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 inequalities, with engagement, persistence, and achievement still closely tied to affordability. The oft-heard institutional claim to be student-centered is similarly hypocritical, as it is usually faculty, accreditation requirements, and budgetary constraints that dictate both the structure and content of the learning experience. It is against the backdrop of such paradoxes that open education practices have emerged as a transformational force in higher education.
Open educational practices (OEP) encompass the creation, adaptation, and adoption of open educational resources, open course development, and even the design of renewable assignments where students are empowered as co-creators of knowledge. OEP represents a truly learner-centered approach to education that radically enhances both agency and access. This presentation will draw on a diverse set of examples to make a case for why the shift away from traditional (closed) practices is not only desirable but also 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 usually “disposable” in that students work to produce a discrete artefact that will be seen by just their instructor. It is little surprise then that students struggle to see meaning in these types of assignments, which usually end up in the recycling bin. Faculty, on the other hand, take pains to provide meaningful, formative feedback that we often find has been retrieved and read by only a tiny fraction of our students. So 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 OER-enabled pedagogy. This hands-on workshop will equip participants with practical strategies and a suite of supporting resources with which to (re)design their course assignments. During this workshop participants will work collaboratively to generate and provide feedback on one another’s draft projects, which will themselves be shared as a public resource.


Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani is a Special Advisor to the Provost on Open Education 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 also serves as an Associate Editor of Psychology Learning and Teaching and an Ambassador for the Center for Open Science. Formerly an Open Education Advisor at BCcampus and a Faculty Workshop Facilitator with the Open Textbook Network, Dr. Jhangiani’s books include A Compendium of Scales for Use in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2015) and Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science (2017). 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/HDMI). 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

My preferred airline is Air Canada (or its codeshare partners).

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.

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Where I am headed next:

Maricopa Community Colleges
University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
Virginia Tech

Where I’ve been:

Brock University
Canada 2067 STEM Conference
University of Colorado System OER Collaborative
University of Western Ontario
University of Heidelberg
University of Regina
E-Learn 2017–World Conference on E-Learning
Utah State University
MacEwan University
Vancouver Community College
Student Union Development Summit
BC Federation of Students
Academic Technology Institute Conference, University System of New Hampshire
Roger Williams University
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
Centennial College
Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association
Innovate Conference, Ohio State University
Open Education Ontario Summit
University of Kansas
Yukon College
Youngstown State University
National Association of College Stores Large Stores Group Meeting
STAR Symposium, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system
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 AGM
Open Textbook Summit