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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.  

The finals are set!!!

The judging panel has selected the three teams in the finals1. Here is the 2017 judging panel who has worked hard to identify our finalists:

Jason McDonald, BYU
Ana Donaldson, past president, AECT
Beth Oyarzun, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

A special note about Dr. Oyarzun.  Beth was a finalist in the competition in 2014.  She wants to give back to the competition and help this future generation of students as a judge - bravo!


Your 2017 finalists in the AECT Design and Development Competition


Iryna Ashby and Secil Caskurlu

    Purdue University

    Mentor - Tara Bunag, University of the Pacific


Huiruo Chen and Nicole Emert

    University of South Florida

    Mentor - Dotty Sammons, Idaho State University


Jessica Hooper and Elena Erick

    University of South Florida

    Mentor - Peter Rich, BYU


The time and location of the finals at AECT

AECT/D&D Instructional Design Competition
Wed, Nov 8, 2:30 to 4:30pm, 3rd Level, City Terrace 07


Come and support these teams.  If you are a student, this is a great opportunity to see what the competition is all about.


To learn more about the competition at AECT

There are two things you can do at AECT to learn more about the competition first hand:

1)  Meet and Greet

    Tuesday, Nov 7 from 6:00pm- 8:00pm
    Meet & Greet Reception

The finalists, judges, mentors and members of the competition coordinating meeting will be here and can talk about the competition.


2)  Competition table and display at AECT

There will be a table at AECT with information about the competition as well as the 2018 Problem Statement for next year.

Hot off the Press - 2018 Problem Statement

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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