Msc Technology Enhanced Learning, Innovation and Change - Sheffield-Hallam University, UK (2014)
Professional Bachelor Teaching - KHLim University college, Hasselt (2000)
Researcher Blended/Distance Learning at PXL university college Hasselt
Teacher at CVO de Verdieping Heusden-Zolder
Owner Kerfuffle VOF
2017 International e-Learning Excellence Awards finalist
Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator Fellow, 2014 - current
Skype Master Trainer 2016 - current
Toshiba Digistudent Award, 2000
Varkey Foundation Ambassador, 2017 - current
Global Goals Educator Task Force member (SDGs), 2017 - current
One of 50 global QUDWA fellows (Abu Dhabi), 2017 - current
Maverick Teacher India, 2016
Founder and coordinator of Project Kakuma
Kakuma Refugee Camp (Kenya) houses 200.000 refugees who fled from war and hunger in Sudan, DR Congo, Burundi, Somalia, etc. 55% of all refugees are children. The classrooms are housing up to 150 students and have very limited resources: a text book ratio of 1:10 students, insufficient furniture and no power supply.
I sent my personal laptop to the camp and started to teach them via Skype. I also started raising funds via crowdfunding which allowed us to sent additional devices. Last but not least I managed to collect about 100 educators over 40 countries willing to offer free Skype lessons. We now have 10 laptops and internet connection in 5 Kakuma schools and a mobile solar suitcase to charge the laptops. Not only are we offering knowledge by teaching Maths, Science and Art, we also bring empathy in the classrooms and put the refugees' lives in the right perspective. We talk about culture, habits, religion and... football!
Don't forget: every child deserves an Education!
I was awarded as a Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator in 2014. It was a great honor to be chosen out of 20.000 educators and being part of 250 MIEs, spread over 150 different countries. While I attended the Global Forum in Barcelona my team was awarded with the Learn-a-thon Sustainability award. Being part of the program I try to enhance learning using technology with specialties in distance learning, digital courseware to increase students' motivation and learning outcomes.
In 2015 I became part of a small group of MIE Fellows. While we attended the E2 conference in Redmond inspiring keynotes were attended, I presented about Distance Learning and the Kakuma project was initiated.