Animation, award-winning Toolbox of the Month

The fictional 'Lightbox Animation' studio

The Animation Toolbox has been developed for RTO’s to use as a resource to support delivery of seven competencies towards Certificate II and III in Screen Production (Animation Strand).

This Toolbox is designed to provide both background information for the animation production process as a whole, and information, demonstrations and activities for building the skills and knowledge necessary to carry out specific tasks within the animation industry.

The philosophy underpinning the design of the Animation Toolbox is that learning is made authentic and relevant by being placed in context. The Toolbox uses a simulated animation studio, Lightbox Animation, as the setting. Knowledge is contextualised by linking concepts and resources to the relevant personnel in the animation studio. The presentation of material relating to a job closely mirrors what might happen in a real animation studio.

There are two basic ways the learner may approach the content.

  • In the Studio Tour mode, the learner has open access to the various resources and instructional materials. There is comprehensive content coverage with demonstration clips and examples.
  • In the Apprentice mode, the learner undertakes a series of typical animation studio style jobs, each of which corresponds to a competency. Six of the seven jobs represent the stages of a single major project (to produce a TV commercial). Whilst each job is self-contained, the jobs are linked through the project focus, shared resources and the personnel involved. The jobs are realistic and a tangible end product is produced on completion.

The 405 Animation Toolbox was the 2002 winner of the Asia Pacific National ICT Awards for Excellence in e-learning.

To purchase the Toolbox, or for the complete list of Flexible Learning Toolboxes, please visit the National VET Content website.

Retail operations, supervision and management

Now that the sales are over, let’s consider how retail therapy is made possible. There are four, excellent retail Toolboxes:

  1. Retailer 2
  2. Retail Operations
  3. Retail Supervision
  4. Retail Management

1. Retailer 2 (12.06)

Retailer 2 covers the core units of the Certificate II in Retail, as well as five selling, merchandising and marketing electives. Rather than taking a traditional unit-by-unit approach, learners complete activities guided by a range of customer-focused scenarios and case studies, which are mapped back to core units.

2. Retail Operations (212)

The Retail Operations Toolbox offers a stimulating and interactive learning environment. Learners take the role of an employee at the Ocean View Grove, a thriving (metaphorical) shopping centre on the coast. Content is provided by means of real-life scenarios and situations in which the learner interacts with fictional staff and customers as they work through the activities in the Toolbox.

The learning activities require learners to interact with their current workplace. To facilitate learners not currently working in a retail workplace, two model stores (called virtual stores) with associated manuals, situations and characters have been provided throughout this course. The model stores include Harriotts, a large department store, and Surfari, a small retail surf shop. Where relevant, material will also be provided for other retail settings, for example supermarkets and food stores. By working through discrete activities built on a common theme (e.g. using the store’s procedure manual), the learner can develop a holistic understanding of retail operations. Last revised 2004.

3. Retail Supervision (313)

This Toolbox contains resources and activities to assist you to complete ten units of competency from the Certificate III in Retail Supervision. It is based on a series of scenarios that take place inside a major retail store where the learner has just been appointed as a trainee supervisor of the Sports Department and has 15 staff reporting to him/her. Each of the units of competency is presented as a scenario, a realistic set of learning tasks set in the virtual shopping centre.

The scenarios provide a connection between the theoretical and practical elements of training and encourage individual as well as workplace learning. This courseware is self-guiding and the role of the educator is to facilitate the learning experience to the individual’s working environment. Tools for the trainer and learner include self-assessment, tracking of activities and answers, communication tools and development of a portfolio of evidence for assessment.

4. Retail Management (314)

Retail Management has been constructed to reflect the National Retail Competency Standards. Each of the eleven units of competency in this Toolbox is arranged under the existing phase structure of the National Retail Training Package. This Toolbox contains a variety of training resources ranging from work-based and interactive activities to group discussion questions. Many of the activities focus on the current workplace responsibilities of the learner and are designed to encourage them to develop and post suggestions or alternative solutions to a notice board to foster peer interaction.

