Dr Victor Lim Fei researches and teaches on multiliteracies, multimodal discourse analyses, and digital learning. He is interested in how teachers can design meaningful learning experiences as well as what and how students should be learning in today’s digital age. Victor is passionate about education and its value in improving in both personal and societal well-being. He believes that literacy education must be future-oriented and progress with the evolving contemporary communication landscape.
Victor’s work has appeared in journals, such as Cambridge Journal of Education, Computers and Composition, Educational Technology Research and Development, Functional Linguistics, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, School Effectiveness and School Improvement, Semiotica, Social Semiotics, and Visual Communication. He has published more than thirty journal articles, book chapters and professional articles. His book, Designing Learning with Embodied Teaching, will be published in the Routledge Series in Multimodality this year. Victor has been invited to present on his work internationally, such as in Africa, Australia, China, France, Indonesia, Taiwan, the United States, the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Victor has experience as Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator of research grants totalling over half a million USD. Victor is presently Principal Investigator of an Educational Research Funding Programme project on “Integrating Multiliteracies into the English Language Classroom: Developing an Instructional Approach to Teach Multimodal Literacy (Critical Viewing and Effective Representing of Multimodal Texts)” (2019-2022) and Start-up Grant for New Assistant Professor project on “Harnessing Transmedia Narratives for Literacy Development: Drawing Pedagogical Principles from Approaches in Multimodality” (2019-2020). He is also presently Co-Principal Investigator of an Educational Research Funding Programme project “WiREAD+: Augmenting the Validated Prototype Design of a Web-based Collaborative Critical Reading and Learning Analytics Environment Towards Scalability Readiness” (2019-2021).
Victor serves as Consultant to the World Bank (2019-2020) on digital skills. He is Associate Editor for the Asia Pacific Journal of Education, Section Editor and on the Advisory Board for the Designs for Learning Journal, and on the Editorial Board for the journal Computers and Composition. Victor also serves on the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competences (PIAAC) Expert Advisory Group, SkillsFuture Singapore (2018-2021). He is regularly invited as peer reviewer for many journals.
Victor was formerly Deputy Director, Technologies for Learning, and Lead Specialist, Educational Technology, at the Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE). He has experience in translational research, policy formulation, and programme development, with a focus on how educational technology can improve teaching and learning. In his role, Victor contributed to the conceptualisation of the Fourth Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in Education Masterplan to nurture future-ready and responsible digital learners, the development of strategies and initiatives for MOE’s translational research, innovations, and scaling efforts, as well as the strengthening of cyber wellness education in Singapore.
Before his posting to MOE headquarters, Victor was General Paper teacher, level head, and school staff developer in a junior college, and was an adjunct lecturer on sociolinguistics at a university in Singapore. Victor was a recipient of the Singapore Public Service Commission Scholarship and the National University of Singapore (NUS) Research Scholarship for his undergraduate and postgraduate studies. He was a research scholar in the Multimodal Analysis Lab, Interactive Digital Media Institute at NUS, where he was awarded the MOE PhD Postgraduate Scholarship and NUS Research Scholarship.