Welcome to the Learning Lab Contextualised Content (LLCC) suite of open education resources, developed by educators and learning designers to support your lessons and your students. These engaging learning objects are intended to show the relevance of a wide range of foundation skills to learners’ everyday life.
This content has been developed to engage and support learners who are
- Year 10-12 Secondary students
- Undergraduate students
- Foundation year students
- VET students
- Independent learners
About the content
The specific goal of this content is to place skills and knowledge into contextualised scenarios which learners can relate to and engage with. There is a strong focus on interpersonal, organisational, and higher-thinking skills, as well as industries and professions which require higher education qualifications. The primary aims of this work are to widen aspiration among pre-enrolment students, and to support the foundation skills of enrolled students.
All objects sit within a larger story, that of the Salty Creek Community Festival, and can be explored holistically by the learner. The objects in the book are divided into eight series that represent different festival planning areas (see below). However, each learning object (Pressbooks chapter) is also modular, meaning it can be used as an independent lesson or activity.
Each object is intended to show a skill or piece of knowledge within a context that learners can relate to. An object may present a question or scenario, or test the learner’s mastery of the knowledge or skill. Learners can then access links to tutorials which offer further depth or additional information on the topic.
In an online learning environment, this content can be shared with students via a direct link, brought into your own LMS, or copied into your platform of choice. In a non-digital environment, PDF versions of content and transcripts of interactive activities can be printed to use in class or as supplementary material.
Series – Planning Areas
The learning objects have been grouped into ‘series’. These groupings are part of the overarching festival story, as each series represents a different festival planning area. This organisation choice has been made to enhance the storytelling aspect of the resource, while also reflecting the multidisciplinary focus and transferable nature of skills and knowledge in the real world.
These are the main series and the topics they cover:
- Managing the Team and Event
Event management, budgeting and marketing, communication and collaboration, writing and presentation skills, and online skills
- Working with Volunteers and Contributors
Nursing, art and design, maths, communication, writing, and critical thinking
- Setting Up the Festival Site
Engineering, maths, physics, event management, and art and design
- Running a Sustainable Festival
Event management, environmental issues, and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals
- Organising the Industry Booths (4 series)
Career skills, engineering, economics, marketing, event management, writing, presenting, and a range of organisational and interpersonal skills.
How you use these resources will depend on your learning environment and the needs and interests of your students. Under your guidance and direction, students can engage with learning objects to complement the lessons they are currently undertaking or fill skills or knowledge gaps in foundation areas. You can use the objects as they are or adapt the language and activities to cater to the particular needs of your students.
The objects have been designed so that learners can complete them independently, but they can be easily adapted to suit pair or group work. There are ‘reflect’ questions in many objects, which can serve as transitions into collaborative activities and larger discussions.
How to use the learning objects:
As the learning objects in this suite of resources are modular, they can be packaged and used in multiple ways:
- An individual object can be taken to supplement a lesson.
- Objects can be packaged by subject or skill (e.g., marketing, maths, critical thinking) to supplement lessons and courses.
- Objects can be packaged by series to explore the multidisciplinary aspect of each planning area (e.g., learn skills related to setting up the festival, running a sustainable event).
- Objects can be packaged by character to show learners the tasks of a student or industry professional.
- Objects can be chosen in any order by students based on interest (a more relaxed and exploratory focus).
Example packaging of objects:
Objects by series: Working with volunteers and contributors
In this series, the characters work with festival volunteers and contributors to make sure everything runs smoothly.
|Object||Subject||Skills and knowledge||Learning Lab Links|
|Skimming and scanning||Communication||Reading, Language||Strategies for Skimming and Scanning|
|Assigning volunteers to work areas||Event management||Maths||Sample Spaces|
|Thinking critically when treating patients||Health||Critical thinking||Introduction to critical thinking, what is critical thinking, becoming a critical thinker|
|Calculating medicine dosage||Health||Maths||Medicine dosage by body weight|
|Mind mapping an artist statement||Art & Design||Writing, Study Skills||Mind mapping – writing process, mind mapping – artist statement|
|Writing an artist statement||Art & Design||Writing||Artist statement vocabulary|
Objects by topic: critical thinking
These are the objects which include content related to the skill of critical thinking.
|Object||Learning Lab links|
|Thinking critically when treating patients||Introduction to critical thinking, What is critical thinking, Becoming a critical thinker|
|Recognising flawed arguments||Logical fallacies|
|Evaluating market information||Evaluate information sources using CRAAP|
|Job advertisement: Aerospace Engineer||Introduction to critical thinking|
|Talking about fast fashion and sustainability||SDGs in your life|
|Working with coloured lights||Additive and subtractive colour|
|Working in the social sector Q&As||Introduction to critical thinking|
|Job advertisement: Research associate – Virology||Introduction to critical thinking, Choose valid sources|
|Job advertisement: Graduate Nurse Program||Introduction to critical thinking|
|Job advertisement: Schools Speech Pathologist||Introduction to critical thinking|
|Job advertisement: Social Policy Officer – Community Wellbeing||Analysing an argument, Choose valid sources|
|Using a risk assessment matrix||Risk Assessment Matrix|
|Managing social media responsibly||Engaging critically with social media, Evaluate information sources using CRAAP|
|Investigating the reliability of online health information||Engaging critically with social media, Evaluate information sources using CRAAP|
Objects by character: Mia
Objects featuring Mia are related to her role as Engineering and Safety Advisor.
