Hi, I’m Remi.

I help people make knowledge visible, collaborate with meaning, and design remarkable learning.

I’ve recently joined Learning Innovation and Lifetime Education at Duke University to serve as Associate Director of Faculty Development and Applied Research.

I am the author of two books with MIT Press, an equity-centered researcher, and a skilled consultant with over 15 years of experience in education, technology, and international contexts.

I’m also a keynote speaker and facilitator of professional learning and development.

I research and write about
learning and literacy

My academic research—which spans literacy education, the learning sciences, and teacher education—examines how annotation facilitates social, collaborative, and justice-directed learning.

I am lead author of the book Annotation, published by MIT Press, which introduces annotation as a genre that is significant to scholarship and everyday life. Re/Marks on Power: How Annotation Inscribes History, Literacy, and Justice, my second book, will also be published by MIT Press in early 2025.

My scholarship about annotation and learning has appeared in the Journal of Literacy ResearchInformation and Learning SciencesResearch in the Teaching of EnglishJournal of Learning Analytics, Distance Education, and English Journal, among other journals. I study annotation as a critical literacy practice relevant to digital platforms and activism, learning analytics and collaborative technologies, and educators’ equity-oriented professional learning.

My research has been supported through multiple positions and projects, including as Scholar in Residence with Hypothesis (2020-21), OER Research Fellow with the Open Education Group (2017-18), and as a National Science Foundation Data Consortium Fellow (2016).

My popular writing about the social significance of annotation has appeared in The Hechinger ReportWe Need Diverse BooksLSE Impact Blog, and Commonplace, among other outlets.

I initiate and lead collaborative
learning communities

From 2016 through 2021, I organized and facilitated the Marginal Syllabus, a social design experiment that sparked and sustained conversations about educational equity through collaborative technologies and partnerships. The premise of the Marginal Syllabus was simple: Like a book club, participating educators read a common text, discussed the text online, and through dialogue built new knowledge together. Iterated collaboratively over five years, the Marginal Syllabus organized six thematic syllabi that addressed equity topics and tensions such as racial justice in literacy learning, anti-racist pedagogy, and culturally relevant education. My research team’s 17 peer reviewed publications appeared in leading academic journals and the project was featured in my first book, Annotation. The Marginal Syllabus was awarded the 2020 ELATE National Technology Leadership Initiative Award from NCTE.

As a tenured professor at CU Denver, I was a founding member of ThinqStudio, my university’s digital pedagogy incubator. Launched during the 2016-17 academic year, ThinqStudio remains a faculty-facilitated champion of educational innovation that supports professional learning through a programming portfolio including a faculty fellowship program, mentoring activities, workshops, public events, and the scholarship of teaching. I received CU Denver’s 2019 Excellence in Leadership and Service Award—my university’s highest honor for faculty leadership—in recognition of how I convened and sustained my colleagues’ professional learning.

I help organizations build
capacity and knowledge

As a consultant, I have shared hands-on expertise about professional development, organizational change, and learning technologies with K-12 public and independent schools, as well as higher education institutions.

I have also guided research and evaluation efforts for projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, UNICEF, and the Asian Development Bank. My consulting efforts have taken me to Canada, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Jamaica, Oman, South Africa, and Switzerland where I have designed and evaluated culturally-relevant educational interventions in partnership with students, educators, and community organizations.

I am also a keynote speaker, workshop facilitator, and designer of learning technology.

Would you like to work together? Please contact me.

A bit more bio

I earned my PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining Learning Innovation and Lifetime Education at Duke University, I was Program Leader and Associate Professor of Learning Design and Technology at the University of Colorado Denver School of Education and Human Development. I began my teaching career 19 years ago as a public school teacher at Middle School 22 in the South Bronx.

I enjoy running, reading comic books, and making art with my young son.

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