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Photoshop and illustrator are viewed as key employability skills in Fashion and Textile Design. Robert Hume has described Photoshop and Illustrator as "essential tools, though not devised specifically for those activities the brilliant design of the applications, their ease of use and constant evolution has eclipsed many specialist fashion and textile systems. (Hume, 2016)[1] Prior to this project students engaged with computer-aided design in a traditional classroom, with face-to-face teaching within the CAD LAB. This paper will discuss the outcomes to an eLearning approach for computer-aided design on the Textile Art, Design and Fashion Course. The flipped classroom model was implemented with students initially engaged in projects through the virtual learning environment Blackboard Learn. The Students were able to practice the key stages in the project through Blackboard collaborate, PowerPoint presentations and online tutorials. The access to the online tutorial guidance and time on task enabled students to practice and learn at their own individual pace. Teaching Photoshop and illustrator can often cause frustration within a diverse group of learners as a result of the levels of understanding and ability through prior experience. The eLearning approach to CAD covered carefully crafted topics such as mastering layers and custom brushes, learning about stripes and weaves, scanning and manipulation, repeats, colour ways, geometry, filters, flat garments and illustration. The advice, sharing and communication fully supported through the VLE provided opportunities for both diagnostics and correction of common problems. The flipped classroom model through the VLE allows students to work at their own pace building confidence and proficiency. The results of the project where evaluated through the quality of the work presented at the end of the project, student and staff feedback, the marks profile and external examiner reports.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference proceedings of »eLearning and Software for Education« (eLSE)
Place of PublicationRomania
PublisherCarol I” National Defence University Publishing House
ChapterVolume 3
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2017


  • eLearning; Textiles; Fashion; Design; Education; Diversity


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