William C. Cain

PhD. Student
Educational Psychology and Educational Technology Program
Michigan State University
CEPSE/COE Design Studio – 401b
Erickson Hall Building, 620 Farm Lane
East Lansing, MI 48824

In Brief

William Cain is a doctoral student in the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology program at Michigan State University. He received his BA in Classics from the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests focus on disruptive and sustaining educational innovations, tech-rich designs for learning, pedagogy and situational creativity, and mobile augmented reality. William is author and co-author on a number of publications on innovative course designs and synchromodal learning environments (environments that synchronously blend the activities of online and on-campus students and instructors for the purpose of supporting real-time multimodal learning interactions and experiences). He has been twice awarded the AT&T / MSU Award of Excellence for his work on Blended and Hybrid course designs.

Education

PhD student: Educational Psychology and Educational Technology Program (2011-Present)
College of Education, Michigan State University

Bachelor of Arts in Classics (1994)
Department of Classics, College of Liberal Arts, The University of Texas at Austin

Professional Highlights

  • 2013 AT&T Award of Excellence for Best Blended Course – Instructional Team member
  • 2013 AT&T Award of Excellence for Best Online Course (Honorable Mention) – Instructional Team member
  • Managing Editor, ideaplay.org – the student-run blog for the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology doctoral program at Michigan State University
  • Designed, implemented and evaluated ongoing business English development programs for multinational corporations operating in China
  • Helped coordinate communications and community relations projects for the oldest and largest international school in Beijing
  • Developed content and lesson strategies for Beijing University Press
  • Created the “MBA in USA” application service for Zhaopin.com in Beijing
  • Developed teaching strategies for pilot/flight crew English training programs at Beihang University

Research Positions

Fall 2012 – Present
Research Assistant – CEPSE/COE Design Studio

Fall/Spring 2011
Research Assistant – Confucius Institute  at MSU

  • Developed profiles of potential partner districts for Confucius Institute language instruction programs
  • Created survey instrument to determine district needs for online Chinese language instruction

Teaching Positions

Summer 2014

  • Instructor – CEP 800 Learning in School and Other Settings, Michigan State University

Summer 2013

  • Instructor – CEP 800 Learning in School and Other Settings, Michigan State University
  • Instructor – CEP 815 Technology & Leadership, Michigan State University
  • Instructor – CEP 822 Approaches to Educational Research, Michigan State University
  • Instructor – CEP 807/870 (online) Capstone Portfolio, Masters of Arts in Educational Technology, Michigan State University

Spring 2013

  • Instructor – CEP 807/870 (online) Capstone Portfolio, Masters of Arts in Educational Technology, Michigan State University
  • Technology Advisor or “Navigator” – CEP 901b (synchromodal) Proseminar in Educational Technology, PhD. Program in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology, Michigan State University

Fall 2012

  • Instructor – CEP 815 (online) Technology and Leadership, Masters of Arts in Educational Technology, Michigan State University

Summer 2012

  • Instructor – CEP 807/870 (online) Capstone Portfolio, Masters of Arts in Educational Technology, Michigan State University
  • Instructor – CEP 416 (online) Teaching and Learning with Technologies, Bachelor of Arts in Teacher Education, Michigan State University

Papers

images Henriksen, D, Cain, W., Mishra, P., & the Deep-Play Research Group. (2013). Making sense of what you see: Patterning as a Transdisciplinary Habit of Mind. TechTrends, 58 (5), 2-6.

images Bell, J. Sawaya, S., & Cain, W. (2014). Synchromodal classes: Designing for shared learning experiences between face-to-face and online students. International Journal of Designs for Learning,(1), 68-82. 

images Henriksen, D., Mishra, P., Greenhow, C., Cain, W., & Roseth, C. (2014). A tale of two courses: Innovation in the hybrid/online doctoral program.TechTrends, 58 (4), 45-53.

images Koehler, M., Mishra, P., & Cain, W. (2013). What is technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK)? Journal of Education, 193 (3).

images Mishra, P. Cain, W., Sawaya, S., Henriksen, D. & the Deep-Play Research Group. (2013). Rethinking technology & creativity in the 21st century: A room of their own. TechTrends, 57 (4), 5-9.

Conference Presentations and Proceedings

Cain, W. (2014). Contradictions as catalysts: Instructors’ situational creativity in design, implementation, and adjustment. Presented at the Symposium for Fail Again, Fail Better: Contextual factors that influence creativity in technology-mediated learning contexts, Society for Informational Technology and Educational Technology Conference, Jacksonville, 2014.

Cain, W., Bell, J. & Sawaya, S. (2014). Supporting diffusion: Engaging the innovation-decision process for synchromodal class sessions. Best practices paper presented at the Society for Informational Technology and Educational Technology Conference, Jacksonville, 2014.

Cain, W., Sawaya, S., & Bell, J. (2014). Introducing the linked classroom model in a synchromodal learning environment. Brief paper presented at the Society for Informational Technology and Educational Technology Conference, Jacksonville, 2014.

Cain, W., Sawaya, S., & Bell, J. (2013, June). Innovating the hybrid small group model in a synchromodal learning environment. Best practice paper presented at the annual meeting of the World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (EdMedia). Victoria, BC, Canada.

Sawaya, S. & Cain, W. (2014). Virtual presence in a synchromodal learning environment. Brief paper presented at the Society for Informational Technology and Educational Technology Conference, Jacksonville, 2014.

Bell, J., Cain, W., Sawaya, S. (2013, June). Introducing the role of a technology navigator in a synchromodal learning environment. Best practice paper presented at the annual meeting of the World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (EdMedia). Victoria, BC, Canada.

Sawaya, S., Bell, J., & Cain, W. (2013, June). Introducing the personal portal model in a SynchroModal Learning Environment. Best practice paper presented at the annual meeting of the World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (EdMedia). Victoria, BC, Canada.

Cain, W. & Henriksen, D. (2013, March). Pedagogy and situational creativity in synchronous hybrid learning: Descriptions of three models. Full paper presented at the Society for Informational Technology and Educational Technology Conference (SITE), New Orleans.

Professional Experience

Educational Consultant
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2010 – 2012)

  • Provided professional development workshops to K-12 school districts throughout the U.S.

Director
EL Plus Solution, Beijing China (2002-2009)

  • Designed tailored English development programs for multinational corporations in China
  • Evaluated existing work-flow with a focus on solving recurring communication problems
  • Determined recommended proficiency standards for current and future employees for different departments

Community Relations Liaison
International School of Beijing, China (1999 – 2002)

  • Facilitated community communication programs for administration and faculty
  • Developed events and programs for greater community awareness and involvement in school activities and affairs
  • Implemented strategies for enhanced corporate and government support