The Institute for Research on Digital Literacies (IRDL) has a broad interdisciplinary mandate to engage and facilitate discussion, information sharing, systematic inquiry, and pedagogic innovation related to digital technologies, digital media, and digital cultures as sites of formal and informal pedagogy and learning. Our goal is to respond quickly to changes in technology, media, and culture, and to promote research, scholarship, and pedagogic innovation in a digital age.


Originally established in 1987 within the Faculty of Education as the Centre for the Study of Computers in Education, the Institute became a university-based research unit in June 2001 and was re-named The Institute for Research on Learning Technologies (IRLT). Ron Owston directed the Institute for 25 years.

In 2013 Jennifer Jenson, Professor of Pedagogy and Technology in the Faculty of Education at York University took over as Director of IRLT. The name was officially changed to The Institute for Research on Digital Learning (IRDL)  in 2014.

In 2019 Natalie H. Coulter replaced Jen as the Director of IRDL.


You can get in touch with IRDL via email:  irdl [at ] yorku.ca

If you prefer to visit us in person or send some old fashioned mail the address is:

Kaneff Tower, room 715
York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario, M3J 1P3