William Cain

Assistant Professor

UW Presidential Fellow 2023-24
Daniels Fund Fellow 2023-25

Contact Information

Email: wcain@uwyo.edu
Phone: (307) 766-6819
Office: Education 337


William CainWilliam Cain, PhD is an educator and researcher in the field of learning experience design and technology. His teaching and research interests lie at the intersections between instruction, technology, creativity, and innovation. He received his PhD in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology at Michigan State University in 2018. William also served as Assistant Director of the CEPSE Design Studio in MSU’s College of Education, where he helped implement MSU's first synchronous hybrid doctoral program. He currently serves as Co-Chair for the Creativity SIG of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education.

William has taught courses in educational technology and educational psychology at the graduate and undergraduate level, in both face-to-face and online/blended/synchronous hybrid formats. He has been awarded the AT&T/MSU Award of Excellence three times for his work on Blended and Hybrid course designs. William worked previously a teacher of English as a Foreign Language for 14 years in Beijing, China.

William has authored peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and scholarly commentaries. He has also presented nationally and internationally on numerous educational topics, including instructional design for technological fluency and learner autonomy, instructional innovation in technology-rich contexts, telepresence for learning and teaching, synchronous hybrid course designs, and augmented reality for learning spatial reasoning in STEM education. William has served as a pedagogical and technology consultant for K12 and higher education programs and funded research projects in the design, implementation, and study of technology-rich, pedagogically complex course models.


Ph.D. Michigan State University - East Lansing, Michigan
B.A. The University of Texas at Austin - Austin, Texas

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education
    • SIG Chair – Creativity (2017-2023)
    • SIG Chair – Teaching & Learning with Emerging Technologies (2014-2017)
  • Association for Computing Machinery – SIGCHI
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

Consultation Work

Advised on technology, design, and human interaction in synchronous hybrid (online and face-to-face) learning environments for the following:

  • MBA Program, Duke University (2017)
  • University of Colorado – Boulder (2016-2017)
  • School of Human Resources and Labor Relations, Michigan State University (2015)
  • Educational Psychology & Educational Technology Doctoral Program, Michigan State University

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