Skip to content The Open University
  1. Library Services
  2. Being digital
  3. Activities A-Z

Skills finder

Activities A-Z

Being digital activities cover the skills we all need to be effective online. Activities are short and easy to follow.

You can choose relevant activities by:

  • browsing through the A-Z list on this page
  • browsing by theme (i.e. Creating, Finding, Using, Workplace skills)
  • using the Skills finder to search for activities, if you have a clear idea of what you need

Activities will open in a new tab or window. When you have finished the activity, close the tab or window to return to this page.

The icon next to each activity helps you to identify the format used (e.g. video, activity, further reading). For more information please see the list of Icon keys.

Acknowledgements

AudioAudio
VideoVideo
ExternalExternal
Further ReadingFurther Reading
ActivityActivity

Viewing all learning resources

This is an alphabetical list of all the activities available. You can browse this list or choose a pathway from the Pathways page in order to work through several activities on a similar topic.

Audio
Avoiding plagiarism (opens in a new window or tab)
Short introductory podcast explaining how you can avoid plagiarism by developing your skills.

This activity will take you: 4 minutes
Video
Avoiding plagiarism video (opens in a new window or tab)
Bob discovers what plagiarism is and how he can avoid it. Transcript available.

This activity will take you: 2 minutes
Activity
Choosing good keywords (opens in a new window or tab)
How to focus your search using targeted keywords.

This activity will take you: 5 minutes
Activity
Communicating online (opens in a new window or tab)
How to get the best out of the contact you have with others online and avoid misunderstandings.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes
Activity
Deciding what to trust online (opens in a new window or tab)
This activity will help you to know what questions to ask to judge the accuracy and reliability of information you find online.

This activity will take you: 5 minutes
Activity
Deciding who to trust online (opens in a new window or tab)
People are not always what they seem to be. In this activity we look at the questions to ask of people you meet online in order to judge whether they are trustworthy.

This activity will take you: 5 minutes
Activity
Evaluation using PROMPT (opens in a new window or tab)
Introduces the PROMPT criteria which you can use to evaluate information from any source.

This activity will take you: 5 minutes
Video
Explore library resources (opens in a new window or tab)
A collection of short videos introducing you to the rich variety of online resources provided by OU Library Services. Choose the subject you are interested in. Transcripts are available.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes
Activity
Filtering information quickly (opens in a new window or tab)
Strategies for fast filtering of results when searching the web.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes
Activity
Finding hidden information online (opens in a new window or tab)
Learn how to access online information that might not be listed by search engines.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes
Video
Getting started with the online library (opens in a new window or tab)
Short introduction to the Open University online library and its resources. Transcript available.

This activity will take you: 2 minutes
Activity
Information universe (opens in a new window or tab)
Save time and get better results by learning how to focus on the category of information best suited to the purpose of your search.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes
Activity
Introduction to referencing (opens in a new window or tab)
Find out what referencing is, why it is important, and what's involved in doing it.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes
Activity
Keeping up-to-date using blogs (opens in a new window or tab)
How to find reliable blogs that will help you to keep up-to-date with your specialist interests.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes
Activity
Keeping up-to-date using online networking (opens in a new window or tab)
Learn how online networks can help you keep up-to-date and how to choose an appropriate network for your needs.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes
Activity
Keeping up-to-date using RSS (opens in a new window or tab)
RSS makes it easier and quicker to keep up-to-date with the latest news, articles and blogs.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes
Activity
Making the most of Twitter (opens in a new window or tab)
How to make the most of Twitter for your purposes.

This activity will take you: 5 minutes
Activity
My digital identity (opens in a new window or tab)
Be aware of who your audience is when posting in online spaces, and learn the basics of presenting yourself effectively.

This activity will take you: 5 minutes
External
Podcasting in plain English (opens in a new window or tab)
Short video by Commoncraft providing a quick introduction to podcasting.

This activity will take you: 3 minutes
Activity
Recognising plagiarism (opens in a new window or tab)
Short introduction to the forms plagiarism can take.

This activity will take you: 5 minutes
Activity
Referencing books (opens in a new window or tab)
Find out how to reference books in your writing and in your reference list.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes
Activity
Referencing ejournals (opens in a new window or tab)
Find out how to reference ejournals in your writing and in your reference list.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes
Activity
Referencing module texts (opens in a new window or tab)
Find out how to reference module texts in your writing and in your reference list.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes
Activity
Referencing websites (opens in a new window or tab)
Find out how to reference websites in your writing and in your reference list.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes
External
RSS in plain English (opens in a new window or tab)
Short video by Commoncraft. Find out how you can use rss to save time by having information come to you.

This activity will take you: 3 minutes
Activity
Scams and hoaxes (opens in a new window or tab)
This activity helps you to spot some of the signs of scams and hoaxes and avoid getting taken in.

This activity will take you: 5 minutes
Activity
Scanning and skimming a web page (opens in a new window or tab)
Learn how to use techniques that will help you to find information quickly when you are dealing with large amounts of text.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes
Activity
Search slips and tips (opens in a new window or tab)
Avoid the pitfalls of searching for information online, and conduct more efficient searches.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes
Activity
Selecting the right online tools (opens in a new window or tab)
Learn how to select the right online tool with confidence.

This activity will take you: 5 minutes
Activity
Self-assessment: Creating information (opens in a new window or tab)
Identify which skills you need to become more confident with creating information, for example, communicating or collaborating with others online.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes
Activity
Self-assessment: Finding information (opens in a new window or tab)
Identify which skills you need to become more confident with finding information online, for example, knowing where to look and how to search effectively.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes
Activity
Self-assessment: Understanding digital practices (opens in a new window or tab)
Identify which skills you need to become more confident with digital practices, for example, presenting yourself online, using digital tools or knowing what you can do with information you find.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes
Activity
Self-assessment: Using information (opens in a new window or tab)
Identify which skills you need to become more confident with using information, for example, evaluating what you find or acknowledging others' work.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes
Activity
Social networking: is it for me? (opens in a new window or tab)
Decide if social networking is for you, and select the most approriate networking site.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes
Activity
Target your Google search (opens in a new window or tab)
Find relevant information quickly using Google's advanced search options.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes
Activity
Using Wikipedia (opens in a new window or tab)
Many of us use Wikipedia to find out information, but how far can you trust it? This activity provides some guidelines to help you approach it with discernment.

This activity will take you: 5 minutes
Video
What is the online library? (opens in a new window or tab)
Bob discovers the Open University's online library, which gives you access to thousands of up-to-date online articles and books. Transcript available.

This activity will take you: 2 minutes
Activity
What plagiarism feels like (opens in a new window or tab)
Introduction to the consequences of plagiarism in academic and working life.

This activity will take you: 5 minutes
Activity
Writing a good tweet (opens in a new window or tab)
Learn how to write a good tweet and make a good impression on Twitter.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes
Activity
Writing online (opens in a new window or tab)
Introduction to the principles of effective writing online.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes