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Understand and engage in digital practices - Examples

Understanding and engaging in digital practices is about knowing what online tools and networks are available, and how to select, access and exploit them for personal, study and work purposes. It involves looking after one’s own digital well-being, and that of others through ethical online behaviour.

Here you will find examples of online materials that illustrate how this skill area can be taught and learned, with an indication of which level of taught OU study they may be suitable for. This is not intended to be prescriptive, but rather to give a flavour of what is available.

Title of activity

Description

Level

Sources

Freely available?

DE100 – looking back exercise

Students reflect on study skills developed so far, and share study tips with peers 

1

DE100 Investigating Psychology

OU members only

B206 digital skills check

Diagnostic of 20 questions in 5 key digital skills areas, with links to resources for learning

2

B206 Understanding Customers

OU members only

EE811 – literature review and critical analysis exercise in tutor group discussion

Students develop search skills, critical analysis and online discussion

M 

EE811 - Educational leadership: agency, professional learning and change

OU members only

Library online training: Introduction to Library Services

Introduces the Library website, key services and where to get further help

0/1

Library online training

Free (recording)

OU only for live session

Student Help Centre: Computing Help

Provides a basic introduction to how to use computers for study; links to further resources

1

OU Student help centre

Freely available

OpenLearn Preparing for your digital life in the 21st C: Online safety

Describes hazards of online world, provides tips on digital safety

1

OpenLearn

Freely available

Library online training; Reference management tool – an introduction

Teaches when and why you might use reference management tools, and how to choose the right app

3

Library online training

Free (recording)

OU only for live session

 

 

Find information - Examples

Finding information is about knowing what sources are available and how to access and use them. It involves searching effectively and independently, and reflecting on the success of one’s strategy.

Here you will find examples of online materials that illustrate how this skill area can be taught and learned, with an indication of which level of taught OU study they may be suitable for. This is not intended to be prescriptive, but rather to give a flavour of what is available.

Title of activity

Level

Sources

Freely available?

Finding a journal article from a reference using Library Search

Shows how to interpret a journal article reference and how to use ‘Library Search’ to check if an article is held in Library online collections.

0/1

Library Digital Skills for Study Activity X212: Finding a journal article from a reference

OU members only

A111 - Finding out more about a person or topic

Guides students through use of key interdisciplinary online reference resources for study; showing how to find and use a range of key resources, and reflect on their use

1

A111 Block 2 Unit 4, Part 5 Study Skills [LB]

Library Digital Skills for Study activity XF0704: Using the Oxford English Dictionary

OU members only

Introduction to legal databases

introduces some of the open access and subscription legal databases available to law students.

1/2

Library Digital Skills for Study activity XW110: Introduction to legal databases

OU members only

D241 – Searching for primary and secondary sources

 

Students are asked to understand the difference between primary and secondary sources

2

D241 Exploring mental health and counselling [LB]

 

Library Digital Skills for Study activity  XF0719: primary and secondary sources

OU members only

A233 – Image searching and sharing

Students analyse an online gallery of images, search for their own in a guided search activity of key online image databases

2

A233: telling stories: the novel and beyond. [LB]

Library Digital Skills for Study activities: [LB]

X224 Finding images and copyright [LB]

XF0454 Finding images using Britannica Image Quest [LB]

OU members only

W340 – Skills on W340

Students are introduced to the law databases and taught to find a particular case by name and to search for cases on a particular topic

3

W340: Law, society and culture [LB]

Library Digital Skills for Study activity XW04: [LB] Using a legal database to find a case

OU members only

B302 - Finding and interpreting performance measures

Two activities using the library's Amadeus and FAME databases with a filmed search example to find performance data. Students practise searching and summarise findings on TGF.

3

B302:  Strategic management

OU members only

B875 - Study and professional skills development

A series of research activities to help MBA students develop professional skills and commercial and sector awareness

Masters

B875: MBA project: leaders of change [LB]

Library Digital Skills for Study activity X342d: Critical reading

OU members only

Library Online Training: Smarter Searching with Library databases

Teaches effective search techniques and how to exploit database functionality in literature searches

3 and Masters

Library online training

Free (recording)

OU only for live session

Being digital activity: Search slips and tips

Explains how to avoid search pitfalls and how to search more effectively

0/1

Being digital activity

Freely available

Critically evaluate - Examples

Evaluating information is about knowing who and what to trust online. It involves the critical assessment of information and selecting the right digital tools for a given task.

Here you will find examples of online materials that illustrate how this skill area can be taught and learned, with an indication of which level of taught OU study they may be suitable for. This is not intended to be prescriptive, but rather to give a flavour of what is available.

Title of activity

Description

Level

Sources

Freely available?

