About Me

Curriculum Vitae – Nico Baird (extract)

Tertiary Education

  • National Diploma: Language Practice
  • B. Tech.: Language Practice
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Health Professions Education (With Distinction)          
  • Magister in Health Profession Education (Cum Laude)       Title: The utilisation of video as primary content delivery medium for staff development of Health Profession Educators
  • PhD in Health Profession Education Title: The Development of a video-based online staff development course on community-based education and service learning for Health Professions Educators, University of the Free State.

Courses and Workshops Attended

  • Creative Writing – Central University of Technology, Free State – 1994
  • Conversational German – Central University of Technology, Free State – 1995
  • NTVA Video Production – 1995
  • Technikon Free State Staff Development Programme for New Staff Members – Central University of Technology, Free State – 1997
  • Staff Development Sessions: Faculty of Health Sciences – University of the Free State – 2000
  • Learning Evaluation, UFS – University of the Free State – 2000
  • Workshop on Group Work – University of the Free State – 2000
  • Lecturer Course: Assessment – University of the Free State – 2000
  • Lecturer Course: Quality Assurance – University of the Free State – 2001
  • Compiling Workbooks – University of the Free State – 2002
  • Compiling Planners, Manuals and Workbooks – University of the Free State – 2002
  • Writing Outcomes for the Compilation of Workbooks – University of the Free State – 2002
  • Preparation of Material for Media Usage – University of the Free State – 2002
  • Rationale and Basic Principles of Group Work – University of the Free State – 2002
  • Presentation Methods for Parallel-medium Education – University of the Free State – 2002
  • Preparation and Presentation of a Lecture – University of the Free State – 2002
  • Formulation of Outcomes / Test and Examination Questions – University of the Free State – 2002
  • Course for Newly Appointed Lecturers UFS – University of the Free State – 2003
  • Workshop: Designing Modules and Learning Materials – University of the Free State – 2003
  • Disc Temperament Analysis and Enhance Your Relationship Skills – University of the Free State – 2004
  • Learner Centered Teaching – University of the Free State – 2005
  • The Enhancement of Educational Technology and Information Communication Technologies in the Higher Education Curriculum – Central University of Technology, Free State – 2005
  • Information session: Introduction to E-Learning, in collaboration with the Faculty of the Humanities
- 2006
  • Academic Writing – Central University of Technology, Free State – 2006
  • The responsive curriculum – Central University of Technology, Free State – 2007
  • Cultivating Emotional Intelligence for Business Excellence – Central University of Technology, Free State – 2008
  • Online Developers course for Blackboard learning designers – 2010
  • Introduction to BlackBoard 9.1 – Eiffel-Corp – 2010
  • Certified Trainer OTH – BlackBoard – 2011
  • Emotional Intelligence Workshop – Central University of Technology, Free State – 2011
  • Graphic Facilitation Workshop – Central University of Technology, Free State – 2011
  • Emotional Intelligence Workshop II – Central University of Technology, Free State – 2012
  • First Steps into Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (MOOC) – Oxford Brookes University – 2012
  • Conflict Management – Central University of Technology, Free State – 2012
  • Clinical Education Seminar – University of the Free State – 2012
  • 2nd SASEE Workshop on Teaching successfully for ourselves and our students – Central University of Technology, Free State – 2012
  • Academic Writing Workshop – Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Free State – 2013
  • E-learning and Digital Cultures (Online course) – The University of Edinburgh – 2013
  • Know thyself (Online course) – University of Virginia – 2013
  • Academia and the MOOC (Online course) – Canvas – 2013
  • Dorian Haarhof – Storytelling Wordshop – Oom Schalk’s Veld Philosophy: Lessons in Lekker Leadership – 2013
  • Academia and the MOOC – (Online course) – Canvas – 2013
  • Research workshop (UFS Library) – University of the Free State – 2013
  • Editing of publications – University of the Free State – 2013
  • Curriculum Reform – University of the Free State – 2013
  • Community-Based Education and Service Learning – University of the Free State – 2013
  • Instructional Design – Prof Robert Branch, University of the Free State – 2014
  • Academic Writing – University of the Free State – 2014
  • Teaching & Learning Lekgotla – University of the Witwatersrand – 2015
  • Measuring the Effectiveness of Academic Professional Development – University of the Witwatersrand – 2015
  • Planning your academic career – Centre for Learning and Teaching Development, University of the Witwatersrand – 2015
  • Introductory workshop on critical digital literacies – University of the Witwatersrand – 2015
  • Postgraduate supervision workshop – Centre for Learning and Teaching Development, University of the Witwatersrand – 2015
  • Employment Relations – Human Resources Development Unit (HRDU), University of the Witwatersrand – 2016

