Author Profile

Elizabeth Simpson | Associate Professor in the College of Education, University of Wyoming

Current Position and Past Experience
Dr. Simpson is currently a consultant with the University of Wyoming’s Outreach School. She is currently researching and assessing accessibility issues for the University’s distance delivered programs. The UW Outreach School is taking a proactive approach to evaluating their current learning environments and is planning a proactive approach to designing future learning environments to be accessible to all students.

Dr. Simpson is the past director of the Wyoming Distance Learning Center, a legislatively funded collaborative who served the state as the central clearing house for research, instructional design policy and administration of distance education for the State of Wyoming. Dr. Simpson is also an Associate Professor in the UW College of Education, Department of Educational Studies.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Dr. Simpson currently serves on the Board of the Wyoming Health Information Organization, a group of doctors, medical administrators, and community leaders committed to supporting access to Tele health in Wyoming.

As part of her tenure with the Wyoming Distance Learning Center, Dr. Simpson and her team created a statewide distance education program for four state agencies, Human Resources, Department of Family Resources, Workforce Services and the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy, successfully moving the state from three ring binders to distance delivered education.

Dr. Simpson is a member of ASTD and Wyoming Life Long Learner Association.

Personal Details and Community Involvement
Dr. Simpson is a veteran educator who started her career twenty years ago as a special education teacher. That experience taught her that all students can learn if they are given the right learning environment. She returned to school to complete a doctorate in Educational Psychology and has been working for the past twelve years with teachers, trainers, and pre-service teachers to facilitate the design and engineering of accessible, motivating, and engaging learning environments.

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