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This is not a live AuthorAID course. This space is meant only for reference. It contains the materials that are part of the AuthorAID online course in research writing and proposal writing.

Why join this programme?

Thousands of researchers from all over the world have benefited from the AuthorAID Research Writing in the Sciences online course, which has been run by INASP and our partner institutions across the Global South. This toolkit programme has been developed to help you run this course by yourself at your institution without any support from INASP!

What did previous participants say about the programme?

  • "The programme was full of knowledge on facilitator and supervisor's role. I gained a lot of new things. It has paved the way for me to conduct training on proposal and research writing skills to students at our university."
  • "I learnt how to evaluate my institution readiness to offer professional online courses and how to contextualise the [AuthorAID Research Writing in the Sciences] course."
  • "[The programme] was seamlessly designed, the language was easy to follow, and the content was not too heavy."
Who is this programme for?

This programme is for two audiences:

  1. Potential course supervisors : Research administrators with a remit or responsibility to build the research communication skills of academics at their institution
  2. Potential course facilitators : Experienced researchers with a good publication record and a strong interest in helping their colleagues or students become successful research authors

You can choose whether to work through the toolkit on the ‘supervisor track’, ‘facilitator track’, or both. In the ideal case, an institution would be represented by at least one potential supervisor and at least one potential facilitator.

What will you learn?

To effectively run our AuthorAID course requires institutional teamwork. Therefore, it is best to consider the learning outcomes for the two key roles jointly.

On completion of the toolkit programme, the course supervisor and facilitator will be able to:

  • Evaluate the appropriateness of the AuthorAID Research Writing in the Sciences online course for their institution
  • Supervise the work of a technical administrator, including setting up the course on a Moodle site
  • Make a detailed plan to run the course at their institution
  • Provide effective course facilitation covering pedagogical, social, technical and managerial needs
  • Evaluate the outcomes of the course after its conclusion
More information

Length of programme

3 units to be completed over 4 weeks

Expected time commitment

3 to 4 hours on each unit

Learning resources and activities

Lessons with embedded questions, videos of INASP partners sharing experiences, problem-solving activities; written assignments; knowledge-sharing and forum activities

Course completion criteria

Going through the lessons, completing the assignments and other activities


Yes, awarded upon meeting the course completion criteria

High bandwidth internet connection required?

Preferable - to watch the videos embedded in the content. However, transcripts of videos are also provided.

Any deadlines?

Yes - for the writing activities

Next start date

13 November 2018

How to enrol

Enrolment is now open!

If you are not logged in to INASP Moodle, (1) click the 'Login' link on the top right hand corner of this page to create a new account or to use your existing account to log in; (2) come back to this enrolment page, that is, the page you are reading right now. Bookmark this page in your browser to come back to it quickly.

Once you are logged in to INASP Moodle, you will see a button titled 'Enrol me' below. Click this button to join the programme.