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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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Using

Filtering, skimming and scanning, trust online, what you can re-use, evaluating online interactions, synthesising, managing your information, sharing.

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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
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
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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
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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
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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
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Developing a good digital footprint (opens in a new window or tab)
This activity covers how to identify and develop your digital footprint.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Recognising plagiarism (opens in a new window or tab)
Short introduction to the forms plagiarism can take.

This activity will take you: 5 minutes
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Writing online (opens in a new window or tab)
Introduction to the principles of effective writing online.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes