Elizabeth S. Charles
codirector Founding member and essential contributor

Elizabeth S. Charles

SALTISE Co-Director

Dawson College, Montreal


Education and background
Education and background


Implementation of evidence-based instruction (design-based implementation research); design and development of “active learning” spaces (active learning classrooms); Research-Practice Partnership (RPP) models; learning communities (communities of practice); design of human and technology-supported learning environments (e.g., computer supported collaborative learning; CSCL); instructional design for productive student engagement; socio-cultural considerations influencing learning (e.g., development of agency, identity); complex system thinking; STEM education and conceptual change.


  • Post Doctorate, Learning Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
  • Ph.D., Educational Technology, Concordia University, Montreal QC


  • Active learning pedagogies
  • Pedagogical design
  • Active learning classroom design (Future Learning Spaces)
  • Design-based implementation research


Liz’s projects included the design and implementation of innovative pedagogies and techno-pedagogies; design of active learning classrooms; establishment and support of learning communities composed of practitioners and researchers working together to implement evidence-based pedagogical and learn from these implementations using a design-based implementation research model.

  1. myDALITE
    DALITE is a tool designed in collaboration with the CIPhER research team. It is a web-based learning platform that provides students with an asynchronous version of peer instruction.
  2. Innovative Learning Spaces
    * PAREA grants (PAREA – Programme d’aide à la recherche sur l’enseignement et l’apprentissage program of the Quebec Ministry of Education):
    2020 to present  – Étayage des connaissances en contexte d’apprentissage par enquête en sciences: favoriser l’apprentissage de la démarche scientifique/ Building Knowledge in the Context of Inquiry-Based Learning in Science: Fostering the learning of the scientific process
    2017 to 2020 – Gestion et régulation du flux d’information en apprentissage actif/ Managing and Regulating the Flow of Information in Active Learning
    2014 to 2017 – investigating the pedagogical ecosystems created by innovative learning spaces and the outcomes of the student engagement.
    * Collaboration with the CLAAC project headed by Bruno Poellhuber involving seven Quebec institutions examining the relationship between physical environments, teaching practices, and students’ learning and engagement.
  3. Research Practice Partnerships
    Leveraging new paradigms and disruptive technologies to successfully orchestrate pedagogical change, a project funded by Social Science & Humanities Research Council – College Community Social Innovation Fund (SSHRC-CCSIF). It is a multi-institutional, inter-provincial, team of researchers, practitioners and corporate partners currently investigating how best to promote the scaling of evidence-based pedagogies and leverage the affordances of educational technologies to support collaborative learning.
  4. Funded Innovation & Infrastructure Projects
    Program: SALTISE/S4 (S4=System Supporting Student Success) Funding source: Entente Canada-Quebec (ECQ) 5-year service contract (2020 to present)

Active learning classroom use in college level Physics: The impact of technology design and adaptive orchestration

Author: Elizabeth S. Charles, Chris Whittaker and Nathaniel Lasry | Source: AERA - Proceedings | Year: 2014

SALTISE: Bringing pedagogical innovations into the Physics classroom

Author: Elizabeth S. Charles, Nathaniel Lasry and Chris Whittaker | Source: Physics in Canada | Year: 2014