Professional Associations & Organizations

MIT students at the 2004 AECT ConferenceAs an instructional designer, instructional technologist, software developer, trainer or teacher, we must keep abreast of current research in educational product and program design. This page links you to the professional associations and organizations in the field of Instructional Technology.

For information about an organization click the following links

AACE (Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education)
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (publish Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, Journal of Computing in Childhood Education, & Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education)
P.O. Box 2966
Charlottesville, VA 22902

AECT ( Association for Educational Communications and Technology)
Association for Educational Communications and Technology (publish Tech Trends and Educational Research and Development)
1025 Vermont Avenue, NW
Suite 820
Washington, DC 2005

ASET( Australian Council for Education Through Technology) - a council of affiliated technology organizations. It exists to promote and improve the quality of technology education provided in Australia.
Australian Society for Educational Technology (publish the Australian Journal of Educational Technology)
Peter Blakey
National Secretary, ASET
Australian Catholic University
179 Albert Road, Strathfield NSW 2135
Email :
Phone : (02) 9739 2142 Fax : (02) 9739 2281
ASET Email general:

ASTD (American Society for Training and Development)
American Society for Training and Development (publish Training and Development Journal)
Box 1443
1630 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22313

ISPI (International Society for Performance Improvement)
International Society for Performance Improvement (publish Performance and Instruction and Performance Improvement Quarterly)
1300 L Street, NW
Suite 1250
Washington, DC 20005

ISTE (Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education)
International Society for Technology in Education (publish Learning and Leading with Technology and Journal of Research on Computing in Education)
1787 Agate Street
Eugene, OR 97403

AMTEC (Association for Media and Technology in Education)
Is a Pan-Canadian community of educators, media producers, researchers, librarians and other professional staff who work to facilitate and improve learning, in all sectors of education, through the appropriate application and integration of educational technology.

AAIM (Association for Applied Interactive Multimedia)
Its mission is to bring together... practicing multimedia professionals, educators, trainers, and those considering using multimedia and related applications.

AMTEC Association for Media and Technology in Education in Canada
The purposes of the AMTEC Foundation, are based upon the conviction that the improvement of instruction in schools, post-secondary institutions and business and industry can be accomplished, at least in part, by the continued investigation and application of new systems for learning and by the periodic assessment of current techniques for the communication of information. Within the above framework the purpose of the AMTEC Foundation will be to enlarge the body of knowledge available in the field of educational communications, media and technology and to encourage dissemination of such knowledge

The Concord Consortium
Is a nonprofit educational research and development organization based in Concord, Massachusetts. We create interactive materials that exploit the power of information technologies. Our primary goal in all our work is digital equity -- improving learning opportunities for all students.

Is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.

IEEE Computer Society Learning Technology Task Force (LTTF)
The purpose of this task force is to contribute to the field of learning technology and to serve the needs of professionals working in this field.

SALT Society for Applied Learning Technology
Is oriented towards professionals whose work requires knowledge and communication in the field of instructional technology. It enables one to achieve knowledge for work in the field of applied learning technology by association with other professionals in conferences sponsored by the Society.

TLT (Teaching, Learning, and Technology Group)
Helps higher education institutions understand realistic options and develop effective strategies to help you direct and shape technology's impact. The TLT Group facilitates the exchange of information among and within institutions to help develop more realistic goals, measurable against more realistic benchmarks.

TIE (Technology & Innovation in Education)
Serves as a source of professional development that assists and empowers educational communities to respond productively and responsibly in a networked global society.

OET (Department of Education Office of Educational Technology)
Develops national educational technology policy and implements this policy through Department-wide educational technology programs.

COSN (Consortium for School Networking)
Is a national nonprofit organization, promotes the use of information technologies and the Internet in K-12 education to improve learning.

ADEC (American Distance Education Consortium)
ADEC is a national consortium of state universities and land grant institutions providing high quality and economic distance education programs and services via the latest and most appropriate information technologies.

ODLAA (Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia)
ODLAA is a professional association of members interested in the practice and administration of distance education and open learning. It is a non-profit organization managed by an Executive Committee of members operating in a voluntary capacity. The Associations aims and objectives are to: advance the practice and study of distance education in Australia, foster communication between distance educators, and maintain and extend links with other national and international associations with related aims and objectives.

DETC (Distance Education and Training Council)
The Distance Education and Training Council (formerly the National Home Study Council) is a non profit educational association located in Washington, D.C. DETC serves as a clearinghouse of information about the distance study/correspondence field and sponsors a nationally recognized accrediting agency called the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council.

CADE (Canadian Association for Distance Education)
National association of professionals committed to excellence in the provision of distance education in Canada

WAOE (World Association for Online Education)
WAOE (pronounced "wowee,") is an international professional organization concerned with online pedagogy, registered as a nonprofit public benefit corporation (NPO) in the California state capital. WAOE offers membership services relevant to educators concerned with teaching online, public services for international society, and collaboration with other educational organizations functioning in cyberspace.

NEA (National Education Association)
Higher Education News and development tools for distance education. Includes course web site templates, online publications, charts and graphs, and debates over significant issues in online learning.

AASL (American Association of School Librarians)
The American Association of School Librarians is interested in the general improvement and extension of library media services for children and young people. There are many useful documents and resources available here, especially their Position Statements section, and guidelines for school media programs Information Power, Building Partnerships for Student Learning. See also YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association, another ALA division.

ALA (American Library Association)
This is the home page of the major organization of librarians of all types. See the membership division AASL (American Association for School Librarians) for information directly of interest to school libraries and school librarians.

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