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Job Opening: Asst. Professor of Educational Technology

Posted By Samanatha Penney, Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Assistant Professor of Educational Technology 

Department of Teaching and Learning
Bayh College of Education
Indiana State University

Position Available 3/15/2017



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Job Opening: Instructional Designer II, Colorado State University

Posted By Huei-Lien Chen, Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Please spread the word that the Institute for Learning and Teaching at Colorado State University is hiring a full time Instructional Designer for the spring of 2017.

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2016 AECT DDL Awards

Posted By Ayesha Sadaf, Friday, May 27, 2016

Dear DDL Members,

Just a reminder to submit your work for DDL Awards by June 1st, 2016.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be recognized for your work at 2016 AECT International Convention for the following DDL Awards:
1- Crystal Award
2- Distance Education Best Practices Award
3- Distance Education Book Award
4- Journal Article Award

Information about each of the awards, including the criteria and how to submit nominations, is found on the DDL Website:

Please consider nominating a colleague, a student, or yourself for one or more of the awards.

Ayesha Sadaf
DDL Communications Officer

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Podcast: Overview of AECT Conevention - Learning in Las Vegas

Posted By Anthony Pina, Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Click to listen to a great podcast From AECT President-Elect Brad Hokanson and DDL Past-President and AECT Convention Chair Linda Mellish, providing an overview of the upcoming AECT International Convention - Learning in Las Vegas!

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DDL Elections

Posted By Ayesha Sadaf, Saturday, February 27, 2016

Dear DDL members,

AECT elections close today, February 27th at 11:59 p.m.  Why wait?  Cast your vote now.  For our division we are filling two Board-level positions – President-Elect and Division Board Member (Awards Manager).  Both positions are three-year terms and both are very important to our continued operation and divisional representation within AECT. 

Please access DDL ballots here:
Exceptional Candidates for the position of President-Elect include Lujean Baab, Florence Martin, Devrim Ozdemir, and Victoria Walker.  
Exceptional Candidates for the position of Division Board Member (Awards Manager) include Laura Gray, Zuheir Khlaif, Larisa Olesova, and Melanie Wilson.
Let’s give a terrific divisional showing of support by voting for these roles within DDL – remember, time is running out to cast your vote.
See you at the polls!
Linda L. Mellish
Past-President, DDL

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DDL Awards

Posted By Anthony Pina, Friday, February 19, 2016
To My Colleagues:

The AECT Division of Distance Learning recognizes excellence in e-learning research and practice through our awards listed below. Please consider applying and being recognized by your professional colleagues and your International association. For more information on each of these awards and evaluation criteria, go to and select the awards link on the left navigation. You can also access information for AECT and other division awards.

--Tony Pina, DDL President

1. DDL-AECT Crystal Award
To recognize innovative and outstanding multimedia-based distance learning courses (online, CD-ROM/DVD or video-based) and distance learning projects (single modules, lessons, workshops, something less than an entire course).

Coordinators: Larisa Olesova ( & Jennifer Richardson (

2. DDL Distance Education Best Practices Award
The practice that is submitted can be any aspect of distance education that would qualify as a Best Practice. This means that it can serve as an example that can be emulated by others based on the description submitted. The example that is submitted may be one that is used online, in a CD-ROM/DVD, or within video-based courses.

Coordinator: Olysha Magruder ( & Paige Hale (

3. DDL Distance Education Book Award
The outstanding book published within the last three years that describes important aspects of distance education, theory or examples that can help others involved in distance education, or research on an important aspect of distance education.

Coordinator: Barb Hall (

4. DDL Journal Article Award
An outstanding article published in the last three years that describes best practices in distance education or research on an important aspect of distance education.

Coordinator: Kathryn Ley (

5. DDL Burmeister Outstanding DDL-sponsored AECT Presentation Award
This award will be given out annually to honor a DDL-submitted presentation that is an example of best practices in distance education or leads to the improvement of distance education. All DDL-sponsored presentations for this year’s conference will be considered for this award.

