November 3 - 7, 2020
Proposals Close – EXTENDED: February 24, 11:59PM (EST), 2020
We invite you to submit a proposal for the 2020 AECT International Convention to be held in Jacksonville, Florida, during November 3rd- 7th, 2020. Every year, the AECT International Convention brings together AECT members and other educational researchers and practitioners interested in learning design and technologies from the United States as well as the other parts of the world. The goal is to engage in social discourse and academic exchanges, showcase the best practices, share their research findings, and advance design, development, integration of emerging technologies to enrich individuals’ learning experiences and promote our members’ professional development.
The theme for 2020 AECT convention is “Towards culturally-situated learning design and research.” Culture is broadly defined as a system of shared beliefs, values, goals, customs, and behaviors held by members of a community that distinguish themselves from another community. In the context of learning design and research, examples include being responsive to the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and beliefs that learners bring to the educational setting, and being sensitive to learners’ needs and community culture. Issues to be investigated may include instructional design and research in cross-cultural contexts from a global perspective, equity and justice issues for underrepresented population, socially and economically disadvantaged learners, or disparity issues regarding access to technologies and resources (e.g., digital divide, pedagogical divide, and resource divide).
This convention theme is intended to encourage AECT members to strive for understanding the culture of a group, organization, community, or society in the practice of learning design and research in order to make impactful contributions to the field. Instructional designers and educational researchers can only gain a deeper understanding of inquiry questions and critical issues through social construction and negotiation of meaning in the rich social and cultural contexts.
We invite papers that engage in deep conversations of complex and critical issues that are framed in the culture of a particular social context, which have often been overlooked in learning design and research. Empirical, conceptual, and practical papers on diverse topics, from various theoretical lenses and at different social levels (e.g., microsystem and macrosystem), are welcome, but they must provide a rich description and discussion of sociocultural situatedness in their design research and practice. In addition, we would like to promote more research proposals that are based on solid data, empirical evidence, and rigorous methods. The goal of this convention is to connect our members to cultivate a culturally-situated mindset that leads to culturally-responsive learning environments, which will eventually make a transformative impact on individuals and society.
We envision this conference to be the culminated excellence of intelligence and wisdom shared by the AECT community. We are looking forward to your contribution to the 2020 convention, and we anticipate a successful and productive convention ahead!