Bamboo Canvas: Instructional Innovation for a Globalized Classroom
Ms. Lucia DeRespinis, Executive Director, Grants Office
Fashion Institute of Technology
This new project represents the next level of “Diverse Techniques of Art and Crafts,” originally funded by IITG in 2016-2017. Bamboo Canvas: Instructional Innovation for a Globalized Classroom will expand the project’s Phase 1 educational resources through an expanded website with virtual-reality features and two additional site applications: 1) an interactive map, and 2) an ecosystem application. Project components will also include in-depth research on the textile ecosystem, through a short visit to East Asia; outreach to share model pedagogical usages of the website; and dissemination of findings through a regional conference at FIT. Phase 1 evaluation indicated that the pilot website (http://bamboocanvas.org, with twenty videos) helped raise visitors’ awareness of global connectedness, but that more categories of artistic techniques and other features should be added. IITG Tier 3 funding would support this expansion and educational outreach, helping students and instructors activate new modes of learning in a globalized classroom.