Thank you to the 2017 Keynote speaker, Dr. Robbie Melton.

Dr. Robbie Melton

Dr. Robbie Melton

Dr. Robbie Melton serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Mobilization-Emerging Technologies for the Tennessee Board of Regents, tenured full professor at Tennessee State University, and serves on the Board for the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), WCET Executive Board, MERLOT Project Director, Apple Distinguished Educator (2013), DELL Consumer Tech Advisory Board, and Global Education Center. Her tributes include the 2016 WCET Richard Jonsen Award for her significant contribution to the e-learning community;  the 2014 Top 30 Technologists, Transformers, and Trailblazers by the Center for Digital Education; 2012 Top Fifty Technology Innovation Educator from the Center for Digital Education and Converge; 2012 WCET WOW Education Technology Award; featured speaker at the United Nation UNESCO Mobile Learning Symposium. 

Dr. Melton formerly served for ten years as the chief administrator responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of Tennessee Board of Regents System Wide Regents Online Campus Collaborative (ROCC): Regents Online Degree Programs (RODP) and Regents Online Continuing Education (ROCE).

Dr. Melton has published and presented around the nation about the impact and value of online education and mobilization for education and the workforce She has received numerous teaching and technology awards and acclaims including 2011 Catalyst Award for Leadership in the implementation of the Regents Online Campus Collaborative; 2010 & 2016 MERLOT Outstanding Leadership Award; 2009 IMS Global Solutions Outstanding Program Award, 2007 4-H Southern Regional Association, 1998 Outstanding Teaching and Advisor, 1996 Outstanding Teaching Alumni Award from The University of Tennessee, 1994 Tennessee Professor of the Year presented by the Carnegie Foundation of Teaching and Council for Advancement and Support of Education, 1990 Outstanding Professor and University Services at Winthrop College, the Zenith Master of Innovations Award, and the South Central Bell Award for Outstanding Teaching Using Emerging Technologies, as well as authored and presented nationally and internationally on mobilization (the use of mobile devices and apps in education); eLearning and online programs strategic planning and implementation; best practices for teaching and learning using technology; diversity in education; and special education program standards.

She acquired a new moniker as an “Appologist”, due to her extensive research of the pedagogy and best teaching practices with mobile devices (smart phone, tablets, wearable, and virtual-augmented reality), and for her creation of a Mobile App Education and Workforce Resource Center (50,000+ Apps and EduGadgets that have been aligned with over ninety-five subject areas from PreK to Ph.D., including workforce careers, professional development and life-long-learning; according to one’s mobile device of choice):

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