Systems Thinking and Change Division’s Description

Today we realize continuous change is a constant in our interconnected education and social organizations. As Systems Thinking and Change researchers and practitioners, we use systems thinking to describe, research and to lead change in a technology-enabled, interconnected world.

The 2017 AECT convention theme, Leading Learning for Change, provides researchers and practitioners an opportunity to reflect on their roles in leading learning using systems thinking and educational technology to bring about educational change.

This year STC Division is interested in the impacts of your theoretical and practical work to bring about change in a system. This may include specific leadership projects that influenced a system, instructional strategies or education policies in an organization and your leadership perspective on how your work could change a system. We want to learn about new models and mindsets informing your work as a change leader, designer, developer, instructor or learner. If your work leads, designs and /or creates change in education, please join us and submit a proposal to our Division.

Strong proposals will incorporate one of three major ideas:

  1. Leadership
    Interdisciplinary efforts, perhaps within and beyond educational technology to describe or interpret evidence from your efforts to lead or to create change in a technology-integrated organization (school, university or corporate).

    How do you account for the impact of your work? Where are you leading it, or where could it be guided locally, regionally, nationally or internationally and by whom? What worked, what didn’t, and what has great potential?
  2. Learning
    Examples of systems thinking or change thinking embedded in creative new designs or developments for learning systems.

    This may include work from a variety of applications with a special emphasis on distance learning, instructional design, human performance, e-Learning environments, emerging technologies, learning management systems, or social media environments. In what way did systems thinking inform your work and what are the impacts on an education system?
  3. Change
    In the context of your research and practice, people and institutions are ideally connected and influencing each other - systems thinking.

    Developing new systems theories or change theories suggesting a creative framework or schema for organizing further study of change and change leadership impacting education systems. What systems are directly impacted by your work? Who or what is directly impacted by your work? Ideally, who or what is changed, and how by your important work?

Welcoming Proposals for the following Session Types:

  1. Concurrent Sessions: Traditional Presentation. This type has comprised the majority of conve ntion sessions in past years. The focus for these sessions is to share information from best practices and research results.
  2. AECT – High Impact Talk (New!): Captivating presenters with high impact results from research or practice leading to learning and change in education systems will provide a two minute video proposal - an “audition”, which outlines the purpose, topic and impact of your research or practice idea for a 10 minute LIVE session similar to TED talks. Guidelines for preparing your proposal are located on AECT site:
  3. Panel Discussion: These sessions allow us to share expertise and experience in change, learning and leadership in education systems. This Division has had success bringing together school districts, professors and students with AECT members and experts in learning architectures, culture, technology and change to examine projects, ideas and systems thinking perspectives for making an impact in society. These 60 minute sessions are usually chaired. Panels allow us to hear quickly from experts in research and practice, but also to really engage AECT Jacksonville attendees in new ways!
  4. Roundtables: Presenter lead, small group discussion on specialized topics with interactive discussion and feedback.
  5. Poster: Posters showcase innovative programs, projects, research or interactive displays to stimulate conversations among colleagues.

Deadline for proposal submissions is February 6, 2017
Questions regarding proposals to the STC Division please contact the 2017 Systems Thinking Program Chair: Dr. Genevieve Gallant at