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Associations and Organizations
Below is a list of Instructional Design Technology related associations and organizations. Many of them offer student discount memberships.
American Society for Training and Development
ASTD (American Society for Training & Development) is the world’s largest association dedicated to workplace learning and performance professionals.
The Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) is a professional association of thousands of educators and others whose activities are directed toward improving instruction through technology. AECT members carry out a wide range of responsibilities in the study, planning, application, and production of communications media for instruction.
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in improving learning and teaching by advancing the effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education.
International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) is the leading international association dedicated to improving productivity and performance in the workplace.
The eLearning Guild produces conferences, online events, e-books, research reports, and Learning Solutions Magazine—all devoted to the idea that the people who know the most about making eLearning successful, are the people who produce eLearning every day in corporate, government, and academic settings.
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
The Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), founded in 1981, is an international, not-for-profit, educational organization with the mission of advancing Information Technology in Education and E-Learning research, development, learning, and its practical application.
International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction
The International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction ( ibstpi®) is a not-for-profit corporation that provides leadership to the community by setting the standards. The Board is composed of up to fifteen professionals of the highest repute in their respective fields of expertise who spearhead the research & development of standards, competencies, products and services.
Society for Applied Learning Technology
Founded in 1972, membership in the Society for Applied Learning Technology® is oriented to professionals whose work requires knowledge and communication in the field of instructional technology. It is a professional society, designed for individual membership participation with classes of membership keyed to the interest and experience of the individual.