Welcome to 5 Days of Digital Literacy

 5 Days of Digital Literacy – develop your digital literacy skills in just 5 minutes (or less) a day; it’s a doddle or DoDL!

5 Days of Digital Literacy will run during the first week of October, November, December, February and March, and works much like the popular TEL-ve Days of Christmas course, which explored digital tools and resources for you to use in your teaching.

Please enter your email address in the box on the right-hand side of the screen and click the FOLLOW button

Each month, 5 Days of Digital Literacy focuses on one of the five areas in Anglia Ruskin’s Digital Literacy Framework.

Oct. 2016 – Finding, using and managing information
Nov. 2016 – Working in the digital age
Dec. 2016 – Creating digital content
Feb. 2017 – Digital responsibilities
Mar. 2017 – Problem solving in the digital world

Each day a new post will ‘go live’, read the post at your leisure, and complete the quick activity. Your replies/posted comments will go through an approval stage before appearing, so please hold tight if you post anything.   Once you’ve completed all five activities in the week, you will receive a digital badge which you can add to your LinkedIn profile – more about this in November.

Over the five months of the 5 Days of Digital Literacy course, you’ll be able to collect five digital badges, one for each area.

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You can also contribute to the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #5DoDL

72 thoughts on “Welcome to 5 Days of Digital Literacy

  1. iantindal October 3, 2016 / 8:08 am

    Searching just from a standard Google advanced search brought up 164 results, https://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&as_q=pattern+language&as_epq=pattern+language&as_oq=&as_eq=&as_nlo=&as_nhi=&lr=lang_en&cr=&as_qdr=all&as_sitesearch=edu&as_occt=any&safe=images&as_filetype=&as_rights=%28cc_publicdomain%7Ccc_attribute%7Ccc_sharealike%7Ccc_noncommercial%7Ccc_nonderived%29

    Clicking the first link which is to ‘scholarly articles’ returned more results 3,170 https://scholar.google.co.uk/scholar?q=pattern+language+%22pattern+language%22+site:edu&hl=en&as_sdt=0&as_vis=1&oi=scholart&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiojOzXkb7PAhXDaRQKHVYbApEQgQMIHDAA

    Starting again and including numbers 2011..2016 brought up 22,600
    https://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&as_q=pattern+language&as_epq=&as_oq=&as_eq=&as_nlo=2011&as_nhi=2016&lr=lang_en&cr=&as_qdr=all&as_sitesearch=edu&as_occt=any&safe=images&as_filetype=&as_rights=

    Searching from within Google Scholar you need to hit the dropdown top right to get to advanced search, the fields are more limited, I set 2011-2016 to filter for just contemporary sources and I first got over 1m results but putting ‘education’ in the ‘at least one of the words’ field reduced it to 387k results. https://scholar.google.co.uk/scholar?as_q=pattern+language+education&as_epq=&as_oq=&as_eq=&as_occt=any&as_sauthors=&as_publication=&as_ylo=2011&as_yhi=2016&btnG=&hl=en&as_sdt=1%2C5

    Choosing:
    all of the words = education
    the exact phrase = pattern language
    Returned a more manageable 4,260 results https://scholar.google.co.uk/scholar?as_q=education&as_epq=pattern+language&as_oq=&as_eq=&as_occt=any&as_sauthors=&as_publication=&as_ylo=2011&as_yhi=2016&btnG=&hl=en&as_sdt=1%2C5

    All brought up a different range of articles compared with the ARU library advanced search so this was a useful exercise.

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      • Amanda October 3, 2016 / 11:26 am

        Very useful to know thank you

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      • iantindal October 3, 2016 / 7:00 pm

        Coincidentally I just did an Epigeum course on literature reviews that is rather demeaning of using Google and Google scholar. “Engines like Google are so huge they will identify sites which will have only marginal relevance to your search. Most Search engines also do not restrict to educational or scientific websites but cover all aspects of any topic. These engines are therefore not useful when you are carrying out an academic project.” They clearly do not understand good search practice and don’t seem to understand how to search journal indexes or do a ‘find in page’ search of a particular source. As with a fair bit of Epigeum I disagree with a significant amount of their advice.

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  2. Sue October 3, 2016 / 8:31 am

    really useful

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  3. Maria Costantino October 3, 2016 / 9:33 am

    Lets hope this ‘comment’ gets there-I have entered my email ( to follow… when the ‘confirm’ page comes up, I am then constantlly given:

    404 – File or directory not found. The resource you are looking for might have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.

