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EDUCATION

PhD in Serious Games and Virtual Worlds (in progress), Coventry University, United Kingdom.

Master of Multimedia (E-Learning Technologies) (2007), Multimedia University, Malaysia.
Thesis Title: Comparison of Learning Effectiveness of Static Graphics with Animation in Computer Based Instruction.
Cumulative GPA: 3.89/4.00 (1st Class)

Bachelor of Multimedia (HONS) Film and Animation (2005), Multimedia University, Malaysia.
Cumulative GPA: 3.52/4.00 (2nd Upper)

Graduate Certificate of Tertiary Teaching and Learning (2009), RMIT International University, Vietnam.

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Serious Games, Instructional Design, Game-based Learning, Animation, Simulations.

 

SKILLS & EXPERTISE

Digital Painting, Illustration and Imaging (vector illustrations and Wacom tablet renderings)
2d and 3d animation
Interactive Application and Web Design
Graphic Design
Video Editing and Photography
E-Learning Applications

Language Skills: English (Proficient), Malay (Proficient), Mandarin (Proficient)
Software Skills: Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Maya, 3d Studio Max, Dreamweaver, etc.
* Proficient in both Windows and Mac OS platform.

 

CERTIFICATIONS

Graduate Certificate of Tertiary Teaching and Learning (2009)
IELTS: Band 8.5
(2014)
Autodesk 3d Studio Max End User Certification (2007)
Final Cut Pro End User Certification (2006)

 

WORK EXPERIENCES

Associate Lecturer, RMIT University, Melbourne – (2015 – current)
Lecturer for the Digital Media programme, teaching subjects within the area of interactive media, web design and motion design.

Senior Lecturer, RMIT University Vietnam – (2008-2015)
Provide leadership in design education pedagogy, research, as well as program/course development and related functions of the Design Department. Currently teaching courses in the areas of digital illustration and 3d animation.

Lecturer, Taylor’s University College – (2006 – 2008)
Lecturer for multimedia subjects, cross teaching for foundation, diploma and degree programmes for the School of Communication.

Multimedia Designer, Hunter Studios –  (2005 – 2008)
Started up own company, offering various multimedia design services. Undertook projects such as 3d exhibition booth designs, web designs, desktop publishing etc.

Webmaster, Malaysian Kennel Association —  (2005 – 2006)
Responsible in revamping and maintaining Malaysian Kennel Association’s official website.

Photographer  /  Graphic Designer, Fotorex Holdings Sdn Bhd — (2005)
Was under contract as event photographer. Also extensively involved in advanced photo restoration and enhancement work for studio portraits.

Animator / Graphic Designer, Flextronics Asia — (2005)
Under contract in creating animated e-greetings, web splash screen and touch screen interface circulated to all Flextronics branches throughout Asia. Also produced billboard and newspaper advertisement designs.

Flash Animator and Line Artist, Fat Lizard – (2004)
2d Flash Animator and line artist for BB3b, a children animation television series aired on BBC in United Kingdom. Highest monthly output percentage amongst staffs from May to June.

 

OTHER EXPERIENCES

Primary School Teacher, SRJK Han Ming (2001)
Hired as a temporary schoolteacher for Bahasa Malaysia. Also taught Moral, Art, Mathematics, Music and Sports to children from standard 1 – 5.

 

HONOURS/AWARDS

Teaching Commendation, RMIT International University Vietnam (2012)
Top 10 best animation, Multimedia University
(2005)
Dean’s list, six semesters, Multimedia University (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)
High Academic Achievement Award, Alpha Pre-U Night, Multimedia University (2001)

 

SUBJECTS TAUGHT (UNDERGRADUATE LEVEL)

Advanced Electronic Imaging
Digital illustration course that teaches students advanced techniques of digital painting using Wacom Tablets. Students learn how to produce concept arts, character design, storyboard and final A3-sized illustration.

Imaging and Animation
Introductory 3d course that teaches students the basic principles and techniques of 3d modelling, texturing and animation.

Advanced 3d Imaging and Animation
Advanced 3d course that teaches students advanced character animation techniques.

Advanced Web Authoring
Advanced web authoring course that covers a range of topics such as logo design, interface design, packaging design and web design.

Design for Interactive Media 3
Course features lessons on interface design, interactivity, search engine optimization, web design, etc.

Design for Interactive Media 2
Introduction on design principles, composition, typography, illustration and Flash applications.

Electronic Imaging and Design
Introduction on design principles, typography and digital imaging and animation techniques.

Cooperative Work Placement
Supervisor for student internships – Conducted company visits and interviews.

Introduction to Information Technologies
Introductory IT course for Mass Communication students.

Introduction to Computer Graphics
Computer graphics course covering vector illustration and digital imaging techniques.

News Design for Print and Web
Introductory course for desktop publishing and web design.

Computer Studies
Introductory IT course for Tourism and Hospitality students.

 

WORKSHOPS CONDUCTED

Fix-A-Pic (Photoshop Workshop) – 2006
Are You Storyboard Literate? – 2006
Digital Musician in 2 Hours (Garageband Workshop) – 2006
Apple Mac OS Workshop –  2006
Final Cut Pro Workshop – 2007
Fix-A-Pic (Photoshop Workshop) – 2007

 

CONFERENCE PAPERS

Thong, LP., 2016, From Students to Design Practitioners – Implementing Role-Playing Experience in Digital Media Classes using Virtual Designer, a 3d Digital Role-Playing Game, Best Paper Award in ISTEL (International Symposium on Teaching, Education and Learning), Taiwan.

Thong, LP., 2013, Implementing a Cognitive Apprenticeship to Create a Situated Learning Environment for Advanced 3d Animation Students: Implications for Student Learning and Interaction, in TARC international conference 2013 on Innovation and Transformation in Teaching and Learning, Kuala Lumpur, pp. 291 – 297.

Thong, LP., Implementing Cognitive Apprenticeship to Create a Situated Learning Environment, (RESEARCH POSTER), presented at the Questacon Science Exhibithion, RMIT International University Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 26th April 2013.

Thong, LP., Digital Games: Promises and Challenges, presented at the First International Conference on Popular Culture and Education in Asia, Hong Kong, 14th December 2008.

Thong, LP. and Richardson, S., Role-Playing Games for Education, Proceedings of the 2008 Amazing E-Learning International Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, 7th-9th March 2008.

 

OTHERS

Teacher Advisor , Design Club, RMIT International University Vietnam (2010)
Teacher Advisor for university’s design club, overseeing club activities and initiatives.

Teacher Advisor, Multimedia, Advertising and Design (MAD) Club, Taylor’s College (2007)
Started up Taylor’s College’s first Multimedia, Advertising and Design club – conducted student workshops and consulted in student multimedia projects.

Advisor, First Year Experience Project, Taylor’s College (2007)
Advisor for student mentors in the Taylor’s College First Year Experience project.

Commitee Member, Instructional Media Team Taylor’s College (2007)
Commitee Member for Taylor’s College Instructional Media Team, provided input/advises on introducing technology for learning in the college.

Trainer, Teaching and Learning Centre, Taylor’s College (2007)
Conducted numerous staff training sessions across campuses for the Teaching and Learning Centre.