Marist Wins 2014 Campus Technology Innovator Award

The FOLD honored again for groundbreaking online fashion education

POUGHKEEPSIE (June 19, 2014) – The team behind The FOLD, Marist's global, free, peer-to-peer online fashion learning and collaboration platform, has again been recognized again for the project's innovative use of open-source technologies. The latest honor comes in the form of the 2014 Campus Technology Innovator Award in the "teaching and learning" category from the leading publication covering technology in higher education.

This is Marist's third Campus Technology Innovator Award. The College was recognized in 2013 for the Open Academic Analytics Initiative and in 2006 for a student-centered podcasting project.


 Read Campus Technology's coverage of its 2014 Campus Innovator Award winner, The FOLD, here

Read Campus Technology's interview with Radley Cramer, Fashion Program Director and Melissa Halvorson, Visiting Professional Lecturer here

In April, Senior Academic Technology Officer Josh Baron and Melissa Halvorson, visiting professional lecturer in fashion, both received Teaching With Sakai Innovation Awards from the Apereo Foundation.

"It's wonderful to see Marist recognized for making an effective and creative use of two key pieces of Apereo sponsored technology: Sakai, and the Apereo Open Academic Environment" said Ian Dolphin, Executive Director of the Apereo Foundation, referring to the open-source software upon which The FOLD is built. "This speaks strongly not just to Marist's drive for value-driven innovation, but to the power of open source software in helping realize that innovation."

The FOLD team

The team behind The FOLD, left to right: Senior Academic Technology Officer Josh Baron; Visiting
Professional Lecturer in Fashion Melissa Halvorson; Lauren Wennell '14; Fashion Program Director
Radley Cramer; Shalyn Baum '14; Associate Director of Academic Technology Dr. Reba-Anna Lee;
John Scott '16; Kim Trentalange '14; Instructional Designer Luisa Li. (Not pictured: Amanda Cantor '16)

Launched in February at New York Fashion Week, The FOLD (Fashion Online Learning Domain) has enrolled more than 1,200 participants, including approximately 600 in its first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), the Future of Fashion, alone. Participants come from around the world, including fashion capitals like Paris, London, Hong Kong, and New York City. In addition to peer-led fashion MOOCs, The FOLD includes "The Street," an interactive report on global street fashion and industry trends, and "The Network," a worldwide community of fashion students, professional, and scholars, among other elements.

About the Campus Technology Innovator Award

Campus Technology, the leading monthly publication produced by 1105 Public Sector Media Group that delivers relevant news, trends and best practices on the use of technology in higher education this year recognized 11 honorees to receive Campus Technology Innovator Awards. They were selected in six categories out of 215 nominations submitted from outstanding higher education institutions around the globe.

About the Apereo Foundation

The Apereo Foundation (http://www.apereo.org/) is a global collaboration of higher education institutions and partners working to create and sustain open source software supporting delivery of the academic mission.

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