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Supporting Developing Country Researchers in Publishing Their Work

Worldwide research writing takes off with INASP’s biggest ever online course

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By Daniel West | June 11, 2015  | Global

INASP’s AuthorAID is currently running its largest ever online course, with 367 participants selected from over 1,200 applicants. Each of these early-career researchers – nearly half of whom are female – signed up to improve their research writing and proposal writing skills.

The course is truly global and interdisciplinary, with researchers across the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities in 38 countries, including Mozambique, Indonesia and Bolivia. This scale and diversity is a significant increase from last year's successful online course, which had 267 participants.

The free programme, which runs from 1 June to 19 July, is being offered via Moodle, an open-source platform for hosting online courses. Participants complete a number of interactive tasks covering issues such as approaching a writing project, research ethics and writing a grant proposal, and each receives a certificate for completion.

“It’s been great to see so many participants eager to sign up and improve their research writing skills. We’ve recently improved our course content to make the course as interactive and collaborative as possible,” said INASP’s Andy Nobes, who is moderating the course. The course is facilitated by Ravi Murugesan, whom you can follow on Twitter for updates on its progress. Details of INASP’s wide range of online training opportunities and resources can be found on our website.

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