The Association for Educational Communications and Technology is an academic and professional association that promotes educational uses of technology. Members provide leadership in the field by promoting scholarship and best practices in instructional technology. AECT's headquarters is in Bloomington, Indiana, having moved from Washington, DC in 1999 for financial reasons. AECT publishes three journals: TechTrends (a bimonthly for "leaders in technology and education"), Educational Technology Research and Development (a bimonthly academic journal) and The Quarterly Review of Distance Education (a quarterly academic journal). AECT sponsors the International Student Media Festival (ISMF), and sponsors an annual academic conference.
AECT's membership has dropped, from over 12,000 in the mid-1980s, to about 2,000 today.
AECT is also trying to write a 'definition' for an academic field, namely instructional technology. Most recently, ACM abandoned the 'definition' effort in computer science.