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2020 AECT International Convention
Theme: Towards Culturally-situated Learning Design and Research
2020 AECT International Convention
November 3 - November 7 2020
Workshop Sessions: November 3 - November 7
Concurrent Sessions, Posters, Panels & Roundtable: November 3 - November 7
We invite you to submit a proposal for the 2020 AECT International Convention to be held in
Jacksonville, Florida, during November 3rd- 7th, 2020. Every year, the AECT International
Convention brings together AECT members and other educational researchers and practitioners
interested in learning design and technologies from the United States as well as the other parts
of the world. The goal is to engage in social discourse and academic exchanges, showcase the
best practices, share their research findings, and advance design, development, integration of
emerging technologies to enrich individuals’ learning experiences and promote our members’
The theme for 2020 AECT convention is “Towards culturally-situated learning design and
research.” Culture is broadly defined as a system of shared beliefs, values, goals, customs, and
behaviors held by members of a community that distinguish themselves from another
community. In the context of learning design and research, examples include being responsive
to the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and beliefs that learners bring to the educational setting, and
being sensitive to learners’ needs and community culture. Issues to be investigated may
include instructional design and research in cross-cultural contexts from a global perspective,
equity and justice issues for underrepresented population, socially and economically
disadvantaged learners, or disparity issues regarding access to technologies and resources
(e.g., digital divide, pedagogical divide, and resource divide).
This convention theme is intended to encourage AECT members to strive for understanding the
culture of a group, organization, community, or society in the practice of learning design and
research in order to make impactful contributions to the field. Instructional designers and
educational researchers can only gain a deeper understanding of inquiry questions and critical
issues through social construction and negotiation of meaning in the rich social and cultural
We invite papers that engage in deep conversations of complex and critical issues that are
framed in the culture of a particular social context, which have often been overlooked in learning
design and research. Empirical, conceptual, and practical papers on diverse topics, from
various theoretical lenses and at different social levels (e.g., microsystem and macrosystem),
are welcome, but they must provide a rich description and discussion of sociocultural
situatedness in their design research and practice. In addition, we would like to promote more
research proposals that are based on solid data, empirical evidence, and rigorous methods.
The goal of this convention is to connect our members to cultivate a culturally-situated mindset
that leads to culturally-responsive learning environments, which will eventually make a
transformative impact on individuals and society.
We envision this conference to be the culminated excellence of intelligence and wisdom shared
by the AECT community. We are looking forward to your contribution to the 2020 convention,
and we anticipate a successful and productive convention ahead!
Xun Ge, Ph.D., AECT President-Elect, 2020 Convention Planner
Victor Law, Ph.D., 2020 Convention Co-Planner
Proposals Open - December 23, 2019
Proposals Close - EXTENDED: February 24, 11:59PM (PST) 2020 (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.
To be considered, a complete proposal must be submitted. A complete online proposal submission consists of:
- Presentation title
- Description of the session (Maximum of 75 words)
- An Anonymous Abstract (750-1,000 words)
- List of actual presenters and contributors to your presentation.
Various divisions and affiliates have put forward their respective calls for proposals for 2020 convention, which is aligned with the convention theme “Towards Culturally-situated Learning Design and Research”. In addition, you may be aware that the new special interest group – Education in the Health Professions Special Interest Group (EdHP-SIG), has been added as a new submission unit. Furthermore, we have added a new submission category named “Special Strands,” with various topics highlighting the convention theme, aiming at encouraging cross-unit dialogues and research in areas of shared interest.
The session types include:
- Concurrent Sessions
- Featured Research Sessions
- Fee-based Workshops
- Inspire! Sessions
- Panel Sessions
- Poster Sessions
- Roundtable 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 professionals
- Educators (school teachers, administrators, school librarians, technology specialists/coaches)
- Technology specialists in K12
- Technology integration
- Online learning
- Learning performance and technology
- Theoretical and conceptual research
- Empirical research
- Research methodologies
- Design-based research
- 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:
- Alignment with the convention theme and any relevant division theme
- Relevance, timeliness, and general interest level of topic
- Attention to audience engagement and interaction
- Suitability for division/organization mission and membership
- Clarity of the writing
- Quality of the proposed session
If you are unsure of the suitability of your proposal to a particular group or Special Strand, click on the unit 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.
Descriptions of the AECT Divisions and Affiliates can be found at: www.aect.org/
Child Care Services
AECT is planning to provide child care services to members who need it during the next
AECT annual convention in Jacksonville, FL. If you are interested in using the childcare
service, please interest with your proposal submission so that we may follow up with you on your
Types of Sessions
Each of the concurrent sessions is either 45 or 75 minutes of length, with 2-4 bundled presentations with a common theme. Each presentation is about 15 minutes. 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.
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 45-minute time slot; 30-minute presentation time and 15 minutes interaction time with the audience.
120-minute posters sessions 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. Feedback and insights of colleagues on these innovative developments are especially encouraged. 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.
Please note the updated feature for the roundtable sessions at 2020 convention. Every round table will consist of 3-5 papers with a common theme. Roundtables are designed for small group discussion of specialized topics, with the presenters leading the discussion. This participatory format allows for a highly interactive presentation lasting 75 minutes. Typically, many roundtable discussions happen concurrently in a large open room.
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 45 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 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 a 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 a 120-minute session (along with the 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 email@example.com
Emerging Technology Showcase
The Emerging Technology Showcase is venue for attendees to experience and discuss the latest in learning technology with colleagues during this convention event. This interactive showcase is a 120-minute session that share experiences with the latest tools or novel use of old technologies for learning and teaching. The understanding of emerging technologies as used in this proposal aligns with is of “tools, concepts, innovations, and advancements utilized in diverse educational settings to serve varied education-related purposes” (Veletsianos 2010, p. 17). As members of an expansive network of learners, educators, designers and consumers of technology, charged with promoting “the effective design and use of technologies in the teaching/learning process, worldwide,” our understanding of adoption and adaption of technologies are assets, especially given the varied ways we interrogate and integrate technologies.
For more information, please contact: Tutaleni Asino at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 of 45 minutes.
Be sure to read the guidelines for Featured Research Submissions. Questions regarding proposals submitted as a Featured Research should be directed to Yu-Ju (Sharon) Lin at