Agile Research Studios studies novel approaches for scaling and improving project-based learning for learning to conduct research within a community. Our goal is to advance undergraduate and graduate research training in STEM by designing organizational processes and cyberlearning technologies that support self-directed learning within a community of researchers. Our research aims to realize an opportunity to significantly increase the number of undergraduate students doing authentic research, provide graduate students with authentic practice in mentoring and leadership, and increase the efficacy and scale of research training amid scarce time resources. We propose a general model and set of techniques that aim to achieve this by (1) designing social structures and practices for planning research inquiry, seeking help, and practicing reflection, (2) developing tools that facilitate learning in a community of researchers, and (3) evaluating the effectiveness of our model through empirical studies.

studio-timelineAgile Research Studios support regulation by adapting agile methodologies to research through 2-week sprint cycles of research planning, progress making, and reflection. Social structures help to orchestrate research activities by (a) supporting learning self-directed research planning, monitoring, reflection, and replanning; and (b) facilitating help-seeking and collaboration to promote learning and progress-making. The virtual studio tools extend social structures to more effectively orchestrate learning and support in and out of the classroom.


Leesha Maliakal
Daniel Rees Lewis
Sameer Srivastava
Bomani McClendon
Liz Gerber
Matt Easterday
Haoqi Zhang