TechTrends Special Issue
Research and Theory Division (RTD)
The Research and Theory Division of AECT is sponsoring a special issue of TechTrends related to current innovative research methodology in the instructional design and technology field. We welcome proposals in which researchers are rigorously using innovative methods of data collection and analysis as part of an investigation that helps further advance knowledge on the field.
Special Issue Co ‐ Editors
Enilda Romero-Hall, Ph.D.
University of Tampa
E-ling Hsiao, Ph.D.
Valdosta State University
Fei Gao, Ph.D.
Bowling Green State University
Submissions should align with the RTD mission to promote the development and advancement of theory; promotes, presents, and disseminates research and scholarship that encompasses multiple perspectives; advocates the study of social and cultural issues in the field; supports, fosters, and mentors emerging scholars. The division provides a professional community for AECT members with an interest in research and theory. The following is a non-exhaustive list of possible innovative methods of data collection and analysis:
- Educational data mining
- Learning analytics
- Social network analysis
- Advanced statistical modeling
- Network anthropology
- Eye tracking
- Other physiological measures
- Integrative approaches to ‘mixing’ qualitative research
- Person-centered analyses
- Interactional ethnography
- Art-based data analyses
- Appreciative inquiry
- Concept mapping research
- Visual analysis
- And other innovative research methodologies
Expected publication date: September 2018
Articles should follow the writing style guidelines for Tech Trends. Submissions should be 4000-‐5000 words in length (10 ‐15 pages) and abstracts should not exceed 150 words. Use APA formatting throughout.
Please upload a PDF file with your name, institution, and email address as well as a brief overview (approx. 500 words) of the proposed article using the following link: http://tiny.cc/TechTrendsRTDSpecialIssue for initial review. If accepted for review, you will be directed to a Tech Trends portal for this special issue where you will submit your full article per the schedule below.
We kindly ask authors to also serve as reviewers for the submissions. Reviewers will also be requested from the overall AECT RTD membership. Thank you.
- August 7, 2017 ‐ Call for Proposals posted
- September 15, 2017 ‐ Proposals due: http://tiny.cc/RTDSpecialIssue_Dropbox
- October 16, 2017 ‐ Notify accepted proposals
- January 29, 2018 – Full submissions due AND start peer review process
- March 16, 2018 – Reviews due
- April 27, 2018 – Notify authors of review decisions
- June 1, 2018 – Final and reviewed papers due
AECT’s Research and Theory Division will be hosting the 2017 Early Career Symposium this year sponsored by AECT. The symposium will be held as a half day online conference October 28th and at the annual AECT International Convention on Tuesday, November 7 (half day 1-6 PM starting with lunch) and Wednesday, November 8 (half day, 7:30AM – noon, ending with lunch together with the AECT Board), 2017, in Jacksonville, Florida. The symposium will thus engage participants in a day and a half of focused career mentoring and networking.
The symposium will reimburse Early Career faculty and Advanced Graduate Students with the conference fee ($395 for Early Career Faculty and $240 for Advanced Graduate Students). Reimbursements are pending submission of receipts after the symposium.
Last week, I received notification that the faculty led short term experiential education abroad program I proposed to the UTampa Office of International Program was approved. So, who is coming with me to Switzerland? The name of the program is “Teaching and Learning in Switzerland.” The study abroad advisor from the Office of International Programs mentioned that alumni can join as “non-degree seeking students.”
Save the dates: May 6 – 15, 2018
More info coming soon!
Here is a link to my latest publication: http://rdcu.be/qiVq
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The purpose of the present investigation was to better understand graduate students’ use of the content shared in the social media channels of their programs and the perceived impact that their participation in these social media spaces has on the graduate students’ transformation as professionals. Seventy-seven instructional design and technology (ID&T) graduate students completed an electronic questionnaire. The results revealed that although graduate students use social media for personal purposes, they are not always followers or members of the social media spaces of their ID&Tprogram. However, those who follow the social media of theirID&T program found tremendous benefits from the experience. These benefits range from feelings of belonging to acommunity of ID&T professionals, to career opportunitiesfor networking, and cross country interactions.
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of presenting to the UT Honors Programs students and faculty as well other UTampa colleagues and staff members. I presented on the topic: “Use of Social Media by Graduate Students and Programs.” This is a research area that I am currently exploring and I was able to share some preliminary results. Click on the image below to access the link to the complete Prezi presentation:
If you are an advance doctoral student or an early career faculty, I strongly recommend applying to the AECT 2016 Early Career Symposium. I participated in 2012 and it was a wonderful experience. For me, it was a great way to meet other graduate students and early career faculty (network). I also enjoyed interacting with the mentors (they shared their experiences in academia and provided advice). This are the intended outcomes of the early career symposium:
- Mentoring of doctoral students into the social/professional network as partners in ideation, prototyping, idea execution, and knowledge curation;
- Supporting early-career faculty and doctoral students in developing viable short- and long-term cyberlearning research agendas;
- Providing specific feedback and guidance to early-career faculty and doctoral students about their research agendas (e.g. how to build a research agenda, pursue funding, and maintain successful collaborations);
- Expanding and strengthening the cyberlearning community by creating a community of researchers committed to designing the next generation of learning technologies and increasing understanding of how people learn in technology-rich learning environments.
For more information or to apply: http://www.aect.org/events/mentor/CareerSymposium.asp?clientid=