The FOLD Wins Innovation Awards

Baron and Halvorson recognized for pioneering online fashion learning project

POUGHKEEPSIE (April 29, 2014) – Marist College, a leader in the use of technology for teaching and learning, has received two 2014 Teaching With Sakai Innovation Awards, which recognize excellence in the use of Sakai, the leading open source collaborative learning environment in higher education. The awards are presented by the Apereo Foundation, which leads development of the software, and are sponsored by Asahi Net, one of Japan’s leading internet service providers.

Marist’s Melissa Halvorson, visiting professional lecturer in fashion, won the "Higher Ed Face-to-Face" category for The FOLD (Fashion Online Learning Domain), a first-of-its-kind free, global, peer-to-peer online learning environment for fashion, which Marist launched in February at New York Fashion Week. Baron and Halvorson

Halvorson and Senior Academic Technology Officer Josh Baron together won the "Projects and Other Uses" category, also for The FOLD.

 "A willingness to experiment with cutting edge instructional technologies has been instrumental in positioning Marist as a leader in the field of educational technology and driving innovation in our academic programs," Baron said. "I have been impressed with the entire team of faculty, staff and, most importantly, students, who have lead this rather grand experiment to go beyond MOOCs and work to open up our entire academic community to the larger world, and I am extremely pleased that all of their hard work has been recognized by receiving a Teaching With Sakai Innovation Award."

“The Teaching With Sakai Innovation Award belongs also to a team of five amazing students as co-applicants, who, together with faculty, created an online learning experience not just for the Marist community, but for the whole world,” Halvorson said. “The FOLD project is a powerful illustration of the breadth of scholarship within the fashion program, and we are incredibly proud of this recognition.”

The five students, all Fashion/Merchandising majors, are: Shalyn Baum '14 of Bethlehem, Penn., Amanda Cantor '16 of Mahwah, N.J., John Scott '16 of St. Paul, Minn., Kim Trentalange '14 of Babylon, N.Y., and Lauren Wennell '14 of Reading, Penn.

The intent of the award is to highlight examples of educational applications of Sakai which fall into an innovative or transformative category.

The FOLD’s current MOOC, “The Mobile Consumer,” runs through June 4. Click here for more information.

The winners will be recognized for their use of the Sakai CLE (Collaborative Learning Environment) and Apereo OAE (Open Academic Environment) for teaching and learning at the Apereo Conference in Miami, Fla., June 1-4, 2014. For information about the conference, click here.

The Teaching With Sakai Innovation Award (TWSIA) is a project of the Sakai Teaching and Learning Community. This is the 7th year of the competition.