George Veletsianos

Credentials: Professor in the School of Education and Technology at Royal Roads University

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Dr. George Veletsianos is a Professor in the School of Education and Technology at Royal Roads University, in Victoria, B.C., Canada. He holds the Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology and the Commonwealth of Learning Chair in Flexible Education. His current research examines people’s experiences and practices surrounding online and flexible learning, networked participation, and the future of higher education. George has authored or co-authored more than 80 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, and his latest book is Learning Online: The student experience (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020). You can read more about George at his website.

Access, Harassment, Misinformation, and Higher Education Futures

How may we expand equitable access to education? How do we support faculty who face online harassment? What is the role of education in curbing online misinformation? I have been working on these problems for a few years, and in this talk, I will discuss how potential solutions to these problems inform the future of higher education and the design of online learning efforts. My goal is to surface values, designs, technologies, and practices that we may adopt or resist in our role as higher education faculty, designers, and leaders during a time of crisis. In doing so, we will explore a variety of topics that require our attention, including trust, flexibility, equity, systemic supports, surveillance technologies, and faculty preparation to teach in digital contexts. My hope is that this conversation supports us in not just the challenges that we are facing now, but also in the emergencies that we will face in the future (e.g., climate crisis).