Since I founded the ARLIS/NA FTC SIG last year, I have been advocating for certain “value-added” educational features within online subscription information resources related to our field. In particular, I am interested in developments within the major trend forecasting services (TFSs). While TFSs are primarily commercial in their purpose, interactions with my fashion faculty and students have convinced me that educational (EDU) subscribers would benefit greatly from the addition of some non-commercial features.
For example, faculty within educational institutions that subscribe to trend forecasting services would make good use of trend forecasting assignment suggestions (beginning to advanced levels), trend forecasting course outlines and syllabi, glossaries, etc. Students would appreciate outreach events or contests. (For example, student-focused online webinars, career information, trend/forecasting-focused contests with official awards that could be featured on their resumes, etc.)
My college subscribes to WGSN alone. Can anyone here tell me if any of the other TFSs offer value-added educational content such as I’ve described? (Chime in, Cecilia, if you can share on this.)
Does anyone have suggestions regarding what kind of value-added EDU content they’d like to see in TFSs? I’d greatly appreciate your ideas and opinions! Thanks!