Assistant Professor, Educational Technology, Holds the Chair in Educational Leadership in the Sustainable Transformation of Pedagogical Practices in Digital Contexts, Université Laval

Nadia Naffi PhD is an Assistant Professor at Laval University in the Department of Teaching and Learning Studies at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, expert in disruptive pedagogy, and recipient of the Governor General Gold Medal – Person and Society – 2018.

Naffi holds the Chair in Educational Leadership in the Sustainable Transformation of Pedagogical Practices in Digital Contexts, funded by the National Bank.

Naffi delivered presentations and keynotes in national and international conferences on topics including: human performance technology, performance improvement, learning and development with disruptive technologies, teaching and learning with and through social media, online learning, online communities of practice, online problem-based learning, maker movement, cyberbullying, teaching about extremism, and online/social media propaganda.

Naffi was selected as a Concordia Public Scholar for 2017-2018 and was one of the winners of the SSHRC Storyteller national competition.

In her role of an assistant professor at Concordia University, she trained graduate students to become instructional designers, learning experience designers and performance consultants who design solutions for clients living in an AI era, and belonging to a wide variety of workplace contexts including schools, government, NGOs, and industries.

Naffi's doctoral research addressed how hate, fear, and prejudice spread through social media. She identified a five-step model called “Get Ready to Act Against Social Media Propaganda”, which can be used in youth education to disrupt hate discourses.

Her current research focuses on how to prepare the future workforce to thrive in an era of artificial intelligence (AI). With the rise of AI and of the digital world, workforces are evolving, jobs are changing and performing side by side and hand in hand with machines is becoming more and more expected. Getting ready for this new era is of utmost urgency.

Naffi’s current work focuses on the ethical, critical, responsible and sustainable application of artificial intelligence, big data and emergent digital technologies in education and in the human/machine collaboration.

Naffi is affiliated with the Centre de recherche et d'intervention sur l'éducation et la vie au travail (CRIEVAT), the Observatoire international sur les impacts sociétaux de l'IA et du numérique (OBVIA), the Institut Technologies de l’information et Sociétés (ITIS), the Centre de recherche et d'intervention sur la réussite scolaire (CRIRES), and Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology.


  • 2019–present
    Assistant Professor , Université Laval
  • 2018–2019
    Assistant Professor in the Education Department (Educational Technology program), Concordia University
  • 2017–2018
    Full-Time Faculty (Limited-term appointment) in the Education Department & PhD Candidate in Educational Technology, Concordia University
  • 2013–2017
    Part-Time faculty, University of Ontario Institute of Technology


  • 2018 
    Concordia University, Ph.D. Educational Technology
  • 2012 
    Concordia University, M.A. Educational Technology


  • 2017
    Engaging host society youth in exploring how they construe the influence of social media on the resettlement of Syrian refugees., Personal Construct Theory & Practice
  • 2017
    A PCP approach to conflict resolution in learning communities, Personal Construct Theory & Practice
  • 2016
    Examining the integration and inclusion of Syrian refugees through the lens of personal construct psychology, Personal Construct Theory & Practice
  • 2016
    Using interactive software to teach foundational mathematical skills, Journal of Information Technology Education: Innovations in Practice
  • 2015
    Les adolescents et les médias sociaux : une coopération informelle pour un apprentissage authentique, Actes de colloque de la Biennale internationale de l’éducation, formation et pratiques professionnelles « Coopérer »
  • 2015
    Walking the Tightrope Between Online and Offline Life: What Adolescents Learn about CMC through Interactions in Social Media, Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    Doctoral Fellowship
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
  • 2013
    Doctoral Research Scholarship
    Funding Source:
    Fonds de Recherche Société et Culture Québec (FRSCQ) Montréal, Canada
  • 2013
    Graduate Fellowship
    Funding Source:
    France and André Desmarais Graduate Fellowship


The Governor General Gold Medal - Person and Society (2018), SALTISE Best Practices & Pedagogical Innovators Award (2019), Concordia Public Scholar (2017), Winner of SSHRC Storyteller Competition (2017), Winner of the Graduate Research Communicator of the Year Award 2016/2017, Lauréate at "Ma thèse en 180 secondes" ACFAS (2017), PhD Runner-Up 3-Minute Thesis at Concordia University (2017)