B.A. (Hons), M.A, PGDE, Ph.D
Dr Victor Lim Fei is Assistant Professor at the English Language and Literature Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, in Singapore.
Asst/Prof Victor Lim Fei researches and teaches on literacy education. He is interested in how and what we should teach in today’s digital age as well as meaning-making in learning and meaning-making as learning. 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 research focuses on the confluence of multimodality, literacy, and digital technology, with a focus on systemic functional multimodal discourse analysis and multimodal literacy. He has also developed ideas in embodied teaching and the pedagogisation of multimodal studies. His work is situated within multimodality in education, multiliteracies, social and educational semiotics, as well as digital and media literacy.
Victor’s research areas on multimodality in education spans from multimodal literacy (critical viewing and effective representing), multimodal knowledge representations in disciplinary literacy, multimodal analyses and methods, multimodal designs for learning through classroom orchestration, to multimodal learning analytics.
In his teaching, Victor models a reflexive pedagogical approach – blending principles and practices from both didactic and authentic pedagogies. He believes that learning must be intentionally designed for and carefully scaffolded through overt instruction, just as learning is inquiry-based and social constructivistic. Victor values learning through the making of multimodal representations, and uses digital technology to bring new learning possibilities into the classroom.
Victor’s work has appeared in journals, such as Cambridge Journal of Education, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Semiotica, Social Semiotics, and Visual Communication, that is both Tier 1 journals as well as journals widely read by researchers in his field. He has published more than twenty journal articles and book chapters and has been cited on his work. Victor has also been invited to present on his work internationally, such as in Australia, China, France, Taiwan, the United States, the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Victor is presently Co-Principal Investigator of the English Language Institute of Singapore Research Fund project on “Reading to Learn Science: Developing a Multimodal Literacy-based Approach for the Singapore Classroom” (2018-2019) and the Singapore Ministry of Education Academies Fund project on “Cultivating Laterality in Learning Communities within a Centralized Education system- Scaling of innovation through Networked Learning Community” (2016-2018).
Victor’s completed projects as Principal Investigator include the Singapore Ministry of Education Senior Specialist Track Research Fund project on “Translating Systemic Functional Theory into an Approach for Critical Viewing” (2017-2018) and “Multimodal Literacy in Science: Interpreting the Reading to Learn (R2L) Programme through Technological and Subject Literacy Lens” (2017-2018).
Victor serves on national committees, such as the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competences (PIACC) Expert Advisory Group, SkillsFuture Singapore (2018-2021). He is also an invited peer reviewer for many international 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. Victor was also a member of MOE Senior Specialist Council (2014-2015), the Inter-ministry Cyber Wellness Steering Committee (2016-2017), as well as the English Language Curriculum Review Committee (2016-2018) and the General Paper Syllabus Development Committee (2017-2018).
Before his posting to MOE headquarters, Victor was General Paper teacher, level head, subject 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. For his PhD, Victor was offered the NUS President’s Graduate Fellowship, awarded to candidates “who showed exceptional promise or accomplishment in research”, which he declined in favour of the Singapore Ministry of Education Postgraduate Scholarship. 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 to complete his doctoral dissertation titled ‘A Systemic Functional Multimodal Discourse Analysis Approach to Pedagogic Discourse’.
Victor has participated in international humanitarian efforts, such as being on the disaster relief team to help in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti as well as led several school-development projects in China.