3 Minute Thesis at AECT 2015

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3 Minute Thesis at AECT 2015

Hello Graduate students and AECT members,

The AECT Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) is hosting the third annual 3 Minute Thesis (3MT®) at this year’s convention in Indianapolis!

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills to effectively explain their research in three minutes in a language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience. http://threeminutethesis.org/

Join GSA on Thursday, November 5th for the preliminary round of the 3MT Competition at 6:30 PM at Hyatt Regency. A select panel of AECT faculty and professionals will judge the contestants, and the top scoring individuals will advance to the finals, to be held on Friday, November 7th at 3:30 – 4:30 PM.
Judges will select the Grand Prize Winner, who will take home e-learning authoring software, Articulate Storyline 2 and a Runner-up for the prize of Camtasia/Snag-it bundle. Audience members will vote on a People’s Choice Winner, who will be awarded the Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology.

Entry into the competition is limited to the first 20 graduate students.
Register at http://bit.ly/3mt2015 by September 30, 2015.

Need inspiration? Check out the last year’s winner, Daisyane Barreto’s video at http://bit.ly/daisy3mt!

See the flyer for more details.

We look forward to hearing from many contestants. Contact Eunbae Lee at elee with questions and comments.


The GSA 3MT Planning Committee

Eunbae Lee, Sylvia Rogers, Daisyane Barreto, Holly Marshburn & Jason Engerman

Association For Educational Communications and Technology
320 W. 8th St. Ste 101,
Bloomington, IN 47404

Daniel Taylor wins scholarship

The University of Memphis has announced that Daniel A. Taylor of the Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) doctoral program has been awarded the College of Education, George T. and Betty Johnson Endowed Graduate Scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year.

According to the scholarship website<http://www.memphis.edu/coe/scholarships/>, the scholarship “was established by George T. Johnson in consideration of his desire to support deserving graduate students in the College of Education at The University of Memphis.”

Baker Donelson Instructional Designer job listing

From: Lindsey Shepard <lindseymshepard @gmail.com>

My employer, Baker Donelson law firm, is looking to hire an instructional designer/e-learning developer. Could you circulate this job posting to your students and other IDT contacts?

Here’s the job listing:


I’m happy to answer any questions if interested applicants would like to know more about the position. My email address is lindseymshepard @gmail.com.

Thank you very much!


One-day E-Learning Summit volunteers needed

We’re looking for (exceptional) volunteers!

Want an opportunity to get to know some of the major players in the instructional design and e-learning industry in the Memphis region? Want to help plan an Instructional Design Best Practices Summit? The University of Memphis and Flint Learning Solutions (a FedEx e-learning vendor) is seeking three to four talented volunteers to start immediately to help plan the event. The one-day Summit event will be held in Memphis in January, 2016.

The volunteers will be part of a small team working very closely with program staff to plan and conduct the Summit. Volunteers may specialize in a particular aspect of the Summit planning such as: Guest Management, Vendor management, Logistics, Marketing and Research.

The positions require a commitment of no more than 10 hours a month (likely less), primarily virtual with possibly some on-site meetings at the University of Memphis IDT Studio. Applicants should be self-motivated and creative, with strong writing and organizational skills.

Benefits to you:

You will have the opportunity to meet and interact with learning and development professionals from the largest and most prominent organizations in the Memphis region, and also interact with e-learning vendors and learn about their work.

To apply: Send a short email to Dr. Trey Martindale describing why you’d be a great choice to help organize and plan the Summit. Include a resume and/or portfolio link, and LinkedIn link.

treymartindale @gmail.com

We look forward to hearing from you!

informal workplace learning survey

From Jim Klein, Florida State University:

Dear Instructional Design/Performance Improvement Practitioner,

A team from Florida State University is conducting a research study regarding your perceptions and practices of informal workplace learning. Your input will greatly help us and our survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Follow the link below (or copy/paste the entire URL into your browser) to access the online survey.

Survey link: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_80JylYnrAtHTzsF

Your input is very important to us and will be kept strictly confidential (used only for the purposes of this research project).

Please feel free to pass this survey along to other groups/individuals who you think may be willing to participate. If you have any questions, please send emails to alm06k


James D. Klein

Walter Dick Distinguished Professor of Instructional Systems

Educational Psychology & Learning Systems

Florida State University

Alison L. Moore

Doctoral Candidate

Educational Psychology & Learning Systems

Florida State University

TBR approves reduced out-of-state tuition for graduate students

The Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) has approved the expansion of the 250-R program – which was initially for undergraduate students only – to include graduate students beginning this fall.

This program offers reduced out-of-state tuition to graduate students who have a permanent address inside a county within a 250-mile radius of the University of Memphis main campus but do not currently qualify for the border county classification or other in-state residency classification.

This opportunity represents a nearly 44 percent reduction in out-of-state tuition for eligible out-of-state graduate students who live outside border counties (DeSoto, Marshall, Tate and Tunica in Mississippi and Crittenden in Arkansas).

With about 1,000 doctoral and 3,000 master’s students, the UoM is the largest graduate school in the Mid-South. “Now that a graduate degree has become a necessity for success in the modern workplace, this sends a clear message to the best and brightest in the whole region that we are their destination of choice for securing a quality graduate education,” said Dr. Jasbir Dhaliwal, interim dean of the Graduate School. “With our 116 diverse graduate programs, we are well positioned to serve all their needs.”

According to Dhaliwal, the Tennessee Council of Graduate Schools has found that the state produces only about 7,900 Tennesseans annually to fill current workforce demand for more than 10,000 graduate degree holders. Reduced tuition costs and job prospects should attract strong regional candidates to the UofM to help reverse workforce shortages in our metropolitan area.

The plan’s economic benefits to the Memphis region could be significant. Historically, 54 percent of UofM out-of-state graduates remain in the region after graduation. Every $1 million investment in graduate education provides an additional $893,000 in business revenue, an additional $1.2 million in personal income, 22 jobs and about $77,000 in state and local taxes.