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GEM Learning Model

Grenoble Ecole de Management has developed its own teaching methodology, the GEM Learning Model, to train students to be: inspiring, innovative, socially interactive leaders and entrepreneurs.

The GEM Learning Model is based on three guiding principles:

  • Explain the reasoning behind what is being taught in order to capture the student's attention. When students understand why they are learning, they become actors in the learning process. By looking to the future and understanding why, students are made responsible for their learning experience and can help create it.
  • See the professor as a coach. In addition to sharing knowledge, a teacher must also serve as a mentor. Professors and consultants accompany students to help them construct their knowledge base, their skills, their understanding of life and their career goals. As coaches, teachers help students develop self-awareness and guide them towards the goal of leading a professional life they are both responsible for and desire.
  • Create transversal educational content and methods that integrate the student. The goals are threefold: 1) To develop a student's transversal skills; 2) To explain the link that exists between all areas of business education; and 3) To highlight the essential value of a transversal approach to solve complex problems.

And four founding pillars

The students’ personal development: self-awareness, emotional intelligence and career goals. Students are guided towards realizing their talents, motivations, values and start to outline their career goals. This helps them to identify the skills they will need to acquire and the path they should take. Students regularly track their progress.

The extended use of flipped classrooms and active learning: Students take part in real-life situations (flashtel, homebox, connected shop…) before they start on theory in case studies in comic book formats, and role playing. The aim is for the students to understand the theory through real-life situations and reflexivity.

Putting the students in real-life or life-like situations to apply the theoretical knowledge and skills developed in their modules.

Managing the unexpected. In order to help students learn how to manage complex issues and stress, projects benefit from scenarios that introduce unexpected developments. This method allows students to make mistakes while teaching them to take responsibility for these errors and adapt to overcome problems.