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2017 AECT International Convention

  Leading Learning for Change

2017 AECT International Convention
Jacksonville, Florida
November 7 - November 11  2017
Workshop Sessions: Tuesday, November 7; Wednessday, November 8; and Saturday November 11
Concurrent Sessions, Posters, Panels & Roundtable: November 8 - November 11

Invitation To Present

Is your work changing the way people learn and live today? Yes! Many of our members are increasingly taking leadership roles in so many contexts. For nearly a century, AECT members have been key leaders in learning technology thinking. Our world is well into the information age so it is time that we come together in Jacksonville to explore fresh ideas and to celebrate the impact of our work in a changing world. You are invited to present at the 2017 AECT International Convention in Jacksonville, Florida to share your expertise and knowledge with global peers whose ideas, directions, and discoveries are leading change in our field. The AECT International Convention brings together participants from around the world offering practical applications, cutting-edge research, hands-on workshops, and demonstrations of the newest technologies and teaching/learning techniques in the field. Take this opportunity to connect with your peers in sunny Jacksonville!

Theme: This year's convention theme is Leading Learning for Change. The goal of the convention is for participants from around the globe to network and to learn from the experiences and activities of the convention, enriching their lives and their professional and practical skills. Of particular interest at our Jacksonville Convention is a focus on leading learning for change in an interconnected world. Your proposals should clearly indicate actual or hopeful leadership, change and learning impacts from your work:

  • Leadership: Taking responsibility for your work: What are the impacts of your teaching, research and learning environment designs? Publications? Consulting? Innovations? Your implicit or direct leadership should be recognized!
  • Change: How is your work changing one person, a classroom and/or networks of people, institutions, policies or societies connected to your work? What systems are you impacting, or could you hope to change over time via this work of yours?
  • Learning: Who could benefit directly from your implicit leadership by such important work in the information age? Who learns what from your work?

AECT members and publics are very interested in your teaching, research and design as it is applied to the field of educational technology. Jacksonville 2017 is a time to account for, recognize and celebrate the many ways we are leading change in education.

AECT’s mission includes promoting scholarship and best practices in the creation, use, and leadership of technologies for effective teaching and learning in a wide range of settings. The AECT International Convention provides a unique opportunity for the sharing of research and experiences as we strive to advance the knowledge base of our field and develop future leaders within the profession. We impact learning systems tremendously – let’s learn together about how we can advance leading learning for change through your presentations and sessions in Jacksonville.

General Information

Proposals Open December 6th, 2016
Proposals Close February 6, 11:59PM (EST), 2017

The review process by divisions and affiliates will be completed by the end of April. Check with division and affiliate leaders with regard to their specific peer review process and dates.

Proposal Process
To be considered, a complete proposal must be submitted. A complete online proposal submission consists of:

   1. Presentation title
   2. A Description of the Session (Maximum of 75 words)
   3. An Anonymous Abstract (750-1,000 words)*
   4. Equipment request
   5. List of presenters
* Except for the new AECT-Impact Talks – this session type requires a 2 minute YouTube video URL submission in place of #3 – an abstract (See Session Types for more information).

In addition, research-based proposals should include findings in order to be considered complete. Additional guidelines exist when submitting a Featured Research or Presidential Session Proposal or for the Design and Development and Emerging Technologies Showcases. Be sure to read and follow the guidelines on the Featured Research Call for Proposals or the Design and Development Showcase submission guidelines before submitting to one of these groups. Presidential Session proposals will be submitted via the online Allacademic ™ proposal system. Presidential Proposal Guidelines can be found here. If you have questions about submitting a Presidential Proposal, contact Dr. Eugene Kowch directly for Presidential Session: ekowch@aect.org

Presenters are expected to follow the AECT Code of Ethics found in the AECT Policy Manual and available on the AECT website.

To assure diversity and equity among our expected 1000 presenters, AECT members have requested that your name may appear as a presenter a maximum of 3 times or less in peer reviewed presentations published in the 2017 Jacksonville program.

A double-blind per review of your proposal will be performed by a panel of reviewers. As such, it is important that you keep your identity secret in the proposal. You will receive electronic notification that your proposal has been received and, at the appropriate time, whether it has been accepted for the program. This information will be provided to you by your division’s conference planner.

Proposals will be reviewed using the following proposal criteria:

  1. Match to the overall theme (Leading Learning for Change) and any relevant Division theme: Leading Learning for Change – What’s changing or what could change from your work or thinking? How are you this leading us forward? Who will learn from your work?
  2. Clarity of proposal and quality of the writing.
  3. Relevance, timeliness, and general interest level of topic.
  4. Suitability for division/organization mission and membership.
  5. Quality for proposed session’s content, organization and format.
  6. Organization and Member Benefit: your session length and type matches your content and you state clearly the explicit value of the event for specific members attending (who should attend?).

If you are unsure of the suitability of your proposal to a particular group, click on the group names below to learn what each group may be looking for in proposal submissions for this year. We encourage you to contact the Convention Planner for that Division or Group.

Propose to these AECT Entities Detail Description
  Culture, Learning and Technology 
  Design and Development 
  Distance Learning 
  Emerging Learning Technologies 
  Leadership Development Committee 
  Organizational Training & Performance 
  Research & Theory 
  School Media & Technology 
  Systems Thinking & Change 
  Teacher Education 
  e/merge Africa
  eLearning Africa 
Highlighted Sessions: 
  A. Presidential Session 
  B. Showcases and Workshops: 
      a. Fee-Based Workshops 
      b. Design and Development Showcase
      c. Emerging Technology Showcase 
  C. Featured Research 
  D. AECT-High Impact Talk

Descriptions of the AECT Divisions and Affiliates can be found at: www.aect.org/

Types of Sessions

  1. Concurrent Sessions

    These 20-, 30-, or 60-minute sessions are primarily in traditional presentation format and have comprised the majority of convention sessions in past years. The focus of these sessions is on sharing information, such as best practices and research results. Proposals for 60-minute sessions may include more than one presentation (as in symposia). In addition, planners may “bundle” concurrent presentations with another of related content to form one 60-minute session.
  2. Panels

    These 4-5 person panels focus on vibrant topics of contemporary concern and professional interest. They are a chance to compare and contrast experts’ disciplinary expertise quickly with an active, participating audience. Submissions of this type do require a designated Facilitator or Panel Chair, but a Chair or organizer is highly recommended to organize vibrant interchange between the panel and the audience, for example. This presentation format will be scheduled into a one hour time slot; 40-minute presentation time, a minimum of 20 minutes interaction time with the audience.
  3. AECT-High Impact Talk (New!)

    These are 10 minute LIVE sessions in Jacksonville. Not unlike TED talks, we are showcasing captivating presenters with high-impact results from research or practices in leading learning and in changing education systems (and our field).
    • This peer reviewed, innovative new format should include recent results from your exemplary research or practice efforts.
    • As well, you may prefer to offer 'summaries of a lifetime' of scholarly or practical work demonstrating leadership, learning and change in our field.

    Proposals require a 150 word abstract and a URL/Link to your 2 minute (max.) YouTube video proposal – which is exemplary of the final 10 minute (LIVE) event. Planners may "bundle" AECT-Talks* sessions with several others to form a larger event. Every accepted 10 minute Jacksonville AECT--Talk* is video-taped for public review and future distribution online as an open access resource. Examples and guiding criteria for proposal submission and event criteria can be found here.
  4. Fee-Based Workshops

    As half- or full-day sessions, workshops are intended to provide intense professional development opportunities that result in participants acquiring new skills. Workshops are targeted to specific interest groups and will be delivered on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday (November 7, 8, and 11). The fee-based workshops may be either half-day (3 hours) or full day (6 hours) in length. If accepted and with a minimum registration of 10 participants, workshop presenters are entitled to free conference registration. Please note that only an LCD projector is provided; presenters and attendees must supply their own computers.
  5. Poster

    Posters are designed to showcase a project, program, process, activity or similar experience in an informal setting. Posters may be projects that are completed, in progress, or in their beginning stages. A small table is provided to support a display board, laptop, and handouts. Feedback and insights of colleagues on these innovative developments are especially encouraged. Posters are scheduled simultaneously with Roundtables in multiple large rooms. Poster size is 48" x 36" horizontal/landscape layout. Presenters will design and bring their own posters to tri-fold panels provided by AECT.
  6. Roundtable

    Roundtables are designed for small group discussion of specialized topics, with the presenter leading the discussion. This participatory format allows for a highly interactive presentation lasting 60 minutes. Typically, several Roundtable discussions are going on at that same time.
  7. Presidential Session

    Presidential sessions are proposed through the online proposal process, and will be selected by the AECT President-Elect, Dr. Eugene Kowch. These limited sessions will be selected based on their strong alignment with the conference theme, their importance to the field and to their value for audiences from around the world. Presidential session proposals are submitted directly to the President-elect (Dr. Eugene Kowch). Some may be recommended to the President-elect by Division/Affiliate leaders from among the 1200 proposals reviewed. Proposals should contain all the elements expected in concurrent session proposals. Presidential sessions may be: 60 minutes long, videotaped for online OER distribution and recommended to AECT journals and publications by the President-Elect (Dr. Kowch).
    Proposal Guidelines can be found here.