The Learning Sciences in Canada


This site is the home of Learning Sciences (LS) research in Canada. The purpose of this site is to network among the LS scholars based in Canada and share their work and events. It is also a home of SIG-LS/GIS-SA of CSSE that was founded in 2019.

The International Society of the Learning Sciences defines Learning Sciences as “the interdisciplinary empirical investigation of learning as it exists in real-world settings and to how learning may be facilitated both with and without technology.” (

Our network also aims to achieve the objectives outlined in the SIG-LS/GIS-SA constitution:

  • To initiate, promote, support, and advance our understanding of how people learn in context, and approaches to designing innovative and equity-driven learning environments in diverse settings.

  • To provide scholarly leadership to the Canadian education research community for the theoretical, methodological, and practical advances in the Learning Sciences.

  • To work toward becoming a public forum of critical scholarship by hosting sessions each year on addressing inequity, racism, and social injustice in education through the Learning Sciences research.


We are proud to announce the creation of a Canadian Learning Sciences Newsletter! Check out our issues for community news, scholar spotlights, discussions and questions, and more.

January 2021 Issue


March 23, 2021

The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education is now accepting nominations for 2021 in three categories: PreK-12, Higher Education, and Learning Science Research. The prize celebrates innovation, inspiration, and impact in education by recognizing outstanding individuals whose accomplishments are making a difference in the lives of students. Individuals can be nominated now through 11:59 p.m. ET on April 15, 2021. Who will you nominate?

October 23, 2020

We would like to remind all Canadian Learning Sciences scholars that the submission deadline for the 2021 ISLS Annual Meeting (ICLS and CSCL held jointly) for short and long papers is coming up on November 6th. The conference is planning for both online and face-to-face events, which would take place in Bochum, Germany in June 2021. Please check out the 2021 ISLS website for more details.

June 17, 2020

We are formally approved as the SIG-LS of Canadian Educational Research Association (CERA), CSSE, based on the vote closed on June 12. As we officially launch our SIG-LS within CERA, we would also like to express our solidarity with our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) colleagues, friends, family members, and members of our society in Canada, North America, and across the world. As we move forward to grow the SIG, deepen our scholarship, and take responsibility in equity and justice in our education system in this critical moment, we want to commit to taking actions by listening, learning, and questioning our own efforts (Please read our full statement here).

We recognize that the executive could have better representations of our communities, and we would like to invite all of those who are currently SIG-LS members or have intention to become members to consider nominating yourself or your colleagues for the following positions:

  • President-Elect (3 year commitment as president-elect, president, and past president)

  • CSSE 2022 Conference Program Chair-Elect (2 year commitment as chair-elect and chair)

The president-elect and chair-elect will have essential roles in ensuring the continuity of actions toward our renewed vision of LS scholarship in Canada. The nominations will be accepted until July 15, 2020. Please fill out this form for the nomination:

We will also have an information session on Wednesday July 8, 2020 (4PM EDT). It will be an informal SIG AGM to share our activities so far, review some parts of our SIG constitution to update its mission toward our commitment to equity, anti-racism, and social justice, and discuss the roles of the executive. And of course, it would be great to get to know each other.

We hope that many of you can join us!

June 8, 2020

We are excited to host virtual sessions for the Learning Sciences in Canada, with those who are available to share their work proposed for our place-based CSSE meeting. For more information, see our CSSE-SIG page.