How Simulations Can Change the Future of Learning

A session at SXSW Interactive 2012

Tuesday 13th March, 2012

11:00am to 12:00pm (CST)

Humans learn by doing. We master how to ride a bike not by watching a PowerPoint presentation but by trying it out and falling down. Yet, in school, most of our time is spent listening and memorizing facts. But the world is changing. As computer games become more social and computers become more prevalent in the classroom, the opportunity for true interactive multi-player learning through games and simulations is finally becoming tangible.

This interactive presentation will focus on how simulations can change the way we learn. Using examples from corporate training and the K-12 space, it will explore how simulations can teach children and adults in ways that increase engagement and retention of knowledge.

The presentation will include examples of both successful and unsuccessful simulations and chart a path of how simulations can revolutionize education by allowing learners – both young and old – to internalize knowledge through the process of learn-by-doing.

About the speaker

This person is speaking at this event.
Bjorn Billhardt

CEO, Enspire Learning

Bjorn founded Enspire Learning in 2001 with the vision to change the way people learn. He has been a speaker at conferences such as Training, ASTD, and ISPI, and he has helped clients such as Microsoft, Bank of America, Harvard Business School, and the World Bank develop successful leadership development programs. Bjorn conducted training classes in Europe and the US as a consultant and corporate trainer for BAAN, a Dutch software company, and he also worked for McKinsey & Company, a strategic management consulting firm. A native of Hamburg, Germany, Bjorn holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a dual BA/BBA from the University of Texas, where he is an alumnus of the Plan II and the Business Honors Program.

Next session in Classroom 203

12:30pm How Technology Is Killing (or Saving) the Lecture by Jeffrey Young


Take collaborative notes on this session with hackpad


4 attendees

  • Bjorn Billhardt
  • Chip Brantley
  • Sands Fish
  • Mary Beth Faccioli

3 trackers

  • Adam Cutler
  • Anna Uleander
  • Sandra Marshall

Coverage of this session

Sign in to add slides, notes or videos to this session

Sign in to track this session

Tell your friends!


Time 11:00am12:00pm CST

Date Tue 13th March 2012


Classroom 203, AT&T Conference Center

Session type


Session Hash Tag


Short URL


View the schedule



See something wrong?

Report an issue with this session