Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology & Associate Professor at Royal Roads University

Keynotes & Invited presentations

Veletsianos, G. (March, 2015). Understanding social media and networked participation. University of Manchester. Manchester, UK. (online talk)

Veletsianos, G. (March, 2015). Universities and Disruptive innovation (panelist). 4th International Conference of E-learning and Distance Learning, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Veletsianos, G. (March, 2015). Understanding Networked Scholars: Experiences and Practices in online social networks. 4th International Conference of E-learning and Distance Learning, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Veletsianos, G. (February, 2015). Emerging Technologies and Emerging Practices in Digital Learning Environments. Open Summit for the State University of New York Center for Online Teaching Excellence, Syracuse, NY.

Veletsianos, G. (February, 2015). Emerging Practices in Open Online Learning Environments. Chang School Talks 2015, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON.

Veletsianos, G. (November, 2014). Social media, faculty, and networks of care. University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia.

Veletsianos, G. (November, 2014). The Fragmented Academic. University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia.

Veletsianos, G. (September, 2014). Social Media for Scholarship. Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy, Office of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Webinar Series. Auburn, AL.

Veletsianos, G. (June, 2014). MOOCs, Automation, Artificial Intelligence and Pedagogical Agents. Invited talk for the E-learning Forum at the University of Edinburgh. Edinburgh, UK.

Veletsianos, G. (June, 2014). Acts of defiance and personal sharing when academics use social media. Invited talk for the Digital Cultures and Education Research Group. University of Edinburgh. Edinburgh, UK.

Veletsianos, G. (May, 2014). Creating Opportunioties for Wondrous, Effective, and Powerful Online Learning. Keynote talk. Open Learning Faculty Members Workshop. Kamloops, BC.

Veletsianos, G. (April, 2014). The Beautiful, Messy, Inspiring, and Harrowing World of Online Learning. Keynote talk. BCNET annual conference. Vancouver, BC.

Veletsianos, G. (January, 2014). The Messy Realities of MOOCs. Invited talk. American Library Association conference. Philadelphia, PA.

Veletsianos, G. (November, 2013). Beyond effectiveness and efficiency: Learning that’s good for the soul. Keynote talk. Educational Technology Users Group (ETUG), Annual Workshop. Victoria, BC.

Veletsianos, G. (November, 2013). What do academics and educators do on social media and online networks? What do their experiences tell us about identity and the web? Invited talk. Canadian Institute of Distance Education Research (CIDER).

Veletsianos, G. (September, 2013). The significant opportunities and challenges that learners, educators, researchers, and institutions are facing in the age of “open” and “connected.” Invited talk. Open University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain.

Veletsianos, G. (August, 2013). MOOCs: how did we get here, where are we going, and what exactly are we trying to achieve with them? Invited presentation at the Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.

Veletsianos, G. (July, 2013). Emerging Technologies, Emerging Perspectives On Education, and Cultures of Sharing and Openness. Virtual Keynote. Emergent Technologies for the Future Conference. Open University, UK.

Veletsianos, G. (June, 2013). Online learning myths and truths. Keynote. Faculty Instructional Technology Summer Institute. University of New Hampshire. Durham, NH, USA.

Veletsianos, G. (May, 2013). Social media in Learning, Teaching, and Scholarship: Six tales of practice. Keynote. Teaching and Learning to the Power of Technology conference. University of Saskatchewan. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Veletsianos, G. (April, 2013). Seven tales of learning online with emerging technologies. Invited plenary session. Sloan-C Annual International Symposium on Emerging Technologies for Online Learning. Las Vegas, NV, USA.

Veletsianos, G. (December, 2012). Digital Parent Learning Series. Invited panelist at Cedar Creek Elementary, Austin, TX, USA.

Veletsianos G. (September, 2012). What does the future of learning look like? Emerging Technologies, Openness, MOOCs, and Digital Scholarship. Invited Talk, International Council for Educational Media (ICEM) Conference, Nicosia, Cyprus. Archived at:

Veletsianos G. (September, 2012). Blended learning: Current themes and future directions. Invited Panel Participant, International Council for Educational Media (ICEM) Conference, Nicosia, Cyprus.

Veletsianos, G (February 12, 2012). Designing Experiences: Adventure Learning.  Invited talk, Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University.

Veletsianos G. (November 2011). What are Higher Education Faculty’s Experiences and Practices on Social Networking Sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Zotero, and Invited Presentation at the Research and Theory Division for the annual Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Conference. Jacksonville, FL, USA.

Veletsianos G. (November, 2010). Engaging Learning Experiences in Open-Ended Learning Environments. Conference Keynote. Lee College, Baytown, TX, USA.

Veletsianos G. (September, 2010). Effective and Engaging Learning Experiences with Emerging Technologies: A possibility of a dream? Distance Learning Conference Keynote, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA, USA.

Veletsianos, G. (April, 2010). Participatory Scholars and Scholarship. Invited paper discussion on the Instructional Technology Forum (

Veletsianos, G. (May, 2009). Designing Experiences: Adventure Learning, Pedagogical Agents, and beyond. Presentation at the Department of Design Sciences. Lund University, Sweden.

Veletsianos, G. (April, 2009). Transformational Learning and Digital Technologies. SIG IT Expert’s Roundtable. American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference, April 2008, San Diego, CA.

Veletsianos, G. (May, 2007). Roots and Shoots: Envisioning a new field for Instructional Design, the Learning Sciences, and Learning Technologies. Invited Keynote Presentation at the Annual Professors of Instructional Design and Technology (PIDT) Conference. May 2007, Estes Park, CO.

Doering, A., & Veletsianos, G. (February, 2007). What happens when students converse with machines? Evidence from three studies. Innovation Researchers On Campus meeting, February 2007, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

Doering, A., & Veletsianos, G. (November, 2006). Conversing with Agents: Socio-psychological fundamentals. Innovation Researchers On Campus meeting, November 2006, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

Veletsianos, G. (2005). Designing Virtual Humans for Electronic Learning Environments. Presentation at the Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel. University of Minnesota.