Keynote Description

Higher education promises to be a vehicle for economic and social mobility; however, this promise increasingly goes begging as our institutions are structured to reinforce existing social inequalities. Open Educational Practices (OEP) encompass the creation, adaptation, and adoption of open educational resources (OER) as well as the design of renewable assignments where students are empowered as co-creators of knowledge. More broadly, OEP embrace an agentic, collaborative, transparent, flexible, and learner-centered approach to education. This presentation will make a case for why the shift away from traditional (closed) practices is not only desirable but inevitable, and how OEP support the modern university’s mission by serving both social justice and pedagogical innovation.

OER Creation/Adaptation Workshop Description

This hand-on workshop is designed to help you locate relevant and high quality open educational resources (OER) for adoption in your classes. Attendees will become familiar with large, curated repositories for OER (including open textbooks, images, and videos) and will learn how to use Pressbooks, a popular open-source platform, to create, revise, or remix OER.

Note: Scheduling this hands-on workshop after a keynote address is a powerful way to ensure that high quality and relevant resources are placed in the hands of faculty right when they are feeling inspired to adopt them.

Open Pedagogy Workshop Description

Traditional course assignments are often “disposable” in that students work hard to produce something that will be seen by just their instructor while faculty take pains to provide formative feedback that is read by only a tiny fraction of their students. But what if we ditch the disposable assignment and instead harness our students’ energy, potential, and creativity to have them produce resources for the commons? This is the philosophy behind open pedagogy. This hands-on workshop will showcase a wide variety of examples of open pedagogy and equip attendees with practical strategies and a suite of supporting resources with which to (re)design their course assignments.


Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani is the University Teaching Fellow in Open Studies and a Psychology Professor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, BC, where he conducts research in open education and the scholarship of teaching and learning. A recipient of the Robert E. Knox Master Teacher Award from the University of British Columbia and the Dean of Arts Teaching Excellence award at KPU, Dr. Jhangiani serves as the Senior Open Education Advocacy and Research Fellow with BCcampus, an Associate Editor of Psychology Learning and Teaching, and a faculty workshop facilitator with the Open Textbook Network. Dr. Jhangiani’s most recent book is titled Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science (2017, Ubiquity Press). You can find him online at @thatpsychprof or

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I will bring my own laptop computer, clicker, and adapter (Mini DisplayPort to VGA). I will require an LCD projector, a lapel microphone (if the room is large), and a connection to the sound system (I may embed video or audio within my presentation).

Travel Preferences

I prefer to book my own travel arrangements.

Speaking Fee

I invest a significant amount of time preparing and customizing every keynote and appreciate compensation that reflects this work. Please contact me so we can discuss your organization’s needs and budget. Payment should be made out to Open Horizons Consulting.

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Where I am headed next:

Open Education Ontario Summit
University of Kansas
Innovate Conference, Ohio State University
Academic Technology Institute Conference, University System of New Hampshire
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association

Where I’ve been:

Yukon College
Youngstown State University
National Association of College Stores Large Stores Group Meeting
Society for Social & Personality Psychology Annual Meeting, Teaching Preconference
National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology
University of Northern Iowa
Oregon State University
George Fox University
Alexander College
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Lambton College
Temple University
University of British Columbia
University of Tennessee at Knoxville
British Columbia Institute of Technology
Thompson Rivers University
Ryerson University
Sheridan College
McMaster University
University of Waterloo
Campus Bookstores Canada Summit
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Douglas College
Yukon College
Student Union Development Summit
Canadian Federation of Students
Open Textbook Summit