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As a fourth year doctoral candidate, in addition to having completed comprehensive examinations and prospectus and working on the dissertation, my thoughts are also turning towards the job market and securing that first academic position. This purpose of this blog is to chronicle the trials and tribulations of completing my Ph.D. and finding that first job.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Second Full Day

Well, the second full day of AECT has come and gone, and I'm actually getting ready to leave Orlando now. The second day of AECT, which for me meant the second day of the Graduate Student Lounge, went rather well. We continued to have good turn-outs, with a low of six on Friday (for the 8:00am session, which was rather ambitious of us, given the fact that we are talking about graduate students here) to a high of 40. Over the course of the day, we averaged about 12-14 if you take away the highest and lowest sessions (in terms of attendance).

This was fairly true of both days in fact. We would average about a dozen people a session, with a few exceptions on both the high (e.g., 32 and 40) and low (e.g., 4, 5, and 6) sides. We've learned a couple of things that we plan to pass on to the next team to do this, in fact we'll prepare a little report (with the help of graduate students who were at AECT and those who weren't, but have an interest in next year).

If you would like to provide some input into what gets included in that report, I'd direct you to the entry entitled "Graduate Student Lounge - Final Say" on The Program blog.

In terms of what else happened at the conference, I was hoping someone could tell me. Outside of the Socratic Session (where I was one of the invited discussants), the Distance Learning members' meeting, and the AECT/ECT awards reception; I was never really more han 50 feet from the GSL space except on two occasions to check my e-mail or update my blogs in the exhibit hall.

This entry has been cross-posed in both my blog area at the Overlay and my academic blog (i.e., Breaking into the Academy).

Tags: AECT 2005, AECT, graduate student, graduate students, graduate school, higher education, education


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