Learning independently can be challenging, even for the most motivated students. There are understood to be four key stages to independent learning, known as self-directed learning: being ready to learn, setting learning goals and time management, engaging in the learning process, and evaluating learning.
In relation to the fashion-tech field an ability to self-direct and self-evaluate is critical. The fashion-tech sector requires graduates to be capable of planning and research, to creatively problem solve and innovate solutions with entrepreneurial mindsets. Self-directed learning promotes the development of self-confidence, initiative and perseverance.
Both independence and the ability to collaborate in interdisciplinary teams are necessary skills in fashion-tech, as such self-directed projects can be conducted by students individually or as part of a group.