Duren Thompson

Duren Thompson, Coordinator II
Professional Development
Educational Technology and Online Learning


Duren’s current work at the Center includes researching, designing, implementing, and evaluating technology related professional development activities, particularly those using distance technologies.  She has held critical development and implantation roles in national online projects for NAEPDC, LINCS and OCTAE, and works closely with the TN SPDG grant to support educator professional development and online education efforts. With the TN Events Team at CLEE, Duren supports innovation in conference logistics and support, including publication and marketing design.  Duren joined the Center for Literacy, Education and Employment in November of 2000.

Duren holds a Masters degree in Education focused on Special Education and has recently completed a Master’s degree focused on Instructional Technology with an Online Learning specialty. Her current research includes effective practices in online courses, applications of web 2.0 technologies and generational research for adult education (focus on the Millennials) , cooperative/collaborative learning for adult education, and effective instruction to support adults in coping with the pace of change in the next 20-50 years. Duren also has expertise/interest in applications of Cooperative Learning, Multiple Intelligences Theory, supporting adults with Learning Disabilities, and accountability measurement

For more information, visit Duren’s recent online Master’s Portfolio.

Durens experiences prior to joining the Center: Duren also holds an undergraduate degree in Business from the University of Tennessee and both her Masters Degrees are also from UT.   After obtaining her teaching certification in special education (mild, moderate, and severe), Duren accepted a position as a traveling consultant to Tennessee K-12 public schools supporting inclusion and behavioral support initiatives. After three years consulting, Duren served as instructor for the Knox County Adult Education Program under Jane Knight. During this time she participated in EFF action research, designed an introductory curriculum for the technology lab, and encouraged her students in the use of e-mail and web site design to foster literacy skills. Duren has also served special education students of all levels at Rocky Hill Elementary School, worked for the Department of Children’s Services as a Social Counselor in Foster Care, and taught business and humanities courses at the junior college level.

Personal Life: In her spare time, Ms. Thompson likes to read, cook, mess with technology, and participate in medieval re-creation activities. She has a young child, however, who uses up most of that spare time (in a wonderful and magical way, of course ).