Daniel H. Pink, Morning Keynote Speaker

The TLT Symposium Program Committee along with the Center for Online Innovation in Learning (COIL) are thrilled to announced that best-selling author Daniel H. Pink will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 Penn State Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology.

Portrait of 2014 TLT Symposium keynote speaker Daniel Pink
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Daniel H. Pink is the author of five provocative books about the changing world of work, including the long-running New York Times best seller A Whole New Mind, and the #1 New York Times best seller Drive. His books have been translated into 33 languages.

His latest book To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others offers a fresh look at the art and science of selling. As he does in A Whole New Mind and Drive, Pink draws on a rich trove of social science for his counterintuitive insights. He reveals the new ABCs of moving others (it’s no longer “Always Be Closing”), explains why extroverts don’t make the best salespeople and shows how giving people an “off-ramp” for their actions can matter more than actually changing their minds. Along the way, Pink describes the six successors to the elevator pitch, the three rules for understanding another’s perspective, the five frames that can make your message clearer and more persuasive and much more. The result is a perceptive and practical book—one that will change how you see the world and transform what you do at work, at school and at home.

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us uses 50 years of behavioral science to overturn the conventional wisdom about human motivation. Pink shows that carrot and stick motivators have been oversold and that high performance depends much more on the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things and to do better by ourselves and the world. Drive is a New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times best seller—as well as an international best seller in Japan and the United Kingdom.

In A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, Pink charts the rise of right-brain thinking in modern economies and explains the six abilities individuals and organizations must master in an outsourced, automated world. A Whole New Mind spent more than 100 weeks on The New York Times main and extended best seller lists—and has been a Freshman Read selection at several U.S. colleges and universities. Oprah Winfrey also gave away 4,500 copies of the book to Stanford University’s graduating class when she was Stanford’s commencement speaker.

Pink’s The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need is the first American business book in the Japanese comic format known as manga. Illustrated by award-winning artist Rob Ten Pas, the book was one of the best-selling graphic novels of 2008 and the only graphic novel ever to become a BusinessWeek best seller.

His first book, Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself, was a Washington Post best seller that Publishers Weekly says “has become a cornerstone of employee-management relations.”

Pink’s articles on business and technology have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The Sunday Telegraph, Fast Company and Wired. He has provided analysis of business trends on CNN, CNBC, ABC, NPR and other networks in the U.S. and abroad. He also advises both Fortune 100 companies and startups on recruiting, innovation and work practices.

Watch Daniel Pink’s TED Talk “The Puzzle of Motivation”

A free agent himself, he held his last real job in the White House, where he served from 1995 to 1997 as chief speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore. He also worked as an aide to U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich and in other positions in politics and government.

He received a B.A. from Northwestern University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Pink lives in Washington, DC with his wife and their three children.

Dr. Robbie Melton, Afternoon Keynote Speaker

The TLT Symposium Program Committee along with the Center for Online Innovation in Learning (COIL) are excited to announce that the afternoon keynote speaker for the 2014 Penn State Symposium for Teaching with Technology will be Dr. Robbie Melton, associate vice chancellor of mobilization and emerging technology with the Tennessee Board of Regents. Dr. Melton will close the Symposium with a high-energy keynote that will take a unique look at the role of mobile technology in education.

Portrait of 2014 TLT Symposium afternoon keynote speaker Robbie Melton

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 on the impact and value of mobilization for education and the workforce and has acquired a new distinction as an “Appologist”. This is 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 Pre-K to Ph.D., including workforce careers, professional development and life-long-learning; according to one’s mobile device of choice).

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.

Throughout her forty years in the field of education, Dr. Melton has received numerous teaching and technology awards and acclaims, including the 2012 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.