|Object||Subjects||Skills and knowledge||Learning Lab links|
|Constructing an access ramp||Event management, Engineering||Maths||Right angle trigonometry|
|Moving heavy equipment safely||Event management, Engineering||Maths, physics||Forces on slopes, Right angle trigonometry|
|Recognising flawed arguments||Communication||Critical thinking, Communication, Sustainability||Logical fallacies|
|Ordering hand sanitiser||Event management||Maths||Units and conversions|
|Calculating noise levels||Engineering||Physics||Inverse square law|
|Working with coloured lights||Art & Design, Engineering||Colour theory||Additive and subtractive colour systems|
|Engineering Job Board||Careers, Engineering||Critical thinking, Maths, Time management, Collaboration, Online skills, Writing||Goal setting and focus, Time management, Introduction to critical thinking, Algebra, Trigonometry, Vectors, Writing for the workplace, Working well together online, Using collaboration tools, Risk Assessment Matrix, Statistics|
|Using a risk assessment matrix||Engineering, Event management||Critical thinking||Risk Assessment Matrix|
|Exploring innovation and sustainability in agricultural technology||Sustainability, Engineering||Sustainability literacy||United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Sustainable development goals: life below water|
Search for objects by the following subjects or skills and knowledge:
|Subjects||Skills and knowledge|
|Art & Design
Use the table below to search for learning objects which focus on a specific subject and/or skills and knowledge. You can sort each column of the table, or use the search bar to get a list of one category.
|Object Name||Subject||Skills and Knowledge||Learning Lab Alignment|
|Assigning volunteers to work areas||Event management||Maths|
|Calculating medicine dosage||Health||Maths|
|Calculating noise levels||Event management, Engineering||Physics|
|Constructing an access ramp||Event management, Engineering||Maths|
|Evaluating market information||Marketing||Critical thinking, Research skills|
|Giving a presentation||Communication||Presenting|
|Job advertisement: Aerospace Engineer – Spacecraft||Careers, Engineering||Critical thinking, maths, time management|
|Job advertisement: Business Resilience Officer||Careers, Economics||Writing, collaboration|
|Job advertisement: Digital Marketing Assistant||Careers, Marketing||Time management|
|Job advertisement: Health Economics Research Assistant||Careers, Economics, Health||Writing, collaboration|
|Ordering hand sanitiser||Event management||Maths|
|Mind mapping an artist statement||Art & Design||Writing, study skills|
|Recognising flawed arguments||Sustainability, Communication||Critical thinking|
|Studying economics Q&As||Economics||Online skills, Time management|
|Talking about fast fashion and sustainability||Sustainability||Critical thinking, sustainability literacy|
|Skimming and scanning||Communication||Reading|
|Thinking critically when treating patients||Health||Critical thinking|
|Using clear and concise language||Communication||Writing|
|Working out a marketing budget||Accounting, Marketing||Maths|
|Working with coloured lights||Engineering, Art & Design||Critical thinking, Colour theory|
|Writing an artist statement||Art & Design||Writing|
|Job advertisement: Civil Engineer – Transportation||Careers, Engineering||Maths, collaboration, online skills|
|Job advertisement: Mechanical Engineer||Careers, Engineering||Maths, time management, writing|
|Working in the social sector Q&As||Careers, Social studies||Critical thinking, online skills, time management|
|Job advertisement: Graduate Radiographer||Careers, Health||Online skills, writing, physics|
|Job advertisement: Research associate – Virology||Careers, Health||Critical thinking, research skills, presenting|
|Job advertisement: Graduate Nurse Program||Careers, Health||Critical thinking, writing|
|Presenting in an online meeting||Communication||Online skills, presenting|
|Job advertisement: Schools Speech Pathologist||Careers, Health, Social studies||Critical thinking, writing, online skills|
|Job advertisement: Social Policy Officer – Community Wellbeing||Careers, Social studies||Critical thinking, writing, research skills|
|Job advertisement: Mental Health Promotion Officer||Careers, Social studies, Health||Sustainability literacy, collaboration, research skills|
|Using a risk assessment matrix||Engineering, Event management||Critical thinking|
|Using accessible colour in design||Art & Design, Communication||Colour theory|
|Making a festival sustainable||Sustainability||Sustainability literacy|
|Creating your own sustainability goals||Sustainability||Sustainability literacy|
|Minimising festival waste with a systems thinking approach||Sustainability, Event management||Sustainability literacy|
|Highlighting the sustainable benefits of health technology||Health, Sustainability, Careers||Sustainability literacy|
|Using eco-friendly practices in art||Sustainability, Art & Design||Sustainability literacy|
|Visualising survey data with charts and graphs||Event management||Maths|
|Writing a report||Communication, Event management||Writing|
|Exploring innovation and sustainability in agricultural technology||Sustainability, Engineering||Sustainability literacy|
|Moving heavy equipment safely||Event management, Engineering||Maths, physics|
|Managing social media responsibly||Communication, Social Studies||Critical thinking, online skills, research skills|
|Investigating the reliability of online health information||Communication, Health||Critical thinking, online skills, research skills|