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About the Collaborative Learning and Relational Dynamics Lab

Our mission at Stanford's Collaborative Learning and Relational Dynamics Lab is to understand the ontological implications of high-quality collaborative learning, develop tools to support humanizing relational dynamics, and support educators interested in creating learner-centered, robust and inclusive collaborative classrooms that support healthy becoming in STEM. 

The Collaborative Learning and Relational Dynamics Lab is led by Prof Jennifer Osuna, faculty at Stanford GSE. 

Current Projects: 
(1) Research-Practice Partnership (RPP) with a local school district focused on cultivating teacher curiosity and supporting student-centered, collaborative mathematical inquiry. See our book, The Collaborative Classroom.

(2) Generative AI for Collaborative Learning (AI4Collab) project in collaboration with Prof John Mitchell (Computer Science) and Glenn Fajardo (Stanford focused on exploring possibilities of gen-AI to support human-human dialogic connections and humanizing collaborative experiences. Funded by the Generative AI for the Future of Learning grant.

(3) Cultivating Curiosity in Code in Place project focuses on developing curious section leaders who can orchestrate student-led discussions on introductory programming topics and theorizing around discursive markers of curious section discussions. Our project is part of a broader collaboration (PI: Prof Chris Piech, Computer Science) funded by the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI Hoffman-Yee Research Grant. 

(4) Fostering Meaningful Connections Between Cooperating Teachers, Candidates, and Teacher Educators. Situated within Stanford's Teacher Education Program (STEP), our research project brings together pre-service and in-service teachers, as well as teacher educators and other stakeholders to support meaningful learning experiences that foster teacher and student curiosity in mathematical inquiry.