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2014 AECT International Convention

Learning, Design, and Technology

2014 AECT International Convention
Jacksonville, Florida
November 4 - November 8  2014
Concurrent Sessions: November 5-November 8
Workshop Sessions: Tuesday, November 4; Wednesday, November 5; and Saturday November 8

Invitation To Present

You are invited to submit a proposal for making a presentation at the 2014 AECT International Convention in Jacksonville, Florida. The conference supports our efforts to improve ourselves by bringing together participants from around the world who offer practical technology solutions, high quality research, hands-on workshops, and demonstrations of innovative approaches to performance technologies.

This year¡¯s convention theme is Learning, Design, and Technology. During the last few years, AECT has moved in the direction of providing international leadership by promoting scholarship and best practices in the creation, use, and management of technologies for effective teaching and learning. We seek to be the premier international organization in educational technology, the organization to which others refer for research and best practices.

Thus, this year¡¯s conference encourages proposals related to the following sub-themes are encouraged:

  • Applications of new and emerging technologies within learning contexts
  • Trends in design-based research
  • Designing learning environments
  • Applications of learning analytics
  • MOOCs & LOOCs
  • Rigorous applications of research methods
  • Influence of culture on learning/learning on culture

General Information

Proposal Deadlines
Proposals Open ¨C December 12th, 2013
Proposals Close ¨C February 24, 11:59PM (EST), 2014

The review process by Divisions and Affiliates will be completed within eight weeks of the closing date for proposals. Check with Division and Affiliate leaders with regard to their specific interests and review processes. Refer to the Divisions and Affiliates at http://www.aect.org for further information on proposal requirements.

Proposal Process
A complete proposal must be submitted electronically to one primary AECT Division or Affiliate organization for consideration. If a Division or Affiliate Convention Planner or the peer review panel for a division feel a proposal is not well suited to their Division or Affiliate, they may recommend it for consideration by another Division or Affiliate. This occurs without action by the proposer. In addition, a person may propose no more than two concurrent session presentations on which he or she is key presenter, although that individual may be a co-presenter on other proposals and may have roundtables and poster presentations. The intent of (1) not allowing submission of the same (or a very closely related) proposal to more than one Division and (2) limiting the number of presentations on which a person may be key presenter is to assure a diverse program in which many strong presentations are included and little duplication occurs. If you are unsure of the suitability of your proposal to a particular group, click on the group 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.
Group NameDescription
  Culture, Learning and Technology 
  Design and Development 
  Design and Development Showcase 
  Distance Learning 
  Division on Systemic Change 
  Featured Research 
  Fee-Based Workshops 
  Leadership Development Committee 
  Multimedia Production 
  Presidential Session 
  Research & Theory 
  School Media & Technology 
  Teacher Education 
  Training & Performance 
  Virtual Worlds 

Descriptions of the AECT Divisions and Affiliates can be found at: www.aect.org/

Guidelines and Principles
Guidelines and principles to assist you in preparing proposals for submission are available at http://aectorg.yourwebhosting.com/events/call/guidelines.asp. Presenters are expected to follow the AECT Code of Ethics. Proposals are peer-reviewed in a blind review process. You will receive electronic notification that your proposal has been received, and at the appropriate time, whether it has been accepted for the program.

Proposals will be reviewed using the following criteria:

  1. Quality of proposed session¡¯s content, organization and format.
  2. Congruence with a Division or an Affiliate¡¯s mission.
  3. Clarity of ideas proposed.
  4. Relevance, timeliness, and general interest level of the topic.
  5. Level of potential interactivity with audience.
  6. Relevance to the convention¡¯s theme.

In an effort to encourage additional discussion, planners also have been advised to create panel presentations aligned with the conference sub-themes. This will facilitate a greater sharing of ideas and discussion.

How to Submit a Proposal Electronically

To be considered, a complete proposal must be submitted electronically no earlier than December 12th, 2013 and no later than February 24, 11:59PM (EST), 2014. A complete online proposal submission consists of:
   1. Presentation title
   2. A Description of the Session (Maximum of 75 words)
   3. An Anonymous Abstract (750-1,000 words)
   4. Equipment request
   5. List of presenters

Failure to comply to the word limit will result in proposal rejection.

   1. Read the guidelines for electronic submissions.
   2. Complete all of the requested information.
   3. Submit the online proposal form

You will receive an electronic confirmation message within 24 hours indicating your proposal has been received. You should consider your proposal being properly submitted only after you receive a confirmation message. The peer review process begins shortly after the submission deadline.

Notification of results of review process:
You will receive notification from the designated Division or Affiliate Convention Planner whether your proposal has been accepted or rejected within two months after February 24 2014. If accepted, you will be required to reply to the appropriate Division or Affiliate Convention Planner and register for the conference to verify your commitment to make the presentation at AECT 2014 in Jacksonville, Florida. It is the responsibility of the key presenter to notify all individuals involved in the presentations as to the status of the proposal. Presenters are required to register for the conference. Presenters who fail to register by 30 September 2014 will have their presentations removed from any print and electronic documents related to the convention program.

Presenters are required to assume the responsibility for all costs associated with the presentation, including handout, convention registration, housing costs, and related travel expenses.

Types of Sessions

Concurrent Sessions
Concurrent sessions will comprise the majority of the convention program. The focus of concurrent sessions is on sharing information, such as best practices and research results. Concurrent sessions may be 20, 30, or 60 minutes in length. Proposals for 60-minute sessions may include more than one presentation (as in symposia or panel discussions). In addition, 20-minute or 30-minute concurrent presentations will be combined with other related presentations to form one 60-minute session.

Panel Discussions
Panel discussions are an integral part of the discourse process to bring to light important issues and potential solutions in our field. While Division and Affiliate Convention Planners are the primary source for identifying relevant panel discussions, members are welcome to propose panel discussions. Proposals should include all participating speakers and provide evidence for alignment with the primary and sub-themes of the conference. Panel discussions will be 60 minutes in length

Roundtables are designed for small group discussion of specialized topics, with the presenter leading the discussion. This participatory format allows for a highly interactive presentation, and will consist of two rotations of 30 minutes each to allow participants the opportunity to discuss multiple topics. Roundtable discussions are scheduled simultaneously with Posters in multiple large rooms, with minimal audiovisual use.

Poster Sessions
Posters 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. A small table is provided to support a display board, laptop, and handouts. Feedback and insights of colleagues on these innovative developments are especially encouraged. Posters are scheduled simultaneously with Roundtables in multiple large rooms.

Fee-Based Workshops
As half- or full-day sessions, 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 delivered on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday (November 4, 5, and 8). The fee-based workshops may be either half-day (3 hours) or full day (6 hours) in length. If accepted and with a minimum registration of 10 participants, workshop presenters are entitled to free conference registration (by ruiz at tforge). Please note that equipment is not provided; presenters and attendees must supply their own computers.

Presidential Sessions
The AECT President-Elect, Rob Branch, selects Presidential Sessions. These limited sessions will be selected based on their strong alignment with the conference sub-themes, their importance to the work and interests of the AECT membership, and their likelihood to draw participation from multiple constituencies within the Association. Presidential session proposals are submitted directly to the President-elect, Rob Branch (rbranch@uga.edu) or recommended to the President-elect by Division/Affiliate leaders; proposals should contain all of the elements expected in concurrent session proposals. Presidential sessions may be 60 or 90 minutes long.