As president of the Research and Theory Division (RTD) of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), I wanted to let you know about an awesome opportunity to hear from an IDT god. Dr. David Merrill is Professor Emeritus at Utah State University, and he is a renowned scholar, creating the First Principles for Instruction (here’s a link from Dr. Merrill’s site on the First Principles!).
Dr. Merrill will be presenting a brief webinar to launch our RTD Series of Professional Development. It is sure to be provocative. Here’s the details and you do have to register beforehand.
Dr. David Merrill
Instructional Effectiveness Consultant & Professor Emeritus at Utah State University
October 17, 2013 at 1:30 P.M. (EDT)
My Hopes for the Future of Instructional Technology
This short paper presents reasons for three hopes for the future. First, it is time to move the training of instructional designers to the undergraduate level. Second, I hope that graduate programs in instructional technology will emphasize both the science of instruction — including theory development and research, and the technology of instruction– including using principles, models and theories derived from research as a foundation for designing instructional design tools that can be used to design instruction that is more effective, efficient and engaging. Third, it is time to restructure our master’s programs to prepare our students to manage designers-by-assignment (DBA) and to prepare them in designing instructional design tools that would enable DBA to produce more effective, efficient and engaging instructional materials.