Distance Learning Courses

Research4Life Trainer Lenny Rhine Lenny on a training session in Nepal

Research4Life Trainer Lenny Rhine on a training session in Nepal

The Research4Life Programmes offer several distance learning courses that are available via the Moodle platform at Information Training and Research Centre for Africa (ITOCA) or the Medical Library Association (USA). These courses focus on giving Research4Life Programme users the baseline skills necessary to locate and use the resources in Hinari, AGORA, OARE and ARDI. They are comprised of a series of PDF files with accompanying ‘hands-on’ exercises. Access to the Internet and your institution’s username and password for each program is required. Upon completion, each participant receives a certificate.

On the ITOCA Moodle server, the current courses are AGORA 101, AGORA Francais, Hinari 101, Hinari Francais, Hinari Portuguese, OARE 101 and TEEAL 101. Periodically, distance learning courses are scheduled for these modules. An individuals who would like to complete one or several of the courses must be from an institution that is registered for one or more the Research4Life programmes.

If you are interested in taking a course individually or scheduling a course for a group, contact Chipo Msengezi.

On the MLA Moodle server, there are two courses: Hinari Programa de Acceso a la Investigación para la Salud and Corso Corto and the Hinari Access to Research for Health Programme: Train the Trainers course. The first course is for Spanish speaking individuals from Hinari registered institutions. Internet connection and your institution’s username and password for Hinari is required.

The second course is for individuals from institutions in developed countries who have students or visitors from eligible countries or linkages with institutions that have registered for Hinari. If you are interested in taking a course individually or scheduling a course for a group, contact

Hinari Master Trainer Online Course

The goal of the Hinari Master Trainer Course (distance learning) is to train key individuals to be able to conduct Hinari workshops. These individuals will be asked to lead these workshops in their countries and region. The course will be limited to 25 individuals who have been trained at a Hinari workshop and have demonstrated their expertise by conducting training at their home institutions and/or countries. This course is tentatively scheduled for October 2016. More information about the course and registration:

Note.- Only participants from Research4Life eligible countries can register for the course. The list of eligible countries is available at:

National Research4Life Workshops

National Research4Life workshops have been held in Asia, Latin America, Europe and Africa involving a ‘Train the trainer’ approach. Courses include presentations, lectures, group discussions, product demonstrations and hands-on practice, plus handouts available in five languages. This training is aimed at librarians, information specialists, scientists, researchers and students.

Read about one of our trainer’s experiences, Lenny Rhine, a leading example of training the trainers and our interview with Gracian Chimwaza, who in the last 13 years, has undertaken extensive ICT outreach, capacity building and research missions in many African countries focusing on library e-resources access through the Research4Life programme.

For more information on Research4Life, Contact:

If you like to contact the programmes directly, write to: