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GSA Newsletter - Fall 2015

Posted By Wendy Gentry, Monday, October 26, 2015

The GSA Newsletter is available! Special thanks goes to Jessica Resig for putting together the publication.

We're looking forward to seeing everyone at AECT 2015.

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AECT Twitter Table

Posted By Wendy Gentry, Thursday, October 1, 2015

Greetings from your GSA Leadership Team!


We are pleased to announce the Graduate Student Assembly has been asked by the AECT 2015 conference planning committee to manage the Twitter Table by the registration area.The table will be used to set up a live Twitter feed for all conference announcements. A laptop and projector have been reserved for this activity and we also have secured a unique Twitter ID for this project. We now need volunteers to staff the table during the conference in Indy.  This is a great opportunity to contribute to the conference with an important role! Specifically, we have been asked to staff the table during the following times:


·         Wednesday, November 4th 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

·         Thursday, November 5th 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon

·         Thursday, November 5th 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

·         Friday, November 6th 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon

·         Friday, November 6th 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


We realize all who will be in attendance during the conference will have very packed schedules, so we have broken up the volunteer times into one-hour blocks. We have set up a Choice Eliminator Google Form for you to sign up. Please consider committing one hour of your time at the conference to help us with this important project. Those who sign up will receive further information on our specific responsibilities while running the table.



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GSA Newsletter - Fall 2014

Posted By Wendy Gentry, Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The GSA Newsletter is available! See what our grad students have been up to lately and read about some exciting changes for the convention.

Special thanks goes to Yvonne Earnshaw and Jessica Resig for putting together the publication!

We're looking forward to seeing you at AECT 2014,

The GSA Team

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AECT Convention 2014 GSA T-shirts

Posted By Wendy Gentry, Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Good Morning GSA Members,

The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) AECT 2014 Convention t-shirts are ready for order (see link below)! GSA members are asked to wear their t-shirts during our Out on the Town event and group photo-shoot.

While we anticipate mild temperatures in Jacksonville, there are a variety of long and short sleeve options suitable for a variety of post-convention climates. The convention themed graphics were designed by GSA Board Members, Jenny Wakefield and Holly Marshburn!

Please place your order today -- we need everyone to participate in order to maintain the $20 range pricing. T-shirts may be picked up in Jacksonville without an additional shipping cost. However, if you prefer you may pay shipping and have your order sent direct.

A special note of gratitude goes to Holly Marshburn for leading this project!

We're looking forward to seeing you in Jacksonville!
The GSA Team

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2014 3MT Competition

Posted By Wendy Gentry, Monday, September 22, 2014

How many times have you been asked, “So, what’s your research topic?” Being able to communicate clearly and concisely is an essential skill that graduate students must develop. Join the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) to practice your communication skills in an international competition which has quickly become a tradition at the annual AECT Convention!

Entry into the competition is limited to the first 20 graduate students. Register by October 31st at Need inspiration? Check out! Contact Eunbae Lee at with questions and comments.

The Grand Prize Winner will take home e-learning authoring software, Articulate Storyline. Audience members will vote on a People’s Choice Winner, who will be awarded the Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology.

Please see details provided on the attached flyer.

We look forward to seeing you at the competition!
Eunbae Lee, 3MT Competition Chair
Megan Murtaugh, Co-Planner
Sylvia Rogers, Co-Planner
Wendy A. Gentry, Co-Planner

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GSA 2014 Convention Highlights

Posted By Wendy Gentry, Sunday, September 7, 2014
We are just two short months away from the 2014 AECT International Convention in Jacksonville, FL! We have compiled all of the GSA sessions and events into one handy resource (please see attached).

GSA sessions and events are open to all AECT members. Please share the 2014 GSA Highlights with your colleagues. We look forward to seeing you in Jacksonville!

