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About Being digital

Being digital is a collection of short, easy-to-follow activities on finding, using and creating information online, brought to you by Library Services. Working through these interactive learning materials should enable you to become a confident and critical user of digital tools and resources for study, work and everyday life.

This set of skills is known as digital literacy. Developing these skills will give you the confidence to work successfully and safely online. Digital literacy is also an essential part of employability.

Activities cover areas such as:

  • Presenting yourself to best advantage online and managing your digital identity
  • Making the most of online networks
  • Knowing who and what to trust online
  • Using Wikipedia
  • Evaluating and using online tools
  • Searching effectively

Each chunk of learning should take no more than 10 minutes to complete, making it easy to fit Being digital activities into your schedule.

New activities are being added regularly. We also welcome your suggestions for what else we should include via the Feedback form.

If you wish to link to any material on the site, you can do so by copying and pasting the URL of the activity. Please let us know, so we can keep you informed of any changes.

Mobile access

Activities can be used on any mobile device or desktop computer.

Accessibility

  • Activities can be accessed using keystrokes.
  • Accessible PDFs are available for all activities.
  • Text can be read using a screen reader such as JAWS. Some interactive elements such as drag and drop cannot be read with JAWS. You are advised to use the accessible PDF in these cases.
  • Some activities on the site feature third party material. Where this is not fully accessible a transcript or alternative version has been provided.

Flash

Activities on this site automatically default to HTML5. If for any reason activities do not display well for you, it may be because you are using an older browser, which is not HTML5-compatible. In this case you have the option of selecting the Flash version. The link to the Flash version can be found underneath the 'Start activity' button, just below the PDF version. If you wish to use the Flash version of an activity, and do not have Adobe flash player on your PC you can download it from the Adobe site Install Adobe Flash Player page.

If you are still having difficulties, please let us know via the Feedback form.