Skills finder


When you select a pathway, you will see a number of activities on a particular theme. Pathways allow you to develop a deeper understanding of a topic. You can work through the activities in your chosen pathway in any order.


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.

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Assess your skills

Assess your familiarity and confidence with online tools and environments and find out which activities can help you develop your skills further.

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Effective Searching

Effective searching

Learn how to focus your search effectively, avoid common searching pitfalls and ensure you retrieve the best information for your needs.

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Exploring your information landscape

Exploring your information landscape

Introducing you to the world of information at your disposal, including the Open University online library and its wide range of resources.

Start Exploring your information landscape pathway
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Keeping up-to-date

Use social networking, blogs, RSS and other tools to keep up-to-date.

Start Keeping up-to-date pathway
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Making the most of social networking

Find out how social networks can help you to make valuable contacts, keep up-to-date and present yourself effectively online.

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The Right Tool For The Job

The right tool for the job

Find out how to evaluate online tools for their relevance to your purpose and use them to best effect.

Start The right tool for the job pathway