Mr Karl Royle

Head of Enterprise and Commercial Development

Email address: number: 01902 322837Location: WN304, Samuel Johnson (WN) Building, Walsall campusFaculty: Faculty of Education Health & WellbeingSchool/Institute: Areas of expertise: Enterprise and Commercial Development


E learning Design Experience, Teacher educator; Digital learning specialist - pedogogy, mobility, ubiquitous technology, digital games, gamification. Project direction; Agile organisational change strategist and facilitator, Research Design and direction, Knowledge Transfer and Entrepreneurship, Lean start up and business development, Curriculum design: CPD Leadership and Management,: Scrum Master; Open Space facilitator; Agile pedagogy.

In his last position Karl worked as Director of Curriculum Innovation and Knowledge Transfer at the Centre for Development and Applied Research in Education (CeDARE), where he worked  in research, development and consultancy working on national training and impact evaluation projects (see He currently manages a cross faculty research team who actively bid for and design research projects at a local, national and international level.

Karl is the course leader for an innovative MA education programme called Learning in the Digital Age and has led several ICT and Education related evaluation projects. He is an advocate of using ubiquitous technology in Higher Education mobiles and free software for collaboration and is a member of the UK JISC expert group in this area.

His most recent project is an Erasmus plus project with the University of Jordan where he is the evaluator for the design and implementation of educational technology and suitable pedagogies with 11 partner Universities in the region.  He has also developed a digital learning MA programme with the University of Birzeit in Palestine. Karl is an innovative educator and trained teacher who works well in situations that are challenging. He previously spent 5 years working in Zimbabwe, Kenya and Uganda so understands the context for this project.

Other recent projects include  an evaluation of the regional knowledge transfer programme with SMEs in the West Midlands, an Evaluation of Wolverhampton Big lottery funded Headstart Programme with voluntary and community organisations and workplace e learning competency development using open badging across 5 European countries in rural areas. Previous recent work includes improving the quality of Teacher Education in Palestinian Universities, joint master's degree development with the University of Birzeit and advising Unrwa on the accreditation and development of their Schools Based teacher development Programme. Karl specialises in integrating agile work practices into education at all levels using mobile, active, game and project-based learning strategies. His current interests are around the process of knowledge transfer between universities and SME’s and the development of core competencies for enterprise, entrepreneurship and employability. Karl is also involved in the application of digital tools to support these developments. Karl is an Agile (Scrum) practitioner and uses open space technology, scrum methodology and kanban to transform project working at the School. He has recently developed the concept of Agile Pedagogy (using scrum project management for learning) which he is developing with several international partners. He is also passionate about the use of the web and video for knowledge transfer. Karl is on the Editorial Review Board (ERB) of the International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments (IJVPLE).

Research interests

  • Game based Learning
  • Agile pedagogy
  • Mental health and wellbeing

Membership of professional bodies

Certified Scrum Master: Member of Scrum Alliance


Currently undertaking

  • Certified Scrum Professional - Expected Completion September 2016

Academic Qualifications

  • MEd TESOL, University of Manchester,1992
  • PGCE Secondary, History/ESL, St. Martins College, University of Lancaster, 1987
  • BA(Hons) Humanities 2:1, College of St. Mark and St. John, Plymouth CNAA, 1984
  • Certified Scrum Master



