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Vivek Venkatesh, Ph.D.


Associate Professor
Graduate Programs in Educational Technology
Tel: 514-848-2424, Ext. 8936
Office: FG 6.205

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Vivek Venkatesh is Associate Professor in the Department of Education, former Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Development at the School of Graduate Studies (2012-2015), former Acting Director of the Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance (CSLP, 2014-2015), and former Director of the Graduate Certificate in University Teaching at Concordia University in Montréal, Québec.

Venkatesh is an interdisciplinary and applied learning scientist who investigates the psychological, cultural and cognitive factors impacting the design, development and inclusive adoption of digital media in educational and social contexts. Venkatesh avails of a vast network of local, national and international collaborators, and works on a series of novel - yet focused - research and research-creation activities including: evaluating innovative techno-pedagogical practices which foster critical dialogues rooted in citizen education and digital literacy within secondary and post-secondary classroom contexts; developing digital media applications to sensitize and prevent online hate speech amongst the general public; and curating live artistic performances which promote resilience to online hate using sounds, texts and visuals collected via mobile and social media. Venkatesh’s strong international reputation and exemplary research accomplishments enable the Department of Education, the CSLP and Concordia to make an unrivaled claim to the unique intersection between the areas of learning sciences, public pedagogy and digital media, especially in building interdisciplinary collaborations for projects related to the socio-cultural impacts of the increased use of mobile and social media in the broad context of citizen education.

Research Funding

Since 2008, Venkatesh has brought to bear his advanced expertise in educational technology, cognitive science and sociology on several interdisciplinary, team-based programs of research worth over $4.5 million, nearly $716,000 of which he has been charged with managing as principal investigator (PI). His track record in obtaining external funding as PI (over $597,000 from 5 different federal and provincial competitions), internal funding as PI (over $117,000 since 2008), as well as his participation as co-investigator in federal and provincial infrastructure, partnership development and team research grants (worth nearly $3.8 million since 2008) is outstanding. He is one of three researchers from the CSLP (the other two being CSLP colleagues Abrami and Waddington) who successfully co-led a team of over 50 researchers in securing a $1.5 million infrastructure grant from the FRQ-SC in 2014, thereby ensuring the Centre is one of only two provincially recognized research centres in the domain of education in Québec.



  • Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Technology, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, 2008 July
  • Master of Arts in Educational Technology Concordia University, Montreal, Canada 2002 December
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education (P. G. D. E.), with Credit Specialization in Secondary Schools National Institute of Education: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 1998 May
  • Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.), with Merit Computer Science and Information Systems National University of Singapore, Singapore 1997 June


Professional Experience

  • Concordia University E-Learning Fellow
  • Director & Assistant Professor - Graduate Programs in Educational Technology, Department of Education, Concordia University
  • Chair & Working Group Expert - Canadian Advisory Committees for the Technical Committee 32 - Learning Service Providers Outside Formal Education [CAC/TC32] - Standards Council of Canada, International Organization For Standardization
  • Chair Sous-comité sur les technologies de l'information et de la communication - CREPUQ
  • Member - Working Group 3, Canadian Advisory Committees for the Joint Technical Committee 1, Sub Committee 34 - Document Description and Processing Languages [WG3,CAC/JTC1/SC34] - Standards Council of Canada, International Organization For Standardization


Representative Publications

(* denotes student authors)

