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The ESADE Method

ESADE reinvents its educational experience

Student First is ESADE's project to renew its educational methodology in order to create innovative learning ecosystems capable of enhancing the transformational power of the educational experiences that our various programmes offer to students and participants.

Flipped Learning

Thanks to the flipped-learning methodology, which allows students to learn basic concepts before attending face-to-face sessions, we are able to, increase the transformational power of our classroom experiences, allowing students to:

  • 1

    Play a central role in their own learning process by solving authentic – i.e. roughly defined and multidisciplinary – problems;

  • 2

    Obtain advice, recommendations and guidance throughout the process of tackling the assigned challenges, rather than simply getting feedback on the final product;

  • 3

    Seize opportunities to get to know themselves better;

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    Make their voices heard; and

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    Give the very best of themselves.

How does the role of students and faculty change?

Enhancing the learning experience at ESADE

Educational activity takes place in a two-way system in which faculty and students co-construct and share responsibility for the learning process, thereby reproducing the complexity of the professional and managerial environments that they will one day need to navigate.

Faculty will continue to play a strategic role: first, they will ensure the quality of the sources of knowledge and share cutting-edge knowledge based on research; second, they will share the keys to analysing possible solutions to the assigned learning challenges and guarantee conditions that will make them more effective; and third, they will guide students in transferring what they have learned to new learning situations.

Thanks to the support of the Center for Educational Innovation (CEI), faculty are able to get the most out of the new learning dynamics in their subjects.

Student First in a nutshell

From information to knowledge

The emphasis shifts from transmitting information to creating meta-knowledge that can be applied to the analysis of concrete realities. The faculty put their students to the test, consolidating their learning on the basis of action-oriented challenges and projects.

Students study basic concepts before face-to-face sessions

Students use online formats, reading assignments, videos and tests to confirm that they have learned the necessary basics before class; the classroom is a place for clarifying, deepening and applying knowledge, and sharing points of view.

Digital platforms and content play a fundamental role in the process

Digital platforms and content allow a significant portion of individual learning, interaction between teachers and students, and even assessment of learning to be transferred outside the classroom.

Students learn in "wide angle" mode, leaping over barriers between academic disciplines

The world is not a puzzle of subjects designed by professors in their respective silos of knowledge. It is a complex reality that we must learn to understand and manage a multidisciplinary way.