The Institute for Research on Digital Learning (IRDL) has a broad mandate to engage in systematic inquiry, discussion, and information sharing related to the uses of technology in teaching and learning by encouraging the formation of links with faculty members across the university and with schools, government, and industry to provide collaborative, multidisciplinary approaches to research problems and issues.

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 IRDL in 2014.

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



IRDL Executive Committee

  • Kurt Thumlert, Faculty of Education
  • Michael Longford, School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD)
  • Heather Lotherington, Faculty of Education
  • Jonathan Obar, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
  • Anne MacLennan, Communication Studies, LA&PS
  • Detlev Zwick, Schulich School of Business
  • Erin McLaughlin-Jenkins, IRDL Coordinator

Graduate Student Rep.

  • Karen Skardzius, Communication and Culture


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