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.
- 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
- 2014: Member of The Royal Institution of Great Britain, The Royal Institution, United Kingdom
UG External Examiner
- 2018: , Swansea University, United Kingdom
- 2016 to 2019: , University of Wales Trinity Saint David, United Kingdom
- Previous job roles, positions held and responsibilities
- The deployment of theatrical devices in teaching.
Sheffield Business School
Business Operations and Systems
Journal article: Baker, R. Taylor, C. Downs, Y. Chikwa, G. (2011), ''I did it my way': voice, visuality and identity in doctoral students' reflexive video narratives on their doctoral research journeys', International Journal of Research and Method in Education, vol 34, no 2, pp. 193-210
Conference Paper: BAKER, R. (2016), '"Smoke, Suspense, and Scheherazade - Using Theatrical Devices to'. Paper presented at Conference
Conference Paper: BAKER, R. REVILL, J. (2015), 'Screencasts: do they really work in business ‘quants’.?'. Paper presented at British Educational Studies Association (BESA) Conference, Cardiff
Conference Paper: BAKER, R. REVILL, J. (2015), 'The role of data analytics in the assessment process: its use in moderation, teaching and prediction'. Paper presented at EDINEB Conference
Conference Paper: 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'. Paper presented at British Educational Studies Association (BESA) Conference, Swansea - Paper given to College HE Forum, ‘HEology’
Conference Paper: Baker, R. Osbourne, C. (2011), 'What went right? Reflections on a successful collaborative partnership'. Paper presented at Conference
Conference Paper: BAKER, R. (2009), 'The Ed.D. Journey: A first class ticket: stations, stopovers and sidings'. Paper presented at Faculty Research Conference, Faculty of Development and Society, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield
Conference Speaker: BAKER, R. (2017), 'Exciting the Learner’s Intrinsic Motivation: Gamification and Theatre in HE Business Teaching', in Chengdu University's International Week, Sichuan, China. October, Chengdu University's International Week
Conference Speaker: Baker, R. (2013), 'Knowledge and Knowing: a Celebration Discourse', in Discourse to college Graduands, Conference
Other: Baker, R. (2015), 'Homo Artificivm: evolution of the species? Exploring the composition'
Other: Baker, R. (2015), 'The Ed.D Journey: A first class ticket: stations'
Other: BAKER, R. (2009), 'Homo Artificivm: evolution of the species? Exploring the composition, deployment and impact of cultural capital of FE lecturers'
Other: BAKER, R. (2008), 'Captured hearts or hardened arteries? Problematising professionalism and the cultivation of communities of practice in the ‘forgotten sector’'
Other: BAKER, R. (2004), 'Educational communities of practice: a limited shelf-life?'
- 2017: The Dean's Award 2017 for Teaching Excellence, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
- 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