June 24-28, 2019


EdMedia Emerging Scholar Stream

Did you know that EdMedia + Innovate Learning
hosts a ‘conference within a conference’
specifically for Ph.D. candidates, Masters students, and new faculty?


The Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) is proud to offer a special stream of talks, clinics, discussions and social events specifically tailored for emerging scholars and graduate students, at the EdMedia + Innovate Learning conference. Each day will provide an extravaganza of events with the opportunity for discussions, informal conversations, and social opportunities at the end of the day.

The stream will also appeal to supervisors, advisors, early career researchers and others interested in the conduct of research in educational technology fields. This stream has several activities designed to give you a rich and meaningful experience in the conference.

Emerging Scholars Keynote Address

Friday, June 29, 2018, 10:45 AM

“Developing Educational Design Researcher Capacity”

Susan McKenney, University of Twente, The Netherlands


Susan McKenney, University of Twente, The Netherlands

Abstract: Design research is a genre of inquiry in which the iterative development of solutions to problems in practice provides the setting for scientific inquiry. Design researchers and practitioners collaborate to analyze the problems being tackled, and to develop and refine solutions, which are informed by (formative) evaluation along the way. In these studies, the function of the investigator is typically multifaceted, including the roles of: consultant, designer, and researcher. While most design researchers are afforded formal opportunities to develop their research skills, the consultant and designer skills receive far less explicit attention and tend to be learned informally, at best. If design research is to realize its potential for educational media research, then explicit attention must be given to holistically developing design researcher capacity. This presentation briefly discusses design research, with attention to the goals, nature, and processes of this approach. Then, attention is given to the relevance of the three roles in this process, as well as foundational competencies that are required to enact them. Finally, guidelines are given for developing design researcher learning trajectories.




Emerging Scholars Symposium

Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 10:45 AM

“I Am Pleased to Inform You That…” Insights and Advice on Getting Published in Educational and Instructional Technology

Ana-Paula Correia, Ohio State University, United States and Curt  Bonk, Indiana  University, United States


Ana-Paula Correia, Ohio State University, United States

Curt Bonk, Indiana University, United States

Abstract: The first few years as a researcher, faculty member, graduate student, and scholar of any type can be overwhelming. Your first priority might be preparing lecture notes and new courses and then getting a research program initiated with new grants and projects. Attempts to publish your research results or disseminate information on your course innovations is often pushed off far away into the distance. In response, this session offers a practical set of advice and insights into the processes and structures of writing that will help establish an academic writing program and lead one to a series of writing successes. It is targeted to graduate students, supervisors, advisors, early career researchers, and others interested in conducting research and publishing in educational and instructional technology.





Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 2:15 PM

Meta-Analysis or Systematic Review: Getting Your Dissertation Topic Approved, Grants Funded and Articles Accepted

Joyce P. Johnston, George Mason University, United States


Joyce F. Johnston, George Mason University

Abstract: All too often, the requirement for a meta-analysis or systematic review stand between you and the next major step in your career, whether it be starting your dissertation, publishing those first few articles or getting grant funding for further research. Sometimes one serves the purpose better, sometimes the other, but how can you tell which is appropriate? This session offers practical procedures for analyzing topics using criteria from Oxford University for meta-analyses and The American Psychological Association for systematic reviews. It then proposes steps for constructing each, including ways to avoid the most common bias errors. After exploring situations when a combination of the two can produce the most powerful results, the session concludes with an opportunity for participants to explore the optimal format for their own projects and trouble-shoot possible weaknesses. The target audience to graduate students, faculty advisors, early career researchers, junior faculty, grant writers and laboratory administrators.





Social Event: Graduate Student Night Out

Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 8:00 PM

Join with fellow grad students and local Amsterdam Executive Committee Members for a social night out on the town!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 12:00 PM

To Qual or to Quan? That is the Question

Verona Leendertz, North-West University, South Africa


Verona Leendertz, 
North West University South Africa

Abstract: Knowing whether to use qualitative, quantitative or mixed-methods research is critical for many scholars. This presentation will give scholars a guide of the when to, what to, and how to conduct qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods research. The four paradigms of social research (Interpretivist, structuralist, humanist, and pragmatist) will be used to understand the polarization between the subjective-objective perspectives of research, with practical examples of the: (i) nature of the research relating to the themes of Edmedia, (ii) typical research questions, (iii) research methods to follow within each paradigm, (iv) various qualitative data analysis procedures, and, (v) use of big data in quantitative research.






SIG Meeting

Thursday, June 28, 2018, 1:15 PM

Emerging Scholars/Grad Students Special Interest Group

The Emerging Scholars Stream SIG provides a platform to discuss, debate, interact, collaborate and network amongst other emerging scholars as well as with current practicing researchers seeking to do the same. It is open to all attendees in the conference and it seeks to encourage and further the relationships between new and existing researchers in the field of educational technology.

The ESS Also Includes:

  • Social networking opportunities through AcademicExperts to facilitate discussion during and after the conference, and a dedicated Twitter stream #EmergingScholars
  • A special Emerging Scholar Reception to welcome you, and to provide opportunities to mix with other students and researchers
  • Daily social activities, discussions, and informal gathering with other emerging scholars and the Edmedia Executive Committee
  • An Outstanding Paper award presented to a paper where the author (or first named author) is a student.
  • Help or feedback on your presentation slides provided every day by the EdMedia planning group member during the “Presentation Help-Sessions”
  • On-going networking and social interactions among research peers and experts in the conference

Did you know?

  • AACE and EdMedia offer this program as a service to graduate students by presenting high quality, research training opportunities.
  • The Emerging Scholar program is available for registered attendees at the EdMedia + Innovate Learning Conference. Special registration is not required to attend!
  • Your home institution might consider structuring a readings/seminar course or independent study contract for you that includes attendance at these and other EdMedia sessions as part of the course requirements.
  • You may be able to use the Emerging Scholar sessions to gain credit towards your degree.

ESS Chairs

Joyce F. Johnston, George Mason University

Verona Leendertz, North West University South Africa

2013 Emerging Scholars Stream