The Research & Theory Division of AECT is hosting our next professional development seminar.  Here are the details, and I hope you’ll plan to attend.

Scheduled on Feb 6, 2014 at 1:30pm (EST)

Invited speaker: Dr. Ryan Baker (http://www.columbia.edu/~rsb2162/)

Topic:  Learning Analytics – Potential and Principles

Abstract
Increasingly,  students’  educational  experiences  occur  in  the  context  of educational technology, creating opportunities to log student behavior in a fashion that is both longitudinal and very fine-grained. These data are now available to the broad education research community through large public data repositories such as the Pittsburgh  Science of Learning Center (cf. Koedinger  et  al,  2008). In this talk, I will discuss how the emerging Learning Analytics and Educational Data Mining communities are combining these data sources with data mining methods in order to scalably use this data to make basic discoveries about learners and learning. In this talk, I will both discuss learning analytics methods in general, and some of their key applications in studying and supporting learners.

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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.

Presenter:
Dr. David Merrill
Instructional Effectiveness Consultant & Professor Emeritus at Utah State University

Date/Time:
October 17, 2013 at 1:30 P.M. (EDT)

Registration Link:
https://cc.readytalk.com/r/wmg0r8xig6wl&eom

Topic:
My Hopes for the Future of Instructional Technology

Abstract:
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.

This announcement is from the AECT Graduate Student Assembly. It’s a great opportunity to hear from a leader in our field.

The AECT Graduate Student Assembly, in partnership with the Design & Development Division, presents a webinar:

My Top 10 Book Picks for the Compleat Instructional Designer from Outside the ID World
with Dr. Andrew Gibbons

Any field of scholarship draws energy from the ideas of other fields. This is especially true in an integrative field like Instructional Design, which combines technical concepts with abstract properties into interactions and environments that attract, engage, and promote growth and change. We can keep the field fresh and avoid becoming insular if we are constantly searching the literature of other fields, searching for inspiration and probing the boundaries of the environment in which we practice.

Where should we read? Pick up the course catalogue from any university and you will find some relevance in every college, every department, and every program. English? Who writes our instructional words? Art? Who creates our visual experiences? Theater? Who imbues our products with drama and the ability to engage? Physics? Who balances natural energies and forces to reach desired states? Religion? Who can help us understand awe? Architecture? Who can help us combine awe with structural integrity? Philosophy? Who can increase the underlying coherence and unity of our designs? Engineering? Who designs for a reliable, safe habitat?

We can’t apply theories and principles from other fields directly, but learning from them can help us frame our own theories and principles, and these will  enjoy the fruits of decades, sometimes centuries, of learned conversation. Our field is new, and it deals with innovation that proceeds at hummingbird pace, but humans remain humans, and serving them is the concern of our field.

The webinar will take place on October 5th, 2012 at 12:00 EDT
Register and Login at https://cc.readytalk.com/r/okyo2v4w2e6

This webinar will also be streamed on AECT’s GSA website. For any questions contact AECT GSA representative for the Design & Development Division, Colin Gray at comgray@indiana.edu.

This notice is from Dr. Zeni Colorado and the turnaround is rather quick:

AECT’s Research and Theory Division is excited to announce the call for participants for the 2012 Early Career Symposium sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

We are looking for Nine Early Career Faculty and Nine Advanced Graduate Students to participate! For more information and to apply, please go to http://bit.ly/Q8tdAS . Due to the late notification of funding, we are on a tight timeline for application and application review. All application materials must be submitted no later than 12pm Eastern time, September 15th, 2012.

Louisville Convention : NSF Career Symposium

http://aectorg.yourwebhosting.com/events/mentor/CareerSymposium.asp?clientid=25506

The AECT Faculty/Student Mentor program has merged with the Early Career Symposium! AECT’s Research and Theory Division is proud to announce the call for participants for the 2012 AECT Early Career Symposium sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The symposium will be held at the annual AECT International Convention on October 30-31, 2012, in Louisville, Kentucky. The symposium will engage participants in a day and a half of focused career mentoring and networking.
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If you are an AECT member and member of the Division of Distance Learning, I encourage you to fill out the form:

The Division of Distance Learning of AECT is pleased to encourage and help our graduate students meet some of their expenses while attending the AECT 2012 Annual Conference in Louisville, KY. Three graduate student members of DDL will be chosen at random for $50 towards their Fall 2012 Convention registration. Good luck to you and we hope to see you at the DDL Luncheon on Friday!

