We are looking for enthusiastic AECT members to review exciting proposals submitted to the Research & Theory Division for the 2012 AECT Conference in Louisville, KY.  Reviewers are asked to evaluate approximately four to five 700-1000 word presentation proposals (abstracts).  Proposals typically take about 15 minutes each to review. Doctoral students are welcomed to participate with the oversight and leadership of a faculty advisor.

Please complete this short & simple form to help me collect everyone’s information:
http://bit.ly/rtdreviewers

As you may know, the submission deadline for the upcoming convention is March 2, 2012.
We anticipate that “your” proposals will be ready for you to review by March 9th.
You’ll have two weeks to complete your reviews (by/before March 23rd).

Thanks in advance for your help.  Your participation is critical for a successful conference with the best possible RTD sessions!

I look forward to hearing from you soon…

Take care,
~michael
:::: Michael M. Grant, Ph.D. ::::
Associate Professor
Instructional Design & Technology
The University of Memphis

AECT Research & Theory Division Chair Elect
& Program Planner

Please join us for insights on what makes a successful conference proposal for AECT’s Design & Development (D&D) division. We’ll be joined by the D&D conference planners from the previous two years’ conferences, Brian Beatty, Past President of D&D, and Deniz Eseryel, President of D&D, as we consider the different kinds of proposals you might submit (Practice, Research, Theory/Concept, and Showcase) and the important characteristics of each. Deniz and Brian will share their observations for what makes a “winning” proposal as well as things to avoid.

The webinar will be held on February 17, 2012 at 12:00 EST. Please note that audio will only be available through the U.S. toll-free number. Registrations are limited, so please use the following link to register soon.

https://cc.readytalk.com/r/udp924nqvqkr

We look forward to your participation in this conversation.

From my Inbox:

This message is to encourage you and your advanced doctoral students to submit a Featured Research proposal for the 2012 AECT International Conference. Below you will find some information about this type of session. Specific guidelines for how to submit an AECT proposal can be found at http://aectorg.yourwebhosting.com/events/call/.

As the premier professional organization in instructional design and technology, AECT actively fosters the dissemination of important research findings. In order to encourage a greater number of high-quality research paper presentations at our annual convention, the Research&  Theory Division will feature a small number of research paper sessions. The following describes the nature of a featured research study:

  • A featured research paper must report on a completed research study that has not been published in a journal nor previously presented at a conference.
  • The paper should describe an empirical study that used primarily quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods.
  • In all cases, a study must involve the collection of data. Literature reviews, papers describing theories unaccompanied by supporting data, and other non-data-based papers will not be considered for this type of session.
  • A study must have been conducted and the data analyzed at the time a proposal is submitted.
  • Authors of an accepted featured research paper must submit a full paper (not a slide presentation or outline) to their discussant at least 30 days prior to the start of the conference.

For questions regarding a Featured Research submission, contact James Klein at jklein@fsu.edu

Best wishes,

Research Section Editorial Board
Educational Technology Research and Development

From my Inbox:

The submission system for AECT 2012 International Convention proposals is now LIVE and accepting your proposals. The gateway to submissions with the complete Call for Proposals is available at http://www.aect.org/events/call/

via AECT President-Elect’s Blog: Submission System is LIVE! AECT 2012 International Convention.

Also note that the deadline for submissions is now March 2, 2012! That’s two more weeks than usual!

From my Inbox … The deadline is Monday, January 9, 2012.

Call for Participants: 2012 Division C New Faculty Mentoring Program in Vancouver
Deadline: Monday, January 9, 2012

The Division C New Faculty Mentoring Program (NFMP) has three main goals: (a) to provide an interactive seminar with relevant information and support for new faculty, addressing areas of concern such as new faculty roles, creating scholarly collaborations, securing external funding, and the major activities associated with tenure; (b) to provide each new faculty participant an individual mentoring opportunity with a senior scholar who will provide direct feedback on a particular work in progress and related scholarly endeavors; and (c) to facilitate peer networking and collaboration activities among Division C new faculty.  The New Faculty Mentoring Program (NFMP) is an excellent opportunity for junior faculty to connect with distinguished scholars, network with new
colleagues, and to learn more about achieving success as a new professor.

How to Apply

New faculty, those who have been appointed at their first position within the past three years, should submit the following application materials as email attachments to Jeff Greene (jagreene@email.unc.edu) and Louis Nadelson (louisnadelson@boisestate.edu) by Monday, January 9, 2012:
1.     A COVER LETTER stating
a)     What information and experiences you would find valuable in the Division C New Faculty Mentoring Program;
b)    Your current area(s) of research interest
c)     Your professional goals; and
d)    A list of up to five potential mentors who could advise you on your work. Include each person’s institutional affiliation and contact information (e-mail addresses are preferred). This information is vital for identifying and selecting an appropriate mentor for you who will also be attending AERA in Vancouver.

2.     A CURRICULUM VITAE that includes name, address, institution, telephone, e-mail, educational background and relevant scholarly, service and teaching activities.

3.     EVIDENCE OF 2012 MEMBERSHIP in AERA’s Division C

Selection Process

Participants will be selected based on faculty status, research interests pertinent to the mission of Division C (Learning and Instruction), and the quality of their application materials (i.e., cover letter described above and curriculum vitae). To be eligible participants must 1) be members of Division C (see http://aera.net/membership.htm for membership information); 2) register for the annual meeting; and 3) plan to attend all New Faculty Mentoring Program activities.

There is no cost for seminar participation and a small stipend will be offered to participants to help defray expenses of arriving one day early to the AERA conference (seminar begins Thursday, April 12, 2012 and ends on Friday, April 13, 2012).  Individuals who are accepted will be asked to submit a manuscript or other scholarly work to their assigned mentors one month prior to the conference, and to be active participants throughout the NFMP.

Attention Mentors: In addition to new faculty applicants, we will also be seeking potential mentors.  We will do our best to seek mentors whose areas of expertise match those of program participants.  If you are interested in serving in this capacity, please contact the New Faculty Mentoring Committee co-chairs: Jeff Greene (jagreene@email.unc.edu) and Louis Nadelson (louisnadelson@boisestate.edu).

One of the presentations that our students and alumni presented for the Midsouth Technology Conference last week was on the use of interactive whiteboards in classrooms. This session was for teachers and administrators who currently have or will soon have interactive whiteboard technology in their classrooms. The reports I heard were that the session was very well attended and was a good interaction.  Two current teachers at our University of Memphis Campus School (Logan Prevette and Shelly Burr) and a former educational technology trainer (Dr. Corey Johnson) discussed new whiteboard features, recommended strategies, lesson ideas, and potential barriers to implementing interactive whiteboard technology.

While you might have missed their presentation, here are their Prezi presentations:

[prezi id=’http://prezi.com/vj3ieygiis1u/mid-south-technology-conference/’]

[prezi id=’http://prezi.com/zhtq85gmjmbb/copy-of-memphis-city-tech-conference/’]

[prezi id=’http://prezi.com/hw4p04uebxoo/resources-for-interactive-whiteboards/’]

One of the presentations we sort-of “crowdsourced” for the Midsouth Technology Conference last week was “60 Apps in 60 Minutes.” However, the crowd was us instead of the audience; we had about 8 of us contribute to this presentation.  Even a couple of folks who couldn’t make it to the presentation.

This presentation included 60+ applications—some web apps, some mobile apps, some open-source software, some web apps with mobile apps. There was a real diversity in ability levels in the audience, so this face paced presentation with so many ideas and choices offered a lot of “bang for your buck” for the audience.  It was also really well attended with a “full house.” And we were able to complete it in 45 minutes instead of 60.

The slidedeck is housed inside Slideshare and also in my professional development wiki.

[slideshare id=10508178&doc=60appsin60minutes-111208000146-phpapp02]

Dear SIG-IT Members,

SIG-IT is pleased to announce the awards program for the 2012 AERA annual meeting.  We would like to remind you of the February 1, 2012, deadline for all three 2012 AERA SIG-IT awards.  The three awards are:

  • Best Paper Award
  • Young Researcher Award
  • Student Travel Award

More information about the 2012 SIG-IT Awards, including the application process and the evaluation criteria, can be found below. You may also download a Microsoft Word file with all of the details at http://bit.ly/sigit2012.  Please note, if you think your paper is eligible for more than one of these awards, please choose the award that you think is the best fit and apply for that one.

To submit an application for any of these awards or for more information please email Michael M. Grant at mgrant2@memphis.edu.

Regards,
Michael M. Grant
SIG-IT Chair-Elect & Awards Program Coordinator


2012 SIG-IT BEST PAPER AWARD

Completed applications must be received by February 1, 2012, at 11:59 pm EST.  Applicants will be informed of the decision no later than March 15, 2012.

