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Skills finder


Being digital is a collection of short, easy to follow activities. They cover the skills we all need to be effective online, whether it’s searching efficiently, critically evaluating information, communicating and sharing online, or selecting the right online tool for your needs.

Being digital can help you develop essential skills for study, work and lifelong learning.


Activities are designed to be short and engaging. You can select individual activities by going to the Activities A-Z or by using the skills finder.


Pathways provide a small selection of learning activities on a particular theme (e.g. finding information, trust online). If you work through the activities in a pathway you will gain a deeper understanding of the topic. Here are some examples; you will find more on the Pathways page.

Assess your skills

Before you start you might like to use the Self-assessment pathway to assess your skills and decide what to focus on.

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Referencing your sources

Learn how to reference books, ejournals, module materials and websites with confidence. Each activity includes a quiz to test your understanding.

Start pathway
Communicating Online
Communicating online

How can you ensure your interactions with others online are appropriate and effective? How do you write for different online spaces?

Start pathway

Awards & recognition

In 2014, Being digital won an OU Teaching Award for excellence in developing students’ academic and learning skills.

In 2013 Being digital won the Credo Reference Digital Award for Information Literacy for the best new digital resource for promoting information literacy, in recognition of its innovative approach.

Also in 2013, Being digital was accepted into the Peer Reviewed Instructional Materials Online (PRIMO) database, as an example of a high-quality digital teaching resource.