Research & Theory's Description

The Research and Theory Division (RTD) promotes the development and advancement of theory; promotes, presents, and disseminates rigorous research and scholarship; advocates the study of social and cultural issues in the field; and supports, fosters, and mentors emerging scholars. Studies that embody excellent research methods in any area of interest to AECT members may be appropriate for submission to RTD. Topics such as the relationship between research and theory, innovative research methods, ethics in research, challenges associated with conducting research, and the position of educational technology as a field in the context of related fields such as the learning sciences, cognitive science, and psychology, might be of interest to RTD members. 

We continue to encourage authors to submit their work in the following categories:

Authors may submit their work in any of the above categories that fit the interest of the RTD and address this year's conference theme “Learning for All” which focuses on proposals that address research for diverse learners, including those in traditionally underrepresented groups or populations. Proposals that focus on research and theory related to learning for all as it applies to the field of educational technology are strongly encouraged. Proposals that use rigorous quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods are particularly warranted. 

When submitting your proposal, please state in the abstract the appropriate category for your work. For example, 

Proposals that fit all the following categories are welcome: 

Questions regarding proposals for the RTD should be directed to Ginger Watson at