Editor of Special Issue of Peer-Reviewed Journal
  • Venkatesh, V. (Guest Editor, 2013). The impact of distance education and web 2.0 technologies on higher education. International Journal of Technologies in Higher Education, 10 (3). 6 articles, 91 pages.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
  • Venkatesh, V., Rabah, J.*, Fusaro, M., Couture, A.*, Varela, W.*, & Alexander, K.* (in press). Factors impacting university instructors’ and students’ perceptions of course effectiveness and technology integration in the age of Web 2.0. Manuscript accepted at McGill Journal of Education.
  • Venkatesh, V., Podoshen, J. S.,Urbaniak, K.*, & Wallin, J.J. (2015). Eschewing community: Black metal. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 25, 66-81. DOI: 10.1002/casp.2197.
  • Venkatesh, V., Rabah, J.*, Lamoureux-Scholes, L., Pelczer, I.*, Urbaniak, K.* & Martin. F. (2014). Development, Implementation and Evaluation of a Professional Skills Development Program: The Case of Concordia University’s GradProSkills. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 44 (3), 39-53.
  • Podoshen, J. S., Venkatesh, V., & Jin, Z.* (2014). Theoretical reflections on dystopian consumer culture: Black metal. Marketing Theory, 14 (2). 207-227. DOI: 10.1177/1470593114523446.
  • Lehrer, J.*, Petrakos, H., & Venkatesh, V. (2014). Grade 1 students’ out-of-school play and its relationship to school-based academic, behavior, and creativity outcomes. Early Education and Development, 25(3), 295-317.
  • Mandel, E.*, Osana, H., & Venkatesh, V. (2014). The effects of reciprocal teaching on the receptive and expressive vocabulary of first-grade students. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 27 (4), 4507-426.
  • Waddington, D., Thomas, T.*, Venkatesh, V., Davidson A-L. & Alexander, K.* (2013). Education from inside the bunker: Examining the effect of Defcon, a nuclear warfare simulation game on nuclear attitudes and critical reflection. Loading... 7 (12), 19-58.
  • Venkatesh, V., Jedwab, J., Rabah, J.*, Thomas, T.*, Varela, W.*, & Alexander, K.* (2013). Connecting with the disconnect: Insights into the future of distance education and Web 2.0 tools in higher education. International Journal of Technologies in Higher Education, 10 (3), 6-13.
  • Abrami, P. C., Venkatesh, V., Meyer, E., & Wade, A. (2013). Using electronic portfolios to foster literacy and self regulated learning skills in elementary students. Journal of Educational Psychology, 105(4), 1188-1209.
  • Rabah, J.*, & Venkatesh, V. (2013). "My career chose me, I didn’t choose it." Factors impacting Lebanese Muslim girls’ career orientation. Canadian Journal of Social Research, 2 (2), 52 - 66.
  • Shaikh K.*, Zuberi, A.* & Venkatesh, V. (2012). Exploring counter-theoretical instances of graduate learners' self-regulatory processes in online learning environments. International Journal of Technologies in Higher Education, 9 (1-2), 6-19.
  • Venkatesh, V. & Shaikh K.* (2011). Uncovering relationships between task understanding and monitoring proficiencies in post-secondary learners: Comparing work task and learner as statistical units of analyses. Education Research International, vol. 2011, Article ID 735643, 11 pages, 2011. doi:10.1155/2011/735643 .
  • Venkatesh, V., & Shaikh, K.* (2008). Investigating Task Understanding in Online Repositories Equipped with Topic Map Indexes: Implications for Improving Self-Regulatory Processes in Graduate Learners. International Journal of Technologies in Higher Education, 5 (3), 22-35.
  • Venkatesh, V. (2008). Topic maps as indexing tools in e-Learning: Bridging theoretical and practical gaps between information retrieval and educational psychology. International Journal of Advanced Media and Communication, 2 (3). 221-235.
  • Venkatesh, V., Shaw S., Dicks, D., Lowerison, G., Zhang, D., & Sanjakdar, R. (2007). Topic Maps: Adopting user-centred indexing technologies in course management systems. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 18 (3), 429-450.
  • Wozney, L., Venkatesh, V., & Abrami, P. C. (2006). Implementing computer technologies: Teachers’ perceptions and practices. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 14 (1), 173-207.
  • Venkatesh, V., & Shaw, S. (2003). Raising the bar. Knowledge Management, 7 (2), 22-25.

Edited Books
  • Venkatesh, V., Wallin, J., Castro, J. C., Lewis, J. E. (Editors, 2014). Educational, Psychological and Behavioural Considerations in Niche Online Communities. Hershey, PA: IGI Worldwide.