Membership of Associations and committees

  • National Television and Video Association
  • South African Translators’ Institute
  • Academic Journal Discussion Group: Educational and Support Staff, School of Medicine, UFS
  • Heltasa – Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa – Executive Member 2006 – 2007
  • Nadeosa – National Association of Distance and Open Education South Africa – Executive Committee Member 2009 – present
  • Motheo FET College – Member ICT eLearning Advisory Committee 2012 – 2013
  • SAAHE – South African Association of Health Educationalists – Executive Committee Member 2013 – present
  • Golden Key International Honour Society – 2015 – Member nr. 13146475

Conferences attended

  • HPE International Conference, 2002, Bloemfontein (Health Professions Education International Conference)
  • SAAHE, 2003,Western Cape (South African Association of Health Educationalists)
  • WWW2005, Cape Town
  • eMerge2006, Online Conference
  • WWW2006, Bloemfontein
  • Nadeosa 2006, Pretoria (National Association of Distance Education and Open Learning in South Africa)
  • Heltasa 2007, Pretoria (Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa)
  • EduOnline, 2007,Online
  • Heltasa2007, Bloemfontein (convenor) (Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa)
  • eMerge 2008, Online
  • PodcampSA, 2008, Bloemfontein (convenor)
  • BlackBoard, 2009, Bloemfontein
  • Nadeosa, 2009, Pretoria (National Association of Distance Education and Open Learning in South Africa)
  • Heltasa 2009, Johannesburg (Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa)
  • Future Campus, 2010, Johannesburg
  • Nadeosa International Conference, 2010, Potchefstroom (National Association of Distance Education and Open Learning in South Africa)
  • SATN conference, 2010, Johannesburg (South African Technology Network)
  • OpenEd International Conference, 2010, Barcelona, Spain
  • African Education Week, 2011, Johannesburg
  • 5th Annual convention and Learning Expo
  • Nadeosa International Conference, 2011, Johannesburg (National Association of Distance Education and Open Learning in South Africa)
  • SATN conference, 2011, Bloemfontein (South African Technology Network)
  • SAAHE conference, 2012, Bloemfontein
  • (South African Association of Health Educationalists)
  • eMerge 2012, Online
  • SATN conference, 2012, Namibia (South African Technology Network)
  • Innovation in Teaching and Learning Seminar, 2014, Bloemfontein
  • eLearning Update, 2015, Johannesburg
  • ICDE World Conference, 2015, Sun City, SA
  • Heltasa Conference, 2016, Cape Town