Your 2014 GSA Convention Planners,

Wendy A. Gentry, GSA Co-Planner
Virginia Tech

Megan C. Murtaugh, GSA Convention Chair
Nova Southeastern University

Hengtao Tang, GSA Co-Planner
Penn State University

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2014 AECT Convention Planning

Posted By Holly Marshburn, Monday, February 17, 2014

Greetings GSA Division Members!Planning, is currently underway, for the annual AECT International Conference in Jacksonville, FL- November 4-8, 2014. We need YOUR input for the Graduate Student Assembly conference track. You know what you need to make the conference the most beneficial experience for you. So, we ask that you take 5 minutes this week to complete our survey to share your interests for the 2014 conference.There are several places in the survey for you to suggest new ideas for the GSA conference track and social events. Let your voice be heard. The survey is open from Monday, February 17 until midnight (EST) Saturday, February 22. Survey can be found in your email. Thank you for your input. We can’t wait to see you in Jacksonville!Megan C. MurtaughWendy A. GentryHengtao Tang~GSA 2014 Convention Planning Committee

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Call for Submissions: GSA Newsletter

Posted By Holly Marshburn, Monday, January 13, 2014

The GSA has decided to start a newsletter recognizing graduate students for their various accomplishments!  We hope to publish the newsletter two to three times a year, depending on the amount of submissions we receive. We’re looking for different ways that you can be recognized, such as:·       

Conference presentations·        Journal articles·        Fellowships/scholarships·       

Defense information (dissertation, thesis, prospectus)·        Personal information (job, family) 

Please send your submissions to Yvonne Earnshaw ( with the subject line "GSA Newsletter” by Friday, January 24.  If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Yvonne. 

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'How-to' join an AECT division

Posted By Holly Marshburn, Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Joining a division on the AECT website is so super clear and easy that I've created a presentation and a video describing how it's done.

  • Here's the link to the presentation:
  • Here's the link to  the video:



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GSA 2013 Convention Schedule

Posted By Administration, Monday, September 23, 2013

(NOTE: All GSA sessions are in the Graduate Student Lounge - 2nd Level - Tower, Salon 1)

The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) has organized the Graduate Student Lounge to serve as a gathering place for graduate students attending the AECT conference. It is a place where we can interact with each other and attend sessions that are particularly designed to appeal to graduates students. These intimate sessions provide for maximum interactions between attendants and presenters. We encourage you to make a visit to the graduate student lounge part of your daily schedule.

TUESDAY, Oct. 29

  • GSA at DisneyLand
    5:00 – 8:30 PM
    Coordinator: Micah Modell
    Escape for a few hours at DisneyLand with a discount twilight ticket (available on the conference registration website). Meet in 1st Level - South, South Tower Foyer at 5:00 PM to rideshare to the park by 5:05 PM.


  • GSA Executive Board Meeting – GSA Leadership
    11:45 – 12:45 PM; 2nd Level - Tower, Salon 2
    The GSA Executive Board will hold its regularly scheduled meeting at the beginning of the convention to review GSA goals and timelines, and will discuss the process by which elections for the upcoming year will be held. An overview of this meeting will be given at the GSAMembership Meeting & Luncheon on Friday.
  • Writing Techniques for Graduate Students
    1:00 – 2:00 PM
    Speaker(s): Scott Warren
    Facilitator: Jenny Wakefield
    What’s the difference between personal writing, technical writing, and academic writing? How do style and grammar differ based upon audience? Does a target journal really matter? The questions graduate students face when attempting to write academically can feel daunting. Get some practical advice on how to approach the challenge of writing.
  • Advice for the Job Hunt
    2:15 – 3:15 PM
    Speaker(s): Tonia Dousay, Craig Shepherd, Jesse Strycker, Cindy York
    Facilitator: Megan Murtaugh
    Getting ready for the job hunt? Are you already on the job hunt? Talk with professors at various points in their careers about how to be more successful on the job hunt and what kinds of strategies you might want to consider employing. Come with your questions ready.
  • Meet the Editors of AECT Journals
    3:30 – 4:30 PM
    Speaker(s): Michael Hannafin, J. Michael Spector, Daniel Surry
    Facilitator: Paige Hale
    Have you ever wondered about the decisions being made behind the scenes at any prestigious journal? Want to learn of ways to improve your chances for publication? What are common problems in manuscripts received? This is an opportunity to learn from and talk with the editors of Educational Technology Research and Development about the process of getting published.
  • AECT General Session*
    4:45 – 6:00 PM
  • AECT Welcome Reception*
    6:00 – 8:00 PM
    Visit our GSA table at the welcome reception. Stop by to get details about the events and sessions we have planned and meet your GSA Executive Council. You can also find out about how to get more active in GSA and connect with fellow graduate students in AECT.
  • GSA/D&D on the Town (Oggi’s)*
    8:00 – 10:00 PM
    Coordinator: Yvonne Earnshaw
    Meet members of the Design & Development division in an informal, relaxed setting. The GSA D&D board representative Yvonne Earnshaw and many of the D&D board members will be on hand to discuss their research and provide additional information about the division. Graduate students are invited to join us for this unique networking opportunity. Meet in the Graduate Student Lounge at 8:00 PM and leave for Oggi’s at 8:05 PM.


