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AuthorAID offers online courses in research writing and proposal writing, which are free-to-enrol for researchers in developing countries. Our courses are hosted on INASP Moodle

Award-winning MOOCs

AuthorAID runs regular MOOCs in research writing or grant proposal writing. Since 2015 over 20,000 participants have taken our courses, with an average completion rate of almost 50%

AuthorAID MOOCs were shortlisted for the 2017 ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing

Recent recognitions:

ALPSP Innovation in Publishing - Finalists 2017

Hidden REF - Winners in 'Practices' category 2021

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Learn more about our online courses

Blog post: Creating a successful MOOC for academics in low-resource settings

ALPSP Innovation Award 2017

AuthorAID MOOCs were shortlisted for an ALPSP Award for Innovation in Publishing 2017. Read more about the project in this ALPSP interview with Andy Nobes.

eMerge Africa webinar

In August 2017 we took part in eMerge Africa's "MOOCs in African" webinar series, speaking about our experiences of running the research writing MOOCs'.

Watch the webinar recording on YouTube.

More information on our approach (journal article)

You can find out more on our approach and pedagogy in our paper  "A MOOC approach for training researchers in developing countries", published in Open Praxis.

Murugesan, Ravi; Nobes, Andy and Wild, Joanna. A MOOC approach for training researchers in developing countries [online]. Open Praxis, Vol. 9, No. 1, Jan-Mar 2017: 45-57. Read the paper online (open access)

Previous courses

Blog post: "AuthorAID MOOC participants reflect on important and inspiring takeaways from the course" (November 2017 course)

April to June 2017 course report

October to November 2016 course report

April to May 2016 course report

October to November 2015 course report

Embedding online courses in institutions

Embedding online research-writing training in Africa and Asia - a 'Learning, Reflections & Innovation' article on our experiences working with institutions in Tanzania, Ghana, Sri Lanka and Vietnam

Driving knowledge and supporting researchers through online courses - an interview with grant-winner Funmilayo Doherty, who has succesfully adapted and run two AuthorAID online courses at Yabatech University in Nigeria


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