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Dr. Wren Mills
Distance Learning Training Coordinator; CFD Teaching Fellow
Office: 104C Garrett Conference Center & TPH 351
Phone: DL: (270) 745-3169; CFD: (270) 745-4785
As the Distance Learning Training Coordinator, Wren provides both in-person and virtual training and consultations for faculty who wish to better their skills with technology in the classroom and online teaching; this includes Quality Matters training. She also serves as the point of contact for all Blackboard Outcomes Assessment inquiries. Additionally, Wren conducts ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Section 508 Compliance training to help faculty revise their course materials to be ADA compliant. Previous to her position in Distance Learning, Wren worked as the Instructional Coordinator for the Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching at WKU and was an Assistant Professor in English at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College. Wren has also worked as an Adjunct Instructor for WKU since 1999.
Ph.D., Education, emphasis in Higher Education Administration, 2010, University of Louisville. Dissertation: Academic Dishonesty in Online Learning
Certificate, International Student Services, 2008, WKU
M.A.E., Student Affairs, 2004, WKU
M.A., English, emphasis in Teaching of Writing, 1999, WKU, including a semester abroad at University of Cambridge, England
B.A., History, 1996, WKU
Quality Matters: Certified Master Reviewer and Peer Reviewer, Certified Face-to-Face Facilitator, Certified Online Facilitator
Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education: Proposal Reviewer
Mills, W. (2015, May). Easy ADA: Making your course materials accessible. Presented at the Teaching Professor Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
Mills, W., Honaker, A., Vincent, T., Bibbs, T., & Kirtley, S. (2015, November). Under the hood: WKU Distance learning. Presented at the Kentucky Convergence Conference, Bowling Green, KY.
Mills, W. (2015, October). Engaging online students to increase retention. Presented at the Online Learning Consortium’s International Conference for Online Learning, Orlando, FL.
Mills, W., & Fife, J. (2015, October). Online presentations: Annotated their way to better writing. Presented at the Online Learning Consortium’s International Conference for Online Learning, Orlando, FL.
Mills, W., & Fife, J. (2015, August). Annotating their way to better writing: Student video article presentations. Paper presented at the Distance Teaching & Learning Conference, Madison, WI.
Mills, W. (2014, September). Helping faculty chart the course toward a successful Quality Matters review. Presented at the Quality Matters Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.
Mills, W. (2014, October). Online teaching 911: Supporting faculty with last minute teaching assignments. Presented at the Online Learning Consortium’s International Conference for Online Learning, Orlando, FL.
Kuhlenschmidt, S., & Mills, W. (2013, October). Starting them on the right foot: Summer camp for online faculty. Presented at the Quality Matters Annual Conference, Nashville, TN.
Mills, W. (2013, May). Electronic grading, SafeAssign, and other tips & tricks. Presented at the Kentucky Innovations Conference, Lexington, KY.
Mills, W. (2012, May). High tech, low tech, or no tech? What is best for your classes? Presented at the Kentucky Innovations Conference, Erlanger, KY.
Theall, M., Glazer, F., Gomes, N., Mills, W., & Patterson, B. (2012, November). Adding online professional development: Issues, experiences, implementation and impact. Presented at the meeting of the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education, Seattle, WA.
Mills, W. (2011, May). Academic dishonesty: Learning from students to better educate them. Presented at the meeting of The Kentucky Consortium: Converging Trends in Teaching and Learning, Erlanger, KY.
Mills, W. (2010). Student perspectives on cheating. Presented at TYCA-KY Annual Meeting. Louisville, KY.
Mills, W., & Wilkins, D. (2009). Diversifying assessment. Presented at New Horizons Conference, Louisville, KY.
Mills, W., & Wilkins, D. (2009). Diversifying assessment. Presented at Kentucky Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Lexington, KY.
Mills, W. (2008). Introducing critical thinking skills in your classroom. Presented at New Horizons Conference, Lexington, KY.
Wren’s research interest is academic dishonesty, specifically the differences in cheating in traditional and online learning environments. Her dissertation, Academic Dishonesty in Online Learning, examined both face-to-face and online students’ attitudes toward and practices of cheating.
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