Saturday, January 21, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

2012 AECT International Convention - Visit to Louisville

World's largest baseball bat!

The 2012 AECT International Convention planning team made a short (2 day) site visit to Louisville, KY in December 2011. We made visits to the Muhammad Ali Center, the Louisville Science Center, and marvelous attractions on Museum Row on Main. Prior to our tour of Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, we seized the opportunity to have our photo taken in front of the world’s largest baseball bat. The Galt House Hotel (our convention venue) was beautifully decorated for the holidays.  Walking through the hotel and checking-out the rooms needed for our concurrent sessions, panels, roundtables, and poster sessions, brought back many fond memories from our 2009 convention at the Galt House.  As a matter of fact, I still remembered many of the rooms and the presenters who used them (shades of Simonides and Method of Loci, I suppose?).
Speaking of rooms, staying at the Galt House also refreshed my memory about the spacious guest rooms in the Galt House. Not only are the guest rooms large (most notably the reasonably-priced suites), but they are also impeccably clean and comfortable. Hint: If you have some additional funds for your stay in Louisville, be sure to pay a little extra for a suite; it’s worth the price.
Hitting a home run with Big Pappi's bat.

On the planning end of things, our 2012 convention planning team (consisting of planners from divisions, affiliates, committees, and other partners) started working the last day of our Jacksonville convention and has already met via Adobe Connect. Division/affiliate descriptions have been updated and the All-Academic proposal submission site is up and running.  Soon, I hope you will take some time to prepare and submit a proposal (or two).  Doing so will reduce your stress as the March 2 closing date approaches. More importantly, getting your proposals submitted well in advance will reduce MY stress (and high blood pressure) as I wait for all of those last minute submissions. I'm excited about our 2012 convention. Let's knock it out of the park!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Submission System is LIVE! AECT 2012 International Convention

The submission system for AECT 2012 International Convention proposals is now LIVE and accepting your proposals.  The gateway to submissions with the complete Call for Proposals is available at

Concurrent session and Workshop session dates for our Louisville Convention are as follows -
Concurrent Sessions: October 31-November 3
Workshop Sessions: Tuesday, October 30, Wednesday, October 31, & Saturday, November 3

Once at the site, you will also find our Call for Featured Research, Design Showcase, Submission Guidelines, hints on creating Effective Proposals, and of course our Proposal  Login for submissions. 

Included in the plethora of information at the call for proposals page, you will find our numerous session types with descriptions. If you are unsure of the suitability of your proposal to a particular group, we encourage you to contact the Convention Planner for that group or organization. A list of groups is available on the call for proposals, describing particular topics suggested by each group and identifying the planner for each group.

We plan to close submissions on March 2, 2012, 11:59 p.m. (Eastern).

Marc Childress
President-Elect, AECT
AECT 2012 International Convention

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Technology Use on the College campus - Online Colleges

Technology Use on the College campus - Online Colleges

An enlightening infographic based on data from EDUCAUSE, Pew Internet and American Life Project, and Computerworld. This infographic illustrates the disconnect between university students and their professors/instructors when it comes to technology use in the classroom. From my observations, Kansas college students are not as tech-savvy as those from more urban settings. With that said, most faculty at my university are still far behind when it comes to personal technology use (and most-definitely classroom technology use). A few years ago, a colleague from our school of business asked during a technology advisory committee, "Can we buy devices for our campus classrooms that will block cell phone signals?" My response was, "I have a better (and less expensive solution). Simply ask one of our local school district teachers to provide you with some classroom management training." We don't have much to do with each other, any more.

Technology Use on the College campus
Via: Online Colleges Guide