AECT Conference 2013

Anaheim, California; October 30th to November 2nd


The late management guru Peter Drucker is often quoted as saying: “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” The Association for Educational Communication and Technologies (AECT) is striving to create the future through its mission to “foster effective teaching and learning in a wide range of settings through the promotion of scholarship and best practices in the creation, use, and management of technologies.”

Within this context, the theme of the upcoming 2013 AECT Conference—Innovate! Integrate! Communicate!—focuses on the three things core to AECT success: Innovation, Integration, and Communication.

“Innovation” is about seeing things differently so we can do them differently. It’s about bringing to bear different worldviews, perspectives, and mental models to make new connections, facilitate new transactions, and build new relationships that matter in our minds, our markets, and our world. Innovation emerges from first understanding the educational outcomes we intend; then, creating, using, and managing technologies pursuant to those outcomes.

“Integration” is about sharing and leveraging the knowledge that grows from the concepts and practices of a variety of disciplines. It’s about engaging people with diverse academic and applied interests in the innovation process for mutual benefit.

Finally, “Communication” is about making our innovative and integrated knowledges, skills, and tools widely available and easily accessible. Communication means extending our reach by expanding the conversation among educational professionals both within the Association and beyond across government, business, and civil society organizations.

The work of the AECT Division for Systemic Change in Education (Division) aligns well with the mission of the AECT and the theme of the 2013 Conference. The Division’s emphasis on building and applying systems knowledges, skills, and tools to improve teaching and learning within and across our educational enterprises and with stakeholders outside is uniquely relevant today.

Whether vertically within the educational enterprise—at the levels of the individual, classroom,school, district, state, or nation—or horizontally across government, business, and civil society stakeholders, systems thinking is fundamental to learning and living within a pluralistic, rapidly-changing, nested and networked world.

Consequently, the Division for Systemic Change in Education is interested, not just in transforming existing learning and instructional systems, but also in stimulating broader changes in related systems such as governance, community participation, adult learning, and funding—the peer systems that can either enable or encumber change efforts. The Division is particularly interested in multi-disciplinary work, connection of research to practice, and efforts to bring paradigm change to our schools.

In context of our vision for the future, this posting of the Division’s 2013 Conference presentations with an associated blog has two purposes—one short-term, the other long-term. In the short term, our purpose is to enrich discussion at the Conference by initiating a pre-conference conversation about the topics to be presented. In the long term, we see the posting as a tool to help us frame and focus our work and to more effectively engage AECT members in that work.

To assist you in making a contribution to the Conference discussion, we’ve compiled and organized the presentation proposals, below, in context of five major themes: Leading Change in Higher Education, Systems Thinking and Technology Integration, What is a Quality Education?, Leadership and Research, and Systemic Change in Education.

To start a conversation or engage in an ongoing conversation, click on the title of the presentation of interest; review the presentation proposal, and comment in the space provided at the bottom of the page. To learn more about the presenters, click on the name of the presenter.

We have also included a “General Discussion” page—link at the bottom of the Conference presentations listing—to broaden the conversation to all things related to system change in education.

AECT’s Systemic Change website can be found here.

Thursday, October 31st

2nd Level—South, Madrid

8:00-9:00 am

Session: Leading Change in Higher Education

Page 2:  Campus-Wide Adoption of an Early Warning Alert System — Linda Mellish and Ricky Castles

Page 3:  Leading Change in Higher Education: Moving from Faculty to Administrative Roles — Brian Beatty and Tom Hergert

10:30-11:30 am

Session: Systems Thinking and Technology Integration

Page 4:  Systems Thinking and Technology Integration as Catalysts for School Change in High Need Schools — Anthony Chow, Kim Kappler Hewitt, and Holly Downs

Page 5:  The Price is Right — Rapid Prototyping, Learning Technology, and the Five Musketeers — Dana Ruggiero, Jeff Boehm, Neil Blen, Susana Romans-Roca, and John Sumpter

Page 6:  The Identification of Key Change Factors Within a Southeastern State University System Increasing Online LearningDavid Edwin Stone and Mary B. Shoffner

2nd Level—North, Saloon 5
1:30-2:00 pm

Page 9:  Can Personalized Learning Help All Students Learn? — Dabae Lee, Yeol Huh, Chun-Yi Lin, and Charles M Reigeluth

Friday, November 1st

Systemic Change Membership Meeting
10:30 to 11:30, First Level South-Terrace D

1st Level—South, Terrace D

1:00-2:00 pm

Session: What is a Quality Education?

Page 7:  Living and Learning within a Pluralistic, Rapidly-Changing, Nested and Networked World: New Principles Kenneth W. Prest

Page 8:  A Systems Perspective: What is a Quality Education and What Should Students Be Able to Do after They Graduate? — Anthony Chow, Beth Rajan Sockman, and Francis M. Duffy

3:30-4:30 pm

Session: Leadership and Research

Page 10:  Critical Systems Theory for Critical, Emancipatory and Pluralistic Educational ResearchSunnie Watson and William Watson

Page 11:  Early Results from Research on Complex Systemic Change Leader Networks in a Changing Statewide Charter School System — Eugene Kowch

Page 12:  A Digital Badges, Competency-based Assessment Platform for New Paradigm Learning — William Watson and Sunnie Watson

Saturday, November 2nd

2nd Level—North, Saloon 6

9:15-10:15 am

Session: Systemic Change in Education

Page 13:  An Investigation into State-Level Systemic Change in Education: The Transformational Dialogue for Public Education — Eulho Jung, Minkyoung Kim, Scott Trepperr, and Charles M. Reigeluth

Page 14:  Impacting Perceptions of Practitioners for a Refined Understanding of Educational Systemic Change through a Practitioner Focused on-line Presence Beth Rajan Sockman, Anthony Chow, Kurt Richter, Sinem Aslan and Ashley Scott

General Discussion

Use this link to engage in a General Discussion of all topics related to systems thinking and the Division’s ability to build and apply systems knowledges, skills, and tools to improve teaching and learning within and across educational enterprises and with stakeholders outside.

We look forward to your participation at the Conference, your proactive involvement in the Division for Systemic Change in Education, and, most importantly, your contribution to creating the future of our educational enterprise through systems thinking.


Anthony Chow

Beth Sockman

Ken Prest


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