Walkthough guide 5thEdition

Research4Life MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on:
Global Access to Research in Health, Food and Agriculture,
Environment, Innovation and Law - Research4Life
26 April – 28 May 2021
Walk-through Guide
The Research4Life MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is coordinated by the Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA).
Research4Life is a public-private partnership of WHO, FAO, UNEP, WIPO, ILO, Cornell and Yale Universities, the International Association of STM
Publishers. It is the collective name for five programmes – Hinari, AGORA, OARE, ARDI and GOALI – that provide developing countries with free or
low-cost access to academic and professional peer reviewed content online.
The course area is reserved only for registered users and you can access it with your credentials (username and password), which have been sent
to you in the acceptance email.
Navigation Block and the Central area
Navigation panel allows you to move between
the units and sub-sections. Main course area
has the welcome section which appears in
every unit on top of the page. In the central
area, you see the course structure, grouped in
units. Each unit is activated on the “available
from” date as indicated in the example on the
left of your screen. As the units get activated,
they will appear in the navigation block, under
the current course.
Course Calendar and Upcoming Events
The calendar helps you to keep track
of upcoming due dates, events (e.g.
activation of lessons, assessments
and tests, tutorials, webinars). Click
on the darker colour cells to see
more details about them. An example
of a monthly view is shown in the
images. You can follow the event on
the “upcoming events” block. It will
show the dates of each unit starts,
exam dates, and other upcoming
events organized in the course (e.g.,
online tutorial times, live webinars,
assignment). If you click on the “go
to calendar”, it will give you a
calendar view by month. Simply
choose the month in the “Monthly
view” block to see the full month
Timing of the Events and Using Time Converter
All the events in the course are offered in Central Africa
Time (CAT) zone. You can take Pretoria (South Africa) as a
comparison to your local time. To find out when the
course event is at your local time, we recommend you to
use a time converter.
An example of local times in Addis Ababa and Accra
against Pretoria at 11:00 CAT is given in the figure below.
Simply go to the site (one of the many available time
converter web services), type Pretoria and the time, then
add your city into the box to see it.
Updating Your Profile on the Course Page
You may want to update your email address, country, and/or add a profile photo to your course profile. To update your
profile, please follow these steps: In the navigation block, click on my profile>view profile>edit profile. Then change or add
any information in the form on the prompted page. Then click on “update profile” button at the bottom of the page.
Icons Used on the Course Page
Course lessons in PDF format. These text documents are short, low-size, therefore,
easily downloaded and read offline at your own pace, anytime, anywhere. The
lessons contain reference material for your own research
Forum – an online space where you meet your facilitators and other course
participants. Here you have an opportunity for sharing ideas and discussing
various aspects of your studies
Tutorial rooms are dedicated to real-time question answering and live chats about
course topics and other issues with your tutors
Webinar sessions are real- time events offered at least once a week. They go indepth on a specific course topic interacting with a presenter and/or other
participants in a more engaging way
Suggested videos
Quick quizzes to test your knowledge about the topics in each Module and Course
Optional exercises
How to Contact Participants and Course Facilitators?
In the participant list, you can select any person, including the facilitator/s
and send a message to them.
For general queries, please email us at: [email protected]
Enjoy your learning!