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.

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