Conference Papers, Poster and Workshops Presented

  • WWW 2005, Bloemfontein, South Africa
    Poster: Baird, N., What is enough and what is too much?
  • SAAHE Western Cape 2006, Cape Town, South Africa
    Paper: Baird, N., Podcasting in Health Professions Education
  • WWW 2006, Cape Town, South Africa
    Paper: Baird, N., Podcasting in Higher Education
  • Nadeosa International Conference 2006
    Paper: Baird, N., Podcasting in distance education
  • SMLTSA Mini Symposium 2007 – Bloemfontein, South Africa
    Paper: Baird, N., Web 2.0 in Health Technology
  • eMerge2008 – Online
    Paper: Baird, N., Online conference workshop presentation – New Learning
  • Nadeosa International Conference 2009 – Pretoria, South Africa
    Paper: Baird, N., The end of the University?
  • Liasa International Conference 2009
    Workshop presented: Baird, N., Library 2.0 Tools
  • Heltasa International Conference 2009 – Bloemfontein South Africa
    Paper: Baird, N., Collaborative Content Creation
  • Nadeosa International Conference 2010
    Paper – Baird, N., Audio and video as content distribution medium.
    Poster – Pachagadu, S; Baird, N and de Beer, K – Audio as a support medium at a Higher
    Education Institution
  • OpenEd International Conference 2010 – Barcelona, Spain; 2010
    Paper: Baird, N., Audio as medium for content distribution (giving access to knowledge)
  • iCERi2010 International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation Madrid, Spain – 2010
    Paper: Baird, N and de Beer, KDeveloping a classroom of the future (Engaging students in learning)
    Poster: Baird, N and Pachagadu, S – Audio as support medium at a Higher Education Institution
  • HEICTA Conference 2012 (Higher Education Information and Communication Technology Association), Bloemfontein, South Africa – 2012
    Keynote: Baird, N., New Tools to enhance teaching and learning
  • SAAHE, South African Association of Health Educationalists 2012 – 2012
    Paper: Baird, N., Video as primary content delivery medium for staff development in Health Professions Education
  • SATN, South African Technology Network, Windhoek, Namibia – 2012
    Paper: Baird, N., Nel, M.M., Kruger, S.B. An investigation into the use of video as primary content delivery medium for staff development of Health Professions Educators
  • Faculty of Management Sciences, Central University of Technology, Free State, Prestige Research Seminar – 2012
    Paper: Taljaard, J., Baird, N. Student experience of the use of video as support medium in the delivery of content in Advanced Industrial Relations IV at the Central University of Technology, Free State
  • Community Engagement Symposium, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa 2013
    Paper: Taljaard, J., Baird, N. Student experience of the use of video as support medium in the delivery of content in Advanced Industrial Relations IV at the Central University of Technology, Free State
  • eLearning Update 2013, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2013
    Paper: Baird, N., The use of video as primary content delivery medium in eLearning.
  • Online and eLearning Conference 2013, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2013
    Paper: Baird, N. Five essential qualifications to look for in an instructional designer
  • Innovation in Teaching and Learning Seminar, Bloemfontein, South Africa, 2014
    Presentation: Baird, N. Enhancing Teaching and Learning through innovation
  • SAAHE Conference 2014, Cape Town, South Africa, 2014
    Poster: Baird, N. Video in Health Professions Education
  • Online and eLearning Conference 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2014
    Paper: Baird, N. The future of eLearning – Motivating lecturers and students to engage in learning.
  • 2nd International on Language Skills: Working with Text and Around Text, Lublin Poland, 2014
    Paper: Bergh, L.*, Baird, N., Beelders, T., Miller-Naudé, C. and Naudé, J. Singing as a form of phonological enhancement in reading skills design
  • Apereo Africa Conference 2016, Pretoria, South Africa, 2016
    Paper: Baird, N.*, Wooldridge, D. Adopting MOOCs
  • eLearning Landscape 2016, Cape Town, South Africa, 2016
    Paper: Baird, N., Structure!
  • Teaching and Learning Conference, Knowledge Resources, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2016
    Paper: Baird, N.,
    Structure: key to creating a rich learning experienc

Invited speaker at the following:

  • South African Association for Bio-chemists2006
  • University of the Free State, Faculty of Health Sciences2006
  • Round Table – Annual meeting2006
  • Library and Information Association of South Africa, LIASA – 2007
  • Critical Chain – Training for consultants – Liberty Life2007
  • Forum for Community Journalists – Media 242008
  • University of the Free State – Instructional Design2009
  • Darwin 200 – Evolution of Communication, University of the Free State2009
  • Higher Education South Africa – Collaboration tools – Workshop for Executive secretaries and personal assistants in the offices of vice-chancellors of the 23 public higher education institutions2009
  • University of the Free State – Department of Computer Science & Informatics – New technologies and Web 2.0 – 2010
  • University of the Free State – Alumni Consortium – Harnessing Electronic Communication – Social networking, Managing your digital communication, Creativity synonym with involvement – 2010
  • University of the Free State – MBA students – Guest lecture – Social Networking to enhance your business – 2010
  • University of the Free State – BML students – Guest lecture – Social Networking to enhance your business – 2011
  • University of the Free State – Cyber Scholarship – Presented by Nico Baird and Prof Johannes Cronje, launch of the University of the Free State’s Postgraduate School2011
  • Havenga Rossouw & Viljoen Accountants and Webber Attorneys – New Media / Social Media Marketing for your company – 2011
  • SAAHE – South African Association of Health Educators – Invited academic lecture to members- From Black Board to BlackBoard – 2011
  • Industry Day Presentation – Invited speaker – New Media and your careerFaculty of Humanities, Central University of Technology, Free State – 2011
  • Motheo FET College Seminar on eLearning – Video and Audio in Learning2012
  • SOAR – Stars of Academe and Research Workshop – EdTech Talk – 2012
  • 2nd ICT eLearning Seminar, Introducing eLearning at Motheo FET College – 2012
  • LIASA – Mobile Technology in Libraries of the Future – Embracing Technology – 2012
  • Focus on Leadership – Leadership development teambuilding session – University of the Free State – 2012
  • Industry Day Presentation – Social Networking – Faculty of Humanities, Central University of Technology, Free State – 2012
  • Motheo FET College Seminar on eLearning – Video in eLearning – 2013
  • Online and eLearning Conference 2013, Knowledge Resources, Johannesburg, 2013 – Five essential qualifications to look for in an Instructional designer
  • Industry Day Presentation – The value of blogging in your career – Faculty of Humanities, Central University of Technology, Free State2013
  • UFS, Qwaqwa Teaching and Learning Excellence Showcase Days – Keynote – Doodle your way to quality instruction – University of the Free State – 2013
  • UFS, Bloemfontein Campus Energizer for Academic Staff – Six steps to better instructional design – 2014
  • Online and eLearning Conference 2014, Knowledge Resources, Johannesburg, 2014 – Innovations and advances in eLearning
  • Blended Learning Workshop, University of the North West, Mafikeng Campus, May 2015
  • Flipping the Classroom Workshop, University of the North West, Mafikeng Campus, May 2015
  • Blended Learning Workshop, University of the North West, Mafikeng Campus, September 2015
  • Flipping the Classroom Workshop, University of the North West, Mafikeng Campus, September 2015
  • 4th Teaching Colloquium, School Of Chemical And Metallurgical Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand, 11 November 2015
  • “VUTela : Effective structures for course design”, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference, Vaal University of Technology, 23 – 24 August 2016

Articles published and submitted for publication

  • Grobler, L., Hugo, A., Baird, N., De Klerk, B., Murray, A.J., Poonyane, C., Prinsloo, E.A.M. Computer-Based Courseware for Teaching Communication Skills in Health Care. SA Journal of Physiotherapy. 2004; 60(1):3 (Accredited Journal)
  • Esterhuizen, HL; Baird, N; de Beer, K, The Historical development of supplemental instruction at the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) Interim (2008), Volume 7, No 2 (Non-accredited Journal)
  • Baird, N; de Beer, K; (2009) Why podcasting in Open Higher Distance Learning? Interim 2009, Volume 8, Nr 2 (Non-accredited Journal)
  • Baird, N; K. De Beer, K; (2010) DEVELOPING A CLASSROOM FOR THE FUTURE (ENGAGING STUDENTS IN LEARNING), ICERI2010 Proceedings, pp. 265-265.
  • Baird, N; Pachagadu, S; (2010) AUDIO AS SUPPORT MEDIUM AT A HIGHER EDUCATION INTITUTION, ICERI2010 Proceedings, pp. 309-309.
  • Baird, N, Nel, M.M., Kruger, S.B. 2012. The utilisation of video as primary content delivery medium for staff development of health professions educators. Abstract in African Journal of Health Professions Education, July, Vol. 4 No 1, p 67
  • Baird, N; Nel, M.M.; Kruger, S.B. (2012) An investigation into the use of video as primary content delivery medium for staff development of Health Professions Educators. Submitted to Interim
  • Baird, N; Kruger, S.B.; Nel, M.M.; Hay-Swemmer, H.R. (2015) Online video-based staff development: the future of teaching and learning, Submitted for publication to Journal of Educational Technology & Society