The SIG-IT Best Paper Award will be presented to the scholar with the best research paper already submitted to SIG-IT and accepted for presentation at the 2012 AERA Conference in any format (paper, poster, or roundtable). The award recipient will be given a plaque and a check for $350 at the SIG-IT Business meeting during the 2012 annual meeting.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must

  • Be a member of AERA and SIG-IT at time of submission
  • Attend the 2012 AERA conference and SIG-IT business meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Be the primary investigator of the completed research study submitted for the award
  • Hold a doctoral degree from an accredited institution in the area of Instructional Technology or a related field

As noted above, the submission for the Best Paper Award must have been submitted to SIG-IT and accepted for presentation at the 2012 AERA Conference.

SIG-IT reserves the right to not issue this award if there are not adequate or appropriate submissions received.

Guidelines for submission:

  • Authors should take necessary steps to remain anonymous. Contact information should only be in the cover letter; the manuscript must be blinded. For further information about how to prepare a blinded manuscript, please consult the APA manual.
  • Papers must be between 2,000 and 9,000 words (i.e., no more than 30 double-spaced pages), including text, references, appendices, tables, and figures.
  • Papers should be formatted according to the APA 6th edition.
  • We accept submissions that investigate the impact of technological and instructional innovations in a variety of contexts, including K-12, higher education, business/industry, and informal settings.

Papers Will Be Evaluated Using the Following Criteria:

  • Relevance and significance of topic and research question(s) to the field
  • Clarity of research question(s)
  • Thoroughness of literature review
  • Appropriateness of methodology for study
  • Quality and completeness of analysis
  • Clarity and soundness of conclusions
  • Promotion of a continuing research agenda or improved professional practices
  • Overall quality demonstrating coherence and reasoning
  • Contribution to the cumulative knowledge base of the field

Application Process:

Submit the following files in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format via email to Michael M. Grant at mgrant2@memphis.edu:

  • A cover letter stating your intent to apply, describing your eligibility for the award, and including contact information
  • Blind manuscript (this means nowhere in your manuscript file should it indicate your name or your affiliation; for further information on how to prepare a blind manuscript please consult the APA manual)

The electronic documents must be submitted in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format only. Please email electronic copies of the cover letter and the paper to Michael M. Grant at mgrant2@memphis.edu.  Papers received after 11:59 pm EST on February 1st, 2012, or not properly blinded will not be considered.

To submit an application or for more information, contact Michael M. Grant at mgrant2@memphis.edu.

2012 SIG-IT YOUNG RESEARCHER AWARD

Completed applications must be received by February 1, 2012, at 11:59 pm EST. Applicants will be informed of the decision no later than March 15, 2012.

The SIG-IT Young Researcher Award will be presented to a deserving new scholar in the field who submits a paper that has not been either accepted for presentation or presented before. The award recipient will present their paper at the SIG-IT business meting at the 2012 AERA Conference and receive a plaque and a check for $350.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must

  • Be a member of AERA and SIG-IT at time of submission
  • Attend the 2012 AERA conference and SIG-IT business meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Be a doctoral candidate or have graduated within the previous 5 years.
  • Be the Primary Investigator of a completed research study. In the case of a co-authored paper, the candidate is required be the primary researcher and first author.

Papers submitted for the Young Researcher Award must not have been or currently be accepted for presentation at any conference – including AERA.

This means that if your paper was accepted for AERA, you cannot submit for this award. If you have presented it or have been accepted to present it at another conference, you cannot submit for this award.

SIG-IT reserves the right to not issue this award if there are not adequate or appropriate submissions received.

Guidelines for submission:

  • Authors should take necessary steps to remain anonymous. Contact information should only be in the cover letter; the manuscript must be blinded. For further information about how to prepare a blinded manuscript, please consult the APA manual.
  • Papers must be between 2,000 and 9,000 words (i.e., no more than 30 double-spaced pages), including text, references, appendices, tables and figures.
  • Papers should be formatted according to the APA 6th edition.
  • We accept submissions that investigate the impact of technological and instructional innovations in a variety of contexts, including K-12, higher education, business/industry, and informal settings.

