Dr. Carmen Weaver is Invited Guest Blogger for AECT’s TED Blog

Dr. Carmen Weaver was invited to be the guest blogger for the Association for Educational Communications and Technology‘s Teacher Education Division blog for the month of August. Dr. Weaver shares how the field experience in the Technology in Education course at the University of Memphis plays a vital role in creating background knowledge for preservice teachers. You can read the post, Using Field Experience to Create Background Knowledge, here: http://tedaect.blogspot.com/

Martindale elected to AECT Board of Directors

Congratulations to Dr. Trey Martindale, Associate Professor in Instructional Design and Technology, who was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), our flagship professional organization in instructional design and technology. Dr. Martindale was elected by the Association membership to a three year term on the Board. He was previously elected to terms on the Board from 2006 to 2009, and from 2009 to 2012.

About AECT:

The Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) is a professional association of thousands of educators and others whose activities are directed toward improving instruction through technology.  AECT members may be found in colleges and universities; in the Armed Forces and industry; in museums, libraries, and hospitals; in the many places where educational change is underway.  AECT members carry out a wide range of responsibilities in the study, planning, application, and production of communications media for instruction.

The Association has become a major organization for those actively involved in the designing of instruction and a systematic approach to learning.  It provides an international forum for the exchange and dissemination of ideas for its members and for target audiences; it is the national and international spokesperson for the improvement of instruction; and, it is the most recognized association of information concerning a wide range of instructional and educational technology.  Along with our members, we have 24 state and six international affiliates who are all passionate about finding better ways to help people learn.  AECT is the oldest professional home for this field of interest and has continuously maintained a central position in the field, promoting high standards, both in scholarship and in practice.  AECT has 9 divisions and a Graduate Student Assembly that represent the breadth and depth of the field.  The association produces two bimonthly journals, Educational Technology Research and Development and TechTrends.

U of M Offers New Presidential Tuition-Service Scholarships for Graduate Students

The University of Memphis is now offering new Presidential Tuition-Service Scholarships for Graduate Students. The scholarships are designed to cover the costs of tuition and fees for six hours of graduate coursework per semester. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis for one academic year and are contingent upon the students’ academic progress and successful completion of a service component.

“The University of Memphis is committed to investing in the future of our students,” said Dr. Karen Weddle-West, vice provost for Graduate Programs and director of Diversity Initiatives.

To be eligible to apply, students must:be fully admitted to a graduate program; sign a contract (after awarded) agreeing to a particular service component of 75 hours per semester; make satisfactory progress toward degree completion; and maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.00. Scholarships are renewable. Graduate students who hold assistantships are not eligible.

“We are proud to add these new funds to our existing support of graduate students.” said Dr. M. David Rudd, U of M provost. “The Presidential Tuition-Service Scholarships will enable more students to enroll and complete graduate degrees.”

Recipients will be selected by a committee of faculty members in the respective programs. For more information about the Presidential Tuition-Service Scholarships, including a link to the application, visithttp://www.memphis.edu/gradschool/ga_awards_fellowships/pres_tuition_schol.php.

The University of Memphis is the flagship institution of the Tennessee Board of Regents System. Founded in 1921, it is recognized nationally for its academic, research and athletic programs. Today, the U of M educates more than 22,000 students and awards more than 4,000 degrees annually. Home to the largest honors program in the state, it is also ranked in the Top Ten for Student Internships on U.S. News & World Report’s Short List. For more information, visit www.memphis.edu.

Instructional Designer Position at MSU

Position:  Instructional Designer
Departments:  Center for Teaching and Learning, Mississippi State University
Start Date:  May 2013

Mississippi State University seeks an instructional designer to facilitate course development through its Center for Teaching and Learning. This position will assist in course redesign and course development for both distance and campus instructional offerings. It is expected that this person will apply instructional design principles to facilitate active and quality instruction. We are looking for someone who has expertise in emergent technology, active learning, and collaborative tools. This individual would also assist in needs assessments, formative and summative assessments, test design, and in training.

