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University of the Arts London

Integrating digital learning hubs to support the student learning journey and build community


In reaction to the global health pandemic, UK higher education has seen a shift to blended learning. An urgent need to develop meaningful initiatives which would support students in their learning journeys through creative community building online emerged. In response to this shift, a digital learning hub initiative was designed and integrated into the unit ‘Introduction to Womenswear’ for two cohorts of first year BA Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear students between 2020-2022. This case study outlines this initiative which aimed to support teaching and learning whilst building a sense of community in a hybrid teaching and learning environment at UAL.


Author Biography

Crimson O'Shea

Crimson O’Shea is a Senior Lecturer on BA Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear at London College of Fashion. An alumnus of Central Saint Martins BA (Hons) Fashion Design: Womenswear and MA Textile Design at the Royal College of Art, Crimson is a multi-disciplinary designer working in industry across both womenswear and textiles. She has an extensive portfolio in Fashion Design education, with research interests that span across visual, material and museum anthropology and digital teaching practice.