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Rebecca Reynolds

Associate Professor, Department of Library Sciences

Dr. Rebecca Reynolds is an Associate Professor in the Department of Library and Information Science in the Rutgers School of Communication and Information. Her work investigates social constructivist human learning in formal educational settings of K-12, higher education, and continuing education, along with informal learning environments, and intentional and incidental learning occurring in naturalistic online participatory settings such as social media platforms. She explores design and development of socio-technical systems for e-learning and the systemic, social, and critical implications of their deployment, such as privacy and data ethics. She situates her work in disciplines of information science, learning sciences, socio-technical systems research, critical informatics, and human information behavior. 

Reynolds' past design-based research efforts have contributed to commercialization of a K-12 computer science e-learning platform and system, acquired by Carnegie Learning. Her work has been funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and several Rutgers internal grant programs.  One recent project addresses teacher practices during emergency remote teaching in the pandemic, as it relates to digital inequality, instructional design, and student engagement and motivation. She is the co-founder and co-editor of the journal, Information and Learning Sciences, published by Emerald. 

Note: Reynolds and a colleague guest-edited a full collection of 42 open-access articles in a Special Issue on “Emergency Remote Teaching under COVID19” in the Summer of 2020. The full collection can be found at: 


Email: Email Rebecca Reynolds at rbreynol@comminfo.rutgers.edu