Though if feels like the 2018 conference in Kansas City only just happened, it’s time to start planning for next year! The 2019 AECT International Convention is going to be held October 21-24, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada!

You are cordially invited to submit proposals to the Learner Engagement Division (LED) for the 2019 AECT International Convention! We welcome proposals that support the the 2019 Convention Theme of Inspired Professional Learning. Inspired Learning Professionals, specifically focusing on learner engagement.

The submission/proposal period opens December 16th, 2018 and closes February 18, 2019.

AECT International Convention 2019 theme - inspired professional learning, inspired learning professionals

Potential Topics

The topics of interest considered include, but are not limited to, cases, projects, research studies, strategies, or tools that

  • Inform instructional design in terms of learner engagement
  • Construct a framework for analyzing various forms of learner engagement
  • Explore pedagogical shifts for learner-centered instruction
  • Assess how technology affects learner engagement
  • Develop a community of practice addressing learner engagement

We are open to innovative methods for presenting and sharing your work – both from a practitioner and researcher perspective.


Interested in doing an “Inspire! Session” or workshop? Check out this idea brainstorm list!

To see more details and submit a proposal, view the official Call for Proposals page on the AECT website.

Types of Sessions


Concurrent Sessions

These 25-minute sessions are primarily stand-up presentations. The focus of these sessions is on sharing information, such as best practices and research results. When proposing such a session, make sure to describe how you will engage with, and encourage interaction with your audience. Reading slides to your audience is not acceptable. In addition, planners will “bundle” concurrent presentations with another of related content to form one 50-minute session.


Panel Sessions

These 4-5 person panels focus on vibrant topics of contemporary concern and professional interest. They are a chance to compare and contrast experts’ disciplinary expertise quickly with an active, participating audience. Submissions require a designated chair to organize and facilitate the vibrant interchange between the panel and the audience, for example. Abstracts should identify panel members and expertise each member will contribute to the session. This presentation format will be scheduled into a 50-minute time slot; 30-minute presentation time and a minimum of 20 minutes interaction time with the audience.


Poster Sessions

Posters are designed to showcase a project, program, process, activity, or similar experience in an informal setting. Posters may be projects that are completed, in progress, or in their beginning stages. A small table is provided to support a display board, laptop, and handouts. Feedback and insights of colleagues on these innovative developments are especially encouraged. Posters are scheduled simultaneously with Roundtables in multiple large rooms. Poster size is 48” x 36” horizontal/landscape layout. Presenters will design and bring their own posters to be attached to tri-fold panels provided by AECT.


Roundtable Sessions

Roundtables are designed for small group discussion of specialized topics, with the presenter leading the discussion. This participatory format allows for a highly interactive presentation lasting 50 minutes. Typically, many roundtable discussions happen concurrently in a large open room. You will will have your own table with eight chairs during the session. A moderator will divide the time into two 25-minute sessions, so participants can visit multiple tables.


Inspire! Sessions

Inspire! sessions focus on professional development opportunities for our members and convention attendees. These sessions should encourage professional growth by obtaining new knowledge, skills, or strategies. These sessions will last 50-minutes, and they should include high engagement between presenter(s) and attendees (e.g., hands-on activities, role playing, crowdsourcing, collaborative learning, game-based learning, etc.). Read the division or affiliate calls to see specific topics of interest. Proposals for Inspire! sessions should identify learning outcomes or goals for attendees and describe how presenters will engage with and encourage interaction with the attendees. The short description should indicate if attendees should bring any equipment, software, or materials with them to the session. There are no fees for attending these sessions.

Fee-Based Workshops

Fee-Based Workshops

Fee-based workshops are intended to provide intense professional development opportunities that result in participants acquiring new skills. Workshops are targeted to specific interest groups and will be available daily throughout the week. The fee-based workshops may be two-hour, half-day (3 hours), or full-day (6 hours) in length. Workshop proposals should identify specific learning goals or outcomes for attendees. The proposal’s short description should indicate if attendees should bring any equipment, software, or materials with them to the session. If accepted, and with a minimum registration of 10 participants, one workshop presenter is entitled to free conference registration. Please note that only an digital projector is provided in the room; presenters and attendees must supply their own computers and cables.

Design and Development Showcase

Design and Development Showcase

The Design and Development Showcase is an exclusive poster session for innovative training and educational programs and projects. The Showcase plays an important role in providing exceptional examples of such programs to all AECT members. The Showcase will be open during regular session presentation times at the Convention. Those selected for the Showcase will prepare a poster and have a table to display their materials. The authors will also describe key components of their programs (e.g., goal/intent, target learners, foundations, design and development process, team members, cost, time). Authors are expected to be present during specified times so Convention participants may meet these innovative Design & Development Teams.

Be sure to read the Design and Development Showcase Submission Guidelines. NOTE: Only programs or projects in their final form will be qualified for this special Convention event. Works in progress (or draft form) do not qualify.

For additional information, contact Victor Law at

Emerging Technology Showcase

Emerging Technology Showcase

The Emerging Technology Showcase will release a full call for proposals with accompanying guidelines in late Spring 2019. No proposals will be accepted until that time.

For more information, please contact: Tutaleni Asino at

Featured Research

Featured Research Sessions

As the premier professional organization in instructional design and technology, AECT actively fosters the dissemination of important research findings. In order to encourage a greater number of high-quality research paper presentations at our annual convention, the Research & Theory Division will feature a small number of research paper sessions.

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