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The 6th AECT Research Symposium - Call for Papers
Submission Deadline February 28, 2016
Educational technology and narrative: Story and instructional design
The symposium will be held in Bloomington,
Indiana, July 20-21, 2016 in conjunction
with the regular AECT Summer Leadership
Meetings.It will begin the morning of July 20,
2016 and end on July 21, 2016 at the end
of the day. It is the goal of the symposium to
gather together a select group of scholars
to share research for real dialogue and
deep discussions about learning experience
and learning design. Using Art of Hosting
techniques for engaged conversation, we will
have very intense and deep discussions of
each proposed chapter. Social and recreation
events will be developed to engage the
participants more fully with the topic of
design; non-electronic work periods will be
used to examine the field from a different
view point. The work of the symposium
will be published by Springer, publisher of
ETR&D and TechTrends. The conference fee
(with some included meals) is expected to be
Chapter proposals will be solicited on multiple
levels including research on the use of narrative
or story in instructional design; teaching
with story or narrative; and using narrative
structure in the development of educational
materials. This broad framework will shape
our interactions, our discussions, and the
informal context of the symposium.
Within the field of instructional design and
educational technology, there is a need to
effectively convey and express ideas and
theories to a broad audience; one that
includes students of instructional design,
instructional design practitioners, and
teachers. Similarly, there is a need to utilize
these methods to explore and represent the
content of instructional design; for example,
explaining the concepts of constructivism and
behaviorism in story form.
Narrative, or story telling, is often used as
a means for understanding, conveying, and
remembering the events of our lives. Our
lives become a series of stories as we use
narrative to structure our thinking. More
importantly, we use stories to teach, train,
socialize, and develop values in others. In
professions, organizations, and corporations,
stories are often used as a form of knowledge
management to pass on the values cherished
by the community. There is power for
leadership, learning, and motivation in the
use of stories and narrative, a concept that
is recognized in business, medicine, and
education. The goal of this symposium is to
examine stories and narrative in instructional
An interesting range of contributions will be
accepted; presentations will provide a rich
and engaging opportunity for participants.
Examples and experiences from outside
the traditional boundaries of instructional
design and educational technology will also
enrich the discussion.
January 2016: Call for propsals
February 28, 2016: 1200 word abstracts due*
April 1, 2016 Chapters selected
June 1, 2016: Selected Chapters Due
July 20-21, 2016 Symposium
Should a proposal be selected and the presenter
accepted, the presenter will be asked
to commit to:
- Strictly adhering to the presentation and
discussion guidelines for the symposium.
- Writing the initial proposal into a paper
suitable for discussion and submitting
the full paper to the symposium chairs by
June 1, 2016. Failure to provide the formal
paper by June 1, 2016 may result in a
rescinding of the proposal acceptance.
- Commit to reading all papers from the other
presenters prior to attending the symposium.
Attendees with be given access to all of the
presenters’ papers after June 1, 2016.
- Attend the full symposium (including all
sessions and workshops) and actively
participate in all collaborative and/or group
- Based on feedback and collaboration
from symposium attendees, make
adjustments to your initial paper and
resubmit the final draft for your initial
paper and resubmit the final draft for
a review by other chapter authors by
September 1, 2016; to review other
chapters and make comments and to
submit a final draft by December 1, 2016.
- Review Authors Proofs in a timely manner
in preparation for publication in an upcoming
Springer Press symposium book with an
anticipated publication date of October 1, 2017.
Click here to submit your proposal.
For further information, please contact:
Brad Hokanson, Ph.D.
College of Design, University of