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 www.nationalvetcontent.edu.au.

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:

  • an easy to use interface,
  • straightforward search options,
  • more meaningful search outcomes,
  • social software to like, favourite, comment.

National VET Content website

"There are literally thousands of pieces of content, covering hundreds of topics from building to training and assessment itself, and focused on VET competencies and qualifications", says Joanne Norbury, who manages the new site.

"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.

To access this exciting new resource, simply register with your name and email address on the National VET Content website and follow us on Twitter.

Are there Toolboxes for Indigenous Learners?

Need a Flexible Learning Toolbox for Indigenous learners? Just take your pick!

Three Aboriginal people seated outdoors

  • Indigenous Ecotourism

    Many communities of indigenous people are looking to ecotourism as a means of managing their lands and providing jobs for their children. This Toolbox includes six topics ranging from environmental impact to economic and social issues.

  • Horticulture

    This Toolbox has been customised to cater to the needs of indigenous students in Horticulture, particularly trainees in rural areas who currently are required to travel to the cities to undertake ‘block release’ training.

  • Learning about Native Title

    Learning about Native Title is designed for indigenous learners and employees of local government, native title representative bodies, or other government and non-government agencies involved in native title matters.

  • Deadly Jam Music Festival

    Aimed at engaging young indigenous people who are interested in pursuing a career in the music industry, learners interact with characters representing potential careers in the music industry. Along the way they will meet well-known indigenous figures in the Australian music scene.

  • Building Skills

    The Building Skills Toolbox is designed for apprentices and pre-apprentices in the building and construction industry around Australia. While it aims to specifically meet the educational needs of indigenous learners, this resource is also relevant to all learners studying the four addressed competency standards.

  • Cultural Resource Management

    This Toolbox uses simulated indigenous cultural heritage sites and tasks to allow indigenous learners to expand on the hands-on learning in this area. It invites intuitive exploration with many virtual environments and artefacts to investigate. Very little literacy competency is required.

  • Interactive Ochre

    Interactive Ochre is an entertaining and engaging contemporary resource, aimed to foster and develop inclusive work and learning environments. Music, visuals and animation invite learners to explore activities that lead to application of the concepts in their own workplace.

For a complete list of Toolboxes or to purchase a Toolbox, please visit the Flexible Learning Toolboxes website.

Music Box Toolbox

flexible Learning Toolboxes logo

Did you know that June 21 was World Music Day? Initiated in France in 1982, this day is celebrated with free music in the streets in over 110 countries and 430 cities in the world!

The Music Box Toolbox has been developed to support CUS20109 Certificate II in Music. This Toolbox addresses industry needs such as:

  • The shift towards multi-skilling and independent artist business models.
  • The uptake of new music technologies for the production and distribution of contemporary music.
  • The capability to continually develop skills and knowledge such as keeping up to date with industry information sources.

So there really is a Toolbox for everything.

For the complete list of the Flexible Learning Toolboxes or to purchase a Toolbox, please visit the Flexible Learning Toolboxes website.

Equity Toolboxes for learners with specific needs

Flexible Learning Toolboxes website

Did you know that it was Global Accessibility Awareness Day on Thursday 9 May? Are you aware that Toolboxes have been built to an international accessibility standard? Addressing these standards means a better experience for all users, with particular attention paid to users with a disability.

Equity Toolboxes

Truvision was one of the first Toolboxes built specifically for vision impaired users.¬†Others, such as Where’s the Party At? and English at Work, have been developed to meet the specific needs of youths and those wishing to develop their literacy skills.

Visit the Flexible Learning Toolboxes website to find the complete list of the Equity Toolboxes.

Toolbox Rebuilds

Web standards are constantly evolving. As a result, Toolboxes built few years ago do not always meet today’s standards. Recently, eight Toolboxes have been rebuilt to meet the current technical standards for the vocational education and training (VET) sector.

  1. Food Safety Toolbox 703
  2. Grange Care Services Toolbox 602
  3. On Your Guard Toolbox 501
  4. Workplace Trainer (Literacy and Numeracy) Toolbox 425
  5. Basic Skills in the Cybercentre Toolbox 424
  6. Kitchen Operations Toolbox 409
  7. The Virtual Warehouse Toolbox 213
  8. Chemical and Oil Refining Toolbox 204

Have you ever used an Equity Toolbox? Share your experience with us on Twitter. We’d also love to hear what you think of the newly rebuilt Toolboxes.