Nadia Naffi

Assistant Professor, Laval University, Canada | Associate Researcher


Dr. Nadia Naffi, expert in disruptive pedagogy and recipient of the Governor General Gold Medal – Person and Society – 2018, is an Assistant Professor at Laval University in the Educational Technology program and holds the Chair in Educational Leadership in Innovative Pedagogical Practices in Digital Contexts.

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.

Naffi is interested in 1) the ethical, critical, responsible and sustainable use of digital technologies and artificial intelligence in education, in training, in talent development, and in upskilling and reskilling the current and future workforce for the future of work, 2) the intergenerational, interdisciplinary, and intersectorial inclusion and integration of the current and future workforce in tomorrow’s labour market, 3) the living together in the digital and AI era where human capabilities, intelligence, and performance are augmented through human machine collaborations.

Her current work focuses on answering two questions:

1) How can human interventions and ethical AI be mobilized to counter intolerance and hate speech?

2) How can we equip instructional designers and performance consultants to thrive in an era of artificial intelligence and to design for clients in workplaces going through digital transformation?

Dr. 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 Centre de recherche et d’intervention sur la réussite scolaire (CRIRES), and Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology.

vanOostveen, R., Davidson, A.-L., Naffi, N., David Price, & Blayone, T. (2016, June 1). Exploring problem-based learning in higher education: case studies about the changing roles of the teacher and the learner. Canadian Society for the Study of Education, 44th CSSE Conference, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB Canada.
Davidson, A.-L., Suárez, W., Naffi, N., Arabuli, N., Desjardins, F., & vanOostveen, R. (2015, June 22). A case study about the Implementation of problem-based learning and mobile technologies in Ecuador. EdMedia. World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2015, Montreal, QC Canada.
Davidson, A.-L., vanOostveen, R., Suárez, W., Naffi, N., & Arabuli, N. (2015). Co-designing video case studies with teachers as a strategy to document the evolution of teaching approaches through the adoption of technology. The Learner, 22nd International Conference on Learning, “What Counts as Learning? Big Data, Little Data, Evidence and Assessment.", Madrid, Spain.
Davidson, A.-L., Naffi, N., Arabuli, N., vanOostveen, R., & Suárez, W. (2015). A juggling act in the andean mountains – Can we handle problem-based learning, mobile technologies and english as a foreign language all at once? Canadian Society for the Study of Education Annual Conference, Ottawa, Canada.
Davidson, A.-L., Desjardins, F., vanOostveen, R., Suárez, W., & Naffi, N. (2014). Une collaboration Québec-Ontario-Équateur pour mener une recherche sur la création d’objects numériques dans une approache par probléme pour la formation des enseignants. Community for Innovation and Research on Technologies teaching/A-learning (CIRTA), Sherbrooke, Canada.
Davidson, A.-L., Naffi, N., Hannum, C., Desjardins, F., vanOostveen, R., & Suárez, W. (2014). Une recherche-action permettant d’implanter les technologies mobiles dans une approche d’APP avec des professeurs de langue étrangère dans un pays en développement. French-Canadian Association for the Advancement of Science (ACFAS), Montréal, Québec.