My Traumas of the Last Twelve Months

online courses planning Dec 31, 2017

I am starting 2018 with a reflection back on 2017 and to share with you some of my personal amazing highs, but also unbelievable lows! It has been the most difficult year of my life so far. 

2017 nearly left me broken and it's only through prayer and sheer determination that I've been able to get through it, and soldier on.

As some of you may know who have followed me for a while, in the latter part of 2016 I was caught up in the traumatic events in Southern Italy where over 300 people died in earthquakes that shook the central region between August 2016 and January 2017. I was living in that exact same area, and experienced the dramatic power of the first full-scale earthquake in August 2016 and again, more powerfully still in October first hand.

Our house, which was going to be my base for several months whilst working between the UK and Italy was destroyed, and whilst my family and I escaped unhurt, it was the most terrifying experience that you can imagine, that...

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Getting Started Creating Your First Online Fashion Course

online courses planning Nov 19, 2017

In this post, I am going to share with you the four course types or models that online course creators in the new knowledge economy are creating for every discipline under the sun. You name it there will be someone somewhere who has developed an online course.

There’s still plenty of room for your expertise in the field of fashion so there’s every opportunity for you to dominate your niche and be known for your expertise and as the go-to person for help in your field.

That’s why I’m so excited to have enrolled so many people in our new free course for fashion subject experts. I’ll tell you more about that later in this post.

For now though here are the four types you are going to learn about:

1.       Entry Level Courses

2.       Signature Courses

3.       Coaching and Mentoring Models

4.       Membership Models

 

So here goes....

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How To Adapt Classroom Based Fashion Courses to Online Courses

One of the questions we often get asked by lecturers and teachers that deliver classroom based courses is how to adapt their classroom courses for online delivery. So in this post, you'll learn about eleven practical things you can do to make that transformation.

Before we get started we're assuming you already have content that you are allowed to use either because you are the legal owner of the material or you have permission from the copyright owner. Then you'll be free to make the transformations.

11 Tips to Transform Your Online Fashion Courses

  1. Manage expectations up front by creating a welcome message or video. The aim of this is for students to get to know you. It helps students get started with your online course by explaining the context of the course, how it will run and sets the tone of your expectations too. As teachers, we would do this at the first meeting of a classroom course so the reason and rationale for it are the same.
  2. Students can't come up to you at the end...
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Teaching Online Fashion Courses Can Be Lucrative

What's Your Price For Doing It?

 
In this post, we share with you just how lucrative niche online courses can be. The next five minutes will change your whole perception of online courses.
 
Everyone has their price, right? We all have a figure we could be paid to do something unusual that stretches us and takes us out of our comfort zone.
 
We shy away from it but then someone prompts us and nudges us. "Go on", they say. "I dare you. What if I pay you? What's your price?"
 
We know you have your price too when it comes to creating an online course on a fashion topic you're passion about.
 
So what's your price? How much would you need to earn from the sale of a course you've created, to justify learning a new skill? For stepping out of your comfort zone and embarking on a new initiative.
 
Would $100 per month extra income do it? $500, $1000, $5000? More?
 
The reason I ask is that, most people are completely unaware of the...
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Are Universities Poised To Reinvent Learning?

online courses trends Mar 07, 2017

According to a recent article in the Financial Times, some universities are poised to reinvent themselves through the way they distribute their learning. 

In the article, we are given examples of several universities that are considering moving away from their previous use of MOOCs (massive open online courses) as they don't deliver the financial returns for the universities since much of the content is given away as free material to students. So new business models are being considered.

Unfortunately, very little is provided free for the fashion sector.

Scott DeRue, dean of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, thinks his employer needs a new business model. He's suggesting something akin to Spotify where shorter courses are offered for a small fee.

And Mark Lester, director of partnership developments at FutureLearn, a funded learning platform supported by the Open University in the UK, says that

One of the biggest opportunities is short...

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Online Fashion Education - Are You Embracing The Change?

online courses Dec 19, 2016

At We Teach Fashion we strongly believe that the future of higher education lies with online learning. We're not saying that classroom work will not be needed as there are just some aspects of education that can never replace hands-on input from a tutor - just take pattern cutting for example or the increasing us of 3D printing in fashion. But supplementing the input from a tutor with online input can yield benefits for both the student and the tutor.

Time To Adapt

Clearly, the advent of technology as we currently know it has opened the doors to a new way of learning and any organisation, whether a learning institution or not, must embrace online learning in some form if it is to survive. And therefore this extends to its employees who must adapt their skills and stretch themselves to accommodate new ways of delivering their courses and their learner experience.

Educational institutions around the world are preparing the next generation of fashion professionals who will drive...

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