Papers will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Relevance and significance of topic and research question to the field
  • Clarity of research question
  • Thoroughness of literature review
  • Appropriateness of methodology for study
  • Quality and completeness of analysis
  • Clarity and soundness of conclusions
  • Promotion of a continuing research agenda or improved professional practices
  • Overall quality demonstrating coherence and reasoning
  • Contribution to the cumulative knowledge base of the field

Application Process:

Submit to Michael M. Grant at mgrant2@memphis.edu the following files in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format:

  • A cover letter stating your intent to apply, the title of your paper, your eligibility for the award, and your complete contact information.
  • A blind copy of the cover letter stating your intent to apply, the title of your paper, and your eligibility for the award.
  • Your blind manuscript (this means nowhere in your manuscript file should it indicate your name or your affiliation; for further information on how to prepare a blind manuscript please consult the APA manual)

Submit blind electronic copies of the letters and manuscript. The electronic documents must be submitted in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format only. Please email electronic copies to Michael M. Grant at mgrant2@memphis.edu. Papers received after 11:59 pm EST on February 1st, 2012, or not properly blinded will not be considered.

To submit an application or for more information, contact Michael M. Grant at mgrant2@memphis.edu.

2012 SIG-IT STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD

Completed applications must be received by February 1, 2012, at 11:59 pm EST. Applicants will be informed of the decision no later than March 15, 2012.

The SIG-IT Student Travel Award will be presented to an emerging scholar who is currently a student and who has had his/her paper accepted by SIG-IT for the 2012 AERA Conference in any format (i.e., paper, poster, or roundtable). The purpose of the award is to help defray the costs associated with travel to the AERA conference and to continue to encourage student participation within SIG-IT.  The award recipient will receive a check for $500 and a certificate.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must

  • Be a member of AERA and SIG-IT at time of submission.
  • Be a graduate student at time of submission.
  • Have a paper, poster, or roundtable session already accepted by SIG-IT for the 2012 AERA Conference.
  • Attend the 2012 AERA conference and SIG-IT Business meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Be the Primary Investigator of a completed research study. In the case of a co-authored paper, the candidate is required be the primary researcher and first author.

SIG-IT reserves the right to not issue this award if there are not adequate or appropriate submissions received.

Guidelines for submission:

  • Authors should take necessary steps to remain anonymous.
  • Papers must be between 2,000 and 9,000 words (i.e., no more than 30 double-spaced pages), including text, references, appendices, tables and figures.
  • Papers should be formatted according to the APA 6th edition.
  • We accept submissions that investigate the impact of technological and instructional innovations in a variety of contexts, including K-12, higher education, business/industry, and informal settings.

Papers will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Relevance and significance of topic and research question to the field
  • Clarity of research question(s)
  • Thoroughness of literature review
  • Appropriateness of methodology for study
  • Quality and completeness of analysis
  • Clarity and soundness of conclusions
  • Overall quality demonstrating coherence and reasoning
  • Contribution to the cumulative knowledge base of the field

Application Process:

Submit via email to Michael M. Grant at mgrant2@memphis.edu the following files in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format:

  • A cover letter stating your intent to apply, the title of your paper, your eligibility for the award, confirmation of your intent to attend the 2012 AERA meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and your complete contact information.
  • A blind copy of the cover letter stating your intent to apply, the title of your paper, your eligibility for the award, and confirmation of your intent to attend the 2012 AERA meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Your blind manuscript (this means nowhere in your manuscript file should it indicate your name or your affiliation; for further information on how to prepare a blind manuscript please consult the APA manual)

The electronic documents must be submitted in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format only. Please email electronic copies to Michael M. Grant at mgrant2@memphis.edu. Papers received after 11:59 pm EST on February 1st, 2012, or not properly blinded will not be considered.

To submit an application or for more information, contact Michael M. Grant at mgrant2@memphis.edu.

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This morning I have the pleasure of presenting with a good friend of mine, Dr. Joanne Gikas, at AECT 2011 in Jacksonville, FL.  We will be presenting on strategies for mobile teaching and learning.  Along with some of the fun tips, tricks, and tools I often talk about, such as iPadio, Google Voice, and Posterous Spaces, we will also be demo-ing some cool new gadgets, such as AppleTV, the Cars2 AppMATes, and Duo Pop for iPad.  These are sure to be fun for everybody.

If you would like to see the slides, here they are:

[slideshare id=10082328&doc=slideshare-temp-111108221644-phpapp02]

 

Wish I could attend this webinar.  Hope you’ll attend and let me know what you learn:

Free eSeminar: Publishing to Mobile Devices at the University of Oregon

Thursday, November 10

10–11 a.m. PST; 1–2 p.m. EST

More and more companies seek highly skilled users and creators of electronic media, including mobile devices and apps. Learn how Ed Madison, graduate teaching fellow at the University of Oregon, uses the Adobe® Digital Publishing Suite to teach students — in majors ranging from design and photography to journalism and public relations — how to publish to tablets and other mobile devices.

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via Free eSeminar: Publishing to Mobile Devices.