Research Chair to receive award at Association for Educational Communications and Technology’s annual convention

Research Chair to receive award at Association for Educational Communications and Technology’s annual convention

The Dissertation to Publication Workshop, developed by Dr. Mansureh Kebritchi, Chair of the Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research was recognized in October at the 2018 Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) International Convention. The workshop received third place in the AECT Crystal Award category from the Division of Distance Learning (DDL).



The DDL-AECT Crystal Award was designed to recognize innovative and outstanding multimedia-based distance learning courses (online, CD-ROM/DVD or video-based) and distance learning projects (single modules, lessons, workshops, something less than an entire course). The workshop was nominated by Dr. David Proudfoot, a CEITR Senior Research Fellow and reviewer in the workshop. The application included Dr. Mansureh Kebritchi as the workshop developer and a committee of reviewers consisting of: Sandra Nunn, D.M; Louise Underdahl, Ph.D.; Elizabeth Johnston, Ed.D.; David Proudfoot, Ed.D.; Debbie-Ritter-Williams, Ph.D.; Patricia A. D'Urso, Ph.D.; Susan Ferebee, Ph.D.; and Jim Lane, Ed.D. The mission of the workshop is to teach the art of developing a publishable manuscript based on a research and the tangible outcome of the workshop is to generate a publishable manuscript and submit to a peer-reviewed journal. The workshop is offered in winter and fall semesters and registration is open/announced in January and August at the Research Hub.


One evaluation criteria for the Crystal Award was for the workshop to provide evidence of instructional effectiveness. The Dissertation to Publication Workshop scored high in this area. The structure of the workshop breaks apart the manuscript into three sections. Breaking the manuscript into sections over time is a deliberate design that incorporates the instructional strategy of chunking. Chunking information is an approach for making more efficient use of short-term memory by grouping information. Chunking breaks up long strings of information into units or chunks. The resulting chunks are easier to commit to memory than a longer uninterrupted string of information. In terms of sharing stories of success in the workshop, chunking information in to different sessions facilitated comprehension and retrieval of information for most participants. Florence Martinez, an author from the spring 2018 session shared, “The workshop has been a great experience to learn how to develop a manuscript from your dissertation. Each session provided a wealth of information that provided guidance with lessons learned throughout the process.”


Congratulations to Dr. Mansureh Kebritchi and the Committee of Reviewers in the Dissertation to Publication Workshop on achieving third place in the AECT Division of Distance Learning Crystal Award.


The AECT is the premier professional association for instructional design and educational technology. The organization works to provide international leadership by promoting scholarship and best practices in the creation, use and management of technologies for effective teaching and learning. The DDL is responsible for judging nominees and selecting Award recipients. To learn more about the various awards and evaluation criteria, please review the award categories and coordinators. To view other winners for 2018 and on, please review previous award recipients.


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