The speed and pace of instructional technology can be overwhelming. Everyone has at one time or another been so caught up in the technology that the instructional design and learning is forced to the back burner as we strive to use the tools our clients and students are expecting.
Thankfully, there are a few organizations that instructors and trainers at FHTC should check out to stay on top of their technology “game.” Listed here are several organization that our faculty and staff have found useful for e-learning and training.
AECT is a research and design focused community for instructional designers and educators. Here is a description they provide from the website:
|What is AECT?
The Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) is a professional association of thousands of educators and others whose activities are directed toward improving instruction through technology. AECT members may be found in colleges and universities; in the Armed Forces and industry; in museums, libraries, and hospitals; in the many places where edu cational change is underway. AECT members carry out a wide range of responsibilities in the study, planning, application, and production of communications media for instruction.”
|The Association has become a major organization for those actively involved in the designing of instruction and a systematic approach to learning. It provides an international forum for the exchange and dissemination of ideas for its members and for larger audiences; it is the national and international spokesperson for the improvement of instruction; and, it is the most recognized association of information concerning a wide range of instructional and educational technology. Along with over 2,000 members, we have 24 state and six international affiliates who are all passionate about finding better ways to help people learn. AECT is the oldest professional home for this field of interest and has continuously maintained a central position in the field, promoting high standards, both in scholarship and in practice. AECT has 10 divisions that represent the breadth and depth of the field. The association produces two bimonthly journals, Educational Technology Research and Development and TechTrends.|
C2C/SIDLIT: as stated from their website,
“Colleague to Colleague (C2C), a chartered professional organization, is designed to facilitate the exchange of information and expertise between faculty and staff involved or interested in instructional technology, online instruction, and distance education. The organization’s primary focus is on staff development and collaboration between the community colleges, technical colleges, and universities in the Kansas and Missouri bi-state region.”
Sloan Consortium: As posted recently by C2C,
“If you are not already a member, you may want to consider joining Sloan-C as either an individual or as an institution. From their web site: “The Sloan Consortium is an institutional and professional leadership organization dedicated to integrating online education into the mainstream of higher education.” Membership prices are very reasonable, and each year they sponsor a great conference in Florida that you can attend virtually for about $80. Conference sessions are video-archived for one year. For more information, see: http://sloanconsortium.org/
“The eLearning Guild is the oldest and most trusted source of information, networking, and community for e-Learning Professionals. As a member-driven organization, the Guild produces conferences, online events, e-books, research reports, and Learning Solutions Magazine—all devoted to the idea that the people who know the most about making e-Learning successful, are the people who produce e-Learning every day in corporate, government, and academic settings. Our goal is to create a place where e-Learning professionals can share their knowledge, expertise, and ideas to build a better industry—and better learning experiences—for everyone.”
There are many other great resources and organizations available. If you are a member of other organizations that you feel would be beneficial to our members, please send in your comments with the details.