  • Royle, K. Traxler, J. and Stager, S. (2014) Teacher Development with Mobiles: Comparative Critical Factors. UNESCO
  • Royle, K. and Nikolic, J. (2013) Agile Digital Age Pedagogy for Teachers: ADAPT 
  • Royle K & Hadfield M (2012) From ‘Posh Pen and Pad’ to Participatory Pedagogies: One Story of a Netbook Implementation Project with 108 Pupils in Two Primary Schools. International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 4(1), 1-17, January-March 2012.
  • Royle K, Jopling M & Emira M (2011) EYPS Perceptions of their Role, Impact and Career Aspirations. Paper delivered at BERA 2011 as part of EYPS Symposium.
  • Royle K & Hadfield M (2011) Reconceptualising learning with digital tools in two primary schools: how presenting and publishing digitally can transform pedagogy. Paper presented at BERA 2011.
  • Royle K (2011) . Games and learning symposium and research strand organiser. Learning Without Frontiers 2011. , 9-11th January 2011, London.
  • Royle K (2011) Guest editorial preface of The Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments, Vol 2 (2).
  • Royle K & Colfer S (2010) Games-Based Learning: The breadth and scope of computer games in learning. Project undertaken for Becta.
  • Royle K & Hadfield M (2010) From ‘Posh Pen and Pad’ to participatory pedagogies: One story of a netbook implementation project with 108 pupils in two Primary Schools. Presented at Learning Without Frontiers, January 2011. 
  • Hadfield M, Royle K, Jopling M, Emira M (2011) 'What do EYPs do? Findings from the first national survey of Early Years Professionals.' Paper delivered at School of Education Annual Research Conference, University of Wolverhampton, Walsall Campus.
  • Royle K (2011) 'Emancipatory Pedagogies for oppressed teachers and learners: How digital habits and learner agency should bridge formal and informal learning.' Paper delivered at School of Education Annual Research Conference, University of Wolverhampton, Walsall Campus.
  • Hadfield M, Royle K, Jopling M, Emira M (2011) 'What do EYPs do? Findings from the first national survey of Early Years Professionals.' Paper delivered at School of Education Annual Research Conference, University of Wolverhampton, Walsall Campus.
  • Royle K (2010) Chair: 'Curriculum Design and Innovation. Strategies, Principles and Challenges'. Paper delivered: 'Connecting the disconnected: developing creative pedagogies through action research:- an account of netbooks and independent learning development through teacher agency in two uk primary schools'. INTED, 8-10th March 2010, Valencia.
  • Royle K (2010) 'Analogue realities and digital truths, why technology should come third behind learners and teachers in conceptualising 21st century pedagogies in the social sciences'. Online Educa-Berlin, 1st-3rd December 2010.
  • Royle K (2010) 'Old wine in new bottles symposium: Ethical considerations of game based learning'. ALT-C Conference 2010, 7-9th September, Nottingham.
  • Royle, K. Jenkins, C. Nickless, J. (2010) Combining Analogue Realities and Digital Truths:  Teaching kids how to hold productive learning conversations using pictochat on the Nintendo DS.  RJET  Ohio: Kent State University Press
  • Royle K, Jopling M & Whitmarsh J (2010) EYPS Perceptions of their Role, Impact and Career Aspirations. Paper delivered at EECERA 2010, Birmingham.
  • Royle, K. (2009) Computer games and realising their learning potential: Crossing Borders, Blurring Boundaries and Taking Action.
  • Hadfield M, Jopling M, Royle K & Southern L (2009) Evaluation of the Training and Development Agency for Schools’ funding for ICT in ITT Projects. TDA: London.
  • Royle K (2009) Why teachers don't "hear" computer games and other stories. A recent research project answering the question of why some technological innovations in education work and others don't. Paper delivered at Edulearn Conference, 6-8th July 2009, Barcelona.
  • Royle, K. (2009) A pre project planning tool for ICT implementations. TDA/Becta: London.
  • Stokes, M. and Royle, K. (2009) The So What factor. An impact evaluation toolkit. Becta/TDA London: UK
  • Royle,K. (2008) Game based learning: An Alternative Approach.
  • The DoomED science learning game produced with Desq Ltd.
  • E- Learning EH? Article for Airflash, community media magazine with David Squire.
  • Connecting the disconnected. Paper at International conference on teaching and learning 2001.
  • Paper at CAL: 2005 Shooting Science. Doom Ed investigating video games and learning.

