Bridging Critical, Digital, and Open Pedagogies

What would teaching and learning look like if it foregrounded social justice and a pedagogy of care? How might we interact in digital learning environments if surveillance and suspicion hadn’t colored their very design? How could uncritically embracing openness in education reinforce the very power hierarchies we seek to challenge? Drawing on work in both critical digital pedagogy and open educational practices, this presentation will explore the potential of open pedagogy to transform, inspire, amplify, exploit, and damage.

Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani is the Associate Vice Provost, Open Education at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia. The architect of Canada’s first zero textbook cost degree programs, Rajiv is an internationally known advocate for open education whose research and practice focuses on open educational resources, student-centered pedagogies, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Rajiv is a recipient of the Robert E. Knox Master Teacher Award from the University of British Columbia, the Dean of Arts Teaching Excellence award at KPU, and the award for Excellence in Open Education from BCcampus. Rajiv is a co-founder of the Open Pedagogy Notebook, serves on the BC Open Education Advisory Committee, and on the boards of Virtually Connecting, Ubiquity Proceedings, and KDocs Film Festival. A co-author of three open textbooks in Psychology, his most recent book is Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science (2017). You can find him online @thatpsychprof or