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

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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.

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Anatomy of a Journal

Activity

How to identify the different elements which make up a journal and a journal article, and understand the role of peer review.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Anatomy of a Journal (pdf)
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Avoiding plagiarism

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A podcast explaining what plagiarism is and how you can avoid it by developing skills in referencing and managing information efficiently.

This activity will take you: 4 minutes

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Avoiding plagiarism video

Video

Bob discovers what plagiarism is and how he can avoid it. Transcript available.

This activity will take you: 2 minutes

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Choosing good keywords

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How to find the information you need by choosing the most appropriate keywords for your purposes.

This activity will take you: 5 minutes

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Communicating online

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Understanding the basics of effective online communication, or netiquette.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Deciding what to trust online

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This activity will help you to develop some criteria for judging the accuracy and reliability of information you find online.

This activity will take you: 5 minutes

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Developing a good digital footprint

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This activity explains what a digital footprint is, and provides guidance on how to check on and improve your own digital footprint.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Developing a good digital footprint (pdf)
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Evaluation using PROMPT

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Introduces the framework PROMPT, a set of criteria which can be used to evaluate information found online.

This activity will take you: 5 minutes

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Explore library resources

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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

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Filtering information quickly

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Strategies for fast filtering of results when using search engines to find information online.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Filtering information quickly (pdf)
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Finding hidden information online

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Learn how to access online information that might not be listed by search engines.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Finding hidden information online (pdf)
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Getting started with the online library

Video

Short introduction to the Open University online library and its resources. Transcript available.

This activity will take you: 2 minutes

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How to write an effective tweet

Activity

Learn how to write an effective tweet and make a good impression on Twitter.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Information universe

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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

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Introduction to referencing

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Find out what referencing is, why it is important, and what's involved in doing it.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Keeping up-to-date using blogs

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Learn 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

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Keeping up-to-date using online networking

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Learn how online networks can help you keep up-to-date and be able to select an appropriate network for your needs.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Keeping up-to-date using RSS

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How RSS feeds can be an useful way to keep up-to-date with the latest news, articles and blogs.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Making the most of Twitter

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How to make the most of Twitter for your purposes.

This activity will take you: 5 minutes

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My digital identity

Activity

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: 10 minutes

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Recognising plagiarism

Activity

An introduction to plagiarism and some of the forms it can take.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Referencing books

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Find out how to reference books in your writing and in your reference list.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Referencing ejournals

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Find out how to reference ejournals in your writing and in your reference list.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Referencing websites

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Find out how to reference websites in your writing and in your reference list.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Scams and hoaxes

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Learn how to spot some of the signs of email scams.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Scanning and skimming a web page

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Learn how to use techniques to help you to read online information more efficiently and quickly.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Scanning and skimming a web page (pdf)
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Search slips and tips

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Avoid the pitfalls of searching for information online, and conduct more efficient searches.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Selecting a reference management tool

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This activity looks at features of free referencing software and the questions you need to ask when selecting a tool.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Selecting the right online tools

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Learn how to select the right online tool with confidence.

This activity will take you: 5 minutes

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Self-assessment: Creating information

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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

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Self-assessment: Creating information (pdf)
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Self-assessment: Finding information

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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

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Self-assessment: Finding information (pdf)
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Self-assessment: Understanding digital practices

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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

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Self-assessment: Using information

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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

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Self-assessment: Using information (pdf)
Self-assessment: Using information (word)

Social networking: is it for me?

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Decide if social networking is for you, and select the most approriate networking site.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Target your Google search

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Find relevant information quickly using Google's advanced search options.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Target your Google search (pdf)
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Using Wikipedia

Activity

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

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What is the online library?

Video

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

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What plagiarism feels like

Activity

Introduction to the consequences of plagiarism in academic and working life.

This activity will take you: 5 minutes

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Writing online

Activity

Introduction to the principles of effective writing online.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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