Monthly Archives: April 2013

Publishers for Development updates and hold the dates!
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Interest in Publishers for Development (PfD) continues to grow amongst our publishing partners and the wider community. Face-to-face networking is such an important part of our work so we have just posted information about our 2013 conference which will be held in Charles Darwin House, London on October 15th. This year the title we’ve chosen is ‘Forward Thinking: Developing a global research cycle which fully engages south and north‘ we are still finalizing the conference programme but it will have the following themes: The changing landscape of availability (revisited) Southern publishing: why we need to ensure its sustainability Publishers for Development in Action – Awareness, Access and Use What we measure matters… but what we measure isn’t all that matters Advocacy is everything

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AuthorAID in Sri Lanka: Workshop and annual meeting
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Last month I was in Colombo, Sri Lanka, to facilitate a train-the-trainers workshop on teaching research writing online. I think that has to be the narrowest topic I’ve ever taught! But the workshop turned out to be more than that. Towards the end of 2012, I facilitated two online courses in research writing over AuthorAID Moodle, our e-learning platform. These courses were taken by nearly 70 researchers from about 20 developing countries. The high completion rate (~85%) and participation (~300 forum posts in each course) assured us that online courses can work in our context.

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