Dr. Robbie K. Melton / Robbie.Melton@tbr.edu
Associate Vice Chancellor of Mobilization & Emerging Technology
Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR)
Renaissance Center (RCenter)
855 Highway 46 South
Dickson, TN 37055 (directions to RCenter)
“Education On Demand and In Your Hands”
2013 Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE)
Identified as one of the 2012 Top 50 Innovators in Education by the Center for Digital Education- Converge.
2012 Winner of the WCET WOW Educational Technology Award
2013 Invited Presenter: Higher Education Technology Track
International Award of Recognition for Outstanding Contribution and Services in the Field of eLearning and Mobilization, ELES4AFRICA/Dakar, Senegal 2012
Full Bio: Mobilization (the use of smart phones, tablets and mobile apps) has impacted every facet of education from PreK-Ph.D. and the workplace across the globe. Strategically, the Tennessee Board of Regents established a System Wide Office of Mobilization to provide support to the campuses and to assist faculty and students in utilizing mobilization as teaching, learning, training, and workforce tools, as well as for increasing student engagement and retention.
Dr. Melton serves as the chief system level administrator to oversee the system’s mission and initiatives for the Strategic Mobilization Planning and Business Models, Mobilization Quality Assurances, Faculty and Student Use of Mobile Devices related to teaching, learning, training, and workforce development, and the coordination of research, product testing, pilots and security safety networks. She has published and presented around the nation the impact and value of mobilization for education and the workforce and has acquired a new distinction as an “Appologist”, due to her study of the pedagogy and best teaching practices with mobilization, quality standards for the utilization of mobile apps, and for her creation of the Mobile App Education and Workforce Resource Center (50,000+ Apps 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). Dr. Melton curerntly serves on the Sloan-C Board of Directors, WCET Executive Board, Tennessee MERLOT Project Director, IMS Global Learning Solution Higher Education Co-Chair, and Co-Chair Global Educational Center.
Dr. Melton formally 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). Chief responsibilities included TBR eLearning Strategic Planning, program planning, program implementation and management (eight online degree programs including technical certificates, associate degrees, bachelor degrees, MSN, M.Ed. and seven teacher education additional endorsements (ESL, special education, Math, Biology, Chemistry, vocational education, and early childhood education), online continuing education and professional certificates), faculty training, student services, course development, pedagogy of online teaching and learning, and program evaluations. *ROCC received the 2008 Platinum Award for Outstanding eLearning Program from the IMS Global Learning Consortium for 2008.
Throughout her forty years in the field of education, Dr. Melton has received numerous teaching and technology awards and acclaims with the most recent awards of the 2012 Top Fifty Technology Innovation Educator from the Center for Digital Education and Converge, 2012 International ELES4-Africa Educator Technolgist, WCET WOW Education Technology, Tennessee Board of Regents, 2011 Catalyst Leadership Award, 2010 IMS Global Learning Leadership, 2010 MERLOT Educational Leadership Higher Education System Level, 1998 Outstanding Teaching and Advisor, The University of Tennessee 1996 Outstanding Teaching Alumni Award, 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.
"Integrating technology into education requires a new approach to educational change that infuses new technologies with teaching and learning. How can any educator not be inspired to develop new and exciting ways to bring learning to life for and connect the classroom with a whole world of knowledge? Educators must understand the power of this technological transformation and apply it in redesigning institutions that meet the needs of today's learners for tomorrow's technological workforce."