Learning Simulations

Learning Simulations are resource management games that allow learners to construct and test their understanding in a risk free situation. Our learning simulations can be played in collaborative workshops. Learners are split into teams where they take on a specific role. They make decisions which are fed into an algorithm. After the round has been updated, team reports and the overall score is updated. In this way, learners ‘experience’ the real-world; where they see the big picture, understand cause and effect, and develop win-win solutions.

Pixel Fountain learning simulations have been used in 500+ blended learning workshops to generate conversations, accelerate the learning of complex subjects and develops soft skills. Programmes have been delivered in 6 regions & 70+ councils and have been praised by delegates, CEOs, senior civil servants and Government Ministers.


  • Explaining (complex) issues in an immersive and engaging fashion.
  • Seeing issues in terms of cause & effect rather than silo perspective.
  • Improving decision making.
  • Improving 21st Century skills such as strategic thinking, negotiating and collaborative working.

Flexible Usage

Learning Simulations are incredibly versatile. They provide an excellent return on investment by offering a flexible and engaging approach to varied organisational needs. We can top and tail a workshop differently and accentuate different aspects of the learning simulation to create a different learning experience. They can be used within one-off collaborative workshops or built into a larger development programme.

Using a learning simulation within an induction programme, enables the complexity of the organisation and its values to be explored within a shared learning experience.
Learning simulations provide an excellent way to spot talent and team working ability.
Learn by doing provides an engaging experience and a vehicle to practice skills and behaviours.
Learning simulations provide an excellent vehicle to look at organisations from a joined-up and “big picture” perspective. And, learning simulations can be used as a precursor to strategy development or to test ideas.
Learning simulations provide a meaningful way to get teams / partners working together. As in the real world, success in a learning simulation is determined by an ability to collaborate.
Learning simulations can bring diverse groups together and allow everyone to have an input. Stakeholders are able to gain a better understanding of the complexity of the organisation.
Pixel Fountain’s expertise and the power of learning simulations to model complexity lend themselves to subjects such as sustainable development, regeneration, and governance.
A learning simulation can provide a solution to CSR, organisational development and human resource requirements.


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The interactive nature coupled with the discussion with other ‘teams’ made a welcome change from the usual death by PowerPoint and sleep inducing presentations. A well run event which really got the message across in a stimulating and innovative way.