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Nico Baird

Director Academic Services and Products (SA)


Born 16-12-1973 in Kimberley South Africa

After the completion of an N Dip in Language Practice, Nico Baird was one of the first graduates in South Africa to complete his B Tech degree in Language Practice at the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT).

He specialised in communicative media, including graphic design and video production. Focusing on effective academic communication in both poster design and instructional video production. His professional career started as Director of Multimedia at the University of the Free State's, Faculty of Health Sciences. During this period he completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Professions Education. After joining the CUT eLearning and Educational Technology team in 2004 he started as Instructional Designer at this institution. He returned to his alma mater to train the trainers in the use of technology in teaching. In 2012 he completed his Magister in Health Professions Education at the Faculty of Health Sciences UFS and in 2015 his Phd in Health Profession Education.

During the past ten years he has become a regular on the education and technology conference circuit with innovative and pioneering talks. Through the innovative work and his dedication to learning and especially learning in a changing world he was selected as one of South Africa’s first Apple Distinguished Educators in 2007. Nico served in, and is a member of, various committees and associations, including the National Association of Distance and Open Education South Africa (Nadeosa), South African Association of Health Educationists (SAAHE) and Golden Key International Honour Society. He also presented an array of posters and papers at national and international conferences, He is regularly invited to address audiences at academic and non-academic workshops. Nico reviewed and published articles for various publications. His knowledge of technology and e-learning methods has made him a well-known industry expert in South Africa, with his tips featured in weekly columns and talk shows in national newspapers and radio stations. He is currently working at WITS where he is the Deputy Director and Head e-Learning - Centre for Learning Teaching and Development (CLTD).

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M: 0837015351


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Current Position(s)

Director, Academic Services and Products (South Africa) | Academic Services | Academic Partnerships
Johannesburg, South Africa | March 2017 - present

Academia, Education and Training


Deputy Director CLTD/Head eLearning | Centre for Learning, Teaching and Development | University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2015 - present

Academia, Education and Training


Previous Position(s)

Instructional Designer (Multi Media) | Central University of Technology, Free State
Bloemfontein, South Africa | 2009 - May 2015

Academia, Education and Training


Speaker/ Director | Dreamagineers
Bloemfontein, South Africa | 2007 - 2009

Academia, Education and Training

Corporate and educational training events. Team building with photography. Photo Safaris. Keynotes. Motivational talks.


Speaker/ Director | Dreamagineers
2007 - 2009

Academia, Education and Training

Corporate and educational training events. Team building with photography. Photo Safaris. Keynotes. Motivational talks.


Social Networking Advisor | Nico Baird
Bloemfontein, South Africa | 2006 - 2015

Consulting and Project Management


Technology Columnist | Bloemnews
Bloemfontein, South Africa | 2006 - 2010

Publishing, Printing and Print Media


Instructional Designer, Media | Central Univeristy of Technology, Free State
Bloemfontein, South Africa | 2004 - 2008

Academia, Education and Training


Multimedia Audiovisual Production Manager | University of the Free State
2000 - 2004

Academia, Education and Training


Director Multimedia, Med | University of the Free State
Bloemfontein, South Africa | 1999 - 2004

Academia, Education and Training

Educational history

Secondary

Northern Cape High School, Kimberley, South Africa (1991)

Tertiary

University Of The Free State

Bloemfontein, South Africa | 2012 - 2014

Philosophiae Doctor (Health Professions Education) (PhD) - Health Professions Education

Philosophiae Doctor (Health Professions Education) (PhD)

University Of The Free State

Bloemfontein, South Africa | 2011 - 2012

Magister in Health Profession Education - Health Professions Education

University Of The Free State

Bloemfontein, South Africa | 2005 - 2005

Post Graduate Diploma in Health Professions Education - Health Professions Education

Central University of Technology Ftee State

Bloemfontein, South Africa | 1996 - 1996

B Tech Language Practice - Communication

Technikon Free State

Bloemfontein, South Africa | 1995 - 1995

Conversational German - Language

Technikon Free State

Bloemfontein, South Africa | 1994 - 1994

Creative Writing - Writing skills

Central University of Technology, Free State

Bloemfontein, South Africa | 1993 - 1995

NDip Language Practice - Communication

Achievements

Awards

Apple Distinguished Educator | 2007

Shortlist and nomination

Nadeosa Executive member | 2009

media exposure

HTXT.co.za | 2016

#FeesMustFall initiatives

Taalgenoot | 2010

Interview published in Taalgenoot (September 2010)

RSG | 2010

Interview

Volksblad | 2008

Volksblad | 2010

Bloemnews | 2011

Volksblad | 2011

Academic Achievements

Paper Delivered | 2012

HEICTA Conference 2012 (Higher Education Information and Communication Technology Association, Bloemfontein, South Africa

Paper Delivered | 2010

iCERi2010 International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Madrid, Spain
Paper: Baird, N and de Beer, K Developing a classroom of the future (Engaging students in learning)
Poster: Baird, N and Pachagadu, S Audio as support medium at a Higher Education Institution

Paper Delivered | 2010

OpenEd International Conference 2010
Barcelona, Spain;
Paper: Audio as medium for content distribution (giving access to knowledge)

Paper Delivered | 2010

Nadeosa International Conference 2010
Paper 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

Paper Delivered | 2009

Heltasa International Conference 2009
Paper: Collaborative Content Creation

Paper Delivered | 2009

Liasa International Conference 2009
Workshop presented: Library 2.0 Tools

Paper Delivered | 2009

Nadeosa International Conference 2009
Paper: The end of the University?

Paper Delivered | 2008

eMerge2008
Paper: Online conference workshop presentation
New Learning

Paper Delivered | 2007

SMLTSA Mini Symposium
Web 2.0 in Health Technology

Paper Delivered | 2006

Nadeosa International conference 2006
Paper: Podcasting in distance education

Paper Delivered | 2006

WWW 2006
Paper: Podcasting in Higher Education

Paper Delivered | 2006

SAAHE Western Cape 2006
Paper: Podcasting in Health Professions Education

Paper Delivered | 2005

WWW 2005
What is enough and what is too much?

Other Achievements

Invited Speaker | 2012

Motheo FET College Seminar on eLearning
New Learning Needs New Teaching

Invited Speaker | 2011

Industry Day Presentation Invited speaker New Media and your career Faculty of Humanities, Central University of Technology, Free State

Invited Speaker | 2011

SAAHE South African Association of Health Educators Invited academic lecture to members From Black Board to BlackBoard

Guest Lecture | 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 School

Guest Lecture | 2011

University of the Free State BML students Guest lecture Social Networking to enhance your business

Invited Speaker | 2006

South African Association for Bio-Chemists

Invited Speaker | 2007

Library and Information Association of South Africa

Invited Speaker | 2007

Critical Chain
Training for consultants Liberty Life

Invited Speaker | 2008

Forum for Community Journalists.

Invited Speaker | 2009

University of the Free State Instructional Design

Invited Speaker | 2009

Darwin 200 Evolution of Communication 2009 University of the Free State

Invited Speaker | 2010

University of the Free State Department of Computer Science & Informatics New technologies and Web 2.0

Invited Speaker | 2009

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 institutions

Guest Lecture | 2010

University of the Free State MBA students Guest lecture Social Networking to enhance your business

Activities

Memberships

Heltasa

Exective Member, 2007 - 2008

Nadeosa

Exective Member, 2009 - present

community

UFS Alumni

Donor, 2008 - present

Other Activities

Photography

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