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Vivek Venkatesh, Ph.D.


Associate Professor
Graduate Programs in Educational Technology
Associate Dean, Academic Programs and Development
School of Graduate Studies
Tel: 514-848-2424, Ext. 8936
Office: LB-578.10

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Dr. Vivek Venkatesh is Associate Dean, Academic Programs and Development at the School of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor in the Educational Technology program. Since joining Concordia as a full-time faculty member in 2008, Dr. Venkatesh has secured, either as principal investigator, co-principal investigator or co-investigator on multi-institutional research teams, more than $2 million in funding at provincial, federal and international levels. His research publications traverse the areas of learning sciences, the impact of social media on online learning, extreme heavy metal subcultures, and the integration of information and communication technologies in university settings. He has delivered a dozen invited addresses and keynote speeches at international conferences and meetings in Canada, Sweden, France, China and Japan.

As Chair of the provincial sous-comité sur la pédagogie et les technologies de l’information et de la communication, which functions under the auspices of the conférences des recteurs et des principaux des universités du Québec, Dr. Venkatesh co-led a province-wide investigation in 2011 into how university professors and learners’ perceptions of course effectiveness are influenced by their use of different kinds of computer technologies, both within and outside of classrooms. Dr. Venkatesh and his colleagues’ research has shown how policies towards technology integration need to take into account not only the university populations’ use of new social media technologies available in the age of Web 2.0, but also key elements of instructional design such as how to deliver material in an engaging and interesting fashion.

Since 2010, Dr. Venkatesh has also chaired the Canadian Advisory Committee to the International Organisation for Standardisation which works on standards related to learning services outside of formal education. Together with colleagues from 10 different countries, Dr.Venkatesh’s committee has published a standard for training organisations (ISO 29990) and is in the process of finalizing a standard for language learning service providers.

Read more about Dr. Venkatesh’s current research on heavy metal subcultures, technology integration and online interactions here:

Listen to interviews with Dr. Venkatesh on his research on heavy metal subcultures here:



  • 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

  • Shaikh, K., Venkatesh, V., 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. Online
  • Venkatesh, V. Shaikh, K., Zuberi, A., Urbaniak, K., Gallant, T., & Lakhana, A. (in press). 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. New York, NY: Springer.
  • 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
  • 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, 6-19. Online
  • 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 . Online
  • 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. * Manuscript published in September 2009; publishing year appears as 2008 due to delayed release of 2008 volumes by the Journal. Online


Current Projects

  • Developing and testing indexing technologies for Inuttitut language preservation, as well as to improve writing skills in university learners.
  • Statistical and qualitative modeling of learners' self-regulatory and metacognitive processes in online learning environments
  • Instructional design in social media-rich online learning environments


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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