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Serving Access, Equity, and Innovation through Open Educational Practices

Rajiv Jhangiani
Serving Access, Equity, and Innovation through Open Educational Practices
February 4, 2019 10:30 a.m.
Fireside Reading Room, Library University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Durham College

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 embracing OEP supports both social justice and pedagogical innovation.


  • 10:30 a.m. Guests arrive
  • 10:45 a.m. Land acknowledgement. Catherine Davidson &
  • Welcoming remarks, Dr. Steven Murphy, President, UOIT Jessica Nguyen, President, UOIT Student Union
  • 11:00 a.m. Keynote. Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani
    Noon Closing remarks. Catherine Davidson, Library

Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani is a Special Advisor to the Provost on Open Education and a Psychology Instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia. He is an internationally known advocate for open education who has spoken at more than 100 institutions across 5 continents. His research and practice focuses on student-centered pedagogies and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Rajiv is a co-founder of the Open Pedagogy Notebook, an Associate Editor of Psychology Learning and Teaching and an Ambassador for the Center for Open Science. Rajiv is 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. His 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

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