Consider Coursera for a Fashion Industry Online Course

As an ARLIS/NA Retired Member currently serving on its Membership Committee, I’ve had a lifelong interest in the fashion and luxury industries. Recently, I discovered that Coursera an educational technology company which offers MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) from almost 150 global university partners had a course dealing with my area of interest.

It may also be of interest to FTC SIG Members working with students in fashion design and merchandising programs as well as ARLIS/NA museum members in this field. It can serve as an introduction to the topic or a refresher of major fashion and luxury concepts, companies, branding, consumer behavior, business models and strategies, and communication channels including digital media.

The course, Management of Fashion and Luxury Companies from the  Università Bocconi, Milan, Italy is delivered in English. It is taught by two excellent instructors, Erica Corbellini and Stefania Saviolo who are also published authors in the field. Through their use of video lectures and student and expert interviews with accompanying transcripts, Pinterest boards, and slide stacks, the instructors explore the many dimensions of the international fashion and luxury world, past, present and future.

The course can be taken for free or for a minimal fee to receive a certificate of completion.Its syllabus can be viewed online.



Author: maryhelenjones2622

I am a retired academic, technical and special librarian who throughout my working career never lost my love for fashion, film, the arts, history, semiotics and technology. More important, I thrive on connecting people to information they need, want or just enjoy. It is in this spirit that I have created my first blog. My choice of joining the words wristwatch with redux refers to my return to researching and writing, activities that I enjoy, and applying them to an accessory — or should I say necessity— that has long interested me. My earliest career goals were to be like Audrey Hepburn, graceful, poised and forever glamorous; or like Coco Chanel, surprisingly creative and endlessly dressed in black and pearls. The takeaway from these women is that I’ve never lost my imaginative spirit and how I can apply it to whatever I am doing. I’ve always been attracted to how one finds, synthesizes and shares information collected from visual and print sources, material objects, and finds others who have knowledge and expertise in a wide variety of subjects. It’s not surprising then, that my most enjoyable jobs have been somewhat “information non-traditional” and full of great colleagues and mentors. Specifically, I treasure my experiences as an information specialist at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising’s Research and Resource Center in Los Angeles and as a museum docent at the Museum of Fine Arts and the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston. In January 2014, I joined the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC). I learned about the association through a reference to it by Reyne Haines in her book, Warman's Watches Field Guide, 2nd ed., 2010. I've also joined the NAWCC's local chapter, Zia Sundials whose members have welcomed me as a "watch newbie." My other longstanding association affiliations include the Special Libraries Association and the Art Libraries of North America. Now my motto in retirement is: Be curious. Enjoy learning. Most of all, share now that TIME allows for it. I hope the information that you find in my new blog, www,wristwatchredux and the enjoyment you get from reading it helps inspire you to join the community of others who love to watch time — and motivates you to find your own special niche and be passionate about it.

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