  • What is a Research Agenda?
    8:00 – 9:00 AM
    Speaker(s): ChanMin Kim, Willi Savenye
    Facilitator: Ashley Scott
    As graduate students we need to create a research agenda, but what should we consider and what should it look like? Our speakers will talk about how to use your short- and long-term goals to orient your research and ways to advance your agenda through coursework and other academic pursuits.
  • AECT General Session*
    9:15 – 10:15 AM
  • Building up your CV: From PhD Student to Tenure-Track Faculty
    10:30 – 11:30 AM
    Speaker(s): Fethi Inan
    Facilitator: Sylvia Rogers
    One of the difficult questions to answer as a graduate student is, "Did I do enough as a PhD student to be qualified for a tenure-track faculty position?” In this session, two tenure-track professors will sit down and discuss the important things to-do and what not to-do.
  • GSA Brownbag Lunch
    11:45 – 12:45 PM
    Facilitators: Marissa Ball, Micah Modell, Sylvia Rogers
    You asked for it and we listened! The Graduate Student Lounge will be open during lunch. So, grab a quick lunch to go from one of the area eateries and make your way to the lounge. GSA officers will be around to chat or just chill. This is also a great time to practice for the 3MT™ Competition later in the day!
  • International Event: Cultures around the World
    1:00 – 2:00 PM
    Speaker(s): Paige Hale, Diego Boada
    Facilitator: Firat Sarsar
    Ever wondered how do cultures shape our social interactions when students from different cultures study in other countries? Here's your chance to find out first hand! GSA is proud to present this international event that encourages you to connect with students from around the world as they share with us the traditions and history that make us a global society.
  • A Conversation with the President-Elect
    3:30 – 4:30 PM
    Speaker(s):Rob Branch
    Facilitator: Tonia Dousay
    Each new president brings his or her flavor to this dynamic and growing organization. Come join us for an opportunity to meet and sit down with our new AECT President-Elect Rob Branch. This is a chance to provide feedback to the President-Elect and let the graduate student voice be heard. You’ll also get a preview of what is in stored for next year’s conference and for AECT in general.
  • 3MT™ Competition
    6:30 – 8:00 PM
    Facilitator: Eunbae Lee
    The Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of students' capacities to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience. Doctoral students have three minutes in this preliminary round to present a compelling oration on their dissertation topic and its significance. The top 5 finalists will compete in the final competition on Friday afternoon.
  • AECT Halloween Party*
    9:00 – 11:00 PM

FRIDAY, Nov. 1

  • AECT Breakfast of Champions*
    7:30 – 9:00 AM
  • AECT General Session*
    9:15 – 10:15 AM
  • What is the Future of our Field?
    10:30 – 11:30 AM; Main Floor, Grand Ballroom G
    Speaker(s): Curt Bonk, Rob Branch, David Merrill, Sharon Smaldino, Monica Tracey
    Facilitator: Ayesha Sadaf
    Many of the technologies that we take for granted today were either in their infancy or nonexistent at the time AECT was founded in 1923. As we prepare for the unknown, what kinds of questions should we be asking? What should we be studying that will significantly contribute to our field? Panelists will share their vision for the future and discuss what contributions they think graduate students should consider making. This engaging session will consist of brief remarks by each of the panelists and discussions with the audience.
  • GSA Membership Meeting & Luncheon
    11:45 – 12:45 PM
    Facilitators: Tonia Dousay, Firat Sarsar, Ayesha Sadaf
    Join us for our annual GSA meeting and Luncheon! Meet our new GSA President, Firat Sarsar, who will start his term at the end of the conference and hear about our 2013-2014 goals. This is also an opportunity to learn about GSA leadership opportunities. If you haven’t done so already, this is the perfect opportunity to nominate yourself for a 2013-14 position.
  • 3MT™ Finals
    3:30 – 4:30 PM
    Facilitator: Eunbae Lee
    With the preliminary round completed, it’s time for the finalists of the 3MT™ Competition to battle one last time for a grand prize of $50. A People’s Choice Award of $25 will also be available. So, be sure to attend and cheer on your colleagues!
  • AECT Membership Meeting*
    4:45 – 5:45 PM
  • AECT University Reception*
    6:00 – 7:30 PM

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