The 2011 Jacksonville convention planners definitely set the bar high for the 2012 AECT convention planning team. Fortunately, we are up to the challenge and will do our best to see that our Louisville convention lives up to the high Jacksonville standards. As I mentioned in the closing general session, we are pleased to have three outstanding keynote speakers planned for AECT 2012:
· Yong Zhao, Presidential Chair and Associate Dean for Global Education, College of Education at the University of Oregon.
· Malcolm Brown, Director of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI).
· Daniel Willingham (pending), cognitive scientist and Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia.
I am sure that in addition to supporting our conference theme: Learning in the Age of Globalization, these fine keynoters will also provide something specifically meaningful and relevant for each of our divisions and affiliates.
On the concurrent and roundtable presentation front, we will continue with efforts to provide more engaging and stimulating presentation sessions at the convention. Watch for the call for proposals and communication from your divisions and affiliates for more details in the near future.
The 2012 convention call for proposals will open (online) on December 15, 2011 and will close on February 15, 2012. Simply go to aect.org and look for the very conspicuous (I hope) link to the call for proposals and instructions from the divisions/affiliates. So, jot down your presentation ideas, finish up those research projects, and start drafting your presentation and workshop proposals today.