This Graduate Connections page is designed to help our students stay connected. Students connect with their peers and learn about current events through our social network sites. The annual doctoral convocation gives doctoral students an opportunity to meet with fellow students and faculty. Students also can network with peers and leaders in the field through professional organizations and conferences.
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Graduate students are encouraged to join and be active in local, regional, and international organizations within their field of study. Becoming a member of professional organizations can help students learn more about their field of study. Being an active member of a professional organization is an excellent way to gain valuable experience while working with colleagues from all over the world.
Some professional organizations that are recommended for our graduate students include:
- Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)
- American Educational Research Association (AERA)
- International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
- Mid-South Educational Research Association (MSERA)
- Mississippi Educational Computing Association (MECA)
- Mississippi Business Education Association (MBEA)
- National Business Education Association (NBEA)
- Southern Business Education Association (SBEA)
- Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE)
Attending and being active at conferences provide graduate students with vital information about current research trends and the future direction of their field. Conferences provide students with an opportunity to network with other individuals in their field of study from other colleges and universities. Students may also enhance their vitae by presenting at conferences. Students may also gain service hours by volunteering during a conference. At certain conferences, teachers may earn CEUs to renew teaching licenses by attending sessions.
Some conferences that are recommended for our graduate students include:
Held annually during the end of October – beginning of November
The annual Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT) convention is for students, faculty, and other professionals within the field of educational technology. The convention provides a variety of sessions with the focus being on the use of technology for learning and instruction. Attendees have an opportunity to stay informed with current research in the field. Also, there are many events that provide ample opportunities to network with other scholars in the field of educational technology.
Held annually during March or April
The annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) is the premier meeting for professionals in the field of education research. AERA’s meeting provides one of the largest platforms for the discussion of educational research. The meeting attracts a diverse crowd of faculty, students, and researchers in the field of education from all over the world. The diverse population that attends this meeting makes it a great venue to network with scholars from all over the world.
Held annually during June
The International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE) annual conference provides an assortment of professional development opportunities for teachers, technology coordinators, administrators, and other professionals in education. These opportunities are available through a variety of sessions, workshops, and informal learning environments at the conference. Also, this conference provides attendees with an opportunity to network with teacher educators and other professionals in the field of teacher education.
Held annually during November
The Mid-South Educational Research Association (MSERA) hosts an annual meeting for individuals in the mid-south region of the United States who are interested in the enhancement of educational research. The annual meetings are conveniently held in Southern states, which make it an ideal meeting for our graduate students to present research that they have conducted. Also, this is a great meeting to collaborate and network with fellow graduate students who attend institutions in the Southern states.
Held annually during February
The annual conference of the Mississippi Educational Computing Association (MECA) provides a platform for teachers, instructional designers, and other education professionals to share innovative ideas for the incorporation of technology in education. Presenters at the MECA conference typically provide practical strategies for using technology in the classroom. The MECA conference also provides an excellent opportunity to network with educators from all over the state of Mississippi.
Held annually during September
The annual Mississippi Business Education Association (MBEA) conference gives teachers, students, and industry individuals from the state of Mississippi an opportunity to participate in workshops about the latest academic and technological advances in business education. In addition, attendees have the opportunity to hear speakers present about teaching strategies being used in business education. Attendees of this conference have the chance to meet and network with business educators throughout the state of Mississippi.
Held annually during April
The National Business Education Association’s (NEBA) annual convention serves as the largest convention for business educators from across the country. NBEA’s convention offers a variety of educational sessions and workshops that are designed to meet the common goals of business educators. Business educators can attend to this convention to expand their knowledge and learn about new technologies. Also, business educators can network with other business educators nationwide.
Held annually during April
The annual convention of the Southern Business Education Association (SBEA) is designed to aid the needs of business educators located in the southern region of the United States. Attendees of the SBEA convention have an opportunity to attend sessions which focus on the current state and needs of business education, and emerging technologies. The SBEA convention provides attendees with an environment for networking with fellow business educators.
Held annually during March
The annual Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) conference brings teacher educators and other education professionals together to discuss the use of information technology in teacher education and faculty/staff development. This international conference provides opportunities to share ideas, explore research, and to network with leaders in the field of teacher education. Also, this conference allows attendees to network with other scholars in the field of teacher education.