Here are 5 ways fashion education can be revamped to stay relevant in the post-Covid-19 era. E-learning platforms have intensified the process of learning despite restrictions bought by the novel coronavirus outbreak and offers teachers and students with not just plethora of disciplines to choose from but come hard packed with methodologies that are easy to grasp and easier to understand.
The new blueprint of education, popularly touted as : Education: 4.0 or new-age learning is inclined towards creating a paradigm shift in the Indian Education system, wherein schools, colleges, institutions of higher learning and universities are reimagining the learning processes and implementing tools to create classrooms of the future.
Here are 5 ways for the fashion institutes to utilize emerging technologies like AI, ML, AR, VR to create an experiential learning for the students: 1. Virtual learning practices
Learning in this new reality entails adapting, re-aligning, rediscovering, inventing methodologies on the technical and creative frontiers. More than just going back to the roots or innovating new forms, teaching and learning in such times is about upskilling, unlearning, and looking at everyday practices through a new lens. The lockdown has given people various opportunities to shift the way they carry out activities and adapt to new technologies much more than ever before. These new shifts are likely to stick as we transcend into the world with a “new normal” post the pandemic. 2. Wear your creative hat
Fashion can be practised in new and creative ways amid the lockdown. The coronavirus era allows students to deal with limited resources such as unused old garments where students can, for example, break them apart to better understand their construction and reassemble them by hand-sewing them to create incredible new ideas. It is also about learning to upscale sustainability practices that rely on re-producing some fantastic creations from waste and recycling from resources that exist. Though the pandemic has thrown up some challenges it’s time to look at it through a new lens: an opportunity and window to the new reality. 3. Fashion e-learning
The myth that creative studies learned via online platforms are ineffective has been proven wrong during this pandemic.
The roadmap to making e-learning thrive has been set for fashion studies and will also be carried on into the post Covid-19 world due to its effectiveness.
Fashion institutes, in this scenario, play an integral role as they are honing talent that is going to be the future of the industry.
The most important thing that any institute must do is to devise a roadmap that will ensure continual learning and re-assure students of their career paths. 4. Use innovative software
Use of technology and innovative software can support aspiring designers in creating virtual true to life garments thanks to simulation that technology supports. Using technology can also be a great support to sustainability in fact at Pearl Academy over these past couple of years we have noticed how students have been using technology to design garments but also to create them.
Today technology helps designers to understand pattern cutting and different fabrics falls which leads to saving lots of paper and fabric in garment production. 5. Correct use of social media
It is very important to align teaching methods to learning objectives, and identify the right social platform that students find engaging. Teachers could create and share public Pinterest boards of collages and ideas as a way to create very interesting visual lessons.
Social media can become great opportunity to drive community and become a very powerful tool for learning. The right use of social media will help students to be social (as the name suggests) and developing communities and can strongly support learning. For example, students during a visit to an art gallery could document on Instagram story the way they feel and this experience could generate very interesting thread of discussion among students of the same class.
– Article by Antonio M Grioli, Dean, School of Fashion, Pearl Academy
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