Zhang Research Lab: Team

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Tech-Augmented Co-Creativity Lab (TACCL)

led by Dr. Jianwei Zhang at the University at Albany, State University of New York

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Collaborating teachers, researchers and graduate students at a summer conference (2019)


Dr. Jianwei Zhang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Theory and Practice (ETAP), University at Albany. His research explores how students work as knowledge builders to address authentic challenges facing the local and global communities, leveraging creative knowledge processes and technologies. He is a Fellow of the International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS). He currently serves as co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of the Learning Sciences. Email: jzhang1(at)albany.edu.  


Graduate Students and Research Assistants

Team members and collaborators at ISLS 2023, Montreal, QC

Deb Byrne, Doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction, ETAP, University at Albany.

Jiyeon Lee, Doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction, ETAP, University at Albany.

He (Anna) Zhou, Doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction, ETAP, University at Albany.

Katherine Espinosa, Doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction, ETAP, University at Albany.

Thomas Underwood, Doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction, ETAP, University at Albany.

Dongni Guo, Doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction, ETAP, University at Albany.

Le Ngo, Doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction, ETAP, University at Albany.

CSCL 2019, Lyon, France


Jamie Heron, Doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction, ETAP, University at Albany.

Jenny Waligory-Lee, Doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction, ETAP, University at Albany.

Lei (Dora) Ding, Doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction, ETAP, University at Albany.

Alae Sherafat, Doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction, ETAP, University at Albany.

Ge (Carol) Song, Doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction, ETAP, University at Albany.

Annette DiGuiseppi, Research assistant, MS CDIT student, ETAP, University at Albany.


Recent Alums and Graduate Research Assistants

Dr. Simona Pesaresi

Dissertation: Regulation of a Shared Focus in Open-Ended Collaborative Inquiry. Defended in November 2022. 2022-2023 Presidential Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award. University at Albany, SUNY.

Dr. Hyejin (Jiny) Park, Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI),Science Data Education Center. Daejeon, South Korea.

Dissertation: Responsive Scaffolding of Knowledge Building Discourse with Ongoing Analytics Support. Defended in August 2021, Presidential Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award from the University at Albany, SUNY.

Dr. Guangji Yuan, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Dissertation: Cross-Community Collaboration Among Knowledge Building Communities. Defended in May 2019, Presidential Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award from the University at Albany, SUNY.

Dr. Dan Tao, Beijing Normal University, China

Dissertation: Reflective Structuration of Knowledge Building Practices In Grade 5 Science Classrooms. Defended in April 2019, Presidential Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award from the University at Albany, SUNY.

Dr. Jingping Chen, Chengdu University, China

Dissertation: Formative Assessment for Collaborative Knowledge Building in a Chinese Elementary Science Classroom. Defended in May 2015.

Dr. Derya Kıcı, formerly doctoral research assistant at OISE/University of Toronto; now at Data Science Lab - Ryerson Univeristy.

Hyejin Park defended her dissertation

Sarah Naqvi, Research assistant, Master's student (graduated), University of Toronto.

Pei-Hsuan Lin, Research assistant, MS CDIT student (graduated), ETAP, University at Albany.

Mengxin Song, Research assistant, MS CDIT student (graduated), ETAP, University at Albany.

Tianran Xiao,  Research assistant, MS CDIT student (graduated), ETAP, University at Albany.

Heather Hoff, Research assistant, MS CDIT student (graduated), ETAP, University at Albany.

Collaborators at UAlbany

Dr. Mei-Hwa Chen, Associate Professor,  Computer Science Department, University at Albany

Dr.  Yanqing Sun, Research Scientist and Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Education, University at Albany