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Congratulations to the 2017 AECT Early Career Symposium Participants

Posted By JoAnne Scott, Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Research and Theory Division will be hosting the 2017 Early Career Symposium this year sponsored by AECT. Congratulations to all early career faculty and advanced doctoral students selected!

Early Career Mentees:
•       Mindy Menn, Ph.D.
•       Vien Cao, Ph.D.
•       Daisyane Barreto, Ph.D.
•       Thomas Geary, Ph.D.
•       Yi Jin, Ph.D.

Advanced Doctoral Student Mentees:
•       Secil Caskurlu
•       Ying Xiu
•       Jiahui Wang
•       Jieun Lim
•       Lu Ding, Ph.D.

Special thanks to the five faculty members who have agreed to mentor the early career and advanced doctoral students:
•       Dr. Thomas Reeves, University of Georgia
•       Dr. Ana Paula Correia, Ohio State University
•       Dr. Atsusi Hirumi, University of Central Florida
•       Dr. Andy Walker, Utah State University
•       Dr. Doris Bolliger, University of Wyoming

The AECT Research and Theory Division would also like to thank Dr. Jenny S. Wakefield, who serves as the 2016–2017 Coordinator of the Early Career Symposium!


For more information about the Early Career Symposium

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Media Multitasking Webinar October 19, 2017

Posted By JoAnne Scott, Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Research & Theory Division is excited about the next webinar in the free webinar series.  


Mark your calendars for October 19th at 1-2 PM Eastern Time! Dr. Lin Lin, Professor of Learning Technologies at the University of North Texas will discuss media multitasking and its implications for learning. This topic has important significance for both instructional designers and instructors. The webinar will include discussions of topics related to neuroscience, domain specific technologies for learning, complex learning contexts and much more.


More information coming soon!

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Congratulations to the 2017 AECT RTD award recipients!!

Posted By JoAnne Scott, Thursday, August 3, 2017

Whether you have been nominated for an award, or are looking for the names of your friends and colleagues, it is exciting when the award results are posted.

Congratulations to everyone!


Outstanding Book Award
No recipient this year

Outstanding Journal Article (4 recipients)
Brian R. Belland (Utah State University), Andrew E. Walker (Utah State University), Nam Ju Kim (Utah State University), and Mason Lefler (Utah State University)
“Synthesizing Results From Empirical Research on Computer-Based Scaffolding in STEM Education: A Meta-Analysis"   

Dean and Sybil McClusky Research Award (1 recipient)
Kei Tomita (Indiana University-Bloomington) Advisor: Elizabeth Boling
“Visual Design As a Holistic Experience: How Students Engage with Instructional Materials of Various Visual Designs"

AECT Qualitative Inquiry Award (1 recipient)
Howard K. Kalman (Ithaca College)
“Integrating Evaluation and Needs Assessment: A Case Study of an Ergonomics Program”

Outstanding Research and Theory Division-Sponsored Accepted Proposal (1 recipient)
Tiffany Roman (Indiana University-Bloomington)
“Practice-Based Insights on the Emergent Instructional Framework of Informed Design”

Outstanding Service Award (3 recipients)
E-Ling Hsiao (Valdosta State University) 4-year service
Zeni Colorado (Emporia State University) 3-year service
Ginger Watson (Old Dominion University) 2-year service

AECT Young Researcher Award
The result will be posted in Mid September.

Gavel for the Incoming RTD President
Fei Gao

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RTD is hosting another exciting webinar on April 5th!

Posted By JoAnne Scott, Friday, February 24, 2017
The AECT Research & Theory Division would like to invite you to join us for this FREE professional development webinar.

Research to Make a Difference



Dr. Charles Reigeluth, 

Professor Emeritus, 

Instructional Systems Technology, 

Indiana University Bloomington (

Time & Date: 

2:00pm (EST)Wednesday, April 5, 2017



Could you improve the kinds of research you are doing?  Your chances of getting published?  Your impact on the real world? 

Dr. Reigeluth will discuss a variety of topics that may help you to answer these questions, which may be crucial to the success of your career.

  • Different purposes for your research (e.g., to improve practice or to advance theory),
  • Different kinds of knowledge you may want to produce for each purpose (descriptive theory or design theory) and the appropriate forms of such knowledge (e.g., conditional and probabilistic),
  •  Different kinds of research methods for producing each kind of knowledge (research to prove or research to improve – confirmatory or exploratory),
  •  When in the history of a given focus area each kind of research method is most useful,
  • Different methodological issues for each kind of research (e.g., validity or preferability),
  • Specific methods you might find helpful (e.g., design-based research, formative research, grounded theory development).

This discussion will focus on highly practical issues for improving the research you do – ones that you likely have not encountered in research courses or projects.


Questions: Contact Feng-Ru Sheu, Webinar coordinator at


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Don't miss out on an exciting webinar March 8, 2017

Posted By JoAnne Scott, Thursday, February 16, 2017
The Research & Theory Division is excited to announce the following upcoming webinar in the AECT Free Webinar Series.

Webinar Title:
"What are we preparing our students for? An argument for alt-format dissertations"

Special Guest Speaker:
Dr. Richard E. West

Date & Time:
March 8th at 4:00 PM EST.

For more information and to register for the webinar see the complete flyer.

Thank you Dr. Feng-Ru Sheu, Webinar Coordinator, for hosting this special event!

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Nominate yourself or a colleague for the 2017 RTD Awards

Posted By JoAnne Scott, Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The following division awards are available for 2017.

Dean and Sybil McClusky Research Award 
Outstanding Journal Article Award 
Outstanding Book Award 
AECT Young Researcher Award (supported by Springer Publishing) 
AECT Qualitative Inquiry Award 
Outstanding Service Award 
Outstanding Research and Theory Division-Sponsored Accepted Proposal


For more details check this link:


Or contact:

E-Ling Hsiao 
Immediate RTD Past President


The deadline for all RTD awards will be 04/15/17.

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The Deadline for Submitting Proposals for the 2017 Convention is February 6, 2017

Posted By JoAnne Scott, Friday, February 3, 2017

Dear RTD members,

We would like to remind you that the 2017 AECT/SICET submission for proposals will be closed soon on Monday, February 6, 11:59PM (EST), 2017.

Please check out the following pages for details on proposal submission: (Call for Proposal) (Proposal Review Rubric) (15 Principles to Strengthen Your Proposal)

Make sure that you have the following information ready before you submit your proposal at

  1. Presentation title

  2. A Description of the Session (Maximum of 75 words)

  3. An Anonymous Abstract (750-1,000 words)*

  4. Equipment request

  5. List of presenters

* Except for the new AECT-High Impact Talks – this session type requires a 2 minute YouTube or other video URL submission.

After you click on “Submit A New Proposal”, please select “Research & Theory” to continue.

We are still inviting proposal reviewers. If you are interested, please log into this page:, click on “Volunteer to Review”, and check “Research & Theory” on the next page. Usually, you will be receiving 8-10 proposals from each of the divisions/units that you checked. So our recommendation is -- do not sign up for more than three divisions/units! If you have already signed up for many divisions/units, you may consider changing your preferences in the system prior to Feb. 6.

Thank you very much!

Fei Gao

RDT President-Elect & Conference Planner

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Job Opportunity at Bowling Green State University

Posted By JoAnne Scott, Thursday, February 2, 2017

Bowling Green State University is seeking candidates for the position of Assistant or Associate or Full Professor of Visual Communication Technology.  The full job posting is attached.

Note the application deadline: February 15, 2017

Best of luck to all applicants!

 Attached Files:

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Don't Forget to Vote!

Posted By JoAnne Scott, Saturday, January 14, 2017
Updated: Saturday, January 14, 2017

AECT & Divisional elections are now in progress! Cast your vote before midnight EST on February 23, 2017 by visiting the RTD elections page.


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Submit Your Proposal for the 2017 Convention and Consider Volunteering to be a Reviewer!

Posted By JoAnne Scott, Saturday, January 14, 2017
Updated: Saturday, January 14, 2017

Dear RTD Members,

Just a quick reminder that the AECT 2017 proposal submission deadline is February 6, 2017. Hope you will consider submitting to the Research & Theory Division!

We also need your help reviewing proposals for the 2017 conference.

Please follow the instruction below to become a reviewer, and feel free share this email with your colleagues.

Thank you very much for your contribution!  
Fei Gao
RDT President-Elect & Conference Planner

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