- Understanding information
- You can use the resources in this section to help you understand
what 'information' is, and how we use it to make decisions in
different areas of our lives including in formal learning situations,
such as studying an OU module.
Being digital activities
Choosing good keywords (5 minutes)
How to focus your search using targeted keywords.
Communicating online (10 minutes)
How to get the best out of the contact you have with others online and
Information universe (10 minutes)
Save time and get better results by learning how to focus on the
category of information best suited to the purpose of your search.
My digital identity (5 minutes)
Be aware of who your audience is when posting in online spaces, and
learn the basics of presenting yourself effectively.
Scams and hoaxes (5 minutes)
This activity helps you to spot some of the signs of scams and hoaxes
and avoid getting taken in.
Search slips and tips (10 minutes)
Avoid the pitfalls of searching for information online, and conduct
more efficient searches.
Library activities (requires an OUCU)
Finding out about databases (Level 1: 20
Learn how databases can be useful to you and
what sources are available to you via the OU Library.
Where does scientific information come from? (Level
1: 30-45 minutes)
Learn how scientific research is
communicated to the public, and about the different types of
Evaluating the quality of information (Level
2: 1 hour)
This activity will help you to understand
what is meant by ‘the quality of information’ and evaluate
the quality of information
Developing critical reading (Level 3: 45
minutes - 1 hour)
Learn how to critically read
academic material, focusing on academic journal articles.
Evaluating websites (Level 3: 45 minutes
- 1 hour)
Assess the quality and relevance of a
website using a structured approach to evaluation.
Getting started with the online library (2
Short video introduction to the Open
University online library and its resources. Transcript available.
Podcasting in plain English (3 minutes)
Short video by Commoncraft providing a quick introduction to
RSS in plain English (3 minutes)
Short video by Commoncraft. Find out how you can use rss to save time
by having information come to you.
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