Welcome to Association for Educational Communications and Technology

The Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) is a professional association of thousands of educators and others whose activities are directed toward improving instruction through technology.  AECT members may be found in colleges and universities; in the Armed Forces and industry; in museums, libraries, and hospitals; in the many places where educational change is underway.  AECT members carry out a wide range of responsibilities in the study, planning, application, and production of communications media for instruction.

The Association has become a major organization for those actively involved in the designing of instruction and a systematic approach to learning.  It provides an international forum for the exchange and dissemination of ideas for its members and for target audiences; it is the national and international spokesperson for the improvement of instruction; and, it is the most recognized association of information concerning a wide range of instructional and educational technology.  Along with our members, we have numerous state and international affiliates who are all passionate about finding better ways to help people learn.  AECT is the oldest professional home for this field of interest and has continuously maintained a central position in the field, promoting high standards, both in scholarship and in practice.  AECT has 10 divisions and a Graduate Student Assembly that represent 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.

2018 International Convention


Learning for ALL

October 23-27, 2018 Kansas City, MO

Upcoming Events




Deadline for Internship Applications

Up to three (3) AECT members will be chosen as leadership interns for the 2018 convention. One (1) applicant will be designated the Strohbehn ...




Deadline for Phase One Submission for the Design and Development Competition

The 2018 AECT Design & Development Competition is now accepting preliminary solutions for phase one of the competition.




R&T Webinar: "New roles and qualitative research approaches to study complex educational systems".

Webinar: "New roles and qualitative research approaches to study complex educational systems".

The Research & Theory Divi...

Latest News

Memorial Day Weekend

May 25, 2018

In honor of Memorial Day the AECT office will be closed until Tuesday the 29th.

Internship Applications Now Being Accepted

April 3, 2018

Now through June 4th, applications Strobehn, Cochran, and the Johnson internship...

2018 AECT Design and Development Competition

February 22, 2018

The Design and Development Division of AECT is pleased to announce the 2018 AECT...


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

The Definition and Terminology Committee
The Definition and Terminology Committee has issued a new and sooner to be published 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