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OFA Recipient Helen Crompton

Helen Crompton
Faculty Member
Rising Star

Old Dominion University

What inspires me:
"As a faculty member, I enjoy opening doors and changing lives by developing technology-based inclusive learning practices."

Helen Crompton

Helen Crompton has been a tenure-track faculty member at Old Dominion University (ODU) in the department of Teaching & Learning since 2013. She came to ODU from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where she earned a Ph.D. in technology in education and mathematics education. 

Crompton’s research is focused on educational technology, particularly on the use of mobile devices (e.g. cell phones, tablets) for learning in STEM. Accomplishments include: authoring a widely accepted definition of mobile learning; configurational analyses in the use of mobile learning to extend and enhance learning in mathematics and science; identifying strategies for providing inclusive learning for refugee children and students with disabilities using mobile devices; and developing ecological theories and frameworks for educators to successfully integrate technology into teaching and learning.

Crompton has published more than 100 publications and has been recognized by the United Nations as one of nine mobile-learning experts in the world. Crompton has presented keynote addresses at research conferences in countries including England, Thailand, Greece, Germany, Turkey, Luxemburg and Pakistan. She has been invited by various divisions of the United Nations to author and present lectures on the topic of inclusive learning with mobile devices, and to participate in policy forums with world leaders on topics such as using mobile learning to empower women and girls in developing countries and educating displaced populations.
Crompton’s teaching practices have been described in the Chronicle of Higher Education and Education Weekly. She teaches graduate and undergraduate students on digital-age teaching and learning. She has been recognized with multiple awards for research, teaching and service from organizations such as The International Society for Technology in Education as well as awards from two U.S. presidents for her work in mobile learning.

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