AECT Elections in Progress until February 28

AECT and Divisional Elections – until February 28th.
Members again have the opportunity to help define the direction and leadership of AECT. All Elections will be active until February 28th, 2014.
AECT |Culture, Learning and Technology |Design and Development |Distance Learning |Graduate Student Assembly |International |Multimedia Production |Research & Theory |School Media & Technology |Systemic Change |Teacher Education |Training & Performance |

As of today, a little over 10% of our membership has voted. As a member, we ask that you carefully consider the candidates and cast your vote.

AECT extends its appreciation to each nominating committee for its effort to find qualified leaders and to all candidates for their willingness to serve.



Do you have a unique design project or program that you’ve developed for training or education?
If so, the D&D Showcase might be the perfect place to share it with AECT members!

D&D Division invites you to submit a proposal to the D&D Showcase of Innovative Training and Educational Programs

Session Date: TBA for AECT International Convention 2014, Anaheim, CA
Proposal Deadline is coming soon: February 16, 2014.

The Design and Development (D&D) Division invites practitioners, faculty and students to showcase their completed and innovative training and educational programs. The projects should be grounded in theory and research related to the instructional design field. The D&D Showcase plays an important role in providing such examples as an exclusive event at the 2104 AECT International Convention this coming fall.

This D&D Showcase is a special event to honor and allow developers to share quality programs for all Convention attendees to learn from and enjoy. We know that prospective and practicing instructional designers, training specialists and others seek examples of such select programs to enhance their ability to design effective learning experiences and develop different types of instructional materials and environments.

The D&D Showcase will be open during regular session presentation times at the Convention (November 4-9, 2104 in Jacksonville, FL). Authors of selected programs will have an easel and table to display their poster and materials describing key components of the program (e.g., goal/intent, target learners, theoretical and research foundations, design and development process, team members, cost). At least one author/presenter per accepted program must registered for the AECT Convention and be present during the specified time of “Meet the D&D Showcase Authors/Teams.” The D&D Showcase session will be 2 to 3 hours event (including set-up time).

For further details about how to submit a proposal, go to the Call for Proposals on the AECT website ( and open the Design Showcase link in Invitations.

Hope to see many proposals submitted in the next few days!

Gayle V. Davidson-Shivers, PhD
D&D Showcase Chair and Board Member

Jill Stefaniak, PhD
D&D Showcase Co-Chair and Board Member

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Office: 812-335-7675
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AECT PacifiCorp Design & Development Competition

From AECT:

Dear Graduate Students,

The planning committee of the AECT PacifiCorp Design & Development Competition, sponsored by the Design & Development Division, invites you to participate in the 2014 design competition! This year is sure to be an exciting year in the competition with our new higher education based problem statement depicting a current state of the art system-wide educational problem to solve. The 2014 problem statement is available for you at the following URL:

The increased interest in the competition is already being realized in the number of graduate student inquiries from both the US and abroad asking to take part this year! We welcome teams of two to submit proposals for the competition by the initial submission due date of 15 April 2014. Participants should be current graduate students (masters or Ph.D.) and members of AECT. We will have an AECT Design & Development Division sponsored Webinar for all potential participants in late February so please check the competition site at the URL above often for dates and times of each segment of the competition and the Webinar schedule. Likewise the planning committee will hold an additional Webinar in February for our mentors and judges for the 2014 completion. Please visit the above URL for the 2014 PacifiCorp Design & Development Completion details. We look forward to your participation in the 2014 competition!

The 2014 PacifiCorp Planning Committee

The Association for Educational Communications & Technology
320 W. 8th St. Ste 101
Bloomington, Indiana 47404

Office: 812-335-7675
Fax: 812-335-7678
Toll-Free 1-877-677-2328

Spencer fellowships

From Dr. Mark Conley, ICL

Good morning, everyone. This is an announcement that may be of interest to doctoral students at the proposal stage and new scholars in their first five years of work. I have been working with the National Academy and their fellowships for the past seven years, serving on their fellowship review panels and mentoring within the programs. While these fellowships are highly competitive, the benefits are many, including the professional networking that accompanies an award. I would be happy to assist anyone with the application process, should you or your students wish to apply.

The NAEd is pleased to hold two webinars for applicants to attend and learn more about the application processes of the NAEd/Spencer Dissertation and Postdoctoral Fellowship programs. The first will be for Dissertation applicants on September 16th while the webinar for Postdoctoral applicants will be on September 18th. Along with NAEd staff, the Chair of each committee will present information on effective proposals and answer questions. Please visit our website and navigate to the appropriate fellowship program for more information and registration.

