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Emerging Leader Award

Rajiv Jhangiani

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (British Colombia, Canada)

Dr. Jhangiani is the Acting Vice Provost, Teaching & Learning and Associate Vice Provost, Open Education at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia, where he formerly served as Special Advisor to the Provost on Open Education and a Psychology Instructor. 

Together with Robin DeRosa, he co-founded the Open Pedagogy Notebook. He serves on the BC Open Education Advisory Committee, as an Ambassador for the Global Advocacy of OER for the International Council on Open & Distance Education, an Advisory Buddy with Virtually Connecting, and on the editorial board of Ubiquity Proceedings.

He previously served as an Open Education Advisor and Senior Open Education Research & Advocacy Fellow with BCcampus, an OER Research Fellow with the Open Education Group, a Faculty Workshop Facilitator with the Open Education Network, an Associate Editor of Psychology Learning & Teaching and NOBA Psychology, and an Ambassador for the Center for Open Science.

He is the architect of the Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) initiative at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. It is a first-of-its-kind in Canada program that allows students to choose from over 800 courses or one of seven complete credentials–from one-year Certificate programs to a full Bachelor’s degree–with zero textbook costs. Since the launch of the ZTC initiative in 2018, students at KPU have saved over $5 million in textbook costs. Rajiv has published research on the perceptions and efficacy of OER, as well as patterns of OER adoptions. His scholarship also includes articles and chapters about open educational practices, open textbooks in Psychology, and two open-access books about open education (2017, 2020). You can find him online @thatpsychprof or

About Emerging Leader Award

Award granted to an enthusiastic individual displaying promising leadership qualities. Someone who’s advocacy and use of open education is inspiring, making them an effective spokesperson. Someone who has demonstrated a strong commitment towards its ideals or has achieved significant accomplishments.