    I tried reentering my email– a box comes u saying I have pending ‘sub’. Not sure what;s going on but I’m using Google advanced search and checking out potential useful texts on psychogeography written since 2016-
    https://scholar.google.co.uk/scholar?as_ylo=2016&q=contemporary+psychogeography+scholarly+articles&hl=en&as_sdt=0,5&as_vis=1

    with lots of lovely links to Anglia Ruskin library too

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  4. Sri Chundu October 3, 2016 / 9:41 am

    The video links seems not working

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  5. Nicola Walshe October 3, 2016 / 10:12 am

    Searching for GIS education in the normal google search gave 1,860,000 results (https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#safe=active&q=gis+geography+education). I then did the same thing using an advance search which gave 49 results (https://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&as_q=gis+geography+education&as_epq=&as_oq=&as_eq=&as_nlo=&as_nhi=&lr=&cr=countryGB&as_qdr=y&as_sitesearch=edu&as_occt=any&safe=active&as_filetype=&as_rights=). Very helpful, thanks, and I am going to show my students in a lecture tomorrow!

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  6. Julia Marsh October 3, 2016 / 10:52 am

    Really useful, wish I had known about this last week. A search on ‘Intellectual Property’ produced over 116 million results. Using the Advanced search I got that down to 2,490 and they were immediately much more relevant. I did the advanced search very quickly, if I give it more thought I’m sure I can get an even more tightly focused list of results.

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  7. Julia Marsh October 3, 2016 / 10:56 am

    https://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&as_q=intellectual+property&as_epq=how+to+commercialise&as_oq=commercialise%2C+commercialize%2C+commercialization&as_eq=consultant&as_nlo=&as_nhi=&lr=lang_en&cr=countryGB&as_qdr=all&as_sitesearch=uk&as_occt=any&safe=images&as_filetype=&as_rights=

    So this is my second attempt to leave a reply. The instructions are really quite difficult – it is not obvious where we are meant to leave comments. Hope this is it. The tip itself was really helpful and I got much better search results (2,490 instead of 116 million).

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  8. Sam Groeber October 3, 2016 / 11:33 am

    really helpful to reduce search times and ensure you are using free images with no restrictions

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    • jasonwilliamsangliaruskin October 3, 2016 / 11:35 am

      Excellent, could you post a link to something you have found using the Advanced search, in the comments, so we can see? It’s also part of the requirement to gain your digital badge.

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  9. Nicky Milner October 3, 2016 / 11:34 am

    Thank you! This is a very useful tool , which will help save time and aims to improve the quality of the search results. I also think it will help students to focus more on their use of the internet for researching topics. I will be reinforcing the need to use advanced search options to my students.

    My results (from a very brief search on post mortem pathology case studies was 798,000 from a standard search ( https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=post+mortem+case+studies+pathology) … to…

    210 using the Advanced Search option ( https://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&as_q=post+mortem+case+studies+pathology&as_epq=&as_oq=&as_eq=&as_nlo=&as_nhi=&lr=lang_en&cr=countryGB&as_qdr=all&as_sitesearch=&as_occt=any&safe=images&as_filetype=&as_rights=%28cc_publicdomain%7Ccc_attribute%7Ccc_sharealike%7Ccc_noncommercial%7Ccc_nonderived%29 ).

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  10. Patricia October 3, 2016 / 11:42 am

    Patricia H
    Definitely learned something today. Useful to put in the filter of being able to copy and share.

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    • jasonwilliamsangliaruskin October 3, 2016 / 11:47 am

      Please post a link to something you have found using the advanced search so we can all see it – and also to meet the criteria for the digital badge.

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  11. Luke Flatman October 3, 2016 / 11:45 am

    So I’m leaving a reply here. These are very helpful tips to use when searching.

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    • jasonwilliamsangliaruskin October 3, 2016 / 11:47 am

      Please post a link to something you have found using the advanced search so we can all see it – and also to meet the criteria for the digital badge.

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    • Luke Flatman October 3, 2016 / 12:18 pm

      I see. So;
      A google search of “Expansion of the universe” provided me with 25,800,000 results.

      Adding the word “speed” into the “exact word of phrase” box dropped it to 750,000.

      Switching to UK university sites (.ac.uk) gave me 27,100

      Changing settings to only include results from the last week reduces the results to only four.

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  12. wendy finch October 3, 2016 / 12:34 pm

    Useful information – I looked quickly at images and copyright

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    • jasonwilliamsangliaruskin October 4, 2016 / 8:33 am

      Hi there, glad you like, you need to post a link into the comments to something you have found using Advanced search, in order to meet the criteria for receiving your credit? cheers.

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  13. Felicity Savage October 3, 2016 / 1:05 pm

    Found the advanced search tools really useful to narrow down refs in sugar molecules. The extra video on the use for images great and enabled me to find images to use for the introduction to the practical session on carbohydrate identification

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  14. Jane Hay October 3, 2016 / 1:32 pm

    Some good tips thanks you. With Learning Disabilities Work Experience week coming up in November, thought I’d try the Google Advance search. Whittled down resulted from 4.7million to 209K. Found the following useful link:
    http://ldwew.co.uk/employers-taking-part/
    (sorry tried turning this url into a hyperlink as others have done but couldn’t do it. I’ve clearly got lots to learn!)

    Jane

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  15. Clare Young October 3, 2016 / 1:35 pm

    My search went from 1,400,000,000 to 90 – very good way of narrowing your search.

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    • jasonwilliamsangliaruskin October 4, 2016 / 8:33 am

      Hi there, glad you like, you need to post a link into the comments to something you have found using Advanced search, in order to meet the criteria for receiving your credit? cheers.

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  16. Caroline Taplin October 3, 2016 / 1:42 pm

    Really useful – great timing especially as meeting students about the Major Project in Social Work which involves narrowing down to key texts.

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    • jasonwilliamsangliaruskin October 3, 2016 / 2:35 pm

      HI, can you post a link to something you found in the comments/reply – so we can see, and you gain your credit.

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  17. Linda Cooper October 3, 2016 / 1:46 pm

    I wasn’t aware of the ‘cog’ symbol, allowing a link to advanced search. A useful tool that would be particularly helpful for narrowing searches for academic articles in Google Scholar, when more generic magazine articles or non-refereed papers are also available to view.

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    • jasonwilliamsangliaruskin October 3, 2016 / 2:34 pm

      HI, can you post a link to something you found here in the comments/reply – so we can see, and you gain your credit.

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  18. Louise Walsh October 3, 2016 / 2:00 pm

    Very useful

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    • jasonwilliamsangliaruskin October 3, 2016 / 2:34 pm

      HI, can you post a link to something you found here in the comments/reply – so we can see, and you gain your credit.

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  19. Marcia October 3, 2016 / 2:28 pm

    I didn’t realise how easy it was to find out which department within LAIBS dealt with entrepreneurship in curricular.

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    • jasonwilliamsangliaruskin October 3, 2016 / 2:34 pm

      HI, can you post a link to something you found here in the comments/reply – so we can see, and you gain your credit.

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  20. Catherine Kerr October 3, 2016 / 2:50 pm

    I found that because the search was more closely tailored and specific that I immediately wanted to read many of the journal articles!
    Thankyou 🙂
    http://tinyurl.com/hsysobe

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  21. Konstantinos Papadopoulos October 3, 2016 / 7:18 pm

    Thanks again

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  22. Patrick Webb November 18, 2016 / 12:29 pm

    Found each day useful. small time spent learning skills advantageous with busy job

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  23. Ainslie Robinson January 3, 2017 / 6:10 am

    Just discovered this resource so I’m catching up before it starts up again in February. Today I learnt there’s such a thing as “spear phishing”! Who knew that my increased SPAM of late had a special name? Time to be even more vigilant!

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    • jasonwilliamsangliaruskin January 6, 2017 / 10:19 am

      Great to have you on board Ainslie – can you ensure that you post your answer into the blog post the activity is set please? You’ve posted this one in the welcome page. It makes it easier to find your answers and to ascertain when you have achieved your digital badge. Enjoy! and don’t hesitate to contact us if you want further information. best wishes.

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    • jasonwilliamsangliaruskin January 11, 2017 / 11:55 am

      Hi Ainslie, thanks for joining us. Can you please ensure that you enter your answers/comments in the blog posts connected to the activities? many thanks. It makes it easier to find you and to eventually award you your digital badge. Many thanks, J

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