Systems Thinking and Change Divisionís Description

Today we realize continuous change is a constant in our interconnected education and social organizations. As Systems Thinking and Change researchers and practitioners, we use systems thinking to describe, research and to lead change in a technology-enabled, interconnected world.

The 2018 AECT convention theme, Learning for All, provides researchers and practitioners an opportunity to reflect on their roles in leading learning using systems thinking and educational technology to bring about educational change that impacts what may be traditionally underrepresented groups or populations (e.g. - socio-economic level, disabilities, etc.). Proposers should attempt to address this theme in their proposals and highlighting where the proposal addresses this theme.

This year STC Division is interested in the impacts of your theoretical and practical work to bring about change that improves access for all learners within systems or environments, and implications of designed interventions.  This may include specific leadership projects that influenced a system, instructional strategies or education policies in an organization and your leadership perspective on how your work may bring change that improves learning for all. We want to learn about new models and mindsets informing your work as a change leader, designer, developer, instructor or learner. If your work leads, designs and /or creates change in education, please join us and submit a proposal to our Division.

Strong proposals will incorporate one of three major ideas:

  1. Leadership
    Interdisciplinary efforts, perhaps within and beyond educational technology to describe or interpret evidence from your efforts to lead or to create change in a technology-integrated organization (school, university or corporate).

    How do you account for the impact of your work? Where are you leading it, or where could it be guided locally, regionally, nationally or internationally and by whom? What worked, what didn’t, and what has great potential?
  2. Learning
    Examples of systems thinking or change thinking embedded in creative new designs or developments for learning systems.

    This may include work from a variety of applications with a special emphasis on distance learning, instructional design, human performance, e-Learning environments, emerging technologies, learning management systems, or social media environments. In what way did systems thinking inform your work and what are the impacts on an education system?
  3. Change
    In the context of your research and practice, people and institutions are ideally connected and influencing each other - systems thinking.

    Developing new systems theories or change theories suggesting a creative framework or schema for organizing further study of change and change leadership impacting education systems. What systems are directly impacted by your work? Who or what is directly impacted by your work? Ideally, who or what is changed, and how by your important work?

Welcoming Proposals for the following Session Types:

  1. Concurrent Sessions: Traditional Presentation. This type has comprised the majority of convention sessions in past years. The focus for these sessions is to share information from best practices and research results.
  2. Panel Discussion: These sessions allow us to share expertise and experience in change, learning and leadership in education systems. This Division has had success bringing together school districts, professors and students with AECT members and experts in learning architectures, culture, technology and change to examine projects, ideas and systems thinking perspectives for making an impact in society.
  3. Roundtables: Presenter lead, small group discussion on specialized topics with interactive discussion and feedback.
  4. Poster: Posters showcase innovative programs, projects, research or interactive displays to


Accepted - December 18th, 2018 - February 15, 11:59PM (EST), 2018
Proposals are Due – February 15th, 11:59PM (EST)(There will be no deadline extension.)
Reviews - The review process will be completed by the end of April.

Proposal Process

To be considered, a complete proposal must be submitted. You will want to have these things ahead of time. A complete online proposal submission consists of:
  1. Presentation title
  2. Description of the session (Maximum of 75 words)
  3. An Anonymous Abstract with clear objectives (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.

Deadline for proposal submissions is February 15, 2018
Questions regarding proposals to the STC Division please contact the 2018 Systems Thinking Program Chair: Aaron Bond at