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The Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance

Our Research Centre


Established in 1988 and based at Concordia University, the Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance is a provincially funded research centre of excellence aimed at developing strategies and tools to facilitate students’ acquisition of general competencies that foster communication, literacy, numeracy, and inquiry skills for creative use in educational and workplace settings.

Our membership includes over 70 full members, research collaborators and/or associates, 20 support staff, and 200 graduate students span several universities and colleges including Concordia, McGill, Université de Montréal, Université du Québec à Montréal, Bishop’s University, Louisiana State, Guelph, U. of Lethbridge, CEGEP Montmorency, and Vanier and Dawson Colleges.

Our theme areas are: Accessibility and Students with Disabilities; Basic Processes; Numeracy, Scientific Reasoning and Inquiry; Early Literacy; Research and Development on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT); Postsecondary Education; Second Language Proficiency; and Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis).

Information and Communication Technology Projects

We are especially interested in the wise use of technology in classrooms. We hope to promote change through evidence-based development and refinement of tools, techniques, and understanding that promote effective practice. Within the context of formal education, our research and development explores a number of related ways that technology can be used for learning: to bring exciting curricula based on real-world problems into the classroom (physical and virtual); to provide scaffolds and tools to enhance learning; to provide students and teachers more opportunities for feedback, reflection, and revision; to build local and global communities that include teachers, administrators, students, parents, practicing scientists, and other interested people; and to expand opportunities for teacher-learning.

lectronic Portfolio Encouraging Active Reflective Learning

ePearl.jpgThis powerful, easy-to-use, bilingual portfolio environment, is designed for use throughout grades K to 12, and supports key processes of self-regulated learning.  ePEARL was created in collaboration with LEARN Quebec, school board administrators, teachers, and students. Currently in use across the province of Quebec, Manitoba and Alberta and in Portugal, Australia, the UK and the States, this unique, student centred software is geared for use in constructivist classrooms. For further information, visit:

A Literacy Resource

Abracadabra.pngA web-based reading resource with highly engaging activities that allow students to practice skills that are necessary to become strong, independent readers and writers using a balanced reading approach.  Created by a multi-disciplinary team of researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers, this software aides beginning readers by offering a variety of resources such as professional development for teachers, research-based curricular activities, digital stories, assessment capabilities, and a communication tool. The link to ePEARL will allow students to store recordings of readings and writing activities within their electronic portfolio.To learn about the results of our research or to explore the latest version of ABRACADABRA currently being used in schools across Canada, and in Darwin, Australia, visit:

Information Skills for the Information Society in the Twenty-first Century

ISIS.pngCurrently in the early stages of development, this prototype instructional software will introduce late elementary students to the fundamental components of information literacy by guiding students through the research process. Topics covered will include, the definition of a research topic and corresponding sub-topics, the selection of appropriate retrieval tool(s), and introduction to search strategies on the Internet. The link to ePEARL will enable students to set goals and reflect on their learning throughout the process. ISIS-21 is being created in collaboration with LEARN and the English Montreal School Board.

These tools are available at no charge to the educational community.

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CRIM - Centre de recherche informatique de Montréal

CRIM.jpgCRIM is an Information Technologies applied research centre that develops and transfers technologies and knowledge in order to add value to the products and services of businesses and organisations and contribute to their commercialisation.

  • Exploits and transfers technologies towards businesses through a wide range of applications designed to improve their productivity and competitiveness.
  • Pilots innovation projects with University and industry partners.
  • Pursues world calibre applied research projects in: speech recognition, vision and imaging, and the analysis of distributed systems.
  • Provides specialised training.
  • Conducts software tests and develops projects relating to mentoring, assessment and the acquisition of best practices.
  • Develops the culture of Information Security.
  • Organises scientific and technological events.

CRIM is a liaison and transfer centre whose primary financial partner is Ministère du Développement Économique, de l'Innovation et de l'exportation of Québec.


The HR-XML Consortium is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the development and promotion of a standard suite of XML specifications to enable e-business and the automation of human resources-related data exchanges.

Human resources-related e-business — or any inter-company exchange of HR data — requires an agreement among participants about how the transaction or data exchange will be accomplished.

The mission of the HR-XML Consortium is to spare employers and vendors the risk and expense of having to negotiate and agree upon data interchange mechanisms on an ad-hoc basis. By developing and publishing open data exchange standards based on Extensible Markup Language ("XML"), the Consortium provides the means for any company to transact with other companies without having to establish, engineer, and implement many separate interchange mechanisms.

The HR-XML Consortium is driven by the needs and priorities of its members. Any member can propose that the Consortium undertake a standards activity. Proposals are subject to a review process and must include the names of at least three sponsor organizations as well as satisfy other pre-requisites.

Liberty Alliance


Liberty was formed in 2001 by approximately 30 organizations to establish open standards, guidelines and best practices for identity management. Today it continues to focus on these objectives, with a global membership of more than 150 organizations, including technology vendors, consumer-facing companies, educational organizations and governments from around the world, as well as hundreds of additional organizations that participation in Liberty's various open community Special Interest Groups (SIGs).
Members work closely together to:
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