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

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!

In a follow up to some of their other great webinars, AECT’s Graduate Student Assembly and Design & Development Division is pleased to offer a free webinar on AECT’s new journal, the International Journal of Designs for Learning: Creating and Disseminating Design Knowledge.  This is a great opportunity to hear from Professor Boling on this exciting new venture to present in a rigorous way the design of learning, which is often messy!

The description for the webinar is:

Join Elizabeth Boling, Editor and Craig Howard, Assistant Editor of the new International Journal of Designs for Learning (IJDL) for a look at the first two issues of this unique venue for peer-reviewed publishing across fields of design – including instructional design and technology. The editors will also discuss the requirements for development and publication of design cases, as well as the challenges such cases present to authors and reviewers.

Date: Thursday, October 6
Time: 12:00 noon CDT

The webinar is free, but they do need you to register at

AECT 2011 logoMy good friend Michael Barbour put together a list of the mobile teaching and learning sessions that will be coming up at the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) conference in November.  So, I highly recommend you pop over to his blog at Virtual School Meanderings to see his list.

I am pleased to say with my current and former students from University of Memphis will be presenting a number of sessions on mobile teaching and learning at AECT, including a workshop on “Strategies for Mobile Teaching and Learning.”

  1. Definite and Indefinite: A Critical Perspective on Defining Mobile Learning and Mobile Learning Environments
  2. An Investigation of Mobile Learning Readiness and Design Considerations for Higher Education
  3. Implementing Mobile Devices in Higher Education Teaching and Learning
  4. Strategies for Mobile Teaching and Learning

via Mobile Learning And AECT 2011 « Virtual School Meanderings.

Reminder from my email Inbox about submitting your AECT paper for inclusion in the annual Proceedings.  Also, if you’re a doctoral student presenting at AECT’s fall conference, I highly encourage you to submit.  The proceedings are a good publication to start in and be able to include on your CV.

Dear AECT/RTD/DID Paper Presenter:

The paper you are presenting at the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Convention in Jacksonville is one we would like to consider for inclusion in either Volume #1: Proceedings of Selected Research and Development Papers, or in Volume #2: Proceedings of Selected Instruction Papers.

All manuscripts included in either volume of the Proceedings are sent to ERIC for possible indexing separately under the author’s name and as a part of the entire Proceedings. Additionally, a limited quantity of “hard copies” of Volume #1 are printed and sold. Electronic versions of both volumes of the Proceedings are made available to convention attendees and AECT members.

Because you may also be considering publishing your paper in ETRD or the Quarterly Review of Distance Education, we have been told by the editors that inclusion of your paper in the Proceedings would not exclude it from consideration by those journals. AECT becomes the copyright holder once the Proceedings are published. Your submission indicates your agreement to this and that your paper is your original work and is not in violation of copyright.

Manuscript guidelines are available at

In order to be included in the Proceedings, your manuscript on both paper and disk should be sent to me by October 24, 2011.

My address is:

Michael R. Simonson, Editor
Instructional Technology and Distance Education
Nova Southeastern University
Fischler Graduate School of Education
1750 NE 167th Street
North Miami Beach, FL 33162

If you have any questions, please call me at (954) 262-8563.


Michael R. Simonson

* A message was previously sent to presenters stating the deadline was September 30th. October 24th is the actual deadline for proceedings submission.

via 2011 Jacksonville Convention – Proceedings Submission.

Please register for this meeting.

Whether studying for a Masters or Doctorate degree, whether you will work in Namibia, Pakistan, Turkey or the US; our field has many employment opportunities and one of the decision that most of us graduate students face is whether or not to remain in academia, go into other various industries.

Please join

  • Dr. Barney Dalgarno from Charles Stuart University in Australia
  • Dr. Lauren Cifuentes from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi
  • Dr. Susan Marie Hart
  • and fellow graduate students

to discuss questions such as

  1. What are the type of projects do you complete?
  2. What are the core competencies you have developed to accomplish the tasks?
  3. How lucrative is the job?

And share more information on opportunities one may pursue upon completion.

Date: 7th Sep 2011
Time: 3:00 CDT

Please note, due to differences in international time zone, this webinar is being offered at a later time than our other webinars.

Register at

If you meet the eligibility requirements for this, I highly encourage you to apply! This is another reminder from my Inbox for the AECT 2011 Early Career Symposium, which occurs during the AECT conference.  Applications are due by Friday, August, 19, 2011.  Please see below for details.

Call for the 2011 Early Career Symposium Participants

AECT’s Research and Theory Division will be hosting the 2011 Early Career Symposium sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The symposium will be held at the annual AECT International Convention on November 8-9, 2011, in Jacksonville, Florida. The symposium will engage participants in a day and a half of focused career mentoring and networking.

The symposium will reimburse each participant with the following:

  1. $200 for transportation
  2. 2 nights at the conference hotel (at conference rates)
  3. Conference registration fee ($195 for graduate students, $400 for faculty)

The intended outcomes of the Early Career Symposium include:

  1. mentoring of early career faculty and advanced doctoral students into the social/professional network as partners in idea-making,
  2. supporting early career faculty and advanced doctoral students in developing viable technology-oriented research agendas,
  3. providing specific feedback and guidance to early career faculty and advanced doctoral students about their research agendas,
  4. providing information about building a research agenda, pursuing funding, and building collaborations, developing a community of researchers interested in ways technology can transform teaching and learning

The Symposium will be conducted over a day and a half as part of the 2011 AECT Annual Convention. On the first day, the mentors will work with their primary team of participants (6 participants per mentor) for much of the day. Then, on the half-day, they will share with other participant groups so that each participant gets some personal feedback from at least two mentors. Participants in the symposium will be asked to identify a project to work on in consultation with their mentors over the following year. Participants will participate in a follow-up video conference Spring 2012.

Our model for the Early Career Symposium relies on three groups of individuals working together to create a supportive community. Participants will be assigned to one of three mentors. Each of these mentors is a mid-career faculty member who has a strong record of scholarship and grant activity.

Early Career Faculty Participants
Nine early career faculty applicants will be selected through a competitive application process. The symposium is focused on faculty members who have received their terminal degree in the last five years. Preference will be given to those faculty members who are not at research-intensive schools as they typically have fewer opportunities for mentoring at their home institutions than faculty in research-intensive positions. Three early career faculty will be assigned to each mentor.

Advanced Doctoral Students
Nine advanced doctoral student applicants will be selected through a competitive application process. Students should be in the final stages of completing their degree. Preference will be given to students who are nearing completion and whose research agendas align to the technology in teaching and learning focus of the Symposium. Three early doctoral students will be assigned to each mentor.

Lunch for both days will be provided as part of the Symposium to offer an opportunity for unstructured conversation among all participants. Given that one of our desired outcomes is the development of a community of researchers, providing opportunities for that community to develop is a critical aspect of the experience.


  1. Applicants must be AECT Members in good standing
  2. Applicants must have not participated in a previous year’s symposium
  3. Applicants must be current faculty (within first five years of career) or graduate students (within one year of finishing doctoral degree)
  4. Applicants will be selected based upon their strength of argument for participation. Additionally, the Symposium board seeks to accept a diverse group of scholars representing the entirety of the membership of AECT.

Faculty applicants should submit:

  1. Cover letter providing a career statement as well as discussing why they would like to attend the Early Career Symposium, how they are qualified and how it would benefit their careers (letter should be limited to a single page).
  2. Updated Curriculum Vita

Student applicants should submit:

  1. Cover Letter discussing career goals, including description of dissertation and progress toward completion. The cover letter should also discuss how they are qualified for the Early Career Symposium and how it would benefit their careers (letter should be limited to a single page)
  2. Updated Curriculum Vita
  3. Statement supporting participation from dissertation advisor (limit to one paragraph)


All applications are due August 19, 2011. The cover letter and vita must be emailed as an attachment to Zeni Colorado ( All materials must be submitted electronically.

Jozenia (Zeni) Colorado, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Instructional Design and Technology
The Teachers College
Emporia State University
1200 Commercial Street
Emporia, KS 66801

President, Research and Theory Division, AECT

R&T Outstanding Journal Article Award

Sponsored by: AECT’s Research & Theory Division

Articles nominated must have been published no earlier than 2009 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. Winners of AECT’s Research and Theory Outstanding Journal Article Award will be invited to deliver a 20-minute presentation during the Research and Theory Division Membership meeting about their award-winning entry during AECT’s Fall International Convention at Jacksonville, Florida on November 8-12, 2011. The winner will be recognized at the D&D and R&T Award Luncheon.

To nominate an article please prepare the following:

  1. Nomination letter with a short rationale statement of the nomination
  2. A complete bibliographic citation for the article
  3. PDF version of the journal article in the format that was published

We welcome self-nominations. Please send nominations electronically to Lisa Yamagata-Lynch by email at

*Note: PDF copies of published manuscripts will be accepted as long as they retain the original published format. (Do not send a PDF file of a submitted manuscript, page proofs, etc.). Manuscripts that do not conform to these guidelines will not be considered.

Deadline is July 1st, 2011.

For additional information please contact Lisa Yamagata-Lynch email at