2016 Research Symposium
July 20th-21st
Bloomington, IN

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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 around $350.

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 design.

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 activities.
  • 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 Minnesota