The African Universities’ Research Approaches Programme (AURA) sought to strengthen research and teaching practices in East Africa through a blended learning approach – mixing online and face to face interventions. AURA, a two-year programme, funded by UK AID, was implemented from November 2014 to September 2016 by the project consortium, consisting of: the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA), and Loughborough University.

The overarching aim of the programme was to address continent-wide goals to support African universities to co-create a context-specific educational framework that would: address the need for locally generated research knowledge by skilled researchers (and graduates); and support faculty to nurture strong research and information capabilities by modelling how to create research-rich, and pedagogically innovative, teaching and learning environments.

The following educational framework is available to download from IDS’ OpenDocs through a creative commons license as individual course packs:

Three research courses:

Two teaching courses:

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