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The AECT Design and Development Competition

The Design and Development Division of AECT is pleased to announce the 2017 AECT Design and Development Competition for promising instructional design research by graduate students working with mentors in the Design and Development Division. AECT is specifically interested in promoting collaboration and mentoring within the professional community.

The goals for this award are to:

  • improve the professional practice of design and development in adult learning and performance-improvement settings;
  • promote collaboration among students, faculty, and practitioners;
  • mentor promising students by leaders outside their home institutions; and,
  • recognize innovative design-and-development approaches to adult learning and performance-improvement problems.

2017 Competition

Now in its 14th year, the AECT Design and Development Competition is designed for graduate student teams of two to take a realistic problem that Instructional Designers might face in business and industry and design a solution to the problem.  Judges evaluate these solutions in terms of theoretical excellence, creativity and feasibility.  The competition takes place in three phases or rounds.  

We are currently in Round 2 of the competition!

Congratulations to the six teams that have made it to Round 2.  In Round 2 the teams submit a more formal and polished paper presenting their solution to the problem.  These solutions are presented to our judging panel who will then select the three teams to advance to the final round held at AECT (round 3).

We also want to celebrate our six mentors who will be working with their teams.  In no particular order here are our mentors for the 2017 year.

Dr. Peter Rich, BYU 
Dr. Dotty Sammons, Idaho State University
Dr. Nancy Hastings, University of West Florida 
Dr. Tom Hergert, St Cloud University 
Dr. Tara Bunag, University of the Pacific – 
Jeroen Bremen, Northwest Lineman College

A special note about Dr. Bunag - she was a finalist in the competition several years ago when she was a graduate student and wants to give back to the competition and help this future generation of students as a mentor - bravo!


Phase 3 - Six teams can submit their round 2 proposals here:


Additional Information

Specific details about the three phases are found in the "General" link at the top and bottom of this page.  Other details about the competition can be found in the additional links provided.  The are additional details about the competition in the links immediately below.  Please refer to these for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions about the competition

Competition Planning Committee Contact Information

2017 Problem Statement

2017 AECT D&D Competition Informational Webinar

Watch this webinar the learn the fundamentals about this competition. You are also welcome to download the PDF file used during this webinar.  The transcript of the audio component of the webinar is provided as well. 



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