Welcome to Association for Educational Communications and Technology

​​"AECT means a lot to me. It is my family and a place where I can grow professionally.
I'm glad that I am a 
member of it!"

Szu-Yueh (Justine) Chien, Ph.D, University of Wisconsin-Extension

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.

2019 Call For Proposals

Proposal Deadline: Feb. 18th, 2019

Upcoming Events




Deadline for 2019 Call for Proposals

February 18th is the deadline to submit your proposals for the 2019 AECT International Convention, InspiredPROFESSIONAL LEARNING. INSPIREDLe...




Deadline for the Summer Research Symposium

MARCH 15th is the deadline to submit your paper for the 2019 Summer Research Symposium.

The symposium is being held July 17-18, 20...




US - China Smart Education Conference

MARCH 18 - 20, 2019
University of North Texas, Denton, Texas


Latest News

AECT Partners with NATO ACT to Deliver Educational Resources

January 18, 2019

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AECT and Divisional Election - Now in Progress.

January 9, 2019

Members again have the opportunity to help define the direction and leadership o...

2018 Annual Proceedings - Kansas City: Volume #1 and #2

December 21, 2018

The 41st Annual Proceedings are now online.


AECT offers a huge reference library to our members as well as open source content.

AECT Code of Professional Ethics

The Definition and Terminology Committee
The Definition and Terminology Committee has issued a new definition for Educational Technology:
'Educational technology is the study and ethical application of theory, research, and best practices to advance knowledge as well as mediate and improve learning and performance through the strategic design, management and implementation of learning and instructional processes and resources.'

Educational Partners