Design and Development's Description

Learning for All: The goal of the convention is for participants from around the globe to network and to learn from each other and the experiences and activities of the convention. By presenting your work, you help enrich attendees’ personal lives and professional endeavors.

Design and Development members promote quality teaching and learning through the application of evidence-based instructional design practices. These are realized by:

  1. Designing effective and satisfying learning experiences,
  2. Developing optimal instructional materials and learning environments,
  3. Ensuring quality and fidelity at implementation,
  4. Evaluating the impact of instruction / assessing learning,
  5. Conducting research on effective design practices,
  6. Advancing learning theory development in innovative ways, and
  7. Planning for and managing implementation of instructional projects and research

We are particularly interested in proposals that are the results of empirical research that focus on a theory or concept, and/or that focus on the practice of instructional design and development. Proposals tend to align to one or more of the following three categories:

Practice Proposals: Proposals reporting on the practice of instructional design and development should describe effective practice in innovative instructional designs, effective instructional tools, and/or new instructional development approaches. Each should be the result of design-based or development research efforts investigating instructional design approaches or interventions. The practice proposal is not merely a demonstration.

Research Proposals: Qualitative, quantitative, or mixed method empirical studies should describe completed research that involved the collection and analysis of data, and/or meta-analyses of existing published research.

Theory/Concept Proposals: Must address a theoretical construct, analysis of related research, and original recommendations for future research and/or development.


Please indicate the type of proposal (presentation) in the first sentence of your abstract (e.g., "This proposal reports research on/in ..." or “This proposal reports a practice ….” or “This proposal discusses the (theory) of…”

For questions regarding proposals for Design and Development please contact the division’s 2018 Conference Planner, Dr. Ross Perkins,