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ESMT Berlin students use virtual reality games to learn about leadership.

Students at the ESMT Berlin business school are using virtual reality to learn leadership in a digital world.

Credit: Financial Times

The ESMT Berlin business school is using virtual reality to teach leadership in a digital world to executives from some of Germany’s biggest companies.

"[Digitization] is a topic or theme in every class we teach, because these executives all know that their businesses are being, or will be, disrupted by digital technology," says Benjamin Quaiser, program director at ESMT Berlin. "But it's quite hard to talk about it without using technology. By immersing them in a virtual environment where they have to lead, collaborate, and solve problems with each other, they experience how challenging it is to lead in a digital, VUCA [volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous] world."

ESMT Berlin is working with a game developer on virtual, augmented, and mixed-reality games that will enable students to explore topics such as cyber-security, compliance, and design.

BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo found that virtual assistant technology can help increase student engagement in the real world. Anne Berit Swanberg, director at the school's learning lab, says class participation is five times higher after students use Differ, the chatbot it employs to encourage them to engage with course materials.

From Financial Times
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