Laurie Bedford, PhD

Associate Professor, School of Education

Areas of Expertise:

  • Adult Education
  • Distance Education
  • Performance Improvement
  • Instructional Design


  • PhD, University of Wyoming
  • MS, University of South Dakota
  • BA, University of South Dakota

A multiple case study of individuals with disabilities using assistive technology for employment training

Selected Publications:

Bedford, L.  (2019).  Using social media as a platform for a virtual professional learning community. Online Learning Journal, 23/3. Available at:

 Bedford, L., & Rossow, K.  (2017).  Facilitating professional learning communities among higher education faculty: The Walden Junto model.  Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 20(2). Available at:

Bedford, L.  (2015). Faculty development for engaging online discussion participation in higher education. Conference Proceedings from the 9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Madrid, Spain.  Available at:

Bedford, L.  (2014). Purposeful feedback: A framework for online discussion facilitation.  International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 26(3), 463-472. Available at:

McDowell, M., Bedford, L. & DiTommaso Downs, L. (2014). Enhancing faculty performance through coaching: Targeted, individualized support. Higher Learning Research Communications, 4(4).

Selected Professional Experience:

  • Director of Faculty Excellence, Walden University

Training Consultant, Technology and Innovations in Education