The Australian Wool Education Trust is funding the development of a wide range of resource material for students and educators. When this material is not being offered to the wider education community by the funded institutions or organisations, if the copyright is held by the Trust it will be made available via Woolwise.

Wool Industry Case Studies

In November 2005 the Trust provided funding to the University of Melbourne (The McKinnon Project) and the University of Melbourne (Faculty of Land & Food Resources) to develop some case studies based on the Wool Industry for students under taking MBA’s with some agricultural components. Copies of the case studies completed so far can be downloaded using the following links:

Case Study 01:

Supply Chain Innovation
The case reflects upon the Tasmanian Quality Wool’s (TQW) recent experiences in developing supply chain alliances and direct links with overseas garment manufacturers for the supply of wool for higher quality garments. The re-designed supply chain was aimed at reducing costs, with the cost savings to be shared by the three key partners.

Case Study 02:

Wool Supply Chain
This is a story about a joint venture arrangement in a wool supply chain, from Australian woolgrower to European weaver.

Case Study 03:

Going Finer
This case study examines a wool producer’s integrated management approach toward the production of finer wool.

Case Study 04:

Grower Price Risk Management
This case study is about the marketing environment facing specialist woolgrowers and approaches available to the growers in dealing with volatile prices.

Commissioned Resources

The Trust provides funding or co-funding for a range of projects aimed at developing educational programs, tools or support materials for the various educational sectors, including primary and secondary schools, Vocational Education Training colleges and Universities.

February 2008 -Peep at Sheep

The Peep at Sheep suitcases contain hands-on, sensory and visual resources enabling kids to see and feel the source of wool products. Rather than simply being told about wool a Peep at Sheep encourages students to make their own discoveries about wool. Novelty inclusions such as a sheep’s skull and resin mounted sheep ‘poo’ captured students’ interest. Take home raw and processed wool samples extend the educational value of the kits.

This report examines the trial of four sheep and wool classroom exhibition suitcases on the Central Coast, in Newcastle, Lithgow and the Hunter Valley during 2007. The materials and subsequent trial was organised by NSW Department of Primary Industry under the leadership of Carmen Perry.

Download Peep at Sheep final report.

Download NSW DPI’s peep-at-sheep-online-activities.

April 2008 – Ollies Island

Ollies Island is an interactive DVD, playable on Windows, developed by Sustainabilty International Pty Ltd. It is designed to educate primary school and lower secondary school children about “where stuff comes from, how it is used and how it affects our world”. The Australian Wool Education Trust is one of several government and private organisations that contributed to the development of the resource, the Trust’s contribution directed at the development of the segment in the package on wool. Information about the resource is available from the Ollies Island Website. Unfortunately the DVD utilises software that is not compatible with the current versions of Windows, but its content can be explored on the Ollies Island website.

May 2010 – Kondinin Group Workboot Series

AWET and AWI provided funding for The Story of Wool, and an accompanying teachers resource kit. This is available via the Kondinin Group Bookstore but is currently out of stock.

AWI has incorporated the materials into resources it holds (download brochure) and distributes.

Learn about wool kit

The materials are specifically designed for primary and early high school children.

Multimedia Resources

Fibre of the Gods

CSIRO produced an animation highlighting the structures in wool fibres that are responsible for key characteristics of woven and knitted wool fabrics.

CSIRO Fibre of the Gods (large file 30 Mbytes – M4V format)

The Innovator

Produced by The Woolmark Company this animation cleverly outlines the  characteristics that make wool such a versatile fibre.

The Innovator

Australian Wool. The Fibre of Our Nation

A production by Australian Wool Innovation in co-operation with wool producers.

Australian Wool

The Science Channel – How its made

Discovery / Science Channel’s “How It’s Made” Wool episode.

Wool

YouTube

More Australian Wool Innovation multimedia presentations.

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