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The AECT Standards 2012 The standards adopted in July 2012 resulted from a five-year process of development and vetting to have standards that are derived from the definition of the field published in 2008:1 Educational technology is the study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using, and managing appropriate technological processes and resources. AECT has had standards (or guidelines as they were earlier called) for professional programs since the 1970s, developed in part as one of the first organizations involved in the formation of National Association for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). While AECT is no longer an official accrediting body, it maintains its standards to provide rigorous guidelines for educational programs aimed at professionals in the field. These new standards supersede the older standards, including the previous version adopted in 2000 and revised in 2005.

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