What we do
For a video of what we do, see our ‘Home’ page.
The Learning Skills Unit (LSU) is a unit within Student Services at RMIT International University Vietnam. The LSU’s goal is to enable the students at RMIT Vietnam to acquire and enhance the skills needed to succeed in their studies and beyond. It is open to all students at the university who study in the undergraduate, postgraduate and English language programs. We are all members of the Association for Academic Language and Learning (click below to get to their site).
We achieve this through workshops with students during and outside of their class time, working with students one-on-one in consultations, through our online resources and SLAMs, our student mentoring program.
When and why we blog
We post every Wednesday and Friday. We blog because we want to generate thought, discussion and action topics related to learning in Higher Education. Posts are written by LSU staff and other professionals across a range of institutions.
Who we are
Carol Witney, Learning Skills Advisor
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Carol Joined the LSU as a Learning Skills Advisor in May, 2011. Carol has most recently worked in the CEP and Academic English programs at RMIT Vietnam. She holds a Masters in Public Health and is currently undertaking her Masters in Teaching and Learning at the University of Bath. She has a wealth of experience in working with students individually to foster their academic and language skills as well as conducting research and has been instrumental in student engagement efforts on-campus and off.
Current research interests: The perceptions of ALL support, motivation and learning strategies among at-risk students, argument mapping as a learning intervention, students’ perceptions of learning using English at a transnational university.
Wei Wei, Learning Skills Advisor
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Wei Joined the LSU as a Learning Skills Advisor in May, 2011. Wei Wei completed his PhD in the areas of TESOL and language testing at the University of Leeds and holds a Masters in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He has experience working with students to support their academic skills within courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as conducting research. His areas of expertise are English language assessment and the effects of feedback on assessment.
Current research interests: The perceptions of ALL support, Motivation and learning strategies among at-risk students, leadership and management in educational change, students’ perceptions of using English at a transnational university.
Pham Nguyen Hoang Dy, Administration Officer
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Dy joined the LSU in April, 2012. She worked previous to that in education in both private and non-governmental organizations, including three years at The Cristina Noble Children Foundation as a Sponsorship Assistant, managing complex procedures and policies to provide developmental and educational support for children at risk. She has also worked as an English teacher and has mentored students in academic skills development. Dy holds a B.A in English from Da Nang University College of Foreign Languages and has training in working with teenagers, adolescent psychology and pedagogical skills.
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Sam joined the LSU in July, 2011, having worked in the RMIT Academic English Programs since 2009 and in Vietnam since 2008. He has also co-authored teaching and learning resources for both academics and students. Having studied in England (Bachelor’s in philosophy, politics and economics), Hong Kong (Master’s degree in journalism), New Zealand, France and Vietnam, Sam knows first hand what it is like to face an unfamiliar education system, and, combined with his experience with Vietnamese students, he is determined to help RMIT students succeed as they encounter new challenges.
Current research interests: The perceptions of ALL support, students’ post-consultation application of ALL advisement to academic work, efficacy of online delivery of ALL materials and advisement, students’ perceptions of learning and using English at a transnational university.
Matt Cowan, Learning Skills Advisor and Co-editor of this blog
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Matthew Cowan joined RMIT Vietnam in January, 2010 and the LSU in September, 2011. Matt has a Master of Learning Innovation and extensive experience in teaching English for Academic Purposes at all levels as well as in academic language and learning support. His interests include working with students to support their academic skills development and collaborating with staff to increase the quality of outcomes within individual subjects and across programs. More recently his interest has intensified in the ways that data/information/concepts/theories can be visualised for easier ‘consumption’ and thus more effectively applied to provide solutions for now and in the future.
Current research interests: Creativity + Innovation + Critical Thinking = Solutions for the Future; Ways to encourage RMIT Vietnam students to use English on campus in a greater capacity (stay tuned for a documentary in the future!).
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David has worked in various teaching and administrative positions at RMIT Vietnam since March 2007 and has been in the LSU from April, 2010. He has a background in international education administration and management having previously worked as a coordinator and manager at universities in Thailand and the U.S. David has a B.A. in Social Sciences, qualifications in English language teaching and an Executive MBA. Along with supporting students’ academic development, David has worked as an advisor to student councils, literacy tutor, academic advisor, international education advisor and instructional designer.
Current research interests: The meaning and assessment of critical thinking in university study, students’ perceptions of using English at a transnational university, motivation and learning strategies among at-risk students, argument mapping as a learning intervention, leadership and management in educational change and innovation in higher education.
Truong Thuy Van, Administration Assistant
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Van is Administration Assistant in Learning Skills Unit Hanoi. She graduated National Economics University of Vietnam, majoring in Business Administration and spent two years in the Project Assistant position. Now she wants to develop in an international environment together with RMIT students. She is assisting Sam Graham in creating the most friendly and innovative unit for students to come and find the best solutions for their study