Coordinator: Jennifer Richardson, (

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Call for Papers: Special Issue on Computational Thinking in Education

Posted By Betul Czerkawski, Friday, November 20, 2015



Computational Thinking in Education

We are pleased to invite submissions to Computational Thinking in Education, a special issue of Issues and Trends in Educational Technology (ITET). This issue is open to a wide range of topics relating to design, instruction and evaluation of computational thinking pedagogy and andragogy in K-12 education, Higher Education and other formal and informal learning environments. We welcome a variety of contributions from empirical to theoretical analyses from different disciplines and theoretical positions.


Special Issue Editors

If you are interested in editing this issue please contact us


Important Dates

Submission of Complete Manuscripts: March 1, 2016

Notification of Authors: May 1, 2016

Publication of Special Issue: July 1, 2016


Author Guidelines

Please follow Issues and Trends in Educational Technology (ITET) guidelinesherefor submissions.



Some topics relevant to this special issue are:

  • Conceptual issues related to computational thinking (CT)
  • Implementation of CT in schools, teacher education programs, technical and non-technical majors
  • Design and development of CT curricula
  • Integration of games, simulations, or mobile technologies with CT
  • Assessment of CT


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Instructional Consultant/Designer

Posted By Ludy (Ludwika) Goodson, Friday, November 13, 2015

Position is in Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching at IPFW in Fort Wayne, Indiana. For more information about our campus and this position, see the attached file. To apply: - Ludy (

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Posted By Ayesha Sadaf, Friday, October 16, 2015
What the e-Learning Leader Needs to Know: Leading and Managing e-Learning

Anthony A. Piña (Sullivan University), Victoria Walker (Purdue University) 
and Bruce R. Harris (Dixie State University), Editors

AECT/Springer Series on Educational Communications & Technology: Issues & Innovations
J. Michael Spector, MJ Bishop and Dirk Ifenthaler, Series Editors

Initial Proposal Submission Deadline: December 4, 2015

As online learning has continued to grow in size, scope and significance, many of the boundaries separating face-to-face and distance education are blurring. Online, blended/hybrid, web-enhanced and flipped courses are making e-Learning more institutionalized and ubiquitous in both academic and non-academic settings.

Many useful books are available to assist e-learning students and instructors and those who develop or research e-learning; however, there is a dearth of books designed to provide a current and comprehensive reference of e-learning issues, practices and technologies for those assigned to lead and manage the e-learning programs and operations within their organizations.

The Division of Distance Learning of the Association for Educational Communications & Technology (AECT-DDL), in conjunction with Springer Publishing’s AECT Books and Briefs Project, will address the gap in the e-learning leadership/management literature through the publication of “What the e-Learning Leader Needs to Know: Leading and Managing e-Learning.”


What the e-Learning Leader Needs to Know: Leading and Managing e-Learning will provide those who oversee e-learning essential knowledge of issues, best practices, and technologies to facilitate effective decision making. Although references within chapters to empirical studies are welcome, this book has a highly practical orientation and is intended primarily to be a “how-to” and “nuts and bolts” reference tool for practicing leaders/managers who find themselves in charge of e-learning initiatives and operations. It will also be useful for programs preparing future leaders, for currently professional aspiring to a leadership position or for researchers looking for topics and variables to study in a dynamic and evolving field.

Topics of interest for this publication include—but are not limited to—the following items. Certain topics may require more than a single chapter.
• Establishing an e-learning program
• Centralized and decentralized institutional/organizational structures for e-learning programs 
• The e-learning department/division/center
• Planning, policies and procedures
• Technology infrastructure
• Learning management systems
• Learning technologies (synchronous, 3rd party vendor sites, Web 2.0, apps, etc.) 
• Characteristics of successful e-learners and promoting self-regulated e-learners
• Marketing & promotion of the e-learning program 
• Admitting, matriculating and providing financial assistance to e-learners
• Transfer student issues (e.g. transfer credit, prior learning assessment, fake credentials, assessment of readiness for online learning)
• Student services for supporting and retaining e-learners (e.g. tutoring, counseling, advising)
• Recruiting, training, supporting and assessing e-learning faculty
• Overseeing the design and development of e-learning curriculum and courses
• Assessing and evaluating e-learning courses and programs
• Issues of integrity and etiquette
• E-learning regulations and accreditation
• Keeping current and staying informed

Submission Procedure

E-learning professionals and e-learning scholars are invited to submit a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly describing their proposed chapters (see proposal form below). Authors of accepted proposals will be notified about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Chapters will be peer-reviewed. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers.

Anticipated Timeline

10/12/15: Call for chapter proposals
12/04/15: Proposal submission deadline
12/18/15: Notification of proposal acceptance w/chapter submission instructions
03/18/16: Chapter submission deadline
05/10/16: Notification of final chapter acceptance w/chapter revision/edit instructions
06/30/16: Revised chapter submission deadline (address peer reviewer comments)

Editor Contacts

Dr. Anthony A. Piña is Dean of Sullivan University System’s Online Division. He is author/editor of the books Distance Learning and the Institution, Real-Life Distance Education: Case Studies in Practice and the upcoming Beyond the Online Course: Leadership Perspectives on e-Learning and is President-Elect of the AECT Division of Distance Learning (starting November 6).

Dr. Victoria L. Walker is Program Convener of the Online Master’s of Science in Education (MSEd), Learning Design and Technology program at Purdue University. She is on the Board of the AECT Division of Distance Learning.

Dr. Bruce Harris is the Founding Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence at Dixie State University. He has more than two decades of experience in online/distance education.

Please send correspondence to:

Dr. Anthony A. Piña
Dean, Sullivan University System Online
2100 Gardiner Lane #301
Louisville, KY 40205
(502) 413-8848 Email:

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Congratulations to the DDL Award winners!

Posted By Ayesha Sadaf, Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Please join us in congratulating our 2015 DDL Award winners!

DDL Crystal Award
1st - Florence Martin (UNC Charlotte): EIST 6150 Design, Development and Evaluation of Online Learning
2nd - Dabbagh, N. & Fake, H. (George Mason University): The Tech Select Decision Aide: A Just-in-Time Decision
3rd - Chongwony, L. & Miner-Romanoff, K. (Franklin University): CJAD 710 Criminal Justice Administration Adult and Juvenile Systems of Justice

DDL Distance Education Best Practices Award
1st - Dousay, T. A. (University of Wyoming): Fostering Student Autonomy and Engagement in an Online Course
2nd - Correia, A. P. (Iowa State University): Peer Facilitation of Online Discussions 
3rd - Sadaf, A. & Olesova, L. (Ball State University & George Mason University): Designing Question Prompts to Enhance Cognitive Presence in Online Case Discussions

DDL Journal Article Award - Quantitative-Based
1st - Huang, X., Chandra, A., DePaolo, C. A. & Simmons, L. L.: Understanding transactional distance in web-based learning environments: An empirical study.
2nd - Bonk, C. J., Lee, M. M., Kou, X., Xu, S. & Sheu, F.R. (Indiana University): Understanding the self-directed online learning preferences, goals, achievements, and of MIT OpenCourseWare subscribers.
3rd - Lowenthal, P. R., & Dunlap, J. C. (Boise State University): Problems measuring social presence in a Community of Inquiry.

DDL Journal Article Award - Qualitative-Based
1st - Halverson, L. R., Graham, C. R., Spring, K. J., Drysdale, J. S., & Henrie, C. R.: A thematic analysis of the most highly cited scholarship in the first decade of blended learning research. 
2nd - Borup, J., West, R. E., & Thomas, R. (George Mason University): The impact of text versus video communication on instructor feedback in blended courses.
3rd - York, C. & Richardson, J. C. (Northern Illinois University and Purdue University): Interpersonal interaction in online learning: Experienced Online Instructor’s. 

DDL Journal Article Award - Practice-Based
1st - Curry, J. H., & Cook, J.: Facilitating online discussions at a manic pace: A new strategy for an old problem
2nd - Ching, Y.H.: Exploring the impact of role-playing on peer feedback in an online case-based learning activity.

DDL Burmeister Outstanding DDL-sponsored AECT Presentation Award
Fowlin, J., Gallo, C., Samuelsson, E., & Lilja, M. (Holy Names University, Stockholm University, Gävle University): Exploring polar opposite worlds through computer-supported collaborative learning: A social work exemplar

The awards will be given during our DDL General Membership at the 2015 AECT Convention
in Indianapolis on Friday, Nov. 6 from 1 – 2 p.m.

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