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Assistant Professor, Educational Technology, Chair in Educational Leadership in the Innovative Pedagogical Practices in Digital Contexts, Université Laval

Dr. Nadia Naffi is an Assistant Professor of Educational Technology in the Department of Teaching and Learning Studies at the Faculty of Education and holder of the Chair in Educational Leadership (CLE) in Innovative Pedagogical Practices in Digital Contexts – National Bank at Université Laval. She holds a doctorate in education (educational technology) and a master’s degree in educational technologies from Concordia University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in interior design from THE Lebanese American University.

Naffi has taught online and face-to-face courses in the areas of digital media, instructional design, human performance technology (HPT), distance education, social technologies and the socio-cultural aspects of learning, consulting in edtech, and qualitative research methods at Ontario Tech University and Concordia University. She currently teaches multimodal courses in educational technology at Université Laval.

As a doctoral student, Naffi has received numerous awards for the excellence of her doctoral research. Her project focussed on how host society youth construe online content about the Syrian refugee crisis after the terror attacks. It 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 educational contexts to disrupt hate discourses. First, she was funded by the FRQSC and SSHRC and received scholarships from the Department of Education at Concordia University. She was named Concordia Public Scholar in 2017-2018 to represent Concordia University in the media, she was a winner of the SSHRC’s Storytellers national competition, a finalist for Concordia University’s My 180-second thesis competition, a winner of ACFAS’s My Thesis in 3 minutes competition, and she won the President’s Media Outreach Award (2016-2017) for excellence in communications. She was awarded the Governor General’s Gold Medal of Canada – Individual and Society 2018 for the excellence of her doctoral thesis.

Naffi is also the recipient of the SALTISE 2019 Best Practices & Pedagogical Innovators Award.

As Chairholder, Naffi is interested in pedagogical innovation in digital contexts as well as competencies development for the future of work. Her research focuses on :

The ethical, critical, responsible and sustainable application of disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence in education, training, talent development and upskilling and reskilling of the future and current workforce for the future of work;
The intergenerational, interdisciplinary and intersectoral inclusion and integration of the current and future workforce in tomorrow’s labour market;
The co-existence in the digital and AI era through which humans and machines collaborate to facilitate and develop collaborative intelligence and humans’ augmented intelligence;
Digital citizenship to combat online misinformation.

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) – axe éducation et capacitation, the Centre de recherche et d’intervention sur la réussite scolaire (CRIRES), the EducationMakers at Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology, and the Educational Informatics Lab (EILAB).


  • 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)