Monthly Archives: February 2016

Special issue of Tech Trends related to trends, issues, best practices and current research in organizational training and performance.

Tech Trends Special Issue: Division of Organizational Training and Performance

The Division of Organizational Training and Performance of AECT is sponsoring a special issue of Tech Trendsrelated to trends, issues, best practices and current research in organizational training and performance.

Special Issue Co-Editors

Nancy B. Hastings
University of West Florida

Jennifer A. Bauman
Quicken Loans

Submissions should align with the Division Mission to bridge the gap between research and practice, facilitating communication, collaboration and sharing between academics, students and practitioners across multiple disciplines interested in applying current theory and research to training and performance improvement initiatives.  The following is a non-exhaustive list of possible topic ideas:

·        Applications of performance improvement processes in organizational settings

·        Performance, gap and cause analysis in organizational settings

·        Change management

·        Informal learning

·        Mentorship

·        Coaching

·        Motivation

·        Employee development (leadership, faculty, etc.)

·        Technology’s role/impact on organizational training and performance

·        The application of UDL in organization training

·        Gamification in organizational training and performance

·        The relationship between theory and practice in organizational training and performance

Expected publication date: January 2017

Submission Information
Articles should follow the writing style guidelines for Tech Trends.  Submissions should be 4000-5000 words in length (10-15 pages) and abstracts should not exceed 150 words.  Use APA formatting throughout.

Please submit a brief overview (approx. 500 words) of proposed articles to Nancy Hastings at nhastings@uwf.edufor initial review.  If accepted for review, you will be directed to a Tech Trends portal for this special issue where you will submit your full article per the schedule below.

We kindly ask authors to also serve as reviewers for other submissions.  Given your expertise in organizational training and performance, your peer review feedback is extremely valuable.  If you are willing to serve in this capacity please contact Nancy Hastings ( or Jenny Bauman ( to volunteer.  Thank you.

Important Dates

·        February 29-Email submission of ideas due

·        April 11 – Full submissions due

·        May 23 – Decisions made; feedback sent

·        July 4 – Revisions due

·        August 1 – Feedback on revised manuscripts

·        August 29 – Revisions due


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Instructional Designers in Higher Education Survey by OLC

Help us find the answers by taking the survey before Friday, March 4th, 2016. Please also share the link ( with other instructional designers that you know.

We’ve heard that as digital tools evolve and become more prominent in higher education, instructional designers, learning designers, instructional technologists, and folks with a dozen other related titles are assuming a more and more integral part of the learning process. But who are these mysterious designers of instruction, and what do they do?

  • What is the typical background and training of instructional designers in Higher Ed?
  • What are their biggest barriers, and what skills are most important for success?
  • What tools do they use and what does their workflow look like?
  • How are instructional designers distributed across institutions, and how do their teams operate?
  • All respondents will receive a free copy of the white paper published with the findings of this study. Thank you in advance for providing input!

Best regards,
Daniel Paly, Senior Producer
Michael Diederich, Research Director
Ilona Chebotareva, Producer

Call for Proposals: 2nd annual Conference on Meaningful Living and Learning in a Digital World

Proposals are due March 15, 2016


Sponsored by The Online Journal of Distance Learning
Administration and The University of West Georgia


The second annual Conference on Meaningful Living and Learning in a Digital World will focus on issues related to living and learning with technology in ways that add authentic value to our lives and to the world. As we embrace the conveniences of emerging technologies in the classroom and beyond, we will explore ways to employ them with a people-centered approach that includes balance, compassion, healthy living, mindfulness, and relationships.

Please plan to join us for three days of inquiry and peaceful rejuvenation in a scholarly environment.


The Planning Committee of the Conference on Meaningful Living and Learning invites proposals on topics related to:

Reconciling Humanity and Technology in the Classroom
Humanistic Instructional Design
Work-Life-Learning Balance
Health & Wellness in the High-Tech Workplace
Minimalism and Simplicity
Coaching and Mentoring Distance Learners
Sustainable Technology Solutions
Social Equity and Educational Access
Learning Science
The conference is particularly relevant to online teachers and leaders, instructional designers, psychologists, sociologists and social scientists, communication researchers, nurses and healthcare practioners/researchers, librarians and media specialists, and education administrators.

