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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.

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Finding

Knowing what and who is online, deciding how and where to search, knowing when to stop or change your search strategy, keeping up-to-date.

Activity
Anatomy of a Journal (opens in a new window or tab)
A tutorial on how to identify a journal and its contents to successfully select a journal article.

This activity will take you: 10 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
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
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
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
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: 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
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
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