Dr Fiona Henderson
Coordinator, Student Learning Unit
Fiona is a Senior Lecturer in Academic Language and Learning (ALL) & Coordinator of the Student Learning Unit (SLU) in the Academic support & development department, Victoria University.
She was a co-researcher and author of VU’s Australian Vice Chancellor's Committee (AVCC) grant Improving Language and Learning Support for Offshore Students in 2005. She was a senior team member in the highly successful Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) funded Academic Literacy Project, Investigating the efficacy of culturally specific academic literacy and academic honesty resources for Chinese students.
She has led VU’s annual Teaching and Learning conference with Chinese partner institutions in China and is currently undertaking collaborative research projects into the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning with the Chinese partner institutions. Her Office of Learning & Teaching (OLT) funded Academic Integrity project Working from the Centre: supporting unit/course co-ordinators to implement academic integrity policies, resources and scholarship has a very practical focus, as have the resources she is creating and trialling for the OLT project on the transition needs of International PG students.
Fiona received a Carrick Citation in 2007, a Victoria University College Award in 2011 and a VC Citation in 2012.
Henderson, F (2011) Connecting Higher Education and the Chinese workplace: What makes a Chinese graduate with an Australian qualification employable in China? Victoria University, Melbourne.
Henderson, F, McWilliams, A & Xing, Y (2011), 'Harmonising Chinese & Australian ideas about learning in the workplace', in C Clark & J Zhou (eds), Internationalization of China's Higher Education: Challenges for Sino-foreign Joint Educational Programs/Institutions, Liaoning University Press, Shenyang, China.
Henderson, F & Pearce, A (2011), 'Collaborative research with Chinese teaching partners to further student academic language and learning support', in C Clark & J Zhou (eds), Internationalization of China's Higher Education: Challenges for Sino-foreign Joint Educational Programs/Institutions, Liaoning University Press, Shenyang, China.
Henderson, F, Chahal, D, Fotovatian, S & Carr, A (2011) ‘Integrating First Year Education: Two Models’ 14th Pacific Rim First Year In Higher Education Conference (FYHE), Fremantle, 29 June – 1 July.
Henderson, F & McWilliams, A (2011) ‘Policy into Practice: Bringing graduate attributes and employability skills into undergraduate subjects in China’, Australian International Education Conference (AIEC), Adelaide, 11–14 October.
Henderson, F & McWilliams, A (2011) ‘A Writing Circle to Enhance Engagement with the Discipline of Management’, Tenth Biennial Conference of the Association for Academic Language and Learning (AALL) “Forging New direction in ALL”, University of South Australia, 24-25 November.
Ridley, C & Henderson, F (2011) ‘Joining the Sectors: Pathways for Success’, Critical Discussions about Social Inclusion, University of Wollongong, 10 June.
Contribution to the following websites:
- Building Academic Integrity
- Academic Literacy Project
- Student Learning Online
- VU Offshore students and research
- Transition support for international postgrads
- English language support: English for Uni.
Fiona teaches the unit Evaluation to Master of TESOL students. She also teaches academic skills within a variety of other Masters subjects and runs writing circles with PhD students.
AVCC (2005) $99,000 Improving Language and Learning Support for Offshore Students
ALTC (2010) $80,000Investigating the efficacy of culturally specific academic literacy and academic honesty resources for Chinese students
OLT (2012) $130,000Working from the Centre: supporting unit/course co-ordinators to implement academic integrity policies, resources and scholarship
Association of Academic Language and Learning
- Language and Learning, Academic support & development
Areas of expertise
- Embedded support
- International students
- Postgraduate students
- Scaffolded curriculum
- Transnational education
- Writing Circles