- Invitation 
    * Call for Proposals
    * Featured Research Call
    * D&D Showcase Call
Submissions Closed

  - Submission Guidelines

  - Effective Proposals

  - Proposal Submission

Call for Proposals.
2019 AECT International Convention

InspiredProfessional Learning. InspiredLearning Professionals.

2019 AECT International Convention
Las Vegas, Nevada
October 21 - October 25  2019
Workshop Sessions: Monday, October 21 through Friday October 25
Concurrent Sessions, Posters, Panels & Roundtable: October 21 - October 25

An Invitation To Present

AECT invites you to submit a proposal for the 2019 AECT International Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. 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.

This year’s convention theme is Inspired Professional Learning. Inspired Learning Professionals. Inspired denotes the extraordinary quality of the sessions at our convention, and we endeavor to improve ourselves through exceptional professional learning opportunities. Inspired also denotes to fill someone with the impetus or ability to do or feel, especially with creativity. As educators and learning professionals, we hope the convention sessions will inspire you to do and feel, so we desperately need influential, stimulating, exciting sessions that will spark fires in our attendees. We encourage proposals that offer opportunities for AECT members to seek out professional development sessions, occasions for improving pedagogical strategies and technical skills, and engage in professional renewal. Reports of research, practice, evaluations, service, and pedagogy are all welcome. Proposers should attempt to address this theme in their proposals, highlighting where the proposal addresses this theme.

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. We are very interested in your research and practice in the field of instructional design and technology.

General Information

Proposals Open - December 16th, 2018
Proposals Close - February 18, 11:59PM (PST), 2019
(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. List of actual presenters and contributors to your presentation.

Session Types
There are 10 types of sessions that proposers should consider and select. Each of these session types are described further below on the page, including specific criteria and guidelines required. For example, research-based proposals should include findings in order to be considered complete.

In addition, sessions may be proposed to any one of our divisions and affiliates. See links below to read the divisions and affiliates individual calls, which may include specific topics, requirements, or guidelines.

The session types include:

   1. Concurrent Sessions
   2. Panel Sessions
   3. Poster Sessions
   4. Roundtable Sessions
   5. Inspire! Sessions
   6. Fee-based Workshops
   7. Design and Development Showcase
   8. Emerging Technology Showcase
   9. Featured Research Sessions

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

All presentation rooms, excluding sessions scheduled for roundtables and poster displays, will be supplied with a digital projector. Other equipment, including laptops or tablets, and cables should be provided by the presenter. A limited number of external audio speakers will be available for checkout.

AECT is committed to making all reasonable arrangements that will allow conference presenters to participate in convention events. If there are accommodations that would best allow an attendee to present, please include any information that may help us in scheduling and to better prepare to meet a need.

Session Strand Identifiers and Keywords
In addition to topical keywords, proposers will also have the option of choosing one of the following strand identifiers. These identifiers are not designed to identify the session presenter, but rather to orient attendees to the content types or audiences intended for the sessions. These identifiers will be searchable (both in the online and phone applications) across divisions. Not all sessions will include one of these identifiers.

   • Early career professional
   • Mid-career professional
   • Instructional design professional
   • Administrator
   • Research methodologies
   • School-based research & practice
   • Critical approaches to pedagogy and research

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 will not be presenting at the convention, 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.

Proposal Reviews & Evaluations

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. Attention to audience engagement and interaction
  4. Suitability for division/organization mission and membership
  5. Clarity of the writing
  6. Quality of the proposed session

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 
  Learner Engagement Division 
  Organizational Training & Performance 
  Research & Theory 
  School Media & Technology 
  Systems Thinking & Change 
  Teacher Education 
  e/merge Africa
  eLearning Africa 
Highlighted Sessions: 
  A. Showcases and Workshops: 
      a. Fee-Based Workshops 
      b. Design and Development Showcase
      c. Emerging Technology Showcase 
  B. Featured Research 

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

Types of Sessions

Concurrent Sessions
These 25-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. In addition, planners will “bundle” concurrent presentations with another of related content to form one 50-minute session.

Panel Sessions
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 require a designated chair to organize and facilitate the vibrant interchange between the panel and the audience, for example. Abstracts should identify panel members and expertise each member will contribute to the session. This presentation format will be scheduled into a 50-minute time slot; 30-minute presentation time and a minimum of 20 minutes interaction time with the audience.

Poster Sessions
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.

Roundtable Sessions
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 50 minutes. Typically, many roundtable discussions happen concurrently in a large open room. You will will have your own table with eight chairs during the session. A moderator will divide the time into two 25-minute sessions, so participants can visit multiple tables.

Inspire! Sessions
Inspire! sessions focus on professional development opportunities for our members and convention attendees. These sessions should encourage professional growth by obtaining new knowledge, skills, or strategies. These sessions will last 50-minutes, and they should include high engagement between presenter(s) and attendees (e.g., hands-on activities, role playing, crowdsourcing, collaborative learning, game-based learning, etc.). Read the division or affiliate calls to see specific topics of interest. Proposals for Inspire! sessions should identify learning outcomes or goals for attendees and describe how presenters will engage with and encourage interaction with the attendees. The short description should indicate if attendees should bring any equipment, software, or materials with them to the session. There are no fees for attending these sessions.

Fee-Based Workshops
Fee-based 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 available daily throughout the week. The fee-based workshops may be two-hour, half-day (3 hours), or full-day (6 hours) in length. Workshop proposals should identify specific learning goals or outcomes for attendees. The proposal’s short description should indicate if attendees should bring any equipment, software, or materials with them to the session. If accepted, and with a minimum registration of 10 participants, one workshop presenter is entitled to free conference registration. Please note that only an digital projector is provided in the room; presenters and attendees must supply their own computers and cables.  

Design and Development Showcase
The Design and Development Showcase is an exclusive poster session for innovative training and educational programs and projects. The Showcase plays an important role in providing exceptional examples of such programs to all AECT members. The Showcase will be open during regular session presentation times at the Convention. Those selected for the Showcase will prepare a poster and have a table to display their materials. The authors will also describe key components of their programs (e.g., goal/intent, target learners, foundations, design and development process, team members, cost, time). Authors are expected to be present during specified times so Convention participants may meet these innovative Design & Development Teams.

Be sure to read the Design and Development Showcase Submission Guidelines. NOTE: Only programs or projects in their final form will be qualified for this special Convention event. Works in progress (or draft form) do not qualify.

For additional information, contact Victor Law at vlaw@unm.edu

Emerging Technology Showcase
The Emerging Technology Showcase will release a full call for proposals with accompanying guidelines in late Spring 2019. No proposals will be accepted until that time.
For more information, please contact: Tutaleni Asino at tutaleni.asino@okstate.edu

Featured Research Sessions
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.

Be sure to read the guidelines for Featured Research Submissions. Questions regarding proposals submitted as a Featured Research should be directed to Andrew Tawfik at aatawfik@memphis.edu.