 Conference Presentations

  • Feb 2016 New Technologies in Education Conference, Belgrade, Serbia. Invited Speaker. Assessing soft skills : a 20th Century Dilemma with a 21st century solution. Developing the self organising learner. How visualising the learning process with digital tools can increase learner autonomy, agency and higher level transversal skills development in preparation for a working life based on change and renewal
  • Sept 2015 Open learning at the workplace: scaffolding user’s digital competences: Alt : Manchester UK
  • October 2015 Developing higher level skills in a global economy: How can higher education develop a “Plug and Play” graduate to meet the needs of society and business; INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE QUALITY, SKILLS AND MOBILITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION. British Council Sarajevo Bosnia
  • Agile Learning Workshop: @ Unesco Chair in Education and Technology for Social Change. Revisiting the Fundamentals of Curricula: R/Evolution: What R would mean for Education.
  • Panel discussion member: The role of higher education and culture in facilitating business co-operation UK AND SERBIA: DEEPENING ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION SEMINAR. Monday 7 April 2014, Club of Deputies, 2 Tolstojeva, Belgrade
  • Digital tools in Learning. Web video: Bosnia and Herzegovina Moodle Moot Nov 2014
  • Technology Enhanced Learning: Crisis and Response. Alt C 2013John Traxler, Helen Beetham, Richard Hall, Debbie Holley, Karl Royle.
  • Sept 2013 Scrum Gathering Paris: (Invited Speaker) Karl Royle and Jasmina Nikolic: No easy road to freedom: Building tomorrow's workforce and learner/teacher capabilities through conceptualising Agile Pedagogy in Education.
  • Comparative critical factors Karl Royle, John Traxler UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2013
  • Tales from the frontline: introducing SCRUM as pedagogy in higher education. Madrid, Spain International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI) Nov 19, 2012
  • Agile Pedagogy, Agency, Capability and Digital Tools: paper at Univ. of Hebron, (Nov 2012)
  • Hughes J, Lambert M, & Royle K & Smith R (2012) 'From Bloxwich to Bethlehem.' University of Wolverhampton, SEF Research Conference, June 2012.
  • Lambert M & Royle K (2011) Opportunity and dilemma: programmes, teaching and research in social science. Paper to Conference on Teaching Social Sciences at Palestinian Universities: Reality and Ambitions, Hebron University, Palestine, June 2011.
  • March 2011  Games in Education Workshop:  ICT Qatar, Doha.
  • Jan 2011 LWF conference London From Posh Pen to Freedom to Learn: An action research project implementing Laptops in Primary Schools
  • Oct 2010 Games and Education Symposium. National Library of Spain, Madrid
  • Inted 2010 Valencia Connecting the disconnected, pedagogical frameworks for utilising digital tools in formal education
  • Handheld Learning (2009) Teaching kids how to hold productive learning conversations using pictochat on the Nintendo DS.
  • Edulearn 09 Barcelona Why teachers don't "heart "computer games and other stories from a recent research project which answers the question of why some technological innovations in education work and others don't.
  • Royle, K. (2008) Game-Based Learning: A Different Perspective. In: Innovate 2008, Breckenridge, Colorado, April 2008
  • Royle, K. (2007) Key factors in integrating learning into commercial games. In: GLS
  • Royle, K. (2005) Shooting Science: DoomEd. Investigating Video games and learning. In: CAL
  • Royle, K. (2001) Connecting the disconnected. In: International Conference on Teaching and Learning.


Experience in industry

University of Wolverhampton

  • Principal Lecturer Post Compulsory Education 2000-2005
  • Principal Lecturer Curriculum innovation and knowledge Transfer: School of Education 2005 -2008
  • Co-Director of CEDARE 2008 -13

Employment history

  • 1996-2000 UK, College of North West London, Section Manager, Language Development, Basic & Key Skills Communication, Responsible for integrating language development ESOL into vocational courses across 250 courses, 70 staff and 5 separate sites. Teacher development and training in TESOL.
  • 1995-1996 UK, Enfield College, Lecturer in Language Development, 2 year development project integrating language development strategies through team teaching and materials development. Teacher development and training.
  • 1992-1995 UK, Gateshead College, ESOL Lecturer, Project leader in developing ESOL provision in vocational courses and teacher training.
  • 1990-1992 UK, Bolton Community Education Service, ESOL Tutor, Community education for men from the Asian sub-continent in ESOL.
  • 1989-1990 Kuwait, Kuwait High School, Kuwait, Teacher, GCSE English, ESL, Drama, Special Needs (1sy Year).
  • 1987-1989 Kenya, Braeburn High School, Teacher, English, ESL, History, Geography and Games.
  • July 1987 -September 1987 UK, Pilgrims Canterbury Ltd, Teacher, TEFL.
  • January 1987 UK, St Paul’s Way School, Teacher, Integrated Studies and History Schools Council project.
  • 1985-1987 Zimbabwe, Rusape High School, Teacher, History and Geography.


