• By Peter Sommerville
  • 4th June 2017
  • Category: News

Woolwise.com was originally developed as a resource for educators, researchers, consultants, students and other stakeholders in the wool industry.

The range of devices used to visit websites has increased. Most people use PC’s, tablets and phones for this purpose. However, for this to work successfully a website must be “responsive”. This means designing it so it can be satisfactorily rendered on all these devices. A major renovation of the site to make it responsive has been completed, and a fresh new look created, using the services of Woolwise’s web hosting provider, MindVision.

The new site has been tested on Apple and Android tablets and phones. It is recommended that for optimum performance you use the native browser for these devices, rather than a secondary browser such as Firefox.

The bulk of the Trust’s educational materials are not distributed via Woolwise. They are distributed via DVD. This is expensive and in any event this medium is becoming redundant as the capacity for web based distribution systems increases.  Consequently, all of the Trust’s materials will be progressively migrated to the new Woolwise and made available via the internet.

Some of these materials are subject to licence agreements so the new site incorporates a registration and log-in system for licence holders. This is not available in the first release of the new site, but will be available once the licenced materials are uploaded to the site.

In the meantime explore and discover the new materials and features now available in this initial release. In particular these include:

  • An enhanced display of  News on the home page.
  • The ability to browse past News items.
  • The ability to categorise News Items.
  • A section covering the Trust’s funding activities with Fashion Schools and the outcomes.
  • Access to a more extensive range of AWTCC materials.
  • Enhanced access to VET materials created by the second Sheep CRC.
  • Links to AWI’s Learn About Wool site.
  • A built in Contact system.
  • Enhanced information about AWET.
  • An always available direct link to AWET’s Facebook page.

The “Woolwise Origins” menu includes most of the information from the original Woolwise site, albeit reformatted. This has been retained to acknowledge the work by the first CRC and its team, in establishing the site and some of the materials created by the CRC. The primary resources, the educational PPT files associated with each of the CRC’s programs, are available in the Educational Resources menu.

Additional features are planned for the site in the future.

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