20/21: A Pedagogical Odyssey

Monday, September 20, 1:30pm – 2:45pm US EDT  |  Virtual

The COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating to our communities, to our students, faculty, and staff. It has been instrumental in catalyzing the rapid uptake of digital technologies and educational development opportunities. It has been alarming in the glee with which so many educators and institutions have willingly become brokers for surveillance capitalism. And it has been especially revealing in the sudden prioritization of teaching and learning within post-secondary institutions. But what have the cracks in our pandemic pedagogies taught us? What lessons can we glean as we envision and plan for the future of online, digital, and blended learning? As part of this keynote and discussion we will explore what higher education might look like if we truly understood practices that centre inclusion, trust, and care as critical to learning.

Centering Inclusion, Trust And Care: A Connected Plenary And Closing Event

Friday, September 24 – 1:30pm – 2:30pm US EDT  |  Virtual


  • Angela Gunder, Chief Academic Officer, OLC


  • Rajiv Jhangiani, Associate Vice President, Teaching and Learning, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Abby McGuire, Director of Research, OLC

Part fireside chat, part active design sprint, this highly-engaging plenary will weave together the threads of the salient themes and discussions covered across the various tracks, sessions and engagement opportunities. Using a curated set of notes collected by numerous conference attendees, session participants will first hear reflections on how the discussions and themes from the conference presentation connect to our collective role in reimagining educational innovation.

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 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.