Keynote Speaker: Robbie Melton

Associate Vice Chancellor for Mobilization and Emerging Technologies at the Tennessee Board of Regents

Thursday, September 25 | 11:45-1:25pm

Education On-Demand and Within Your Hands: The Impact of Mobile and Emerging Technologies  in Higher Education

Students are coming to campuses with various mobile devices from smartphones, tablets, computers, gaming consoles, and wearable technologies. Do we ‘connect’ or ‘disconnect’ these students? How can these innovative devices serve as effective teaching and learning tools? This keynote presentation will provide participants with an overview of the latest innovations of emerging mobile technologies for enhancing teaching, learning, and student services; including ‘game changing’ mobile apps across the higher education spectrum. 

Dr. Robbie Melton shares her latest thinking and research on education transformation and the impact of mobile devices and applications for teaching, learning, and workforce development. As TBR’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Mobilization and Emerging Technology, Melton’s innovative and ground-breaking work touches the daily lives of more than two hundred thousand students and educators served by Tennesee’s statewide education system.

She oversees the system’s mission and initiatives for strategic mobilization planning; quality assurances; educational use of mobile devices related to teaching and learning; and the coordination of research, product testing, and pilots. In addition to her examination of the effectiveness and transformative value of mobilization in education, Melton offers numerous practical resources for strategic planning, rubrics for mobile devices, and links to a mobile app resource center she developed for TBR that points to extensive collections for education: 70,000 apps and counting.

She has published and presented extensively on the impact and value of mobilization for education and the workforce and has acquired a new distinction as the world’s first “appologist”—a reference to her study of the pedagogy and best teaching practices with mobilization, her work on quality standards for the utilization of mobile apps, and her creation of a massive Mobile App Education and Workforce Resource Center.

A nationally and internationally recognized authority on the transformation of education with technology, Melton currently serves the education community on the Sloan-C Board of Directors, on the WCET Executive Board, as Tennessee’s MERLOT Project Director, as IMS Global Learning Solution Higher Education Co-Chair, HETL Advisory Board, and as Co-Chair of the Global Educational Center. Most recently, she was selected to present at the United Nations Mobile Summit in Paris and Mobile Learning Conference in Spain. She was recently selected as one of the 2013 Apple Distinguished Educators and one of the Top 50 Innovators in Education for 2012 by the Center for Digital Education-Converge.