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Instructional Technology SIG Welcome
Welcome from the Chair

AERA 2021 Fall Program Chair Letter

Welcome to AERA SIG Instructional Technology! We are a community of scholars focusing on the design and development of instruction and the media technologies that aid in their implementation.

Year 2020-2021 has been a difficult year for us and the world. Our schools and classrooms had to shift to new forms of instruction. Teachers and students had to adapt their teaching and learning in remote and virtual settings. However, grit and perseverance are in our human nature. The field of instructional technology had been brought to the forefront of our attention. As a community, we are encouraged to see how educational technologists, instructional designers, learning scientists, and educational researchers in all fields have worked together with schools and educational systems in generating strategies and solutions for the emergency remote learning. Many members in SIG Instructional Technology have played significant roles in leading these tremendous efforts transitioning and innovating our educational systems during this pandemic. Therefore, they deserve a moment of appreciation and celebration! Thank you very much!

SIG Instructional Technology members lead rigorous research covering a diverse range of topics related to instructional technology and utilizing diverse and robust methodologies from quantitative to qualitative inquiries and from small sample case studies to big data analytics. At our AERA annual conferences SIG IT sessions well represent the field of instructional technology and our sessions are well attended. In addition, SIG IT also organizes various activities serving the community of scholars. For example, we have been giving out the best research paper award and the best student paper award each year recognizing excellent scholars in our field. We have frequent communications through our listserv, newsletters, and social media channels.

All these cannot be achieved without an excellent SIG-IT leadership team. Thanks to our 2020-2021 team, including Lauren Eutsler, Victoria Lowell, Sheng-Lun Cheng, and Kristin Gorski. I feel extremely appreciative to our past officers who made substantial contributions to our SIG. Welcome our 2021-2022 team including Victoria Lowell as the program chair, Juhong Liu as the award chair, Regina Kaplan-Rakowski as the communications officer, and Shadow Armfield as the secretary/treasurer. I am looking forward to working with this new leadership team in 2021-2022. We will be working on a new array of initiatives focusing on mentoring, collaboration, and scholarship.

A sincere thanks to all of our SIG-IT members. You are the lifeblood of this SIG. Your contributions, ideas, and involvement are what keeps us all going. We welcome new members to join our SIG-IT as we grow as a community. The SIG-IT team is here to support and connect you, so please keep in touch and reach out to any of us, anytime!


Kui Xie, SIG-IT Chair

Cyphert Distinguished Professor

Professor of Educational Psychology & Learning Technologies

Department of Educational Studies, College of Education and Human Ecology

The Ohio State University

SIG Purpose

The purpose of SIG-IT is to encourage, promote, and support research on the design and development of instruction and the media technologies that aid in its implementation.

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