ITFORUM archived Notes for the Week of December 12, 2016

Notes for the Week of December 12, 2016


Please let us know about any upcoming calls or proposals we have missed.

Of major note, the call for proposals for the 2017 AECT International Convention is now live as of last week and these are due February 6, 2017.

If you missed it, the jobs report for this week is here.

Please let us know if you have anything for next week.

Scott J. Warren and Aysegul Gok
ITFORUM Moderator and ITFORUM AECT GSA Representative or


ITFORUM News and Upcoming Events


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AECT News and Upcoming Events

  1. Call for proposals – 2017 AECT International Convention

Theme: Leading Learning for Change

 2017 AECT International Convention

Jacksonville, Florida

November 7 – November 11, 2017

Workshop Sessions: Tuesday, November 7; Wednesday, November 8; and Saturday November 11

Concurrent Sessions, Posters, Panels & Roundtable: November 8 – November 11

Invitation to Present

Is your work changing the way people learn and live today? Yes! Many of our members are increasingly taking leadership roles in so many contexts. For nearly a century, AECT members have been key leaders in learning technology thinking. Our world is well into the information age so it is time that we come together in Jacksonville to explore fresh ideas and to celebrate the impact of our work in a changing world. You are invited to present at the 2017 AECT International Convention in Jacksonville, Florida to share your expertise and knowledge with global peers whose ideas, directions, and discoveries are leading change in our field. 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 in sunny Jacksonville!


Theme: This year’s convention theme is Leading Learning for Change.

The goal of the convention is for participants from around the globe to network and to learn from the experiences and activities of the convention, enriching their lives and their professional and practical skills. Of particular interest at our Jacksonville Convention is a focus on leading learning for change in an interconnected world. Your proposals should clearly indicate actual or hopeful leadership, change and learning impacts from your work:

  • Leadership: Taking responsibility for your work: What are the impacts of your teaching, research and learning environment designs? Publications? Consulting? Innovations? Your implicit or direct leadership should be recognized!
  • Change: How is your work changing one person, a classroom and/or networks of people, institutions, policies or societies connected to your work? What systems are you impacting, or could you hope to change over time via this work of yours?
  • Learning: Who could benefit directly from your implicit leadership by such important work in the information age? Who learns what from your work?

AECT members and publics are very interested in your in teaching, research, and in design as it is applied to the field of educational technology. Jacksonville 2017 is a time to account for, recognize and celebrate the many ways we are leading change in education. 


AECT’s mission includes promoting scholarship and best practices in the creation, use, and leadership of technologies for effective teaching and learning in a wide range of settings. The AECT International Convention provides a unique opportunity for the sharing of research and experiences as we strive to advance the knowledge base of our field and develop future leaders within the profession. We impact learning systems tremendously – let’s learn together about how we can advance leading learning for change through your presentations and sessions in Jacksonville.


General Information

Proposals Open December 6th, 2016 
Proposals Close February 6, 11:59PM (EST), 2017

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.

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

* Except for the new AECT-Impact Talks – this session type requires a 2 minute YouTube video URL submission in place of #3 – an abstract (See Session Types for more information).

In addition, research-based proposals should include findings in order to be considered complete. Additional guidelines exist when submitting a Featured Research or Presidential Session Proposal or for the Design and Development and Emerging Technologies Showcases. 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. Presidential Session proposals will be submitted via the online Allacademic ™ proposal system. Contact Dr. Eugene Kowch directly for Presidential Session submission guidelines:

Presenters are expected to follow the AECT Code of Ethics found in the AECT Policy Manual and available on the AECT website.

To assure diversity and equity among our expected 1000 presenters, AECT members have requested that your name may appear as a presenter a maximum of 3 times or less in peer reviewed presentations published in the 2017 Jacksonville program.

A double-blind per review of your proposal will be performed by a panel of reviewers. As such, it is important that you keep your identity secret in the proposal. You will receive electronic notification that your proposal has been received and, at the appropriate time, whether it has been accepted for the program. This information will be provided to you by your division’s conference planner.

