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Rob Baker

Dr Robert Baker Dr.Rob Baker EdD, MSc, BSc(Hons), PgCET&LHE, PgCE(P-16), FHEA, MRi, MCP, MCDST, MILT(past), MIfL(past)

Summary

On personal philosophy: Docendo discimus, (Latin "by teaching, we learn"). Seneca the Younger (c 4 BC – 65 AD) back On tactics: To attempt to change understanding in the most interesting ways possible. On inspirational teaching: A lecturer once demonstrated to us Newton's Third Law of Motion ("every action has an equal and opposite reaction") by entering the lecture theatre prostrate on a trolley firing off a CO2 fire extinguisher. How can I ever forget that deep learning experience? I remember well another inspirational teacher; he once said to me: "Baker, if you pass your ‘A’ level Chemistry, little pink pigs might fly…."

Miscellany (the ‘not much known’)            

In 1970, at the Mill Hill Observatory of University College London, I handled some of the first samples of moon rock brought back by the Apollo 11 astronauts.

Played junior club rugby 1970-1975, Club Press Secretary 1975-1983.

Currently restoring a 1967 Triumph Spitfire mark III classic car.

Hobbies: astronomy and cosmology (but from a warm armchair!).

Heroes: my wife, Carole, daughter Alexis, son Adam.  James Clerk Maxwell, Mark Granovetter; John Dewey. Brandon Flowers, Jonny Wilkinson, Sir Isaac Newton,

Favourite food: anything Italian.

What do I know for certain?  Two things.  One: challenge every thing, de omnibus dubitandum est (‘of every thing doubtful be’).  Two: the second law of thermodynamics, entropy tends to a maximum.

 

  • About

    Qualifications

    • 2015: Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Learning and Teaching, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
    • 2012: Doctorate of Education, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
    • 2005: Microsoft Certified Professional, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
    • 2000: MSc Operations Research for Management, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
    • 1997: BSc Computing Science, Astronomy and Mathematics, The Open University, United Kingdom
    • Post Graduate Certificate, Learning and Teaching Post 16,

    Member of professional body

    Other

    • 2014: Member of The Royal Institution of Great Britain, The Royal Institution, United Kingdom

    UG External Examiner

    Subject

    • 2018: , Swansea University, United Kingdom
    • 2016 to 2019: , University of Wales Trinity Saint David, United Kingdom

    Teaching expertise

    • Previous job roles, positions held and responsibilities

    Research

    • The deployment of theatrical devices in teaching.

  • Teaching

    Department of Finance, Accounting and Business Systems

    Sheffield Business School

    Business Operations and Systems

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Baker, R.P. (2012). Contexts of cultural capital in collaborative practice in further education. .

    Taylor, C., Downs, Y., Baker, R., & Chikwa, G. (2011). ‘I did it my way’: voice, visuality and identity in doctoral students' reflexive videonarratives on their doctoral research journeys. International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 34 (2), 193-210. http://doi.org/10.1080/1743727X.2011.578818

    Presentations

    Baker, R., & Clarke, J. (2018). One world, infinite knowledge: Tactics for teaching in a global context. Presented at: Higher Education Academy (HEA) Conference, Birmingham, 2018

    Baker, R. (2017). Exciting the Learner’s Intrinsic Motivation: Gamification and Theatre in HE Business Teaching. Presented at: Chengdu University's International Week, Sichuan, China. October

    Baker, R. (2016). "Smoke, Suspense, and Scheherazade - Using Theatrical Devices to. Presented at: Conference

    Revill, J., & Baker, R. (2015). Screencasts: do they really work in business ‘quants’.? Presented at: British Educational Studies Association (BESA) Conference, Cardiff

    Revill, J., & Baker, R. (2015). The role of data analytics in the assessment process: its use in moderation, teaching and prediction. Presented at: EDINEB Conference

    Baker, R. (2013). Knowledge and Knowing: a Celebration Discourse.

    Baker, R. (2012). Contexts of cultural capital in collaborative practice in Further Education.” Ed.D. thesis: "Contexts of cultural capital in collaborative practice in Further Education." Pu "Smoke, suspense, and Scheherazade: reflections on an HE delivery model based on the detective story.

    Baker, R. (2011). What went right? Reflections on a successful collaborative partnership.

    Baker, R. (2009). The Ed.D. Journey: A first class ticket: stations, stopovers and sidings. Presented at: Faculty Research Conference, Faculty of Development and Society, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield

    Other publications

    Baker, R. (2018). Chengdu Conference. Sichuan

    Baker, R. (2017). It's good to talk" - a 'life-wide learning' experiment in dialogic pedagogy in HE Business Studies skills teaching: a call for help, ideas and collaboration. Chartered Association of Business Schools Conference (CABS)

    Baker, R. (2017). One degree, many paths. Mansfield

    Baker, R. (2016). Smoke, suspense, and Scheherazade: Using theatrical devices to enhance student engagement. A joint tutor-student research project. Chartered Association of Business Schools Conference (CABS)

    Baker, R. (2015). Homo Artificivm: evolution of the species? Exploring the composition. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University Teaching Conference

    Baker, R. (2015). The Ed.D Journey: A first class ticket: stations. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University Teaching Conference

    Baker, R. (2009). Homo Artificivm: evolution of the species? Exploring the composition, deployment and impact of cultural capital of FE lecturers.

    Baker, R. (2008). Captured hearts or hardened arteries? Problematising professionalism and the cultivation of communities of practice in the ‘forgotten sector’.

    Baker, R. (2004). Educational communities of practice: a limited shelf-life?

  • Other activities

    Award

    • 2017: The Dean's Award 2017 for Teaching Excellence, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

    Honour

    • 2017: Nominee: The 2017 Times Higher “Most Innovative Teacher of the Year Award”, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

    Research funding or grant

    • 2017: Pedagogic Innovation Fund, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
    • 2016: Dialogic Teaching: an experiment in Business Studies teaching, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
    • 2014: SBS Pedagogic Innovation Fund, Sheffield Business School, United Kingdom

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