Students in the Fashion School learn how to create presentations that are persuasive and efficient forms of communication. Other courses provide students with core knowledge about the fashion industry, such as being able to recognize and identify the basic characteristics and care requirements of textile fibers, yarns, and fabrics. As students, we don’t always remember the core concepts needed to sustain our knowledge and understanding from our classes. Educational experts posit that one way to become more proficient and help students retain knowledge and skills from one course to another, is to continually practice what was learned or engage with that learning in some manner. Based on this expert advice, we asked ourselves how can we as students help each other improve learning retention outside the classroom?
The purpose of our research is to learn if we can effect comprehension and knowledge retention through exhibits we mount in display cases throughout the Fashion School building. The display cases are prominently located giving students the opportunity for multiple encounters with the information. Using our visual presentation skills, this team of six students will develop concepts for the display cases that are inspired by the statement, “I wish I remembered”. Our faculty mentors will review and approve exhibits prior to mounting. We will gauge the effectiveness of our exhibits by asking students to complete a short survey.