Robbie K. Melton, Ph.D  is a tenured professor and transitional dean of Graduate School for Tennessee State University. She is also founder and CEO of ‘RobbieTech4Teach’. She is a former Associate Vice Chancellor of Mobilization Emerging Technology for Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) where she helped develop the system’s Strategic Emerging IOE Technology Planning. She provided system-wide Professional Development and Faculty Training related to education technology support and services for teaching, learning, training and workforce development, product testing, pilots and research. Melton is currently overseeing research regarding the ‘Emerging Technology of The Internet of Everything (IoE) of Smart Connected Devices and Mixed Reality Technologies’ (VR/AR/Holograms/Wearables) for enhancing teaching, improving learning, and increasing workforce productivity; curating IOE Smart Educational Devices, Gadgets, and Tools; and primary investigator for HBCU OER Affordable Learning Solutions Pilots and OER Workforce Skills Commons Resources. Recently, Melton served as an invited panel speaker at the 2018 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) Euro Tech: ‘Women in Technology’. 2015-2017, she was an international keynote speaker for conferences in Scotland, Rotterdam, Malawi, Scotland, France, Argentina, and Canada; and invited presenter for Cuba University Congress, Feb. 2018. Melton has published and presented globally on the impact and value of mobile devices for education and the workforce and has acquired a new distinction as an “App-ologist” due to her study of the pedagogy and best teaching practices with mobile devices, quality standards for the utilization of mobile apps, and her creation of the Mobile App Education and Workforce Resource Center.  Melton is also the winner of numerous awards; the latest being the 2016 Online Learning Consortium Fellow,  2016 WCET Richard Jonsen Educational Technologies top honor for her lifetime work in educational technology, 2015 MERLOT Leadership Visionary Award, CDE Top 30 2014 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers, 2013 Apple Distinguished Educator, 2012, Technology WOW Award, 2013 eAfrica Innovator Education Award.

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