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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.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

More AECT Woes

Three posts in two days, must be another record for me. Anyway...

I got a message from one of committee members today that read:

Hi Gamers,

I had mentioned at one of our meetings about an upcoming article on gaming in education by Michele Dickey. Well, it is out and here is the citation:

Dickey, M. D. (2006). Game design narrative for learning: Appropriatingadventure game design narrative and techniques for the design of interactivelearning environments. Educational Technology Research & Development, 54(3),245-263.

This article complements well her previous article:

Dickey, M. D. (2005). Engaging by design: How engagement strategies inpopular computer and video games can inform instructional design.Educational Technology Research & Development, 53(2), 67-83.
This was fine enough, as we had this little reading group in my department this past year which included students from other COE departments and other parts of the university, but that is neither here nor there.

I'm a member of AECT, but I don't subscribe to ETR&D (or e-turd as another member of my committee refers to it as). Given that this individual had received his paper copy, I figured that I would be able to login to the AECT website and access a copy of the paper there. Not quite...

The website lists the current issue of the journal (i.e., what you get when you click on "Current edition online") as Volume 53 Number 2 - 2005 (even though the comment next to the link states "(downloadable pdf files: Volume 53, Number 3)"). The funny thing is that even in the online archives, Volume 53, Number 3 and Number 4 are listed. What is even funnier is that the faculty member above has received his paper copy of this issue, but it has yet to be posted online.

So, what gives? Is the website, even the member protected material, that dated that paper copies arrive before the site can be updated?

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

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