Emerging Learning Technologies' Description

The Division of Emerging Learning Technologies (DELT) is comprised of AECT members who are particularly interested in the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of emerging technology within learning contexts. As the idea that computing can occur using any device, in any location, and in any format, becomes more of a reality with each passing year, designers, practitioners, and researchers are rethinking interaction within the traditional classroom, training environments, online contexts, mobile learning, and virtual environments that continue to incorporate an increasing variety of  technology-mediated instructional designs, products, and tools. Some of these emerging learning technologies are open source, off-the-shelf, consumer and or prosumer grade while others may be original technologies developed by practitioners, developers, students or researchers with the intention of improving instructional outcomes.

DELT members and participants interested in submitting proposals to this division have research interests that span of wide range emerging technologies and learning contexts. Some of these inquiries include research related to:

  1. the creation of original instructional audio and video
  2. the development or utilization of learning games and simulations
  3. the development of transmedia
  4. the application of adaptive or personalized software
  5. the implementation or design of mobile technologies and  applications
  6. inquiries into immersive technologies such as augmented or virtual reality
  7. investigations into artificial intelligence (AI) or the Internet of Things (IoT) for instructional purposes
  8. MakerSpaces and design technologies such as 3D printing

We also welcome research within the myriad of processes and products that contribute to the learning process, professional development, and academic achievement through the utilization of software or hardware across the developmental spectrum of potential learners.

DELT is inviting studies that address production and utilization of emerging technology topics including but are not limited to as instructional design concerns, development issues, usability testing, experimental research on media treatments, and the evaluation of instructional multimedia, software, and hardware.

Additionally, we seek proposals that report on lessons learned during the production process. Interactive instructional media in the forms of serious games; simulations; pedagogic/conversation agents; animation; transmedia experiences, pod-and vodcasting; Unity environments; VR, AR, and Mixed Reality; artificial intelligence (AI); Internet of Things (IoT); Digital Assistants; wearable technologies; and presentation software will be considered. The division also sponsors the Special Interest Forum in Instructional Games.

For questions regarding proposals for the Division of Emerging Learning Technologies (DELT) please contact: Eric Stauffer at stauffem@jmu.edu