Refereed Book Chapters
  • Venkatesh, V., Wallin, J. J., Walschots, N.*, Netherton, J., & Podoshen, J. (in press). "Giving head to the dead": Penetrating, Defiling and Polluting the Ethos of Death in Necrophilic Death Metal. In Aggrawal, A., Hickey, E. & Mellor, L. (eds.), Necrophilia: A Global Anthology. San Diego, CA: Cognella, Inc.
  • Wallin, J. J. & Venkatesh, V. (in press). No satisfaction, no fun, no future: Black metal and the occult. Manuscript accepted for publication in Matts, T., Keller, E. & Noys, B. (eds.), Dark Accelerationism and the Occult. Brooklyn, NY: Punctum Books
  • Venkatesh, V., Castro, J. C., Lewis, J. E., Das, S.*, Thomas, T.* (2014). Preface: The Future is Niche. In V. Venkatesh, J. Wallin, J. Castro, & J. E. Lewis (eds.) Educational, behavioral and psychological considerations in niche online communities (pp. xxiv - xxix). Hershey, PA: IGI Worldwide.
  • Venkatesh, V., Podoshen, J., Perri, D., & Urbaniak, K.* (2014). From pride to prejudice to shame: Multiple facets of the black metal scene within and without online environments. In V. Venkatesh, J. Wallin, J. Castro, & J. E. Lewis (eds.) Educational, behavioral and psychological considerations in niche online communities (pp. 364-388). Hershey, PA: IGI Worldwide.
  • Thomas, T.*, Fournier-Sylvester, N.*, & Venkatesh, V. (2014). Citizen In/Action: Analyzing Online Forums for Pedagogical Insights. In V. Venkatesh, J. Wallin, J. Castro, & J. E. Lewis (eds.) Educational, behavioral and psychological considerations in niche online communities (pp. 206-226). Hershey, PA: IGI Worldwide.
  • Venkatesh, V., Bures, E., Davidson, A-L., Lysenko, L., Wade, A., Abrami, P. C. (2013). Electronic Portfolios Encouraging Active and Reflective Learning (ePEARL): A case study in improving academic self-regulated learning through innovative use of educational technologies. In A. Ritzhaupt & S. Kumar (eds.), Cases on Educational Technology Implementations to Facilitate Learning (pp. 350-386). Hershey, PA: IGI Publishing.
  • Venkatesh, V. Shaikh, K.*, Zuberi, A.*, Urbaniak, K.*, Gallant, T.*, & Lakhana, A.* (2013). Development of task understanding and monitoring in information retrieval environments: Demystifying metacognitive and self-regulatory mechanisms in graduate learners interacting with Topic Map indexing technologies. In R. Azevedo & V. Aleven (eds.), International Handbook on Metacognition and Learning Technologies (pp. 277-291). New York, NY: Springer.
  • Abrami, P. C., Bures, E., Meyer, E., Idan, E., Venkatesh, V. & Wade, A. (2013). Electronic portfolio encouraging active and reflective learning. In R. Azevedo & V. Aleven (eds.), International Handbook on Metacognition and Learning Technologies. New York, NY: Springer.
  • Venkatesh, V., Shaikh, K.*, Thomas, T.*, Urbaniak, K.*, Gallant, T.*, Waddington, D., & Zuberi, A.* (2012). Technological transparency in the Age of Web 2.0: A Case Study of Interactions in Internet-based Forums. In E. Pontes, A. Silva, A. Guelfi & S. Takeo Kofuji (Eds.), Methodologies, Tools and New Developments for E-Learning (pp. 93-106). Vienna, Austria: InTech.
  • Venkatesh, V., Shaikh, K.* & Zuberi, A.* (2010). Topic Maps as Indexing Tools in the Educational Sphere: Theoretical Foundations, Review of Empirical Research and Future Challenges. In Perusich, K. (Ed.). Cognitive Maps (pp. 1-12). Vienna, Austria: In-Tech. Online
  • Shaw S., & Venkatesh, V. (2005). The missing link to enhanced course management systems: Adopting learning content management systems in the educational sphere. In P. McGee, C. Carmean & A. Jafari (Eds.), Course Management Systems for Learning: Beyond Accidental Pedagogy (pp. 206 - 231). Hershey, PA: Idea Group, Inc.


Current Projects


Grimposium is an interdisciplinary event created by Vivek Venkatesh devoted to the production, transmission and consumption of the musical genre of extreme metal. A lifelong metalhead, Vivek has developed and nurtured relationships with key members of the global extreme metal scene in Europe, Asia, South America and North America. As Associate Professor at Concordia University’s Department of Education, and Associate Dean of the University’s Graduate Studies, Vivek has received funding and published extensively in the burgeoning academic field of metal studies. Most recently, Vivek has given invited keynote addresses related to his research at the Noctis metal festival in Calgary in 2013 as well as the Inferno metal festival in Oslo in 2014; he is slated to speak again at Inferno in 2015. For the first edition of Grimposium, in April of 2014, Vivek brought together major players in the extreme metal scene including musicians, visual artists, journalists, writers, as well as filmmakers, and had them interact with a handful of academics to discuss the past, present and future of extreme metal. Participants came from Canada, United States of America, United Kingdom, and Puerto Rico (see links below for a complete list of participants). The event itself was immensely successful - the cinema hall at Concordia University that Vivek booked was packed to capacity for most of the two days of the event and the crowd was mainly composed of scene members from Montreal, the larger Quebec and Ottawa scenes as well as some folks from Toronto and Boston who drove up for the event. Panel discussions, film screenings, art exhibitions and social events were scattered across the two days of Grimposium 2014. There were several metal shows during the week of Grimposium 2014 in Montreal and the broader Quebec region including Carcass, Gorguts, Voivod, and Satan, so Vivek was able to combine Grimposium with live music, which enhanced the experience for the participants.

Grimposium 2014 Information
  1. Official Facebook page
  2. Official Concordia University page
  3. Official recap video from Concordia University
  4. Grimposium participant biographies
  5. Grimposium schedule

Grimposium 2014 National and Local Media Coverage (English and French)
  1. CBC Radio Q
  2. CJLO 1690 feature and interview
  3. The Globe and Mail feature
  4. CBC Radio Canada Ici interview with Jocelyn Lebeau and Patrick Masbourian
  5. Concordia University's The Link feature
  6. CBC Radio Canada Médium-Large interview
  7. The Suburban feature


Courses Taught

  • Graduate Fundamental Methods of Inquiry ETEC548/648 CHST 607
  • Graduate Intermediate Quantitative Methodologies EDUC802
  • Graduate Advanced Quantitative Methodologies EDUC803
  • Graduate Computer-Assisted Instruction ETEC 564/664
  • Graduate Introduction to Educational Computing ETEC 560/660
  • Graduate Topics in Methods of Inquiry ETEC 649
  • Graduate Topics Course on Online Communities of Practice ETEC693
  • Undergraduate Technology for Educational Change Part 2 EDUC 306


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