Land-based Studies Resource Guide
On the web you can find a variety of different materials of use to land-based courses, particularly for courses which require
independent investigation or access to information sources. They include sites of organisations offering facts, figures and contact
information; sometimes there is free full-text information such as articles or factsheets; free data and official documents may be
available. There are services which help you find out what has been published in printed form such as magazines or reports. There are
even some learning materials available online. This guide aims to highlight some of the resources available for land-based studies in
FE. Contact your Library/Learning Resource Centre or your Regional Support Centre for more advice.
Some major resources
Virtual Training Suite
The Virtual Training Suite is a set of free "teach yourself" tutorials on the web, designed to help staff and students improve their internet
skills and practice key skills in IT. Complete with quizzes and interactive exercises, the tutorial enables staff and students to:
TOUR key Internet sites for the subject
DISCOVER how to search the Internet
JUDGE what to trust on the Internet
PLAN how to find information on the Internet
A "Teaching Pack", with printable worksheets and exercises, provides handy ideas and tips for using the tutorial in the classroom. A set
of tutorials specially aimed at FE colleges cover several subjects useful for land-based studies such as Leisure, Sport and Recreation
and Travel and Tourism. These FE tutorials are likely to be particularly useful for level 3 students and for staff. In addition there are a
large range of other tutorials in subjects such as Agriculture Food and Forestry, Nature and Veterinary Science which though originally
written for university students and staff could be useful for college staff, and can provide sites to recommend to learners at various
levels in colleges. The Virtual Training Suite is funded by JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) and is part of the Resource
Discovery Network (RDN) www.rdn.ac.uk.
If you would like to develop your IT skills further here are two more free online tutorials you can follow:
BBC Webwise http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/
Other useful sites
BIOME is a guide to internet resources in health and life sciences and forms one of the ‘hubs’ of the Resource Discovery Network
(RDN) www.rdn.ac.uk . It offers free access to a searchable catalogue of evaluated, quality internet sites and resources. There are five
gateways within BIOME, each covering a specific area within the health and life sciences. The gateways AgriFor and VetGate may be
of use for land-based studies – for more details see below. You can search across the whole of BIOME or search/browse individual
subject areas. All sites are evaluated for their value to UK education by subject specialists. Though geared primarily to university level
studies and research, BIOME and its gateways can offer some useful sites for staff in colleges as background information, or to
recommend to students. The BIOME service is funded by the JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee).
AgriFor is a gateway to evaluated, quality Internet resources in agriculture, food and forestry. A search on Agrifor for sites on
“sustainable development uk” produces approximately 19 quality sites including official sites, voluntary organisations and reports.
VetGate is a gateway to evaluated, quality Internet resources in animal health. A search on “foot and mouth” on Vetgate produces a
select list of approximately 48 quality sites from official and scientific sources including text and images.
UPDATE Farming and Countryside Index
Update is a database of references to publications on farming and the countryside including journals, books, conference reports, tapes,
videos, pamphlets and press releases. Topics covered include temperate agriculture, equine studies, countryside management,
conservation and environmental topics, town and country planning and forestry. It is updated weekly and includes
information back to January 1990. It is available to colleges on subscription and a free trial is available. Subscribers can
obtain print copies of documents on inter-library loan. The service can be used with the free ATHENS authentication
service www.athens.ac.uk for easy access both on and off campus. For more information on the service see
National Learning Network Materials
The National Learning Network (NLN) has produced a range of online learning materials, including some which can be used to teach
land-based topics. Materials available include Amenity Horticulture level 2, Floristry level 2, Science, Basic Skills and Key Skills. Each
learning unit takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and includes knowledge development and questions or tests to check the
learner's understanding. Each learning unit lists its learning objectives. Each of the learning objects has been designed to be highly
interactive, with short questions to reinforce the learning.
NB: Accessing the NLN materials
At June 2002, Welsh colleges can view the materials on the web, but not yet download them to college servers. To view the materials
on the web, go to the NLN web site http://www.nln.ac.uk and select 'Materials'. For help on accessing the materials or for information
on what is currently available, please contact your local ILT/IT support or RSC Wales.
Bristol Biomedical Image Archive
A collection of medical, dental and veterinary images for use in teaching. Bristol Biomed users may freely browse
thumbnail sized versions of the images and view larger versions of selected images. In order to download images for
teaching purposes, users need to complete a simple registration procedure. The service is funded by the JISC (Joint
Information Systems Committee).
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs website provides information on a range of subjects including
farming, horticulture, food and drink, wildlife and the countryside and animal health.
National Assembly for Wales - Agriculture and Rural Affairs
The Welsh Assembly’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Department pages provide information on policy in Wales and a wide
range of information for farmers and those working in the rural economy. Information includes news, documents, forms,
advice and contact information.
Email discussion lists
Email discussion lists can be a good way to keep up to date with new resources, events or jobs. The JISCmail mailing list service
This list is for discussion and information on ILT topics for land-based lecturers. You can join the list by going to
About this guide
This guide is compiled by Lis Parcell of RSC Wales http://www.rsc-wales.ac.uk. Copies of the guides are available from your local
Regional Support Centre. Colleges are free to use and adapt this guide for internal use but you are advised to check individual
resources for copyright details if using them in teaching and learning.
Where to get more information
For further help with these and other teaching and learning resources available to your college, contact your local Learning Resource
Centre or Library. Alternatively, please contact your local JISC Regional Support Centre email@example.com
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