Mehdi is a Senior Instructional Technology Specialist who specializes in the development of integrated solutions that support the teaching and learning mission of the university.

Mehdi provides consultation and advice on learning technologies that are evidence-based and pedagogically sound. Additionally, Mehdi facilitates technology workshops for The Centre and regularly teaches degree-credit courses in the Computer Science department and for the International College of Manitoba.


Mehdi moved to Canada in 2006. He is a dedicated and focused researcher and IT professional with over 10 years of industrial and academic research and development experience in e-Learning, Medical Imaging, and Natural Language Processing. Since 2011, he has worked as an Instructional Technology Specialist at the U of M, first for Extended Education and then for The Centre. In addition, Mehdi has taught various courses as a sessional instructor in the Computer Science department at the U of M since 2009 and for the International College of Manitoba since 2018.


B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD


Peer-reviewed Journals

Brenda Stoesz and Mehdi Niknam. Defining Student Perceptions of the Visual Design of Learning Management Systems. Submitted to Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology (2021)

Brenda Stoesz, Mehdi Niknam, and Jessica Sutton. Defining the Visual Complexity of Learning Management Systems Using Image Metrics and Subjective Ratings. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology (2020).

Mehdi Niknam and Parimala Thulasiraman. LPR: A Bio-Inspired Intelligent Learning Path Recommendation System based on Meaningful Learning Theory. Springer’s Education and Information Technology Journal (2020).


2010 – 2012 National Science and Engineering Research of Canada (NSERC) $15000 per year for four years
2010 – 2012 TRLabs Research Grant $6000 per year for four years
2008 – 2009 Manitoba Graduate Scholarship for Master’s Students $15000
2007 – 2009 University of Manitoba Faculty of Science Fellowship $10000 per year for two years