Each component of this Toolbox has been designed as an individual learning resource that can be used independently of other components to create a totally customised training program. The design also provides the option of including additional materials or contextualising the existing content to suit the learner’s needs. This Toolbox takes a problem solving, scenario-based approach to learning. In addition to the scenarios that form the base for each unit of competency, the learner is provided with a variety of resources and suggested options to develop the skills and knowledge that they require.

Retail Management features a multi-path navigation system that enables the learner to choose from a variety of learning options. They may choose to work with the content information and move into related activities, use the scenario as the base to complete related activities, or move in and out of competencies taking only the information that is appropriate to them. The flexibility of this design enables each learner to quickly locate the specific information or activity they need from anywhere in the program.

Whatever you need to know about the retail industry, a retail Toolbox can teach you. For a complete list of Toolboxes please visit the National VET Content website. All Toolboxes can be purchased via eWorks’ online ordering system.

Time to get racing!

Get into the Melbourne Cup Day spirit with the horse racing Toolbox: They’re racing!

This Toolbox provides flexible learning opportunities for those working in the three codes of the racing industry: thoroughbred, harness and greyhound. Based on actual workplace situations They’re Racing! comprises tasks, content and activities which cover the underpinning knowledge and skills for four units of competency. The unique features of this product are the integration of competencies into authentic learning experiences relating to the work environment that the learner will encounter. It is designed to be applied in conjunction with practical on-the-job training covering Certificate II qualifications from the Racing Industry Training Package.

Horse racing learning objects

The Toolbox is divided into 21 learning objects, available on the National VET Content website. You can be sure that all facets of the horse racing industry are covered, including:

  • Identify a horse
    Identify a horse by recognising the points of a horse, identifying common colours of horses, heights, brands and markings.
  • Approach, catch & fit headcollar
    Approach, catch & fit a headcollar to a horse by learning how horses think, by being able to read horse body language and by knowing what equipment must be used and how to fit it.
  • Prepare horse for travel
    Learn what gear can be used to transport horses, the safety features when fitting gear and the common ailments that can occur when horses travel.
  • Prepare vehicle for travel
    Learn about the type of vehicles used for transporting horses, the safety features required in horse transport vehicles and the items you should check before you start to load horses.
  • Load horses
    Learn to load horses including general handling skills, what can go wrong and putting safety first.
  • Restrain for examination
    Learn the correct and safe ways to restrain a horse or restrict its movement during examination or treatment by a vet.
  • Participate in safety meeting
    Identify Hazards and apply Occupational Health & Safety Procedures in Horses codes.
  • Completing safety induction
    Learn what OH&S, employee profile, working safely, PPE, worksite orientation and manual handling are.
  • Report an accident or near miss
    Learn the role of Workcover / Worksafe, emergency plans and incident reporting.

New one-stop-shop for digital content in VET

National VET Strategy

You may be new to e-learning or one of thousands of teachers across the national training sector already using e-learning content developed through the National VET E-learning Strategy. Your access to thousands of freely available learning objects for use in your teaching has now been simplified through the creation of

National VET Content brings together all of the learning objects from the following national collections: Flexible Learning Toolboxes, Generic Skills, E-learning Innovations, Industry Integration of E-learning, and National Digital Learning Resources Network. You will now find all of this ready-made VET e-learning content at this "one-stop" site which will also provide you with a better experience through:

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National VET Content website

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"Whether you are a new or very experienced VET teacher or trainer, you will keep returning to this site to enhance your e-learning delivery", says Joanne.

In addition to direct access to the downloading of the learning objects, you can order Australian Flexible Learning Toolboxes via the site. These CD-ROMs contain all of the learning objects associated with a particular Industry Training Package qualification. There are more than 120 complete Toolboxes covering over 190 qualifications.

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