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Athabasca University

Dr. Elizabeth Childs

Associate Professor and Program Head MA in Learning and Technology Royal Roads University



  • BScH Biology & Psychology (Queens University)
  • BEd Science & Art (Queens University)
  • MA Educational Technology (University of Calgary)
  • PhD Educational Technology (University of Calgary) 


Elizabeth Childs’ is interested in the design, creation and implementation of flexible learning environments that incorporate the affordances of information and communication technology (ICT) and provide learners with increased choice, flexibility and opportunities for co-creation. With expertise in educational technology, instructional design, adult education and online learning, her research interests include topics such as the changing face of distance education; models for online synchronous problem based learning; creation of online communities and digital habitats; the use of social media in problem based learning environments; and, models for professional development.


Elizabeth consults nationally and internationally in the areas of online and blended learning, online communities, professional learning, instructional design, and capacity development for technology enabled learning environments. She has worked with client groups across K-12, post secondary, government and industry to develop and implement blended learning environments and online learning communities in their organizations. The majority of projects that she has been involved in were done at a distance and online project teams are the predominant way in which Elizabeth collaborates with others to complete projects.

Recent Publications:

Book Chapter

Hamilton, D. & Childs, E. (in press). In D. Hamilton & N. Agger-Gupta (Eds.), Influence of Learning and Teaching Frameworks in an International Educational Leadership Master’s Program: Challenges and Possibilities for Faculty Members. Victoria, BC: Royal Roads University.  Status: Submitted book chapter to editor

Van Oostveen, R., Childs, E., Flynn, K & Clarkson, J. (April, 2015). Community building in online PBL courses: instigating criticality. A presentation at Higher Education in Transformation Symposium, Dublin, Ireland, March 30 – April 1, 2015.

Van Oostveen, R., Childs, E., Flynn, K & Clarkson, J. (June 2015). Becoming close with others online: Distributed community building in online PBL courses. A presentation at EdMedia, Montreal, Canada, June 22 – 25, 2015.

Updated May 29 2017 by CDE

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