ITFORUM Notes for the Week of January 30, 2017

ITFORUM Notes for the Week of January 30, 2017


Major items during this busy period:

  1. Proposals for the Immersive Learning Research Network conference are due TODAY, February 1, 2017.
  2. Remember that proposals are due next week for the 2017 AECT International Convention. These must be submitted by February 6, 2017, which is less than a week from today. We look forward to your participation in another great event this year in Jacksonville, Florida.
  3. Leadership elections are currently ongoing for AECT, so don’t forget to vote!
  4. AECT has also put out a call for the first Formative Design in Learning Symposium to be held in Jacksonville, FL this year, so as mentioned last week and are due in March. See below for more information if interested in this opportunity.
  5. There is more information below about a call for proposals for chapters in a new edited book Self-efficacy in Instructional Technology Contexts to be published by Springer and edited by Charles B. Hodges.


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


We hope this week is productive and enjoyable for everyone.


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

Two major items of note:

1. The divisional and full organization elections are ongoing, so pleases vote.
2. There is a call for nominations for AECT President Elect (2018-19) ongoing.
3. Conference proposals are due in about five (5) days. See next item:

  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)


  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.


  1. Call for papers for the 1stFormative Design in Learning Symposium to take place at AECT 2017

Abstracts Deadline: March 3, 2017

The symposium will be held in Jacksonville, FL on July 22-23, 2017 in conjunction with the regular AECT Summer Leadership Meetings. It will begin the morning of July 22, 2016 and end at the end of day on July 23, 2017. The goal of the symposium is to gather together participants who are interested in a shared peer review process of their submissions to the journal. While the target audience is emerging scholars and graduate students, the intent is for anyone who has a potential submission and wishes to share their research, participate in a real dialogue and deep discussions about their selected topic, and receive some valuable input to help increase their chances for it to be published in the journal. Participants are encouraged to collaborate on their proposals with scholar/mentors who are also encouraged to attend. Click here for more information and submissions.


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 (TODAY)

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 

Let us know if you have any edited books, special issues, or other opportunities for the membership to publish!

  1. Call for Chapter Proposals

Self-efficacy in Instructional Technology Contexts to be published by Springer and edited by Charles B. Hodges.

If you are interested in contributing to this volume, email Charles B. Hodges ( with a 1-page proposal of your proposed chapter no later than February 28, 2017. For more information, click on the following link:

  1. Call for Papers from AECT’s Division of Distance Learning in TechTrends “Celebrating the Practice of Distance Learning”

Special Issue Co-Editors: Anthony A. Piña Sullivan University System Linda L. Campion East Carolina University Submissions should emphasize the practice of distance education. Articles are sought that will provide readers with practical and applicable ideas, strategies, and techniques on topics related to distance learning. Articles should be written to align with the TechTrends mission of “linking research and practice to improve learning.”

Click here for additional information.



Learning Opportunities

If you have courses, webinars, or other educational opportunities of interest, please submit them to the Forum and they will be included in the weekly email.

Episode 80 of Trends and Issues with Tim and Abbie is now available here.


Other Opportunities

None at this time. When we find something, we will post it. Let us know if you see anything.




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