Nadia Naffi- Please credit © Concordia University

I am an Assistant Professor at Concordia University in the Educational Technology program, expert in instructional design, disruptive pedagogy, elearning, and social media.

In the courses I teach, I prepare students to become instructional designers and performance consultants. I accompany them through a wide range of projects in different contexts and work environments. They design and produce material that can be used by learners and trainers, and can be developed by production teams, such as face-to-face workshops, workbooks, online synchronous and asynchronous training and mobile learning courses. Students prepare learning objectives and competencies. They also design formative and summative strategies and instruments to evaluate learners and formative and summative strategies and instruments to evaluate learning programs.

For instance, in the Human Performance Technology course, students learn to identify performance problems in a systemic approach, write performance objectives and competencies, design instructional and non-instructional interventions, prepare usability tests, formative and summative instruments, produce detailed designs for mentorship programs, professional development materials, incentive programs, job aids, simulations, etc.

For four years, I facilitated two online courses at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in the BA in Educational Studies and Digital Technologies (ESTD) program, using the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) approach. I designed and developed these courses in 2013. In the first course, Digital Technologies and Advanced Teaching Methods (AEDT2150), the students and I explored how we could design efficient and effective training material for a variety of groups of learners using models of teaching and learning and innovative digital technologies. In the second course, Digital Communication Technologies (AEDT1160), we explored how we could use digital communication technologies, with a focus on social media, to solve problems related to education, commerce, profession, and society.

I am also one of Concordia University’s inaugural Public Scholars (2017-2018),  an MT180 Laureate, a Concordia University Newsmaker of the week, a SSHRC Storyteller (2017), and a Media Outreach Award for Graduate Research Communicator of the Year winner (2016-2017),

As a performance consultant and  researcher by training, I examined the influence of social media on the social inclusion of refugees after terrorist attacks.

Financée par le CRSH (SSHRC), ma recherche s’est penchée sur le rôle que jouent les médias sociaux dans l’intégration et l’inclusion des réfugiés Syriens dans les pays et sociétés d’accueil. J’ai visé à révéler les systèmes de construits utilisés par les jeunes des sociétés d’accueil pour interpréter le contenu partagé en ligne concernant la crise des réfugiés Syriens et à comprendre comment ces interprétations influencent les attitudes inclusives ou exclusives de ces jeunes envers les nouveaux arrivants.

Mon but est de préparer nos jeunes à confronter la propagande en ligne contre les groupes minoritaires, que ça soit les réfugiés, les LGBTQ+ ou autre.



The naivety of speaking about “objectivity” without ever considering subjectivity as experiencing, knowing, and actually concretely accomplishing: the naivete of the scientist of nature or of the world in general, who is blind to the fact that all the truths he attains as objective truths and the objective world itself…are his own life-construct developed within himself – this naivety is naturally no longer possible as soon as LIFE becomes the point of focus. (Husserl, The Crisis of European Sciences, 1939, Part II, § 25)