GBSN Beyond: Virtual Conference, Faculty Simulation Lab
Collaboration Source:
  • Partners
Collaboration Type:
  • Competitions

GBSN Beyond involves a set of three parallel tracks culminating in a virtual event, November 9-13. The parallel track experiences are designed to engage Students, Faculty, and Administrators at institutions of learning and partner organizations in a core experience accompanied by sessions, professional development workshops, networking sessions scheduled in the month of October. The core experience of the Faculty Track is the Faculty Simulation Lab.

GBSN and CapsimInbox are partnering to bring faculty an interactive and creative experience that takes knowledge Beyond the Classroom. Faculty participants will have the opportunity to transform their research, case studies, experiences, and more to develop a 45-60 minute CapsimInbox scenario, where students are tested on skills of their choosing. The winning simulation will be offered a cash prize, along with recognition as a CapsimInbox author and royalty rights.

Simulation Prompt: CapsimInbox is a microsimulation platform that simulates an email environment where learners face real-world scenarios. Faculty member participants are to take current data, research, cases, etc., that they would like to see in CapsimInbox simulation format and provide that information in the application concept. GBSN is looking for creative and innovative geographic locations, cultures, scenarios, and skill sets not usually found in typical curricula.

Prize Information: The winning faculty team will be offered a 5,000 USD cash prize, as well as recognition as a CapsimInbox author with the opportunity to bring the simulation to market and earn royalties! Every participating team will be offered the opportunity to work with Capsim and bring their version to market with the potential to earn royalties.

Team Formation: Faculty have the opportunity to participate as individuals or teams of up to 3 including instructional designers, research assistants, and/or PhD students (no more than 3 members). Faculty teams are encouraged to diversify in areas of expertise, universities/schools, and geographic regions.

Registration: Please use the registration form link provided for the simulation after your institution has registered for GBSN Beyond. Shortly after your submission, you and your team members will be provided with access to the CapsimInbox Authoring Platform to begin creating your microsimulation. Teams should register before Wednesday, September 30th at 10:00 PM Eastern Time. The list of registered institutions is linked below.

Concept Form: Once resources and the concept development process has been completed, teams are to curate their concept form no later than Thursday, October 1st at 10:00 PM EDT to be emailed to and

Special Resources: These resources are unique to Capsim and can be discovered using the link below. In the spirit of accessibility and inclusivity, we are offering an institutional rate which allows an unlimited number of persons (students, faculty, and administrators) per institution to register and participate in all track activities and the virtual event – reflecting our commitment to supporting schools during these challenging times. Before registering as an individual, please check with your institution to see if your organization is already registered.

Submission: Final simulations are due before Monday, November 2nd at 10 p.m. Eastern Time.

Judging: In this first ever faculty experience, who better to judge the experiential learning platforms than the students themselves?  In a twist of events, students (and others) will be provided the opportunity to go through the different simulations in a live demo. They will rank based on favorites and whether they meet the five central criteria: relevance, practicality, clarity, versatility, and engagement.

Tools for Virtual Communication: Most of the Simulation Lab work will be conducted directly on the CapsimInbox platform. We will be using Zoom for the webinar resources, which will also be recorded and uploaded to YouTube.  Zoom will also be used for all conversations, trainings, etc. in the development stage. Pathable is the chosen virtual event tool for the GBSN Beyond experience.  Though Zoom is integrated, Pathable allows for networking, vendor hall communication, and more.

Contact: Once successfully registered, teams will be given their slot time information one week prior to the event. For any program questions or requests, please email GBSN’s Maddie Handler at For any technology questions or requests, please email Capsim’s Matt Shell at

More info at:

GBSN Beyond information:

Faculty Simulation Lab information:

CapsimInbox website:

Capsim special resources:

List of registered institutions:

GBSN member registration: