The materials will be available to subscribing members through LBL Online, and will cover animal science topics, agriculture, horticulture and floristry.
The first of the animal science materials, a suite of units covering horse management, are already available, and include interactive lessons, support materials and assessments to aid student development. The agriculture and animal management units will be published towards the end of April, and other areas of content being developed include plant and soil science.
Chris Moody, chief executive of Landex, said: "These online materials have been designed to engage students and increase their knowledge and understanding of land-based subjects. By offering content 24/7 through a range of devices, the system will also help specialist providers meet the challenges laid out in the recent Feltag [Further Education Learning Technology Action Group] report. Potential delivery efficiencies, through reduced preparation and marking time for tutors, should allow for learners’ contact time to be focused on building their understanding of the subject, and could also help to protect minority subjects and programmes."
Russell Marchant, principal of Hartpury College, said: "LBL Online gives students easy access to high-quality learning materials, engaging them through animated and activity-based content, encouraging them to study outside the classroom, at times to suit them, and offering them immediate feedback on progress. Tutors can simply log on through the college intranet to assess students and groups and track their progress, and better use their contact time with learners to develop understanding of specific topics.
"This is an exciting project for staff and students, and I really hope they will take every opportunity to get involved."