2017. If your proposal is accepted, you will be
required to complete an Acceptance/Verification Form acknowledging receipt of an
acceptance letter and verifying your commitment to make the presentation at the AECT 2017 International Convention in Jacksonville, Florida. Recognize that all convention attendees are part of a shared community of research, practice, and professional growth. At least one of the authors whose D&D Showcase proposal was accepted, are required to register and attend the AECT Convention. Those who do not register will NOT be scheduled for presentation (and will NOT appear in any printed program or other documents). It is the responsibility of the key presenter to notify all individuals involved in the presentation as to the status of the proposal. All presenters participating at convention must register by
September 1, 2017 in order to present.
Only the primary presenter will be notified of acceptance by convention planners. It is the
responsibility of the key presenter to notify all other individuals involved in the presentation
of the acceptance status of the proposal. It is also the responsibility of the key presenter to
send confirmation and convention information to nonmembers participating in a session. If
selected, the presentation must follow the original proposed topic and content accepted by
the National Convention Program Planning Committee.
All D&D Showcase presenters must obtain written permission to use copyrighted photos, music, and the like in their sessions. In addition, all presenters are expected to follow the AECT Code of Ethics found on the AECT Web site (http://aect.site-ym.com/?page=code_of_professional).
Recognition of the Excellence
All invited authors receive a certificate indicating the proposal was
rigorously reviewed by a panel of experts and accepted at the showcase based on their
excellence. They will also be invited to highlight their work the D&D
Presenters are required to assume responsibility for all costs associated with the presentation, including convention registration, travel, lodging, handout materials.