Elevating Higher Education : A Cutting-Edge Roadmap for Quality, Equity, and Inclusion With a Focus on Student and Instructor Mental Health in Multimodal Learning Environments

This white paper presents a comprehensive synthesis of definitions, practices, and recommendations to help instructors, course designers, and developers from a variety of disciplines, as well as policymakers, create and support high-quality, equitable, and inclusive learning and assessment experiences in hybrid, flexible or 100% online modalities that are sensitive to the well-being and mental health of their students in the postpandemic era.

The insights and recommendations presented in this white paper serve as a catalyst for reflection and action. By working together and harnessing the collective power of all stakeholders, we can create a transformative educational environment that supports the well-being and success of every individual in our higher education institutions.

This paper will be presented as part of the Symposium: Shattering barriers, which will be held on June 7.

This project is supported by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), by the Chair in Educational Leadership (CLE) in Innovative Pedagogical Practices in Digital Contexts – National Bank of Université Laval, by the International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of AI and Digital Technology (OBVIA), which is funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ).

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Nadia Naffi PhD, Université Laval, Canada

Ann-Louise Davidson PhD, Concordia University, Canada

Laura Winer PhD, McGill University, Canada

Teresa Focarile MFA, Boise State University, USA

Brian Beaty, San Francisco State University

Aline Germain-Rutherford PhD, University of Ottawa, Canada

Shantell Strickland-Davis PhD, Central Piedmont Community College, USA

Danny Rukavina, Académie de Paris, France

David Hornsby PhD, Carleton University, Canada

Rula Diab PhD, Lebanese American University, Lebanon

Saouma BouJaoude PhD, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Moira Fischbacher-Smith PhD, University of Glasgow

Alec Couros PhD, University of Regina

Bart Rienties PhD, The Open University, UK

Annie Pilote PhD, Université Laval, Canada

Nicolas Gagnon, Université Laval, Canada


Stéphanie Côté, Université Laval, Canada

Valentine Kropf, Université Laval, Canada

Nathalie Duponsel, Concordia University, Canada

Yannick Gallant, Université Laval, Canada

Geneviève Raîche-Savoie, Université Laval, Canada

Jean François Racine PhD, Université Laval, Canada

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