Proposals will include a 30 to 50-word description. A link to submittal can be found at the conference website.

Presentations may be 45-minute sessions (with or without papers), 7-minute simple talks, or poster presentations.

The conference registration fee for all presenters and participants will be $310. Registration includes printed proceedings, all sessions, two luncheons, two afternoon teas, two morning breaks, and several activities. The conference hotel (Savannah deSoto Hilton) guest room rate is $139 per night. All conference sessions and activities will take place at this historic hotel.

See our conference web site at:

Or contact:
Melanie Clay (, Conference Director
Kendall Dickey (, Conference Manager

“Digital Traces in Context” — CALL FOR PAPERS for a Special Section in International Journal of Communication

“Digital Traces in Context”

CALL FOR PAPERS for a Special Section in International Journal of Communication

Guest-edited by:
Andreas Hepp, Professor, Communication & Media Studies
Thomas N. Friemel, Professor, Communication & Media Studies
Andreas Breiter, Professor, Information Management & Education Technologies
University of Bremen


?Big data? has become a contested buzzword for media and communications research, but remains a vague concept when it comes to empirical, contextualised analysis and interpretations. From the point of view of the media user and a critical analysis of media practices, it is rather ?digital traces? that matter. The term ?traces? puts emphasis on the fact that these data result from the practices of individuals, collectivities, and organizations while using digital media. To understand ?digital traces? we have to relate them to the various actors who originate them, as well as the contexts that matter. When putting ?digital traces in context,? we have to reflect the programmers who design and implement the related technologies, the features of the technologies (e.g., the underlying algorithms), the actors producing the traces through their practice, the procedures of data gathering, as well as the relation of these data with various kinds of other information. Hence, studying t
he context of digital traces goes beyond the mere analysis of ?big data.? Investigating digital traces is a challenge for research methods (e.g., data mining, validation, research ethics, replicability, transparency), and theories (e.g., grasping general patterns, development of new theories), and a profound reflection of all of this (e.g., redefining the basis for academic critique). The aim of the Special Section is to bring scholars of media and communications research together with scholars of other disciplines to reflect the chances of researching ?digital traces in context? as one way of making a proper sense of ?datafication.?

– Theoretical approaches to digital traces and their social, cultural and technological contexts
– Qualitative and quantitative methodological approaches to researching digital traces in contextualised ways, including internal and external validation of digital traces
– Implications and affordances of system design and infrastructures for digital traces
– New ways of visualizing digital traces
– Actors defining and producing digital traces (programmers, intermediaries, users, etc.)
– Relations between social practices, behaviour and digital traces
– Critiques of digital traces producing infrastructures and social practices
– Ethical issues concerning the collecting and analysing of digital traces


To be considered for this collection, a paper of maximum 7,000 words (all-inclusive, which includes the abstract, keywords, images with captions, footnotes, references and appendices, if any) must be submitted by June 16, 2016 and adhere to the following formal requirements:

– Formatting according to the most recent version of the APA style-guide (including in-text citations and references).
– Any endnotes should be converted to footnotes.
– Papers must include the author(s) name(s), title, affiliation and e-mail address. (Your paper will subsequently anonymized for double-blind peer review.)
– All articles should include an abstract of 150 words.
– All spelling must be rendered in American English. To change British or Commonwealth spellings to their American equivalents, please see the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.
– See ?Author Guidelines/ Submission Preparation Checklist? at

Any papers that do not follow these guidelines will not be submitted for peer review.

The International Journal of Communication is an open access journal ( All articles will be available online at the point of publication. The anticipated publication timeframe for this Special Section is Q1 2017.


All submissions should be e-mailed to by June 16, 2016. Late submissions will not be included for consideration.


Submission of full papers

07/2016 ? 09/2016:
Peer review

10/2016 ? 12/2016:
Final revisions

Q1 2017: