Keynote speakers and featured sessions

Our exciting keynote speakers will share their own journeys around open education, and inspire you to explore all that there is to offer in the world of openness.

Opening Keynote: Serving access, equity, and innovation through open educational practices

Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani

Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani,
Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani

Abstract: Higher education promises to be a vehicle for economic and social mobility; however, this promise increasingly goes begging as our institutions are 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 such 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.

Bio: Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani is a Special Advisor to the Provost on Open Education and a Psychology Professor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, BC, 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 and an Ambassador for the Center for Open Science. 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

Closing plenary: “Ouvre-toi, Sésame”: You are Open, now!

Dr. Alan Wright, Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning, University of Windsor

Abstract:“Open Sésame”…this simple command leads to untold riches so let the celebration of the treasure trove begin! But before we raise our glasses this fine afternoon in May to toast our marvellous find, let’s take a second look. This interactive closing plenary promises to scratch the veneer of the golden treasure as we revisit and examine the popular notion “all that glitters is not gold” as applied to open education. In particular, participants will be invited to situate their own policies, programs, practices and plans in the context of the ‘open’ movement. Drawing on an extensive and diverse background as a teacher, developer and administrator of innovative pedagogy through the years, Dr. Wright will lead participants through a final reflection to cap off the day and, hopefully, conclude that this is indeed ‘a summit’ worthy of celebration.

Bio: Closing plenary speaker Alan Wright is completing his second term as the first Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning to be appointed in a Canadian university.
Dr. Wright has a diverse background in education, having worked as a classroom teacher, a  professional development coordinator, and a provincial curriculum director in the K-12 sector before assuming roles as an instructor, dean and educational developer in universities in three provinces. The speaker is a long-time proponent, practitioner and facilitator of policies and innovative pedagogical practices related to increased access to higher education. Dr. Wright has delivered numerous faculty development workshops and presentations in many countries world-wide and has been recognized by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education with the Chris Knapper Lifetime Achievement Award. Alan holds degrees from Mount Allison, McGill, and the université de Montréal.

Panel discussion: Cracking open education: An open discussion on open educational resources, practices, and pedagogies

Moderator: Rick Overeem – Director, Learning Innovation Centre, Continuing Education & Online Learning, Educational Pathways Initiatives

Panellists: Lena Patterson – eCampus Ontario

Dave Cormier – UPEI and PEI Department of Education, Early Learning, and Culture

Admira Konjic – UWSA Vice President – Student Advocacy

Ashlyne O’Neill – PhD student, OER Intern, Office of Open Learning (UWindsor)

David Simon – Lambton College Co-ordinator, Program Development and Pathways, Learning Innovation Centre

This panel brings together a cross-section of the post-secondary sector to share critical perspectives on the potential of OER and open educational practices to change the way we teach and learn in post-secondary education. With representation from students, administrators, eCampus Ontario, instructors, and educational technologists, this panel explores the potential and opportunities that Open offers to postsecondary education in Ontario and beyond.


Workshop 1: Open Digital Presence: Professionalism & Practices

Dr. Bonnie Stewart

Leading change in contemporary educational settings requires practices and concepts that navigate complex digital communications environments. More about this workshop…

Workshop 2: Intro to Pressbooks: Adapting and Creating OER with eCampusOntario

Jenni Hayman, Peg French (eCampus Ontario)

In this hands-on workshop participants will be introduced to Pressbooks, a platform based on WordPress for adaptation and creation of open textbooks and smaller-scale OER. More about this workshop…

Workshop 3: Open up to Open Badging

Joanne Kehoe and Terry Greene (eCampus Ontario)

In this workshop, you will explore, design and issue your first digital, open badge. More about this workshop…
*What you need: Laptop strongly recommended.

Schedule at a glance





8:30-9:30 AM

Breakfast / Registration

Skyline Ballroom A

9:30 – 9:45 AM

Official Welcome and Opening Remarks

Skyline Ballroom B

9:45 – 10:45 AM

Keynote: Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani

Serving access, equity, and innovation through open educational practices

Skyline Ballroom B

10:45 – 11:00 AM


11:00 – 11:05 AM

Transition to Pitt-Ferry building


11:02 AM – 12:05 PM

Concurrent Session 1


Practical Stream

Research / Scholarship Stream


12:05 – 12:10 PM

Transition to SCCCA building


12:15 – 1:15 PM


Skyline Ballroom A

1:15 – 2:15 PM

Panel Discussion

Cracking open education: An open discussion about open educational resources, practices, and pedagogies 

Skyline Ballroom B

2:15 – 2:30 PM

Transition to Pitt-Ferry building


2:30 – 3:30 PM

Concurrent Session 2


Practical stream

Research / Scholarship Stream


3:30 – 4:30 PM

Closing Plenary

“Ouvre-toi, Sésame”: You are Open, now!

Dr. Alan Wright, Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning, University of Windsor


4:30 – 5:30 PM

Closing remarks and reception


Full Summit Programme

Full programme

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Networking and social

There will be lots of opportunities for networking and exploring together throughout the day. The event will close with a reception in the newly renovated heritage listed space of the former Windsor Star building, now now home to the University of Windsor’s School of Social Work, and the Centre for Executive and Professional Education.  

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