Carl Boel

Carl Boel is a researcher on the use of virtual and augmented reality in learning, training and HR, both of at Thomas More University of Applied Sciences and Ghent University in Belgium.

He works as a researcher at Thomas More University of Applied Sciences where he carries out of research tracks on the integration of innovative technologies such as VR and AR for enhancing
business workflows. In these tracks his focus is on instructional design, user experience, validation and valorisation, and also business modelling and digital transformation processes. Research tracks include training in XR, collaboration in virtual worlds, VR in education.

In his PhD track at Ghent University on the integration of mobile virtual reality in secondary education in Flanders he focusses on the acceptance by students and teachers. Elaborating on these results he investigates how to integrate VR as a tool for learning in the actual classroom setting itself. The evidence-informed instructional design serves in this as a holistic approach.
VRkeer, the first truly educational virtual reality experience in Flanders, was created and designed by him, in collaboration with several partners. It serves as a good example of how a holistic approach is key to a successful solution. It was both nationally and internationally awarded.

Before, Carl was a teacher in secondary education for 13 years. He has always been keen on technology enhanced learning which led to him giving tons of presentations and workshops for
teachers, trainers, school leaders, IT-staff… showing the potential of e-tools for learning. After those 13 years he worked for 1,5 years at Thomas More as a lecturer in teacher’s training. In 2017 he
started as a researcher at Odisee for whom he created a MOOC on language proficiency and academic skills.

Throughout his work the blend of academic research with practical solutions in education and/or business has always been thriving him.