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Hello! I'm Dr. Lu Lawrence!

 

I am an Assistant Professor at Utah State University in the Instructional Technologies and Learning Sciences program. As a learning scientist and design researcher, I explore how to include communities in design research to address critical problems of practice, and study how our resulting designs impact communities. My research has been published in venues including the British Journal of Educational TechnologyIEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, and Journal of Science Education and Technology and has received recognitions, such as the Best Design Award by the International Conference of the Learning Sciences.  

Before joining USU, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California Irvine in the School of Education and Carnegie Mellon in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute. I completed my MA and PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Digital Environment for Learning, Teaching, and Agency program, and hold a BFA in Graphic Design from Iowa State University. 

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Design-Based Research

Design Justice

Participatory Design

Learning Sciences

Collaboration

Educational Technology

GET IN TOUCH!

lu [dot] lawrence [at] usu [dot] edu

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CURRENT PROJECTS

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REFINING STUDENT THINKING THROUGH RESPONSIVE TEACHING IN SCIENCE CLASSROOMS

In collaboration with middle school educators in Utah, we are co-designing engineering curriculum to enable students to share and refine their thinking through responsive teaching. This project is in collaboraiton with the ASPIRE Engineering Research Center and is funded by the National Science Foundation (1941524).

Collaborators: Dr. Hillary Swanson
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PROJECT UNITE:
UNIFIED NETWORKS IN TRANSITION EDUCTION 


Project UNITE sets out to improve transition services for neurodivergent students. As part of a research-practice partnership with a Utah-based school district, the purpose of our project is to work in collaboration with general and special education teachers, school counselors, and school administrators to identify how we may unify efforts for transition service delivery. 

Collaborator: Dr. Stephen Kwiatek
UNDERSTANDING THE EXPERIENCES OF RURAL COMMUNITY SEXUAL HEALTH EDUCATORS IN UTAH

Our goal in this project is to understand the state of community sex education in rural Utah. Specifically what curriculum and topics are being taught by community sex educators, in which settings is this occurring, best practices, and common pitfalls in conducting sex education programs in rural Utah. 

Collaborators: Drs. Cris Meier
& Julie Gast

HIGHLIGHTED WORK

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NEWS ARTICLE. 
CEHS Researchers Collaborate with Canyons School District to Impact Youth with Disabilities, Utah State TODAY, May 6th, 2024  [link]
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NEWS ARTICLE. 
Researchers Collaborate with Canyons School District to Impact Youth with Disabilities, Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services News, April 25th, 2024  [link]
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BEST DESIGN PAPER AWARD.
Lawrence, L., Guo, B., Yang, K., Echeverria, V., Kang, Z., Bathala, V., Li, C., Huang, W., Rummel, N., & Aleven, V. (2022). Process to co-design AI-based orchestration tools to support dynamic transitions: Design narratives through Conjecture Mapping. Paper accepted at the15th Annual Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning. International Society of the Learning Sciences. Hiroshima, Japan.  [link]  [pdf]
INVITED TALK.
Lawrence, L., (2022).
Co-designing AI-based orchestration tools to support dynamic transitions. University of Pittsburgh, Virtual, March 28, 2022.
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BEST DESIGN PAPER NOMINATION.
Lawrence, L.,
 Tucker, T., & Mercier, E. (2021). Examining the influence of instructor interventions on group collaboration. In Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning-CSCL 2021. International Society of the Learning Sciences. (pp. 161-164). Bochum, Germany. [link]  [pdf] 
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