Proposals will be reviewed using the following proposal criteria:

  • Match to the overall theme (Leading Learning for Change) and any relevant Division theme: Leading Learning for Change – What’s changing or what could change from your work or thinking? How are you this leading us forward? Who will learn from your work?
  • Clarity of proposal and quality of the writing.
  • Relevance, timeliness, and general interest level of topic.
  • Suitability for division/organization mission and membership.
  • Quality for proposed session’s content, organization and format.
  • Organization and Member Benefit: your session length and type matches your content and you state clearly the explicit value of the event for specific members attending (who should attend?).

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.


  1. 2017 AECT Design and Development Competition

The Design and Development Division of AECT is pleased to announce the 2017 AECT Design and Development Competition for promising instructional design research by graduate students working with mentors in the Design and Development Division. AECT is specifically interested in promoting collaboration and mentoring within the professional community.

The goals for this award are to:

  • improve the professional practice of design and development in adult learning and performance-improvement settings;
  • promote collaboration among students, faculty, and practitioners;
  • mentor promising students by leaders outside their home institutions; and,
  • recognize innovative design-and-development approaches to adult learning and performance-improvement problems.

CLICK HERE for Frequently Asked Questions about the competition.

CLICK HERE for Competition Planning Committee Contact Information.

2017 Problem Statement

2016 AECT D&D Competition Informational Webinar (Archive link)


3. The Centennial of Chulalongkorn Technology Creativity: Open Learning in a Cloud

In the occasion of the 60th year of Audio Visual / Education Technology field, Faculty of Education and the Centennial of Chulalongkorn University; Department of Education Communication Technology, Faculty of Education, Chulalongkorn University and the Board of Educational Technology Consortium of Thailand is delight to call upon members and international guest of AECT to join and celebrate a long journey of Audio-visual and Educational Communication Technology in Thailand. Digital Learning comes to play a significant role in shifting a teaching to be a robust creative learning space for millennium citizen.

The learning is opened for all to craft their knowledge without a limitation of age, gender, race or scope of inspiration. An open learning sphere stir a diversified group of learners to be dynamically interact and empower their potential to an unlimited innovation that can be shared and elaborated. The Organizing Committee decide to prepare for an open-directed social learning for its sustainability, therefore, seeking to manage an international forum for adapting implementing an educational framework in order to help promote the sharing of innovative ideas and technologies with the public. The goals of this forum are as follows,

International forum for the dissemination of the knowledge from experts to share the idea of update worldwide educational mainstream information and emerging trends.

Workshop on world-wide open learning technology in the world in addition to hands-on experience in the area of gamification, virtual and mix-reality. Workshop on open learning technology, techniques, and strategies for qualitative research studies. The discussion in small groups to get and share their views on technology innovation. Technology Expo and hands-on experiences.

The 4-days AECT International Conference and declaration of AECT-Thailand is focused on network strengthening and emerging trends within the field of instructional technology and learning science/design. The goal of the conference is to bring a group of scholars together in a format that encourages in-depth dialogue and different perspectives on predefined topics and problems.


  1. ITEC 2017: International Teacher Education Conference and International Educational Technology Conference

September 16-18, 2017

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

The International Teacher Education Conference aims to provide a multinational platform where the latest trends in education can be presented and discussed in a friendly environment with the aim to learn from each other. Prospective presenters are encouraged to submit proposals for papers and posters/demonstrations that offer new research or theoretical contributions. Presentations should be in Turkish and English.

ITEC 2017 conference is supported by Sakarya University and TASET and will take place at Harvard University Faculty Club in Cambridge, MA, USA, September 6-8, 2017. Furthermore, if the presenter is unable to attend the oral presentation, video presentations are available. For further information on how to submit, please refer to the Paper Submission section on our website. For paper guidelines, please refer to the Paper Guidelines section.

Selected papers will be published in TOJET. TOJET is indexed in ERIC and SCOPUS.


Other Conference Opportunities 

1. Call for Papers: 3rd Immersive Learning Research Network Conference (iLRN) 2017

June 26th – 29, 2017

Coimbra, Portugal

Papers deadline: February 1, 2017

Join the growing network of immersive learning experts and practitioners from across the disciplines in beautiful Coimbra for iLRN 2017!