Minimum Qualifications: The successful candidate must have a Master’s Degree in Instructional Design from an accredited institution, and 2 -3 years of experience in development of online instruction. Additionally, the successful candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills, and the ability to work independently and collaboratively. Experience with learning management systems, particularly Vista/ Blackboard® products, would be desirable, as would previous teaching experience.

Apply online at www.jobs.msstate.edu . Include cover letter, resume, and 3 references.

Department Contact:
Dr. Linda Morse, Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
lmorse@colled.msstate.edu

Mississippi State University is an AA/EOE.

IDT GSA Meeting and Advising Session

The IDT department will be hosting an advising meeting this Saturday, March 23rd, for all IDT students. This meeting will include an advising session and relevant information about upcoming IDT events. We encourage you to attend in person, but you may also connect remotely, if needed. Childcare will be provided.

Here are more details about the event:

Date/time: Saturday, March 23rd, 9:00am-10:30am

Meeting Agenda:

9:00-9:30
Snacks and Refreshments
Announcements
IDT SIG – Opportunities for authentic experience
Upcoming GSA events

9:30-10:30
Advising for Master’s students
Workshop for Doctoral students
Individual Advising/Questions

If you have not yet done so, please RSVP for the meeting via the link below:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEpab0ZSbW92bHRCRWVQeGFEZTFmZWc6MA#gid=0

Thirteen University of Memphis IDT Faculty and Graduate Students Present at Annual AECT Convention in Louisville, Kentucky

University of Memphis faculty and graduate students presented at the 2012 Annual Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Convention held in Louisville, Kentucky, Oct. 30 to Nov. 3. The topics ranged from teaching in a K-12 setting to using social media in a corporate setting. Several presented research from the Continuous Learning Research Coalition (CLRC) (clrc.memphis.edu) grant, a joint collaboration between University of Memphis Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) program and members of the Center for Continuous Learning at FedEx Express.

Faculty presenters were Dr. Michael Grant, Dr. Trey Martindale, and Dr. Carmen Weaver. Graduate student presenters were Laura Alderson, Dorian Brown, Angela Christopher, Danita Gibson, Dorothy Hale, Smita Jain, Kris King, Mary Anne McCraw, Joe Sweeney, and Julie Zammit.

The University Reception held Friday night was exceptionally fun and provided a great opportunity to network with experts in the instructional design field. The University of Memphis exhibit table was particularly remarkable as fans from around the world were able to have their photo taken with Elvis, a regular standup guy.

University of Memphis IDT at AECT

The Midsouth Technology Conference

The Midsouth Technology Conference is this week (Dec. 6 and 7)!  Registration is free.  Also, many University of Memphis students and faculty will be presenting.  For more information on the conference, check out this Google Doc.

2012 AECT GSA Virtual Conference (Sept. 21st)

AECT’s Graduate Student Assembly

invites you to the

2012 GSA Virtual Conference

September 21, 2012 | Time: 10:30 AM – 6:30 PM (EDT)

Whether you’ve attended the AECT Annual Convention in the past or not, the 2012 GSA Virtual Conference is an event you won’t want to miss.

Beginning with an opening keynote from Dr. Marc Childress, AECT President-Elect and the Convention Planner, this event will provide a broad overview of what you can expect in Louisville at the 2012 AECT Annual Convention this October 30-November 3. The afternoon keynote will feature Dr. Monica Tracey of Wayne State University with her popular presentation over how you can make the most of your conference experience. Sessions during the day will include details from the different AECT divisions regarding the convention sessions, awards, and events that they have planned. The virtual conference will conclude with your GSA executive officers talking about the exciting panel discussions and social events we have planned, including Flickr with the Stars and the new Conference Mentor program.

For more information, visit the GSA website:http://www.aect.org/GSA/wp/?page_id=256

To attend the event, use the following link: http://uga2.wimba.com/launcher.cgi?room=gsavc

For any questions, contact GSA President-Elect Tonia Dousay at teedee@uga.edu