National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship
The NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $25,000 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world. Fellows will also attend professional development retreats and receive mentorship from NAEd members and other senior scholars in their field. This highly competitive program aims to identify the most talented emerging researchers conducting dissertation research related to education. The Dissertation Fellowship program receives many more applications than it can fund. This year, up to 500 applications are anticipated and about 25 fellowships will be awarded. Additional guidelines and the fellowship application form are available on our website.
Deadline to apply: October 4, 2013

National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship
*** The Postdoctoral Fellowship has undergone an applicant qualification change. Please note the new eligibility requirements pertaining to the date in which the doctoral degree was earned. ***
The NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports early-career scholars working in critical areas of educational scholarship. Fellows will receive $55,000 for one academic year of research, or $27,500 for each of two contiguous years, working half time. Fellows will also attend professional development retreats and receive mentorship from NAEd members and other senior scholars in their field. Applicants must have had their PhD, EdD, or equivalent research degree conferred between January 1, 2008, and December 31, 2012. This fellowship is non-residential, and applications from all disciplines are encouraged. Up to twenty NAEd/Spencer Fellowships will be awarded. Additional guidelines and the fellowship application form are available on our website.
Deadline to apply: November 1, 2013
Contact Information:

The National Academy of Education greatly appreciates support and funding from the Spencer Foundation to provide and administer these fellowship programs. For more information on the Spencer Foundation, please visit

eLearning Guild: Submit Your Speaking Proposal for the Upcoming 2013 Online Forums


Online Forums

Call for Speakers for Upcoming 2014 Online Forums

Do you have expertise you’d like to share with other eLearning professionals? Would you like to deliver a conference presentation without needing to travel or be out of the office for several days? Are you new to presenting online and would like some free one-on-one coaching? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then consider speaking at an upcoming eLearning Guild Online Forum.

Click here for Proposal Submission Instructions and the Proposal Submission Form.

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Calling all ASTD volunteers

From ASTD Memphis:

Want to earn ASTD Bucks? Grow your network of other learning professionals? Join the Planning Committee for this year’s learning event!

This year’s conference will be held on
Friday, November 15th.

Our first call will be held on
Thursday, August 1 at 12:00 noon
for 30 minutes.

Please contact Crystal Crutcher at
901-300-6744 or via email at
to sign up!

STEM Project – Focus group

From Lindsey Shepard:

A team from the Learning Systems department at CTI is currently working on a whitepaper for a product that will reverse the steady decline in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) graduates in the United States. Our approach to a possible solution is a mobile-based application—possibly a game—that raises awareness, curiosity, and enthusiasm for STEM careers.

We are forming a focus group of students ranging from 6th – 12th grade. The purpose of this group is to gauge students’ attitudes and perceptions on why they are (or aren’t) interested in STEM-related careers and to understand what type of mobile games and apps they prefer. We are especially interested in female students and minorities, as these groups are currently very underrepresented in the STEM workforce. We are seeking a diverse group of students with a special emphasis on these demographics. If you have contacts that fit this description who may be willing to participate in a brief meeting and follow-up phone calls or Skype meetings, please send me their contact information. We are looking to pull this group together the week of July 22nd.

I appreciate your help!

Lindsey M. Shepard

eLearning Developer
Crew Training International
“Accelerating your performance through cutting-edge learning”
800.752.8839 901.844.9263 (direct) 601.575.6369 (cell) 901.751.0836 (fax)

Florida State U. survey of grad students and informal learning

Dear Dr. Martindale,

My name is Alison L. Moore and I am a doctoral student enrolled in Florida State University’s Instructional Systems program working with Dr. Jim Klein. I am conducting a survey study of informal learning (with IRB approval) and would greatly appreciate your assistance in recruiting participants. The target population for this study is students enrolled in a graduate education program.

I would appreciate your help in sharing the secure survey link with your program’s graduate students. You can simply copy/paste/share the message directed to students listed below. Please make the link available via listserves, email, etc. and encourage students to read about the study.

Should you wish to contact me, feel free to send emails to alm06k.

Thank you very much for your help!

All best,
Alison L. Moore
Ph.D. Student
Instructional Systems Program
Florida State University

Dear Graduate Student,

In an effort to improve the learning experiences of education graduate students, a team from Florida State University is conducting a research study regarding your informal learning practices. Your input can help us identify how best to support graduate students. Our survey should take you approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Follow the link below (or copy/paste the entire URL into your browser) to access the online survey.

Survey link:

Your input is very important to us and will be kept strictly confidential (used only for the purposes of this research project).

If you have any questions, please send emails to alm06k.

Alison L. Moore
Ph.D. Student, Instructional Systems Program
Florida State University