Highlights from the Booksigning Event at the 2017 AECT International Conference

Highlights from the Booksigning Event at the 2017 AECT International Conference

I just returned from the 2017 AECT International Convention "Leading Learning for Change" which took place from November 6-11, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in Jacksonville, Florida.  This was my second conference with AECT and it proved to be another successful event for those of us who had the opportunity to attend.  One of the highlights of attending any conference is the ability to interface and network with one's peers from different universities from all over the United States and from all over the world.  I enjoyed that aspect of the conference immensely as I recognize that we as scholars can always learn from each other.  However, one of the most profound highlights for me from this particular conference was the booksigning event that was held on Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 5:30pm to 7pm.  This event, sponsored by Routledge, featured the editors and co-authors for the book entitled "Culture, Learning, and Technology: Research and Practice" which was just published by Routledge in March 2017.  The book was the culmination of more than a year's worth of collaboration and work by various scholars to include five of us from University of Phoenix:  Dr. Sandra Nunn, Dr. Lequisha Brown-Joseph, Dr. Michelle Susberry Hill, Dr. Steven Watkins, and Dr. Mansureh Kebritchi.  Our team of Drs. Nunn, Brown-Joseph, and Susberry Hill wrote Chapter 9 of the book; whereas, Drs. Watkins and Kebritchi wrote Chapter 14.  Since its publication, the book has gained a great deal of momentum in recent months and was awarded the 2017 James W. Brown Publications Award at the AECT Conference.  Even more, the book is now being used in several college courses.  I'm immensely proud of how this collaborative effort resulted in such a great scholarly book on this topic.  And the booksigning event was truly a milestone for those of us who participated.  Reflecting upon this experience, this book has inspired me to continue to seek opportunities as a scholar to collaborate on unique projects such as this.  Not only have I gained experience as a scholar, but also I have established professional relationships with others with other universities who I hope to work with again at some time in the future.