Posted on: August 19, 2015

The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) will gather for its annual meeting on September 24, 2015, in Chicago and will be hosting a reception for best-in-class training providers and a presentation by Dr. William “Bill” Rothwell, Professor of Workforce Education and Development in the College of Education at Penn State on his latest research in instructional design competencies. Through a collaborative partnership between the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Dr. Rothwell, and IACET, a research team of Rothwell’s associates led by him set out to investigate these questions: “Have the competencies of instructional design changed? Should they change? How has instructional design (ID) evolved over the past few decades?”


“This research demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that our accreditation standard is consistent with what happens in the field by practitioners. We started with instructional design because we believe that’s a pivotal competency for learning and development professionals, and we intend to continue contributing new and insightful research that is relevant to and furthers our discipline. Dr. Rothwell is a thought leader in this space, and we’re very fortunate to have him involved with this research, and we’re looking forward to his presentation in Chicago,” said Dr. Sandra Williams, Professor of Human Resource Development at Northeastern Illinois University and 2014-15 IACET president.


This free event is open to IACET accredited provider organizations, individual members, invited guests, and members of the media. For media inquiries, please contact Amy Lotz at The reception will also honor best-in-class IACET award winning training providers that will be announced later this month.


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