Last week ten representatives from the Learning Technologies program attended the American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting
(AERA). The group was busy presenting posters, papers, and roundtable discussions; presenting at special interest group (SIG) meetings; and, for some, attending their first AERA annual meeting.
Many LT students were attending AERA, a conference boasting over 15,000 attendees, for the first time. Neal Fredrickson, a first-year Ph.D. student shared, “The advantage of going to AERA is that the conference is so huge that in includes just about every topic in educational research. It’s a great place to explore fields you are most interested in, and to discover new fields that you can learn from and draw upon. This was the first time I’ve attended an educational research conference — taking part in the dialog of this field plus thanks to all of the sideline conversations with my LT friends, I’ve been able to identify where I can contribute!”