Reimagining Educational Innovation: Lessons from Pandemic Pedagogies

The pandemic has been devastating to our communities, to our students, faculty, and staff. It has been catalyzing in the rapid uptake of digital technologies and educational development opportunities. 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 online pandemic pedagogies taught us? What lessons can we glean for improving online and blended learning as we imagine a post-COVID world? As part of this keynote and discussion we will explore what higher education might look like if we reimagine educational innovation as practices that centre on inclusion, trust, and care.

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.