Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani is the Associate Vice President, Teaching and Learning at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia. The architect of Canada’s first zero textbook cost degree programs, Rajiv’s scholarship focuses on open educational practices, student-centered pedagogies, and ethical approaches to educational technology.
An innovative educator, Dr. Jhangiani is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Robert E. Knox Master Teacher Award from the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia, the Dean of Arts Teaching Excellence award at KPU, the Award for Excellence in Open Education from BCcampus, and the Emerging Leader Award from Open Education Global. A global leader in open education, in 2020 Rajiv served as an Ambassador for the Global Advocacy of Open Educational Resources with the International Council for Open and Distance Education and in 2018 was invited to speak at the United Nations about how open education supports the sustainable development goals.
A co-author of three open textbooks in Psychology, his books include Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science (2017) and Open at the Margins: Critical Perspectives on Open Education (2020). Together with Dr. Robin DeRosa, he is a co-founder of the Open Pedagogy Notebook. You can find him online @thatpsychprof or thatpsychprof.com
More about my academic background
I began my undergraduate studies at the University of Bombay in India before moving halfway around the world to complete my Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of British Columbia. There I began working with Peter Suedfeld and Michael Chandler, both of whom went on to be my graduate advisors.
As a graduate student at UBC, my research focused principally on topics within political psychology, including integrative complexity analyses of conflicts, strategic alliances, genocide, ethno-political violence, and terrorism. My research was supported by graduate fellowships from the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, and Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada. Some of this work was recognized with the Canadian Psychological Association’s Certificate of Academic Excellence and the International Society of Political Psychology’s Roberta Sigel Award.
I began my teaching career as a sessional instructor at Kwantlen (then University College, now Polytechnic University), where I taught a variety of courses, including Introductory Psychology, Social Psychology, Cognition, Research Methods, Statistics for Psychology, and the Psychology of Genocide. My teaching was recognized with the Dean of Arts Award for Teaching Excellence in 2016. Over the years I have also taught at Thompson Rivers University (Open Learning), Capilano University and UBC, where, in 2013, my teaching was recognized with the Robert E. Knox Master Teacher Award.
Over the years I have served as an Ambassador for the Global Advocacy of Open Educational Resources with the International Council for Open and Distance Education, an Open Education Advisor and Senior Open Education Research & Advocacy Fellow with BCcampus, an OER Research Fellow with the Open Education Group, a Faculty Workshop Facilitator with the Open Textbook Network, the Director of Research, Resources, and Special Initiatives on the Society for the Teaching of Psychology’s Early Career Psychologists Committee, a member of the APS Teaching Fund Committee, an Ambassador for the Center for Open Science, a Faculty Fellow with the BC Open Textbook Project, the Associate Editor of NOBA Psychology, an Associate Editor of Psychology Learning and Teaching, and on the boards of Ubiquity Proceedings and Virtually Connecting.
I work to support equitable access to education, the design of authentic learning experiences for students, and ethical approaches to educational technology, and routinely present to and facilitate workshops for faculty, staff, and administrators at post-secondary institutions worldwide.
For a more personal recollection that connects the dots along my journey, watch this retelling from my keynote at Digital Pedagogy Lab Toronto in 2019.