The 3rd Annual International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network will be an innovative hands-on and scholarly meeting for an emerging global network of developers, educators, and research professionals collaborating to develop the scientific, technical, and applied potential of immersive learning.

Continuing the previous success of iLRN events, this international conference series spans the topic range from innovative research, technologies and tools to successful services and products of immersive environments to foster learning, training and other activities in motivational and engaging ways. The objective is to uncover and discuss emerging trends and technologies, sound research and best practices, successful products and services within an international and interdisciplinary community. This includes but not limits its focus to virtual and augmented worlds, learning and motivational games, educational simulations, mixed/augmented reality, and related learning and teaching tools, techniques, technologies, and standards.

Important Dates

·         Papers Submission deadline (Main Conference and Special Tracks): February 1st, 2017

·         Author notification of acceptance: March 15th, 2017

·         Camera-ready deadline: April 15th, 2017

·         Main conference and special tracks: June 26th – June 29th, 2016

  1. Call for Proposals: EdMedia in Washington, DC – June 21-23, 2017

This annual conference serves as a multi-disciplinary forum for the discussion and exchange of information on the research, development, and applications on all topics related to multimedia, hypermedia and telecommunications/distance education.

EdMedia, the premiere international conference in the field, spans all disciplines and levels of education and is expected to attracts many leaders in the field from 70+ countries around the world. 

  1. Call for Proposals: Global Learn in Brookings, South Dakota – April 17-18, 2017

This annual conference serves to further the advancement and innovation in learning and technology. As the educational world becomes increasingly global, new ways to explore, learn, and share knowledge are needed. Global Learn is a means to connect and engage creative educators, researchers, consultants, training managers, policy makers, curriculum developers, entrepreneurs, and others in the topics and fields in which they are passionate. Global Learn offers an opportunity to meet and discuss their ideas, findings, and next steps.


Publishing Opportunities 

  1. The Deadline has been extended to January 15, 2017 for the Call for Proposals for the 5th Edition Handbook of Research in Educational Communications and Technology

Association for Educational Communications and Technology and Springer Publishing
[download printable PDF version]

The editors of the 5th edition of the Handbook of Research in Educational Communications and Technology are pleased to issue this call for chapter proposals due January 15,, 2017.

The Handbook of Research on Educational and Communications Technology is now a well-established research compilation with updates coming about every five years and a stable cadre of scholars interested both in contributing as well as using the Handbook to maintain their knowledge and skills with regard to educational communications and technology. In fact, in the 20 years of the Handbook since 1996, it has consistently provided a comprehensive overview of the field of educational communications and technology. The Handbook editors want to ensure that the 5th edition continues playing this critical role in framing the field’s scholarship as well as tie that important work back into the broader agenda of educational research generally.

However, given the increasingly complex role that technology now plays in education and the growing need for clarity around what technology can and cannot do to improve learner success, it is critical that the research we do addresses real-world educational needs and is disseminated in a way that can meaningfully inform design practice. It is, therefore, becoming increasingly clear that the field’s major outlets for disseminating our scholarship should be organized around the problems we are trying to address (flagging learner engagement, poor teaching, rising costs of education, lack of accessibility) rather than the things we are using to solve those problems (learning analytics, online learning, gamification, 3D printing, and the like).

While the structure of the Handbook’s previous editions have been moving in this direction as the field has evolved, the 5th edition will make a more intentional   organizational shift with sections and chapters that focus on educational needs and cluster the field’s scholarship around the role educational technologies play in the solution of those problems, rather than vice versa. We hope this shift will more clearly tie the scholarship of our field to the broader framework of educational research by offering more sustained grounds for presenting diverse conceptualizations and inquiry models.


Questions about this call can be addressed to any of the Handbook 5th ed. coeditors
(listed here in alphabetical order):

  1. J. Bishop, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director
William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation
University System of Maryland

Elizabeth Boling, Professor
Instructional Systems Technology
Indiana University

Jan Elen, Professor
Centre for Instructional Psychology and Technology
KU Leuven

Vanessa Svihla, Assistant Professor
Organization, Information & Learning Sciences
University of New Mexico


Learning Opportunities

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