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The “Quick Update” Post

I wanted to write a couple of posts about things I experienced this last semester and then life happened! So, I am merging it all into this post. Please forgive the imperfection of my writing. I probably will not take the time edit and re-edit. What you are about to read are the words as they flow from my brain to the keyboard to this blog.

Since I last wrote a blog post (not an announcement but an actual blog post) I became a mom. This time last year, I was in Switzerland in a Faculty Exchange program. It was exactly during the exchange that I discovered that I was expecting a baby. Yes, the pregnancy test results read “Schwanger.”



Many things have happened in my personal/professional life in the last year (since I found out I was pregnant) and I want to share them in my blog. However, I am still trying to figure out how to best express those experiences and feelings in a blog post (or maybe more than one). I hope to take some time to write about this experiences in the near future.

What I do want to share in this blog post is that I have officially completed my third year in  a tenure track position. At the beginning of the Spring 2016 semester, I submitted all my materials and by mid March had received all the pre-tenure letters. This is a minor milestone but I still consider it a milestone. I guess the questions that I need to answer now is: what is happening past pre-tenure? Well, pretty much just keep on working hard. I have a long term “to-do list” that I have to tackle and of course, the everyday “to-do list.”

The last three years served to connect with really amazing faculty and graduates students with whom I have found common ground (topics of interest) to work on projects. Some of these projects are strictly related to the instructional design practice and others are more multidisciplinary. I am very excited about this projects and some of them will presented in conferences later this years (currently working on getting some manuscripts out for review). Other projects are just starting so more details coming soon.

I also want to quickly mention that I also started professional service with the AERA SIG Design & Technology as a Technology Liaison. I am excited for this opportunity and very much looking forward to working with colleagues in the SIG. This previous sentence reminded me that I wanted to mention how much I enjoyed attending AERA 2016. I did not present a paper but instead had the opportunity to participate in a mentoring program sponsored by the AERA SIG Design & Technology. I met two outstanding graduate students, Amanda and Yi.

I hope the SIG continues the mentoring program in the future. It was a great opportunity to share my graduates student and faculty journey. Most importantly, it was an opportunity to listen to the concerns of graduate students and, hopefully, provide guidance. I also learned from the graduate students in the process. Both graduate students, Amanda and Yi, shared conferences, resources, and research groups that were completely new to me.

During the conference I also participated as moderator in a panel discussion on the past, present, and future of the design and technology field. The panelist included Elizabeth Boling, Pat Hardre, and George Veletsianos. It was nice to listen to the panelists’ perspective on the current state of the field as well as suggestions for graduate students and faculty doing research on topics related to design and technology. The current Graduate Student Representative of the SIG Design and Technology board, Shonn, live tweeted the panel presentation. If you are interested in reading more about it, you can check out the AERA SIG Design & Technology Twitter stream.

That is all I have for now. Hoping to be post more in the near future. Hopefully, future post will not be as lengthy.

Academia, AECT, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Professional Development

#AECT Research & Theory Division Board — Elections [Submit Nominations or Self-Nominations Now]


The AECT Research & Theory Division will have the following openings for next year’s AECT election. If you are interested in any of the following positions, please feel free to send me an email at or before 11/27 (Fri). Thanks.

– President Elect
3-year term: President-Elect –> President –> Immediate Past President

– Professional Development Coordinator
1-year term. Main tasks include: PD webinar, early career symposium, etc.

– Professional Development Coordinator Elect
2-year term. Main tasks include: PD webinar, early career symposium, etc.

– Featured Research Coordinator
1-year term. Main tasks include: an involvement in the submission, review and selection process for featured research sessions, etc.

– Communications Officer
1-year term. Main tasks include: social media management, e-mail communication, etc.

– Secretary
1-year term. Main tasks include: meeting minutes, newsletters, etc.

– Member at Large
1-year term. Main tasks include: support assigned tasks (e.g., PD webinar…), etc.

– Graduate Student Representative
1-year term. Main tasks include: support assigned tasks (e.g., PD webinar…), etc.

E-Ling Hsiao
AECT RTD – President

Academia, AECT, Conference

AECT RTD Newsletters (September & October)

A new way to communicate that the AECT Research & Theory Division using this Fall term is to email a newsletter to the RTD members. As the secretary I get to format the newsletter for the division. I have enjoyed working on this newsletter the last two months. The idea was from our current President (Michael Grant).

September 2013:

October 2013