Have you ever been attacked by a mosquito at night?
Don't you just hate the buzz they make? So annoying when you are trying to get to sleep and the little creatures tease you with their high pitch buzzing as if to say "no you don't"!
There are a few myths about the mosquitoes you hear buzzing near your ears. Some people say that mosquitoes which buzz, don't bite. That's true because as long as they're buzzing, they're flying, so they won't bite you. But as soon as they land, look out. The silence means they could be feeding off of you!
One of the drivers for creating We Teach Fashion and our sister site The Fashion Student Hub, is to change the shape of fashion education. We want to see a more relevant, accessible, egalitarian educational offer.
But you might be thinking, what difference can a small platform like ours make? Are we too small?
If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito. Anita Rodick
The value of education has never been more under the microscope. And thanks to programs such as Project Runway and other celebrity-based shows, fashion education is booming. Tuition fees are exorbitant, with more and more fashion programs and fashion graduates entering the marketplace than ever before. Yet there has been no corresponding marked increase in jobs.
The "Project Runway Effect" which has led to an enormous increase in interest in fashion amongst the young has generated unrealistic expectations amongst these followers of fashion.
I read an article recently by Jackie Mallon, who is on the teaching faculty of several NYC fashion programmes and is the author of Silk for the Feed Dogs, a novel set in the international fashion industry.
She was commenting on the recent decision by Parsons MFA Fashion Design & Society program, to withdraw its participation in the Business of Fashion's Global Ranking of Fashion Schools. Her full article is here.
One part struck a chord with me. In it she said:
"As an educator in this competitive yet highly negligent industry, I am forced to endlessly examine if I am providing students with what I believe to be the right knowledge (often moral rather than skills-based) and find myself conflicted between the damage our industry inflicts and my continuance to operate within it."
This resonated with me because professionals like Jackie have it within their powers to do something about the state of fashion education by sharing their expertise and knowledge online outside of the traditional institutions that have been the sole champions and guardians of fashion education.
There has never been a better time to spread the right education across all continents. To enlighten students to make a difference in the world and seek to change the pattern of behaviour that even Parsons themselves admits is crippled and broken. In their statement, they refer to:
“...an industry that promotes unhealthy consumerism; a behavior that has been nurtured and manipulated by the industry for the sake of revenue and growing businesses, and in return contribute to the destruction of our planet and the future of our existence."
What's needed is a revolution in fashion education. An uprising led by individual fashion educators prepared to be the pioneers of truly empowering and transformative fashion education solutions.
If you feel strongly about fashion education, don't feel you are too small to make an impact. Remember the mosquito effect.
You can make a difference in your own field, with your own expertise in your own corner of the fashion education arena by creating your own online fashion course. And you don't need qualifications or formal teaching experience either.
Start with something small that a student can take in less than an hour. Enough to make a difference in one area of their skill or knowledge.
To help you on your way we've designed a short entry level course on planning your own online fashion course. In it you'll learn all there is you need to know to plan your own course effectively.
Then you'll be ready to design and create the content for your course, promote it to students and do your part to change the shape of fashion education. And of course be able to earn an income from your course sales as you serve your students.
Click here to buy the course now and get instant access.
Start buzzing now and make your impact matter!
Cheryl Gregory is the Founder of The Fashion Student Hub, a marketplace for selling online fashion courses, and We Teach Fashion teaching fashion subject experts how to create and promote their own online courses, generate revenue and serve the growing need for online education in the fashion sector.
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