- Invitation 
    * Call for Proposals
    * Featured Research Call
    * D&D Showcase Call
    * Emerging Tech Showcase
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  - Submission Guidelines

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Call for Proposals.
2018 AECT International Convention

  Learning for All

2018 AECT International Convention
Kansas City, Missouri
October 23 - October 27  2018
Workshop Sessions: Tuesday, October 23; Wednesday, October 24; and Saturday October 27
Concurrent Sessions, Posters, Panels & Roundtable: October 24 - October 27

An Invitation To Present

You are invited to submit a proposal for the 2018 AECT International Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. The AECT International Convention brings together participants from around the world, offering practical applications, cutting-edge research, hands-on workshops, and demonstrations of new technologies in teaching and learning. Take this opportunity to connect with your peers! The goal of the convention is for participants from around the world to learn from the experiences and activities of the convention, enriching their professional lives.

This year’s convention theme is Learning for All. We encourage proposals that address what may be traditionally underrepresented groups or populations. Proposers should attempt to address this theme in their proposals, highlighting where the proposal addresses this theme.

We are very interested in your research and practice in the field of instructional design and technology. The AECT International Convention is a time to recognize and celebrate the many ways we are leading in teaching and learning.

AECT’s mission includes promoting scholarship and best practices in the creation, use, and leadership of technologies for effective teaching and learning in a wide range of settings. The AECT International Convention provides a unique opportunity for the sharing of research and experiences as we advance our field and promote learning opportunities for all.

General Information

Proposals Open - December 19th, 2017
Proposals Close - February 19, 11:59PM (EST), 2018
(There will be no deadline extension.)

The review process by divisions and affiliates will be completed by the end of April. Check with division and affiliate leaders with regard to their specific peer review process and dates.

Proposal Process
To be considered, a complete proposal must be submitted. A complete online proposal submission consists of:

   1. Presentation title
   2. Description of the session (Maximum of 75 words)
   3. An Anonymous Abstract (750-1,000 words)
   4. Equipment request
   5. List of actual presenters and contributors to your presentation.

In addition, research-based proposals should include findings in order to be considered complete. Additional guidelines exist when submitting a Featured Research or Presidential Session Proposal or for the Design and Development and Emerging Technologies Showcases. Be sure to read and follow the guidelines on the Featured Research Call for Proposals or the Design and Development Showcase submission guidelines before submitting to one of these groups.

Proposers can submit an unlimited number of proposals and can present an unlimited number of times at the convention as registrants.

Presenters and/or Contributors

If you are listed as a “presenter” in an accepted proposal, you are expected to register, be present, and participate in the presentation at the convention. If you are not going be part of giving the presentation, you can and should be listed as a “contributor”. Presenters are also expected to follow the AECT Code of Ethics found in the AECT Policy Manual and available on the AECT website.

A panel of peer reviewers will review proposals. You will receive electronic notification that your proposal has been received and, at the appropriate time, whether it has been accepted for the convention program. This information will be provided to you by your division’s conference planner

Proposals will be reviewed using the following criteria:

  1. alignment with the convention theme and any relevant division theme
  2. relevance, timeliness, and general interest level of topic
  3. suitability for division/organization mission and membership
  4. clarity of proposal and quality of the writing
  5. Attention to audience engagement and interaction

If you are unsure of the suitability of your proposal to a particular group, click on the group names below to learn what each group may be looking for in proposal submissions for this year. We encourage you to contact the Convention Planner for that Division or Group.

Propose to these AECT Entities Detail Description
  Culture, Learning and Technology 
  Design and Development 
  Distance Learning 
  Emerging Learning Technologies 
  Leadership Development Committee 
  Organizational Training & Performance 
  Research & Theory 
  School Media & Technology 
  Systems Thinking & Change 
  Teacher Education 
  e/merge Africa
  eLearning Africa 
Highlighted Sessions: 
  A. Presidential Session 
  B. Showcases and Workshops: 
      a. Fee-Based Workshops 
      b. Design and Development Showcase
      c. Emerging Technology Showcase 
  C. Featured Research 

Descriptions of the AECT Divisions and Affiliates can be found at: www.aect.org/

Types of Sessions

  1. Concurrent Sessions

    These 20-, 30-, or 60-minute sessions are primarily stand-up presentations. The focus of these sessions is on sharing information, such as best practices and research results. When proposing such a session, make sure to describe how you will engage with, and encourage interaction with your audience. Reading slides to your audience is not acceptable. Proposals for 60-minute sessions may include more than one presentation (as in symposia). In addition, planners will “bundle” concurrent presentations with another of related content to form one 60-minute session.
  2. Panels

    These 4-5 person panels focus on vibrant topics of contemporary concern and professional interest. They are a chance to compare and contrast experts’ disciplinary expertise quickly with an active, participating audience. Submissions of this type do require a designated Facilitator or Panel Chair, but a Chair or organizer is highly recommended to organize vibrant interchange between the panel and the audience, for example. This presentation format will be scheduled into a one hour time slot; 40-minute presentation time, a minimum of 20 minutes interaction time with the audience.

  3. Fee-Based Workshops

    As half- or full-day sessions, workshops are intended to provide intense professional development opportunities that result in participants acquiring new skills. Workshops are targeted to specific interest groups and will be delivered on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday (October 23rd, 24th, and 27th). The fee-based workshops may be either half-day (3 hours) or full day (6 hours) in length. If accepted and with a minimum registration of 10 participants, one workshop presenter is entitled to free conference registration. Please note that only an LCD projector is provided; presenters and attendees must supply their own computers.
  4. Poster

    Posters are designed to showcase a project, program, process, activity or similar experience in an informal setting. Posters may be projects that are completed, in progress, or in their beginning stages. A small table is provided to support a display board, laptop, and handouts. Feedback and insights of colleagues on these innovative developments are especially encouraged. Posters are scheduled simultaneously with Roundtables in multiple large rooms. Poster size is 48” x 36” horizontal/landscape layout. Presenters will design and bring their own posters to be attached to tri-fold panels provided by AECT.
  5. Roundtable

    Roundtables are designed for small group discussion of specialized topics, with the presenter leading the discussion. This participatory format allows for a highly interactive presentation lasting 60 minutes. Typically, several roundtable discussions happen concurrently in a large open room. You will will have your own table, with eight chairs, during the hour session. A moderator will divide the hour into three 20-minute sessions, so participants can visit up to three tables during the hour.
  6. Presidential Session

    Presidential sessions are proposed through the online proposal process, and will be selected by the AECT President-Elect, Dr. Trey Martindale. These limited sessions will be selected based on their strong alignment with the conference theme, and their importance to the work and interests of the AECT membership. Presidential session proposals are submitted directly to the President-elect or recommended to the President-elect by Division/Affiliate leaders. Proposals should contain all the elements expected in concurrent session proposals. Presidential sessions may be 60 or 90 minutes long.