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Special invitation to join the EASTECO cohort in the AuthorAID course
‘Getting Started with Writing and Publishing Your Research (2023)’

You are invited to join the EASTECO cohort in the upcoming AuthorAID online course ‘Getting started with writing and publishing your research’, which starts on 16 May 2023.

To be considered for a place in the EASTECO cohort, you must join the course before 30 April 2023 and complete the pre-course survey in the course. Enrolment instructions are given in the next section of this document.

This will be a massive open online course (MOOC), open to researchers around the world. AuthorAID MOOCs have been offered regularly since 2015, and one distinguishing factor of our MOOC approach is the presence of guest facilitators who respond to participants’ questions on the course forums.

As a member of EASTECO you are entitled to take advantage of EASTECO’s generous co-sponsorship of the course. You will be able to access additional learning opportunities which are not available to other participants. The course will run for 8 weeks starting on 16 May 2023 (the course schedule is available on the next page). Successful participants typically spend about 5 hours per week on the course. You can study in your own time, whenever it’s convenient for you.

Previous participants in EASTECO cohorts have reported high satisfaction with their learning experience. Some excerpts from their feedback:

“I want to thank the donors, course instructors, facilitators and all who are behind this great ini7a7ve for your 7reless effort delegated for the training of young scien7sts from developing countries. The learning materials were well designed with rich content as well as simple and clear English.”
“I just want to extend my gra7tude to INASP and all the facilitators for this opportunity to take the course. It improved not only the way I will do research from now but also the way I see the world and my career as a health care professional.”

The course is free of cost to individual participants. Those who meet the completion criteria will receive a certificate in PDF format (also free of cost), which will contain a unique verification code to prove its authenticity.

Enrolment instrutions

In order to register for the course as an EASTECO-nominated participant, it is important that you enroll by following the instructions below and complete the pre-course survey in the course before 30 April 2023. We will select participants for the EASTECO cohort in the course based on the pre-course survey responses. If you miss this deadline, you can still join the course until the course begins on 16 May 2023, but we cannot guarantee that you will be considered for the EASTECO cohort. (If you are not selected for the EASTECO cohort you will be added to one of the ‘open’ cohorts in the course.)

Step 1: Create a new account for yourself on learn@inasp (previously known as INASP Moodle) or sign into your existing account from here: h]ps://learn.inasp.info/login/index.php (if you already have an account please go to step 2).
When creating a new account you'll be asked to fill out a short form and provide your email address. You'll then get a confirmation email at your registered email address, and you have to click a link in that email to confirm your account and start using INASP Moodle. If you do not receive the confirmation email after trying to create an account, please check your junk or spam email folder.

Step 2: Once you’ve signed into your account on INASP Moodle, please visit the course information page here: https://learn.inasp.info/course/view.php?id=300

Step 3: Ignore the enrolment keys mentioned at the end of the course information page. These are only for participants joining the open version of course. You should enter the following string in the field under “enrolment key”: AA-MOOC-EASTECO

You will then be enrolled in the course. Please do not share this enrolment key with anybody else.

Note: If you have already registered for the course using one of the generic enrolment keys, please let us know as soon as possible, so we can enrol you in the correct area.

Course outline and agenda for EASTECO-sponsored participants

The EASTECO version of the course contains additional content and resources which are only available to EASTECO participants, including:

  • Live introductory session for EASTECO participants
  • Private collegiate forum for discussion and collaboration amongst EASTECO members, especially to learn from one another’s experiences of doing and communicating research in the East African context
  • Video archive library – watch previous course facilitators give their Aps and answers to frequently asked questions
  • Additional (optional) modules and activities
  • Extended course completion deadline
  • And more!




Unit 1:
Understanding previous research

Week 1:
16 to 22 May

Unit 2:
Knowing the ethics of research

Week 2:
23 to 29 May

Unit 3:
Preparing to write your research paper     

Week 3:
30 May to 5 June

Unit 4:
Writing your research paper

Week 4:
6 to 12 June

Unit 5:
Proceeding to publication

Week 5:
13 to 19 June

Additional course
'Basics of writing a grant proposal'

Weeks 6 and 7:
20 June to 3 July

*Additional optional module(s):               
To be announced


Wrap up

Week 8:
4 to 10 July

Please note that the additional modules are optional. You will receive a separate certificate of participation for each module you complete. If you choose not to participate in these activities, you can still qualify for the main course certificate by completing the main course activities as laid out in the course completion criteria (explained in the course induction resource – you can see this once you have enrolled in the course).

Next steps
If you would like to take part in the course, please enrol in the course as soon as possible by following the above instructions

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