Director, Unfold Learning
Dr William Rankin is a professional speaker and independent learning consultant who works with schools, governments, and learning organizations throughout the world to design, develop, and implement innovative learning initiatives. Prior to founding Unfold Learning LLC, he served as Director of Learning on the global education team at Apple Inc. in Cupertino, California from 2013–16, where he had responsibility for developing, promoting, and enhancing innovative teaching and learning in pre-K to post-20 education. While there, he helped develop and refine the program that became known as the Apple Developer Academy. Before Apple, Rankin worked as an academic in higher education for 24 years, concluding his time as a Professor of English and Honors College Fellow at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. As ACU's Director of Educational Innovation, he helped design the world's first one-to-one that gave every student an iOS device as a platform for exploring new forms of mobile learning. He was named Campus Technology magazine's Innovator of the Year for mobile learning in 2008 and was named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2009. He has received numerous awards for educational leadership and teaching and has presented on educational technologies and emerging pedagogies in more than 30 countries.