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2015 AECT International Convention

Accelerate Learning: Racing into the Future

2015 AECT International Convention
Indianapolis, Indiana
November 3 - November 7  2015
Workshop Sessions: Tuesday, November 3; Wednesday, November 4; and Saturday November 7
Concurrent and Presidential Sessions: November 4 - November 6
Roundtables, Posters, Pecha Kucha Sessions: November 4 - November 6
Study Tours: Wednesday, November 4

Invitation To Present

AECT’s mission includes “promoting scholarship and best practices in the creation, use, and management of technologies for effective teaching and learning in a wide range of settings.” The AECT international convention provides an opportunity for the sharing of research and experiences as we strive to advance our field and develop future leaders within the profession.

You are invited to present at the 2015 AECT International Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana and to share your expertise and knowledge with your peers and those emerging in our field. The broad applications of our profession within a variety of dynamic settings (including global ones), challenge us to modify and expand our approaches to instructional design, learning, and how we define our community. Major shifts in learning, scholarship, research, and social networking continue to precipitate a need for sharing, discussion, and leadership to identify the opportunities these shifts present to us as professionals. The AECT International Convention brings together participants from around the world offering practical applications, cutting-edge research, hands-on workshops, and demonstrations of the newest technologies and teaching/ learning techniques in the field. Take this opportunity to connect with your peers at the 2015 convention in Indianapolis!

This year’s convention theme is Accelerate Learning: Racing into the Future. This convention serves as a celebration of our profession as AECT represents the practicing professional, the emergent professional, iconic contributors to our field, and the contemporary leaders of our field. AECT divisions and affiliates emphasize the research and practical applications of instructional design, distance learning, multimedia development, school media, teacher education, systemic change, and training and performance across an increasingly diverse professional community. Join us once and you will join us again!

General Information

Proposal Deadlines
Proposals Open December 12th, 2014
Proposals Close February 2, 11:59PM (EST), 2015

The review process by divisions and affiliates will be completed by the end of February. Check with division and affiliate leaders with regard to their specific peer review process and dates.

Proposal Process
To be considered, a complete proposal must be submitted. 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

In addition, research-based proposals should include findings to be considered complete. Additional guidelines exist when submitting a Featured Research Proposal or for the Design and Development Showcase. Be sure to read and follow the guidelines on the Featured Research Call for Proposals or the Design and Development Showcase submission guidelines before submitting to one of these groups.

A panel of peer reviewers will read blind proposals. 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:

  • Clarity of proposal and quality of the writing. 
  • Relevance, timeliness, and general interest level of topic.
  • Match to the overall convention theme and other themes of the program.
  • Suitability for division/organization mission and membership.
  • Quality for proposed session’s content, organization and format.
  • Length and session type including appropriateness for needs of the overall convention program.
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 
  Organizational Training & Performance 
  Presidential Session 
  Research & Theory 
  School Media & Technology 
  Teacher Education 
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.

Notification of results of review process:
You will receive notification from the division/affiliate convention planner whether your proposal has been accepted or rejected after February 27, 2015. If accepted, you will be required to complete an Acceptance/ Verification Form acknowledging receipt of an acceptance letter and verifying your commitment to make the presentation at AECT 2015, Indianapolis. It is the responsibility of the key presenter to notify all individuals involved in the presentation as to the status of the proposal. You must register for the conference: presentations of presenters who have not registered by September 15, 2015 will be dropped, and their presentations deleted from any print and/or electronic documents related to the convention program.

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

Types of Sessions

Concurrent Sessions (Indy Car Oval)
These 20-, 30-, or 60-minute sessions are primarily in traditional presentation format or as panel discussion group and have comprised the majority of convention sessions in past years. The focus of these sessions is on sharing information, such as best practices and research results. Proposals for 60-minute sessions may include more than one presentation (as in symposia). In addition, planners may “bundle” concurrent presentations with another of related content to form one 60-minute session

Posters (Eighth Mile Drag Races)
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.

Roundtables (NASCAR)
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 lasting 60 minutes. Typically, several Roundtable discussions are scheduled simultaneously in one large room, with minimal audiovisual use.

NEW! Pecha Kucha (Japanese for “chit-chat”) (Formula One)
Submit this as a single proposal: One topic/title/theme, 3-person panel, each member creates a Pecha Kucha which is a quick succession presentation style – each panelist prepares 20 graphic slides and each slide is shown for 20 seconds (use the presentation timing option), allowing six minutes and 40 seconds for their portion of the presentation. Pecha Kucha sessions will be scheduled into 60-minute presentation slots to allow a minimum of 20 minutes of interaction time with the audience at the conclusion of the panelists’ presentations. Panels with themes of contemporary concerns, innovative practices, and professional interest are encouraged to stimulate active audience engagement.

Fee-Based Workshops (Sand Drag Races)
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 3, 4, and 7). 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. Please note that only an LCD projector is provided; presenters and attendees must supply their own computers.

Presidential Sessions (Quarter Mile Drag Races)
Presidential sessions are selected by the AECT President-Elect, Kay Persichitte. These limited sessions will be selected based on their strong alignment with the conference theme, their importance to the work and interests of the AECT membership, and their value to multiple constituencies within AECT. Presidential session proposals are submitted directly to the President-elect or recommended to the President-elect by Division/Affiliate leaders. Proposals should contain all the elements expected in concurrent session proposals. Presidential sessions may be 60 or 90 minutes long and can be in a traditional presentation format or as panel discussion group.