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AuthorAID's Academic Writing Skills Self-Study Course

By Maisie Northing | June 12, 2024  | Research writing Online courses

Did you know, that apart from Massive Open Online Courses, AuthorAID also provides a variety of freely accessible self-study courses on the learn@inasp platform? ‘Self-study’ means you can undertake the course at your own pace, study at the times you want to, and that the course is not facilitated. This enables you to fit your learning around your schedule. You can enrol in any our self-study courses at any time.

Today we introduce you to AuthorAID’s Academic Writing Skills Self-Study Course.

AuthorAID graphic - red background and all text in white. The AuthorAID logo is at the bottom, and a white straight border surrounds all the text. The text reads "Did you know AuthorAID has lots of self-study courses? Enrol in our Academic Writing Skills course now! Learn about constructing an argument for sections of your paper, identifying plagiarism, applying plain English language principles to your writing, and more!

Who is this course for?

Are you…

  1. An early career researcher?
  2. Someone who has a paper they are currently working on?
  3. Someone who doesn’t have a current paper, but has access to an unpublished or rejected paper?
  4. Somone who might be thinking about writing a report, briefing, or blog about their research?

If so, our Academic Writing Skills course is for you!

Read on for key information about the course. We hope to see you enrol soon!


What is this course about?

This course covers various writing challenges that are commonly faced when writing a paper. This self-study course comprises of four learning resources, called books:

  • Book 1: Building your argument
  • Book 2: Plagiarism and paraphrasing
  • Book 3: Writing in plain English
  • Book 4: General writing tips


What are the learning outcomes of the course?

By the time you have finished the course, you should be able to:

  • construct an argument for sections of your paper
  • identify plagiarism
  • apply paraphrasing techniques to strengthen your argument
  • apply plain English language principles to make your writing more active
  • identify your ideal writing environment
  • make use of external resources to continue your learning at your own pace


What will the course not cover?

This course does not focus on:

  • Grammar
  • Using tenses and punctuation

However, the course includes a list of external resources, which includes some excellent and free links that cover the above bulletpoints.


Around how much time will this course take?

Learners on the course should set aside at least 6 hours to complete it. We recommend that you complete the course within 2 weeks of starting.Example certificate for completing the course. The INASP logo and 'research and knowledge at the heart of development' is at the top right, in blue font. The certificate reads 'Certificate of Completion', next line, blurred out name of completer, 'has met the completion criteria for the self-study tutorial Academic Writing Skills'. The next line is the date, and below are the 6 learning outcomes, the average study time of 6 hours, and then text that the tutorial is offered by INASP, and how to verify the authenticity of the certificate.


What are the completion criteria?

To complete the course and receive a certificate showing your completion, you need to:

  • Complete the pre-course survey
  • Go through all the learning resources
  • Pass the check-your-understanding quiz (unlimited attempts are allowed on the quiz)
  • Complete the feedback survey


How do I enrol?

You can enrol – at any time – for the course here.

If you don’t already have a learn@inasp account, you will need to register and create an account. Once you are logged in, you can enrol in the course.

Completing the course – ensuring you have fulfilled the completion criteria – will mean you receive an exciting downloadable certificate. You could share it on your LinkedIn – or other social media – profile, and tag @AuthorAID!


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