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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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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

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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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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

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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

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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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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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Introduction to referencing

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An introduction to what referencing is, why it's important and what elements are included in a typical reference.

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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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

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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

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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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Selecting the right online tools

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An introduction to some of the online tools available with questions to ask when choosing the right one.

This activity will take you: 5 minutes

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Self-assessment: Understanding digital practices

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A questionnaire to help you assess how familiar and confident you are with digital tools and online environments.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Self-assessment: Using information

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A self assessment questionnaire to evaluate how confident you are in using information online, including evaluating what you find, acknowledging the work of others, and keeping track of your sources.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Social networking: is it for me?

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An introduction to the different types of social networking sites, including how to stay safe and secure when using them.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Using Wikipedia

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Some guidelines for judging the trustworthiness of information you find in Wikipedia.

This activity will take you: 5 minutes

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What plagiarism feels like

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A reflection on the consequences of plagiarism in academic and working life.

This activity will take you: 5 minutes

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Writing online

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Tips on communicating effectively when writing online.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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