Shattering Barriers

The Symposium on Transforming Higher Education through Equity, Inclusion, Disruptive Technologies, and Mental Health Across Multimodal Learning Environments,”

Under the direction of Nadia Naffi

Mots d’ouverture / Opening remarks

Lancement du livre blanc / Launch of the white paper

Panel: Innovative initiatives and field experiences in higher education to promote quality, equity, inclusion, and mental health in multimodal learning environments

Panel: Initiatives novatrices et expériences de terrain dans l’enseignement supérieur pour promouvoir la qualité, l’équité, l’inclusion et la santé mentale dans les environnements d’apprentissage multimodaux

Panel: Perspectives on using generative AI to promote quality, equity, and mental health in higher education: Potentials, challenges, and drivers

Perspectives de l’utilisation de l’IA générative pour promouvoir la qualité, l’équité et la santé mentale en enseignement supérieur : Potentiels, enjeux et leviers

Mot de la fin / Closing remarks



The event aims to address the challenges and opportunities in higher education, focusing on promoting quality, equity, inclusion, and mental health in multimodal learning environments, with special emphasis on the role of generative AI and other disruptive technologies.

A highlight of the symposium will be the launch of the white paper titled 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 showcases a research project generously funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development grant, which aimed to study the elements of course design and evaluation strategies that promote high-quality, equitable, and inclusive education, and take into consideration students’ mental health, in multimodal higher education. Moreover, the symposium will explore the transformative potential of generative AI, shedding light on how it can help break down barriers for greater equity and inclusion.

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