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Key skill assessment unit: information literacy
Key skill assessment unit: information literacy

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2 Sources of help

This assessment course is designed to be self-contained. However you might like to access the following sources for support and guidance if you need it. These sources include:

  • U529_1 Key skills – making a difference: This OpenLearn course is designed to complement the assessment courses. It provides detailed guidance and activities to help you work on your key skills, gives examples of key skills work from students, and helps you prepare and select work for a portfolio.

  • Your main course of study: If you are studying a course with the Open University or elsewhere which includes key skills outcomes you may get feedback from your tutor.

  • Skills workshops/training courses: You may have opportunities to attend training courses at work.

  • Skills resources: Your main course of study may recommend books, study guides and websites to help you tackle skills such as essay writing, using diagrams and graphs, or organising your learning.

  • The Good Study Guide series: offers advice and examples of good practice: Chambers, E. and A. Northedge (1997) The Arts Good Study Guide. Milton Keynes: The Open University.

    Northedge, A. (2005) The Good Study Guide. Milton Keynes: The Open University. There is a companion website to the book at

    Northedge, A. et al. (1997) The Sciences Good Study Guide. Milton Keynes: The Open University.

  • SAFARI: [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] This is an online tutorial with interactive activities that will help you to develop your information skills, including searching with electronic tools, evaluating and managing information.

  • OU library and website: From the library website you can get information and advice about skills resources and support for the key skill course in information literacy.

  • Skills for OU study: Offers online resources to help you develop skills needed for learning.

  • OpenLearn information skills courses: Arts and History; Business and Management; Education; Health and Lifestyle; IT and Computing; Mathematics and Statistics; ModernLanguages; Science and Nature; Society and Technology.