University of Calgary

Appointment a first for Canada

UToday HomeFebruary 11, 2013

By Clayton MacGillivray

Education associate professor Eugene Kowch is the first Canadian to be elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Educational Communications and Technology. Photo courtesy of the Faculty of EducationEducation associate professor Eugene Kowch is the first Canadian to be elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Educational Communications and Technology. Photo courtesy of the Faculty of EducationEducation associate professor Eugene Kowch has been selected to serve on the Association of Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Board of Directors. It’s the first time in the prestigious international organization’s 90-year history that a Canadian has been elected to the board.

“My position as systemic change representative will help me build networks for research possibilities that connect to colleagues and students who are the architects of learning systems for the future. That’s exciting!” says Kowch.

But Kowch sees benefits of his appointment beyond an individual level.

“It gives Canada, and in particular the Faculty of Education, a bird’s-eye-view of new thinking in professional society where the senior scholars and founders of educational technology thinking collect and exchange ideas; we have instant access to some of the best minds and experience in the world.”

Founded in 1923, the mandate of AECT is to improve instruction through technology. With over 2,000 members and affiliates in 72 countries, AECT is the premiere accrediting agency of K-12 educational technology learning and post-secondary graduate and undergraduate educational technology programs.

Kowch’s appointment is for a three-year period during which time he will work to connect educational technology experts with policy makers to develop distance learning and leadership programs for educational technologists in universities around the globe. He will also assess adaptable structures and projects in order to link scholars across educational technology faculties in Asia, North America and Europe.

Kowch’s first task is to co-edit a special edition of TechTrends, an AECT journal, with professor Dan Surry of Southern Alabama University.

“Authors for this first-ever edition on education technology leadership are writing articles on international governance, distributed learning policy, systemic change, complex adaptation and policy analysis around the world,” says Kowch.

Kowch became a member of the association while pursuing a master’s degree in Educational Technology at the University of Saskatchewan. He has been an officer of the Systemic Change Division for six years, so he is no stranger to the innovative work being carried out by the AECT.

“It’s a great place to see beyond the current fads that dominate educational technology discourse outside the field and outside education sectors too,” says Kowch.

Learn more about the AECT.