Association for Educational Communications and Technology

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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.[1]

The updated description of the association is in the documents section of the new website.[2] Policy and Manual of other helpful information October 2013.



On July 6, 1923 the AECT was formed as the Department of Visual Instruction (DVI) and was a part of the National Education Association (NEA).[3][4]

  • Members worked together with the common goal of job placement.
  • Spoke in favor of needed legislation.
  • Served as liaisons to other groups and to commercial interests.
  • Solidified support behind the use of the term "visual instruction” as the name for the field.[4]


In the first few years of the 1970s, there was a major reorganization within the association that resulted in a new name, the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). In 1973 the AECT became an international organization.[3]

  • A new division structure was created.
  • Howard Hitchens was named as the new Executive Director.
  • A shift from an audiovisual orientation to a system approach orientation.[5]


  1. ^ "2013 AECT International Convention". October 29 – November 2, 2013. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  2. ^ "2013 AECT handbook and policy manual". Updated July 11, 2013 pp. 94
  3. ^ a b Hlynka, Denis; Jacobsen, Michele (2009). "What is educational technology, anyway? A commentary on the new AECT definition of the field". Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology / La revue canadienne de l’apprentissage et de la technologie. 35 (2). ISSN 1499-6685.
  4. ^ a b "Formative Period, 1923-1931 - Association for Educational Communication & Technology". Retrieved 2017-06-15.
  5. ^ "Independence and Dispersion Period, 1971-1982 - Association for Educational Communication & Technology". Retrieved 2017-06-15.