Potential Keynote Descriptions
Serving Social Justice & Pedagogical Innovation with Open Educational Practices
Higher education promises to be a vehicle for economic and social mobility; however, this promise increasingly goes begging as our institutions are subtly 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 these 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.
Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science
Higher education is a vehicle for economic and social mobility, yet it is often structured in a way that reinforces existing inequalities. Publicly-funded scholarship that is enhanced by publicly-subsidized peer review is routinely gifted to commercial publishing companies and thereby rendered unavailable to the public and those in the developing world. And contemporary science strongly incentivizes the adoption of questionable research practices and trading off unsexy but cumulative research for flashy but non-reproducible findings. It is against the backdrop of these paradoxes that the open education, open access, and open science movements have been running separate—if parallel—courses, steadily transforming the higher education landscape in the process. In each case, digital technologies are being leveraged to enhance access, agency, and rigour in the service of both justice and progress. This talk will make explicit the shared foundation of these movements, showcase their disruptive potential through a few representative case studies, and critically reflect on both their pitfalls and future potential.
The Psychology of Good and Evil
What does it take for someone to become a perpetrator of genocide? Why would someone risk their own life to save that of a complete stranger? Weaving together insights from contemporary psychological science, this talk will focus on some of the pathways and psychological processes that underlie the behaviour of those who exhibit the worst as well as the best of human nature.
Potential Workshop Descriptions
Getting Started with Open Educational Resources
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.
Getting Started with Open Pedagogy
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 work with them to 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 British Columbia, 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, an Ambassador for the Center for Open Science, and co-director of the Open Pedagogy Notebook. 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 thatpsychprof.com
Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani is a Special Advisor to the Provost on Open Education and a Psychology Professor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, where he conducts research in open education and the scholarship of teaching and learning. A co-director of the Open Pedagogy Notebook, Dr. Jhangiani also serves as an Associate Editor of Psychology Learning and Teaching and an Ambassador for the Center for Open Science. His most recent book is Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science (2017). You can find him online at @thatpsychprof or thatpsychprof.com
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I will bring my own laptop computer, clicker, and adapter (Mini DisplayPort to HDMI/VGA). I will require an LCD projector, a lavalier/handheld microphone, and a connection to the sound system (I may embed video or audio within my presentation).
My preferred airline is Air Canada (or its codeshare partners).
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.
Where I am headed next:
Colorado Learning and Teaching with Technology (COLTT) Conference
University of Colorado at Denver
Association of College and Research Libraries 2019 Conference
Where I’ve been:
BC Career Colleges Association Conference
Miami Dade College (virtual)
Vancouver Community College
University of Windsor
Learning Specialists Association of Canada Pacific Region Conference
Science and Technology Awareness Network Annual Conference
Seattle Pacific University (virtual)
University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
Maricopa Community Colleges
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
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
Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association
Innovate Conference, Ohio State University
Open Education Ontario Summit
University of Kansas
Youngstown State University
National Association of College Stores Large Stores Group Meeting
STAR Symposium, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system (virtual)
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
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
University of British Columbia
University of Tennessee at Knoxville
British Columbia Institute of Technology
Thompson Rivers University
University of Waterloo
Campus Bookstores Canada Summit
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Student Union Development Summit
Canadian Federation of Students AGM
Open Textbook Summit