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April Millet, M.Ed.

I have nearly 30 years of experience in higher education at Penn State. I earned a Master of Education from the Instructional Systems Program in 2006 and have held several different appointments in various divisions around the University, building experience in many different areas. I have held posts in Business Services managing Copyright Clearance, in Information Technology Services managing the Web-based Training program, in Student Affairs leading co-curricular education efforts, and in the College of Business designing online undergraduate and graduate courses. Since 2012, I have been happily serving the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences as Learning Design faculty in the Dutton Institute for Teaching and Learning Excellence, where I partner with other faculty to design and develop courses for EMS’ students. I have expertise and experience in faculty development, educational technology, and designing and developing residential, hybrid, and online courses. I present at conferences frequently and have been published in several book chapters and conference proceedings on topics including retrieval practice in online learning, rubrics, instructional strategies, and engagement. My current research interests include instructional strategies, hybrid teaching, and using knowledge checks in online content.

I am a wife and am also a mom to a spunky 9-year-old girl and an energetic rescue dog, who both keep me hopping. We are an active family that hikes, bikes and enjoys kayaking, but we also love going to see superhero movies together. My favorite place is with them at the beach basking in the sun while watching my daughter play in the waves, keeping an eye out for dolphins, and listening to the waves crash. In addition to keeping active with my family, I have a few hobbies that I do when I have time, including my guilty pleasure, reading supernatural romance novels, and sculpting with polymer clay, knitting, needle felting and learning how to use my newly purchased Cricut.