Welcome to Association for Educational Communications and Technology

"AECT is my home in the field of instructional design and technology. My peers are here, my former students are here, who are now peers. Everything that goes on in instructional design and technology is here. You go beyond the journals, and it really is my family within the field."
Ginger Watson-Papelis, Associate Professor of Education, University of Virginia

The Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) is an international organization that values diversity of thought, culture and people whose activities are directed toward improving learning. AECT members may be found in colleges and universities; in the Armed Forces and industry; in museums, libraries, and hospitals; and in any other places where educational change takes place. AECT members include instructional designers, researchers, professors and teachers, educational technologists, and other professionals united by a passion for improving teaching and learning. Our members serve in many different settings including education, business and industry, non-profits, military, health care, and other environments. AECT members fulfill a wide range of responsibilities in the study, planning, application, and production of communications media for instruction.

AECT has become a major organization for those actively involved in instructional design and the development of a systematic approach to learning. It provides an international forum for the dissemination and exchange of ideas among its members and target audiences; it is the national and international advocate for the improvement of instruction; and it is the most widely recognized source of information concerning a wide range of instructional and educational technology. AECT and its members have numerous state and international affiliates, all of which are passionate about finding better ways to help people learn. AECT is the oldest professional home for instructional designers and continues to maintain a central position in the field, promoting high standards of scholarship and practice. AECT has 10 divisions and a Graduate Student Assembly that span the breadth and depth of the field. The association produces two print bimonthly journals, Educational Technology Research and Development and TechTrends, and three electronic journals, Journal of Formative Design in Learning, The Journal of Applied Instructional Design, and  International Journal of Designs for Learning.

COVID-19 News

2020  AECT Virtual  In ternational Convention 

Now Accepting Registration

Upcoming Events





Starting on August 10, 2020, the AECT Foundation Auction 2020 will be auctioning off a number of fun...




AECT RTD Webinar Series: Thriving as a Mid-career Faculty in Instructional Design and Technology

Time: August 18th, 2020 at 1:30 PM (EST)
Webinar link: https://bit.ly/2XDA9Ti ...




STC Webinar: Chaos Theory and the Sciences of Complexity

Presented by: Dr. Charles Reigeluth
The Systems Thinking and Change Division is pleased to ha...




Submission Deadline for the JDFL Writers' Workshop

September 1, 2020 is the deadline to submit a paper for the 2nd Annual JDFL Writers’ Workshop,...

Latest News

Live! 2020 AECT Foundation Summer Virtual Auction

July 10 2020

Help The Addie Kinsinger Leadership Intern Program by bidding on one 46 items donated by AECT Member...

RTD Webinar: Thriving as a Mid-career Faculty in Instructional Design and Technology

August 07 2020

August 18th, 2020 at 1:30 PM (EST) Presented by: Dr. Vanessa Dennen, Instructional Systems & L...

STC Webinar: Chaos Theory and the Sciences of Complexity

July 27 2020

Tuesday, August 18 at 3:00 pm EST by Dr. Charles Reigeluth, Professor Emeritus at Indiana Universit...

Presidential Leadership Series

May 29 2020

The leadership of AECT has decided to conduct a monthly conversation with members. The first meeting...


Call for Chapter Proposals

Aug 10 2020

Quality in Online Programs: Approaches and Practices in Higher Education Swapna Kumar & P...

Preview of ETR&D Special Issue

Aug 03 2020

The special issue “A Synthesis of Systematic Review Research on Emerging Learning Environment...

Increased Impact Factor for ETR&D

Jul 13 2020

The Educational Technology Research and Development's (ETR&D) 2019 impact factor increased to 2....

New Book Series: 'Leadership and Best Practices in Educational Technology Management'

Dec 19 2019

Brill is pleased to announce that in collaboration with The Association for Educational Communicatio...

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