Activities A-Z - Being Digital

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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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Workplace skills

Communication online, self-presentation, networking, researching job opportunities, team-working online.

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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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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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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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Generative AI and critical thinking

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This activity will help you to think critically about AI outputs.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Generative AI and plagiarism

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This activity explains plagiarism and referencing within the area of generative AI

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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How to write an effective tweet

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Learn how to write an effective tweet and engage an audience on Twitter.

This activity will take you: 10 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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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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Responsible and ethical use of generative AI

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This tutorial looks at how to use generative AI tools in a more ethical and responsible way.

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 a reference management tool

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An exploration of the features of online reference management tools, with tips on how to choose the right one.

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: Creating information

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A questionnaire to help your skills in creating information online, including writing for different audiences and sharing documents.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Self-assessment: Finding information

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A questionnaire to help you assess your skills in finding information online.

This activity will take you: 10 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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Writing online

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Tips on communicating effectively when writing online.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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