D241: Searching the literature on post-traumatic growth

Students search for articles. They choose which are most relevant and save them

1-2

D241: Exploring mental health and counselling

OU members only

E309: Why use news and what to be careful about

 

Find and evaluate a newspaper article stating why it could be useful in an assignment

3

E309: Comparative and international studies in primary education

OU members only

 

E809:  How to critically review AV material

A video is critically reviewed to gather the maximum amount of academic information (based on a Library Digital Skills for Study activity)

Masters

E809: Frameworks for critical practice with children and young people

OU members only

 

E808: Study skills: Using social media for research

 

Evaluating and comparing social media sources as part of the research process

Masters

E808: Children and young people's worlds

OU members only

 

Assessing the reliability of information for your assignment

 

Teaches how to evaluate information using a framework and looking critically at web information sources

1

Library online training

Free (recording)

OU only for live session

Being digital activity: selecting the right tools online

Activity introducing a structured method for evaluating new tools and apps

1

Being digital activity

Freely available

Being digital activity: Evaluation using PROMPT

Activity introducing a structured method for evaluating information

1

Being digital activity

Freely available

Library online training: improving your experience accessing online resources

Teaches how to manage file formats for accessibility; tools available to improve accessibility.

1

Library online training

Free (recording)

OU only for live session

Comparing academic sources

 

Academic resources and their strengths and limitations.

1

Help Centre

 

Freely available

 

Managing, creating and communicating information is about working ethically, creatively and securely with digital information in all its forms. This skill area includes avoiding plagiarism and referencing correctly.

Here you will find examples of online materials that illustrate how this skill area can be taught and learned, with an indication of which level of taught OU study they may be suitable for. This is not intended to be prescriptive, but rather to give a flavour of what is available.

Title of activity

Description

Level

Sources

Freely available?

T229: research activity on Hyperloop

Subject searching news collections; synthesising information and sharing it on student forum

1

T229: Mechanical engineering: heat and flow

OU members only

 

DE200 creating an evidence -based e-poster

Create an online poster for first TMA, considering communication techniques for diverse audiences

2

DE200: Investigating Psychology

OU members only

 

B329: Engaging with Blogs, Twitter and LinkedIn

Explore social media for its use in leadership. Students tweet weekly throughout module are assessed on experience in EMA.

3

B329: Leadership in a changing world

OU members only

 

DD804 Race, colonialism, crime, justice: producing an annotated bibliography

Produce an annotated bibliography: find, select, summarise information

Masters

DD804: Crime and global justice

OU members only

 

A844 provides specific referencing guidance on using the MHRA style guide and image captioning for its dissertation, together with additional notes on captioning and referencing images.    

Assessment guide advises on using the MHRA style guide and working with image captions.

Students share drafts with tutors in TMAs as they develop their dissertations.

Masters

 

A844: MA Art History part 2

OU members only

 

Presenting information using tables,  percentages and charts

Understand how to represent and interpret numerical data visually

1

Open Learn course Presenting information

Freely available

Library online training: Managing your digital footprint

Teaches pros and cons of social media and management of online profile

1

Library online training

Free (recording)

OU only for live session

Being digital activity: Making the most of Twitter

Explains benefits of using Twitter and how it can help study or work.

1

Being digital activity

Freely available

Library online training: the why and how of referencing

Introductory session which explains the need for and how to create references

1

Library online training

Free (recording)

OU only for live session

Collaborate and share - Examples

Collaborating and sharing is about working with others online. It involves both technical and interpersonal skills and contributes to employability skills such as virtual teamworking and communication.

Here you will find examples of online materials that illustrate how this skill area can be taught and learned, with an indication of which level of taught OU study they may be suitable for. This is not intended to be prescriptive, but rather to give a flavour of what is available.

Title of activity

Description

Level

 

Sources

Freely available?

A233 Image searching and sharing

Image searching and sharing of findings on tutor group forum

2

A233: telling stories: the novel and beyond

OU members only

TM254: Working in a team

Students agree team roles, choose software and work collaboratively. Assessed on collaborative team work and individual reflection on experience.

3

TM254: Managing IT: the why, the what and the how

OU members only

B329: Engaging with blogs, Twitter and LinkedIn

Explore how social media can be used in a leadership context. Tweet throughout course, feeds into EMA.

3

B329: Leadership in a changing world

OU members only

B302: Strategy in Action

 3 weeks of collaborative activities using different online tools to create a business strategy project

3

B302: Strategic management

OU members only

Being digital activity: Communicating online

Outlines the basics of good online communication

0/1

Being digital activity

Freely available

Being digital activity: Keeping up to date using online networking

How to keep up to date through online networking and choose the best networks for your needs

0/1

Being digital activity

Freely available