General

First Name

William

Last Name

Rankin

Job Title

Director of Educational Innovation / Associate Professor of English

Organization

Abilene Christian University

Country

Abilene Christian University

Contact Info

Website

http://www.acu.edu/connected

Extended Profile

Interests

mobility, digital literacies, teaching & learning

Biography

Dr. William Rankin is Director of Educational Innovation at Abilene Christian
University in Abilene, Texas. Along with colleagues, he helped design the ACU
Connected initiative, ACU’s pioneering one-to-one that gave every student
an iPhone or iPod touch as a platform for next-wave mobile learning. As part
of this initiative, Rankin has worked on everything from defining pedagogical
approaches to designing interface elements, and he continues to create new
ways for learners to engage through emerging technologies. Rankin was named
Campus Technology’s Innovator of the Year for mobile learning in 2008. In
2009, he was named an Apple Distinguished Educator and in 2010, he was named
to Apple’s ADE Board of Directors.