External Examiner/Moderator

  • Moderator for Video Theory and Practice (VID10AS) at the Central University of Technology, Free State2004 to 2014
  • External Examiner: Masters Studies, Faculty of Education, University of the Witwatersrand (2015 – present)
  • External Examiner: Masters Dissertation, Unisa 2016
  • External Examiner: Masters Dissertation, University of Cape Town 2016.

Other Projects, Awards and acknowledgements

  • Selected as one of South Africa’s first Apple Distinguished Educators in 2007.
  • Weekly Technology Column for BloemNews (Bloemfontein) 20062012
  • Weekly Technology Column for Eden Express (George edition and also the Mosselbaai edition) 2012 – present (Some of these columns are also republished in other Media24 Newspapers nationally)
  • Interview RSG – Podcasting – 2006
  • Interview ZAShow – PodcampSA2008
  • Invited to be the Facilitator of the University of the Free State Web Strategy2010
  • Invited to consult on the Nasionale Afrikaanse Letterkundige Museum, NALN’s advisory committee.
  • Invited to review a book on Open Education which was published at the end of 2010 (Downes & Siemens)
  • Interview published in Taalgenoot – September 2010
  • Interview published in Die Volksblad – January 2011 http://www.volksblad.com/Rubrieke/WatsJouStorie/So-kan-wereldwye-web-jou-lewe-verryk-20110107)
  • Interview and article published in Bloemnews – November 2011
  • Interview published in élan MediHelp member newsletter 2012
  • Reviewer for The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, A refereed e-journal to advance research, theory, and practice in open and distance learning worldwide. www.irrodl.org
  • Guest writer for local magazine – Woman and Business 2014
  • Heltasa 2015, Review panel for submitted abstracts.

Employment history

  • Student Assistant (Video: Theory and Practice)
    Technikon Free State
    1996 – 1997
  • Part-time Lecturer (Video: Theory and Practice)
    Technikon Free State
    1997
  • Conference Organiser (part time)
    Mariaan Viljoen Special Events
    1996 – 1997
  • Owner and Public Relations  Coordinator
    Linquick Public Relations (Own Company)
    1997 – 1998
  • Manager / Staff Trainer
    Cash Crusaders
    1998 – 2000
  • Multimedia Audiovisual Production Manager
    Division of Educational Development
    Faculty of Health Sciences
    University of the Free State
    2000 – 2004
  • Instructional Designer (Video)
    Centre for eLearning and educational technology
    Central University of Technology Free State
    2004 – 2007
  • Director / Instructor
    Dreamagineers International
    Bloemfontein
    2007 – 2009
  • Instructional Designer (Media)
    Centre for eLearning and educational technology
    Central University of Technology Free State
    2009 – 2015
  • Lead Educational Developer
    eLearning
    Centre for Learning Teaching and Development
    University of the Witwatersrand
    May 2015 – August 2015
  • Deputy-Director Centre for Learning, Teaching and Development, and Head of eLearning
    Centre for Learning, Teaching and Development (CLTD)
    University of the Witwatersrand
    September 2015 – present

 

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