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Theme: Homecoming (Homestaying): A Return to Learning through Innovation


2021 AECT International Convention
Columbus, Ohio
November 2 - November 6  2021
Concurrent Sessions, Posters, Panels & Roundtable: November 2 - November 6
Workshop Sessions: November 2, November 3, & November 7


An Invitation To Present

We invite you to submit a proposal for the 2021 AECT International Convention to be held in Columbus, Ohio, from November 2-6, 2021. The AECT International Convention brings together AECT members and affiliated educational researchers and practitioners interested in learning design, performance improvement, and technologies. The goal is to:

  • engage in social discourse and academic exchanges
  • showcase evidence-based practices
  • share their research findings,
  • and advanced design, development, integration of emerging technologies

All with the purpose to enrich individuals’ learning experiences and promote our members’ professional development. This year, we celebrate an opportunity to reunite after the COVID pandemic and explore innovation in a time where what we know of learning and performance was tested.

The theme for the 2021 AECT convention is “Homecoming Homestaying: A return to learning through innovation.” These traditions of hospitality take on renewed meaning in the wake of recent global events and provide a foundation of fellowship and tribute as we recognize the innovations driving solutions and change. We focus on a definition of innovation that emphasizes novelty and contributes to positive change in learning and celebrate this theme in the cradle of innovation.

From the Wright Brothers to John Glenn, Ohio has stood as a testbed for new ideas for generations. Famous astronauts, pilots, and engineers all call Ohio home. Did you know that Ohio is also home to the “rubber capital of the world”? It’s true! And several major retailers like Bath & Body Works and Victoria’s Secret as well as fast-food chain and social media influencer, Wendy’s, all have headquarters in Columbus.

We celebrate this culture of innovation by creating a homecoming nexus, bringing together scholars across disciplines to address learning, performance, and technology in all contexts. We have roots and connections in educational technology, instructional design, learning sciences, systems theories, learning engineering. We work in contexts including schools, higher education, corporate, military, non-profit, adult education, international, and alternative educational settings. Thus, the theme of AECT 2021 focuses on coming together to celebrate and ignite innovation. Within the spirit of playfulness, we hope that you will embrace the role of innovation and its vital contributions to problem-solving, creativity, and relationships. This year’s “Homecoming Homestaying” theme provides a grounded connection for our experiences as a community, using entertaining thematic elements to create a unifying experience rather than a focus for proposals.

We invite high-quality presentations from the many disciplines and contexts that drive and support our diverse and innovative solutions to support learning. We prioritize empirical and theoretical scholarship utilizing rigorous methods and welcome developing and emerging contributions to innovation.

Best wishes & looking forward to bringing our community together in a homecoming to celebrate innovation—

Ali Carr-Chellman, Ph.D., AECT President-Elect, 2021 Convention Planner
Tonia A. Dousay, Ph.D., 2021 Convention Co-Planner

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