Further information

Enterprise, Knowledge Transfer & Consultancy

Electronic materials development

  • Consultant to LDN for NLN bid and project producing multimedia learning packages for KEY SKILLS communication levels 1,2,3 The Street Jan 2002
  • Plus construction crafts/ travel services and health and safety materials designing web based content for NLN 2 2002/3
  • Project manager for screen based learning projects at the School of Ed.
  • SFLQI Leadership and management on line learning materials
  • On line Mentoring manual for Birmingham Core Skills Partnership
  • Web based Coaching Case studies for DFES Strategy Unit.
  • Web based Grammar and Reading Skills Teacher Training materials: for Birmingham Core Skills Partnership
  • Web based Numeracy Materials (teacher training) for Birmingham Core Skills Partnership.
  • Web based Mentoring and coaching materials SFLIP
  • Web based Reflective practice screen based materials SFLIP

 Major Projects

  • FP7 Eagle project. Enhanced Government Learning through e learning; Pedagogy strand.
  • Jordan Ed tech Implementation project in 10 regional Universities. Reasmus plus regional programme.
  • Wolverhampton Headstart Big Lottery project evaluation Jan 2015 -Dec 2015
  • KEEN Project evaluation. Project Director. University of Wolverhampton. July 2014- July 2015.
  • Project Director. Improving the Quality of Social Sciences Teacher Education in Palestine. World Bank QIF : University of Hebron (2011-12) $110000
  • Project Director. Prime Ministers Initiative 2 Project with University of Stanford and University of Birziet , Ramallah Palestine. (2011-12) British Council. Inovative ICT in Education project.
  • Project Director. TDA (2008-2009) Evaluation of ICT in Initial Teacher Training. £87,752.00
  • Project Director. Telford LA (2009-2010) Practitioner Research Project: Evaluation of the use of netbook computers in Primary Schools. £19,000.00
  • Project manager. CWDC (2009-2012) Longitudinal Study of the Impact and Role of Early Years Professionals (EYPs) £301,665.50
  • Project director. Learndirect (March 2007 – June 2007) Analysis of Learndirect Pedagogy. £42,739.46
  • Project Director. An Investigation into the Labour Market and Skills Demands of the Games and Serious Games Industries (2008) £25,000
  • Project Director. Skills for Life Improvement programme: 2004-6 Various projects £900,000

 Consultancy Work

  • Designing e learning on Logic Frame Modelling for United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) with the Centre for International Development and Training. 2013/14
  • UNRWA School Based Teacher Development programme March 2012 Jordan
  • Editorial board: International Journal of Games Based Learning. International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments
  • Consultant for CTAD tribal on Accreditation in teacher Ed
  • Consultant on revalidation of University of Portsmouth PGCE, 2007
  • Consultant to LDN for National Learning Network Project Secondary School learning materials (Learning Design and interactions for web based Key skills materials) The street!
  • Consultant for NWLCC on interactive multimedia for Learn Direct UFI project.
  • Skills for Life Quality Initiative Consultancy on mentoring and coaching programmes, embedded learning materials project and teacher training materials.
  • CTAD Tribal Dyslexia project
  • CFBT Materials reviewer for embedded learning project
  • Accreditation preparation towards CPD for all SFLQI training programmes
  • CTAD Tribal subject matter expert learning design for computer based ESOL project for Learndirect

 Course Development:

  • 2013-14 Special needs and inclusions studies Mooc development. Learning design and monetisation.
  • 2010-11 Learning in the digital age MA and PG Cert
  • 2006 : Cert Ed PGCE PCE redesign and revalidation
  • 2006 : Cert Ed PGCE Literacy and Numeracy  PCE.
  • 2006 : National Skills for Life train the trainers and training programme for SFL Leaders and Managers
  • 2006 : PG Cert Coaching and Mentoring materials for SFL.