Realisation • 11 October 2022

What is the potential of learning technologies in vocational training programs?

KU Leuven run a literature review on this topic and analysed the impact of the implemented technologies on the trainee and the trainer.

What is the potential of learning technologies in training low-skilled people for jobs in the industry?

Step 1 - Literature review

When developing and implementing the learning technologies for vocational training programs in their own region, the partners of BHC21 found useful insights in the literature review performed by KU Leuven-KULAK (2019). This research report takes a close look at the potential of robotics, AR, VR, sensor technology, games... and highlights the way low-skilled people interact with such tools in an industrial training environment.


  • Dr. Kamakshi Rajagopal
  • Dr. Annelies Raes
  • Berten Hurkmans
  • Prof. Dr. Fien Depaepe

You may download the literature review here (pdf).

Step 2 - Testing the innovative learning technologies

After the exploration phase in 2019, the BHC21 partners have developed different learning technologies and explored their potential for vocational training programs (2020-2021). The researchers of KU Leuven - KULAK analyzed the impact of these technologies on different parameters, and compiled the test results in a second research report. Here are some research questions:

  • Do trainees learn to work faster with a packaging machine when they first practice the steps in a virtual reality environment?
  • Do trainees find it instructive if they receive vocal instructions from a smart voice assistant?
  • And what does all this mean for trainers?


  • Dr Kamakshi Rajagopal
  • Kim Dekeyser
  • Prof. Dr. Fien Depaepe
  • Dr Annelies Raes

You may download the research report of the tests here (pdf).

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