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William Cain

Michigan State University

United States of America - East Lansing

I am a PhD student in the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology program at Michigan State University. I am interested in the affordances and challenges in synchronous/concurrent hybrid learning models and designs.


A bit about myself. I am currently a PhD student in the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology doctoral program at Michigan State University. I moved to East Lansing, MI from Austin, TX after spending nearly 15 years in Beijing, China. While in China, I taught English as a Second Language for a number of different age groups in a number of different educational settings (university, K12, corporate, etc.).

I believe existing and emerging technologies for digital and online interaction will have a significant impact on the design of future learning environments. I am currently investigating the possibilities and challenges inherent in designs that bring face-to-face and remote students together at the same time with the goal of creating comparable learning and instructional experiences for everyone involved. I believe this research will have important implications for concepts dealing with technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK), teachers’ professional development, educational technology integration, situational creativity, space/place advocacy, and access to learning opportunities for disadvantaged students. Through my research at the CEPSE/COE Design Studio, I am also helping faculty in the College of Education to design, develop, and implement models for concurrent (synchronous) hybrid learning in formal and informal learning environments using multimodal forms of communication and interaction.