Teaching and Learning Office

Mr Abdulbaqi Badru

Mr Abdulbaqi Badru

PRINCIPAL Technology Consultant

Contact Info

Staff Bio

Abdulbaqi Badru is the Principal Technology Consultant to the DVC Teaching and Learning portfolio at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is responsible for developing and operationalising the technology strategy of the portfolio. Abdulbaqi has worked on signature projects for the office and he was a member of the task team assigned to develop the technology-enhanced learning capabilities at UKZN. His expertise spans across project management, systems development and support, web development, business and IT analysis, training and data analytics.

Abdulbaqi was a recipient of SAAIR conference scholarship in 2019. He was recognized as one of UKZN’s top 40 inspiring students in 2017 based on his contribution to sport and research engagement at the university. He was also awarded ISACA scholarship in 2017 while completing his Masters studies. He earned certificate of merits during for his honours modules on research methodology, research project, information systems security.

Education
  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA)
  • MCom in Information Systems and Technology (CumLaude)
  • BCom Honours in Information Systems and Technology
  • BSc in Computer Science (Hons)
Research Interest

Data Analytics, Technology-Enhanced Leaning, Business Analysis, Leadership, and Innovation

Publication
  • Badru, A., Ajayi, N., & Ndayizigamiye, P. (2023). Managing information technology outsourcing risks: A service provider-centric approach. African Journal of Business and Economic Research, 18(3), 281-281–303
  • Badru, A. and Ajayi, N., 2021. First-Year Students’ Experience With Virtual Learning Environment. In Perspectives on ICT4D and Socio-Economic Growth Opportunities in Developing Countries (pp. 366-397). IGI Global. – Read
  • Faniran, V.T., Badru, A. and Ajayi, N., 2017, July. Adopting Scrum as an Agile approach in distributed software development: A review of literature. In 2017 1st International Conference on Next Generation Computing Applications (NextComp) (pp. 36-40). IEEE. – Read
  • Badru, A. and Ajayi, N., 2017, May. Adoption of RFID in large-scale organisation—A review of challenges and solutions. In 2017 IST-Africa Week Conference (IST-Africa) (pp. 1-10). IEEE. – Read
Conferences and Presentations
  • Conference Chair – Innovations in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference, Durban, South Africa.
  • International Conference on Business Resilience, Continuity, and Regeneration 2023, Leaders’ Experiences of Leading Virtually During the COVID-19 Pandemic at a Higher Educational Institution in South Africa.

  • Siyaphumelela Conference 2023 – Partner Highlight Presentation.

  • SABC Interview – Concerns that Artificial Intelligence will cause harm to the world: Abdulbaqi Badru – Watch
  • Panel Chair – Let’s Chat about ChatGPT: Opportunities and Perils – Watch
  • Symposium Chair – UKZN 2022 E-learning Virtual Symposium. 
  • Symposium Chair – UKZN 2021 E-learning Virtual Symposium. 
  • 1st UKZN E-learning Symposium, virtual presentation (2021) – Using an Activated Online Teaching Pedagogy in Enhancing Tutor Training at UKZN – Watch
  • 11th Annual Higher Education Conference, UKZN, Durban (September 2017) – First Year Students Experience with using MOODLE at the UKZN PMB Campus. – View
  • 11th American-African-European Summer School, Nancy, France (September 2017) – Art and Technology: Driver for interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary and intercultural innovation. – View
  • Nextcomp 2017 IEEE Conference, Le Méridien Ile Maurice, Pointe aux Piments, Mauritius (July 2017) – Adopting Scrum as an Agile Approach in Distributed Software Development: A Review of Literature (Oral Presentation).
  • IST-Africa 2017 IEEE Conference, Windhoek, Namibia (June 2017) – Adoption of RFID in Large-Scale Organisation – A review of challenges and solutions (Oral Presentation).
  • UKZN Academic, Monitoring and Support Colloquium (November 2016) – Early Career Academics: Perspective on the use of MOODLE at UKZN (Best presentation in the Technology and Innovative Strand).
  • BCOM HONS Research Paper (December 2015) – First-year students’ perceptions on Virtual Learning Environment, a case of MOODLE in UKZN PMB Campus.