Dr Annemaree O’Brien is a Lecturer and subject coordinator in language and literacy education in the Master of Teaching (Primary), Master of Teaching (Secondary), and Master of Education in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Annemaree is interested in the impact of digital communication technologies on contemporary literacy practices and what this means for teachers across all disciplines. Her recent research examined teaching multimodal authoring in the middle years of schooling, focusing on visual grammar, the design of interpersonal meaning using systemic functional semiotic perspectives, digital technologies, and pedagogy. Her current research interests include teaching writing, and creating multimodal texts, and literacy in content areas.
Annemaree has extensive professional experience in language and literacy education. Before her appointment to the University of Melbourne, Annemaree taught for ten years in a range of Victorian schools, worked as a senior regional English curriculum consultant, as an education programmer at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and as Education Projects Manager for the Australian Children’s Television Foundation.