To be entered into the raffle, please complete this form:
http://tinyurl.com/ddl-raffle

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I would like to encourage you to read through the slate of awards that the Research and Theory Division of AECT will be hosting this year.  Overall, the awards receive few submissions.  So, if you feel that you fit one of the categories, I would highly recommend you submit for one of the awards.  This is great recognition for you and your university’s program.  The deadline for most of the awards is June 1st, 2012.  However, check the individual awards and contact Zeni Colorado with the email at the bottom for more info.


Dean and Sybil McClusky Research Award

This award is presented to honor the most outstanding doctoral research proposal in educational technology, as selected by a jury of researchers from the Research and Theory Division of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). For more information, go to http://bit.ly/yv42II.

Outstanding Service Award

This award recognizes outstanding service and commitment to the Research and Theory Division.  Awardees are nominated by the Research and Theory Board and recognized at the Awards Luncheon at the annual convention.

Outstanding Research and Theory Division-Sponsored Accepted Proposal

This award is given annually to honor a Research and Theory Division-sponsored convention proposal that demonstrates quality research and contributes to the educational communications and technology field.  All accepted Research and Theory sponsored concurrent proposal presentations will be considered. The recipient will be recognized at the Awards Luncheon at the annual convention.  Awardees are nominated by the Research and Theory Division Convention Planner and confirmed by the board.

Research and Theory Division Outstanding Journal Article Award

An outstanding published article that demonstrates rigor in research on an important aspect of the educational communications and technology field.  Articles nominated must have been published in the last three years in a regularly published journal relevant to our field, and should be relevant to the broad field of instructional design. Additionally, articles nominated should bring insights to either empirical research or theory development in instructional design. Anyone may submit a nomination; however, To be eligible for the award, a nominee must be a member AECT in good standing at the time of nomination.  For more information, go to http://bit.ly/ybnJAI.

Research and Theory Division Outstanding Book Award

The Research and Theory Division established this award for the best book-length publication in educational communications and technology. To be considered for the Award, a book must be concerned with the field of educational communication and technology through research or scholarly inquiry, must have a research base, and must have a copyright date of the past two years in the year in which the award is to be given.  To be eligible for the award, a nominee must be a member AECT in good standing at the time of nomination.  For more information, go to http://bit.ly/zlulZ8.

All calls for applications or nominations will be posted at the following sites:

All inquiries and applications for these awards should be submitted by email to Zeni Colorado at jcolorad@emporia.edu.

 

The Research and Theory Division is now accepting nominations for the following awards:

Dean and Sybil McClusky Research Award

This award is presented to honor the most outstanding doctoral research proposal in educational technology, as selected by a jury of researchers from the Research and Theory Division of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). For more information, go to http://bit.ly/yv42II.

Research and Theory Division Outstanding Journal Article Award

An outstanding published article that demonstrates rigor in research on an important aspect of the educational communications and technology field. Articles nominated must have been published in the last three years in a regularly published journal relevant to our field, and should be relevant to the broad field of instructional design. Additionally, articles nominated should bring insights to either empirical research or theory development in instructional design. Anyone may submit a nomination; however, to be eligible for the award, a nominee must be a member AECT in good standing at the time of nomination. For more information, go to http://bit.ly/ybnJAI.

Research and Theory Division Outstanding Book Award

The Research and Theory Division established this award for the best book-length publication in educational communications and technology. To be considered for the Award, a book must be concerned with the field of educational communication and technology through research or scholarly inquiry, must have a research base, and must have a copyright date of the past two years in the year in which the award is to be given. To be eligible for the award, a nominee must be a member AECT in good standing at the time of nomination. For more information, go to http://bit.ly/zlulZ8.

The Deadline for all award nominations is June 1, 2012. All inquiries should be directed to Research and Theory Division Past-President, Zeni Colorado at jcolorad@emporia.edu.

via AECT R & T Division.

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