Innovate to Educate Entry

Tennessee Board of Regents

Robbie Melton, Associate Vice Chancellor for Emerging Technologies

What innovative technology initiative or project are you most proud of, and how has it improved teaching and learning in your school/district?

System-wide Emerging Technology Strategic Plan for evaluating the effectiveness of emerging technology for teaching, learning, and training. This plan allows for funding of new technologies for faculty, staff, and students to 'Test Out-Try Out' prior to purchasing. This has saved the system million of dollars, as well as identify those technologies that meet ADA standards, safety, security, and network alignment.

What were some of the biggest challenges to your initiative, and how did you meet those challenges?

1. Establishing educational partnerships with tech companies for evaluating and piloting emerging technologies. *Accepted invitation to serve on advisory boards, to co-present, and to co-chair research projects. 2. Faculty, staff, and students willingness to overcome the fear of failure and to celebrate learning from mistakes. *Supporting risk-takers for the sake of identifying effective technological tools for teaching, learning, and workforce development. 3. Establishing a system-wide strategic plan for supporting all campuses. *Established a system-wide advisory board to assist in determining goals and activities.

What are the three biggest components that need to be in place for tech innovation to succeed are:

Leadership with Vision
Strategic Plan that includes funding and staff support

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