Thursday, November 20, 2008

Melanie Carrico, MFA in Fashion Design 1995

Melanie Carrico, '95 MFA in Fashion Design, received “Lectra Innovation Award for Teaching” on November 6th in the International Textile and Apparel Association annual conference in Schaumburg, Illinois. Melanie and co-authored Ann Ramsey submitted the creative teaching paper titled “Design Principles and Aesthetics: hybrid course using technology tools”.
Melanie dictates that the hybrid format incorporated many different ways for students to learn; thus appealing to the variety of learning styles within their population. The blended nature of the course meant that students had the opportunity to take a more proactive position in facilitating their own knowledge of design principles by hands-on experience with technology. Tools such as StudyMate®, ElementK®, Photostory3®, blogs, and wikis were used as ways to engage students in their learning and facilitate communication for group projects.
Currently Melanie is Associate Professor teaching at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Congratulations to Melanie.