AECT Divisions

"The camaraderie is what makes AECT special. You make quick friends here. There are so many people here who are influential, but they are very humble. The humility they have is that they realize they are among people who want to learn. That’s the key here, people learning from one another."
Robert Doyle, Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

AECT divisions are special interest groups sharing and collaborating with other of like interest. Each Division has its own mission as well as representation on the AECT Board of Directors to shape the mission, policies, and direction of the organization as a whole.

Choose a division that matches your interest and get involved!

Culture, Learning and Technology

The purpose of CLT is to represent those members of AECT who are interested in issues at the intersection of culture, learning and technology. The function of CLT is to create a professional community for its members. CLT members have the opportunity to share professional experiences and learn from the experts in the field.

Design and Development

The Division of Design and Development represents the interests of AECT members concerned with systematic development (including design, evaluation and management) of instruction. The purpose of the Division is to promote the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning through the acquisition and application of the knowledge, skills and dispositions to: 1.) design conditions for learning through principles of instructional systems design, message design, instructional strategies, and learner characteristics; 2.) develop instructional materials and experiences using print, audiovisual, computer-based, and integrated technologies; and 3.) evaluate the adequacy of instruction and learning through principles of problem analysis, criterion-referenced measurement, and formative and summative evaluation.

Distance Learning

The purpose of DDL is to represent those members of AECT whose interest is in the design, development, implementation, evaluation, management, research and theory development of distance learning. The function of DDL is to create a professional community for its members. DDL members have the opportunity to share professional experiences and learn from the experts in the field.

Emerging Learning Technologies

The purpose of the Division of Emerging Learning Technologies (DELT) is to promote the production and utilization of the latest innovative technologies through the creation of a network of individuals engaged in the design, development, implementation, use and/or study of these tools in myriad settings. Using a variety of distribution and discussion platforms. DELT will seek to foster dialogues centered on developing standards for development, study and ethical use of innovative technologies.

Graduate Student Assembly

Our mission is to provide GSA membership with opportunities to engage in professional leadership roles, improve networks and develop the skills and resources for solving complex problems that may arise within the field of instructional technology.


The International Division of the Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT) facilitates communication among educational technology professionals and students worldwide. The International Division promotes interactions that transcend international boundaries and cultural lines by mentoring and fostering educational endeavors, and coordinating communication with peer associations around the world. The International Division offers members opportunities for presentations and provides a hospitality area for all AECT conference attendees.

Learner Engagement

The Learner Engagement Division (LED) seeks to raise awareness of the new implications technology has on learner engagement and foster innovative instructional strategies to increase learner engagement. Engagement is an integral part of instruction, playing an essential role in maximizing learning outcomes and building powerful learning experiences. The LED is be both an active and interactive space, geared toward bringing together researchers and practitioners in a common area to ask and answer questions in order to inform the study of and application of strategies that address learner engagement. Through a shared interest in education and technology, members of the LED grow their understanding of the interplay between pedagogy and learner engagement and develop concepts about how that relationship can be better understood and improved in a range of contexts.

Organizational Training & Performance

The Division of Organizational Training and Performance strives to bridge the gap between research and practice, facilitating communication, collaboration and sharing between academics, students and practitioners across multiple disciplines interested in applying current theory and research to training and performance improvement initiatives.

Research & Theory

Promotes the development and advancement of theory; promotes, presents, and disseminates research and scholarship that encompasses multiple perspectives; advocates the study of social and cultural issues in the field; supports, fosters, and mentors emerging scholars.

Systems Thinking & Change

We are a group of people who want to shape change in diverse organizational environments by thinking through the process together.
We collaborate on practical applications, theories, quality research, and data driven systems thinking models that create and inform new avenues of impact and inquiry through its applications in emerging fields and technologies.

Teacher Education 

The purpose of the Teacher Education Division is to represent those members of AECT whose interest is in the promotion of theory, research, and practice in support of the development of knowledge, skills, and dispositions of teacher educators who create effective learning environments for diverse learners through the integration of technology. The function of the Teacher Education Division is to create a professional community for its members. Through use of online discussion and face-to face conferences and workshops, the Teacher Education Division members have the opportunity to share professional experiences and learn from the experts in the field.

Technology Integrated Learning

TIL serves practitioners and scholars in primary and secondary education through:
• Producing scholarship that tests the implementation of cutting edge methods, theories, and technologies.
• Informing policy decisions in School Librarianship and online learning.
• Developing and fostering partnerships between institutions of higher education and primary and secondary schools.


Educational and Publishing Partners