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Summer School Programme


ADA Online Summer School 2021
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The three week long Online Doctoral School aims to offer high impact research design and methodology training, as well as options in academic preparedness and career development. The Schools are open to doctoral candidates (current and prospective), their supervisors and researchers in general. 

Members of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) can now apply for CPD points of 30 per week, and a maximum of 30 per school.

Preparatory Session: 13 - 15 January 2021

Please note that the course below takes place as full days from Wednesday to Friday.

1 - Fundamentals of research design and methods​ (new) Waiting list forming
​​An accessible introduction to quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research.​​​

- Prof Tim Guetterman (University of Michigan, USA & Stellenbosch Univer​sity) ​|Read more​|​ 

Week 1: 18 - 22 January 2021

Please note that each course below takes place from Monday to Friday each week: You can only attend one course per week, as they take place at the same time.

2 - Scientific Communication: Article writing and giving presentations​
​For researchers in all fields that want to communicate their scientific research in an effective way across a range of channels, including online presentations.​​​ 
- Prof John Creemers (​KU Leuven, Belgium​) and Ms Vicky Davis (Media)​|Read more​|​ 

​​3 - Introduction to Quantitative research design and methodology​
Introduction and learning session on Quantitative research design and methods in Social and Health Sciences, and Education. 

- Prof Tim Guetterman (Ann Arbour at the University of Michigan, USA & Stellenbosch University)​|Read more​​|​

​​4 - ​Introduction to Qualitative research design and methodology
Learn about Qualitative design and implementation. Examples from Social and Health sciences, and Education.  
- Prof Wayne Babchuk (University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA), with Ms Deb Skinstad (Stellenbosch University)|Read more​|​ 

5 - Preparing for your PhD: Considerations and planning your research project
A roadmap for your Doctorate from conception to graduation. For new and aspiring PhDs across all disciplines.​​
- Dr Layla Cassim (Layla Cassim ERS Consultants) & Dr Nicoline Herman (Stellenbosch University) *Prescribed Toolkit: R400|Read more​​|​  

Week 2: 25 - 29 January 2021

Please note that each course below takes place from Monday to Friday each week: You can only attend one course per week, as they take place at the same time.

6 - Advanced qualitative research design and methodology
Delegates are expected to have an understanding of Qualitative research, and we recommend attending the introductory course in Week 1, and delegates are requested to bring their research for comment during class. 
- ​Prof Wayne Babchuk (University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA) with Ms Deb Skinstad (Stellenbosch University)|Read more​|​ 

7 - The Productive PhD​​
How to be more producti​ve in your research project, how to progress through visual (design) thinking and becoming 'unstuck'.​​
- Prof Sebastian Kernbach (University of St. Gallen)|Read more​|​ 

8 - The Quantitative PhD: From philosophy to study design, data analysis and reporting (new)
For delegates undertaking a quantitative PhD in the natural, health, engineering and related fields learning more about the methods, including novel quantitative approaches.
- Prof Catherine Comiskey (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland) |Read more​|​ 
9 - Mixed Methods in research design
A practical and applied introduction to designing and implementing mixed methods research in social, health, and educational sciences. ​
- Prof Tim Guetterman (Ann Arbour at the University of Michigan, USA & Stellenbosch University)|Read more​|​  ​​​

Please note this seminar is free to all delegates registered for an ADA Summer School 2021 course.
Monday 1 February 2021
Creating an academic vision and the habits that make it a reality
The purpose of this interactive 3-hour seminar is to provide a step-by-step workshop that helps participants develop an academic vision and identify key habitual practices that will result in this vision transforming into a reality.  The seminar takes place from 5 - 8 pm, after the day's classes have finished.​
- Prof Sarah Tracy (Arizona State University, USA​) |Read more​|​ ​​​

​​Week 3: 01 - 05 February 2021 (Short-form courses)
Please note that each course below are full day courses.

Monday 1 February 2021
10 - Good research practice: Research ethics, data quality, implementation and beyond Waiting list forming
For researchers applying for ethical clearance; ensuring research integrity and quality of data.
- Prof Catherine Comiskey (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland​) |Read more​|​ ​​

​Tuesday 2 - Wednesday 3 February 2021
11 - Applying scenario planning as a research method and thinking tool (new)
Explore the basics of futures thinking and learn how to apply scenario planning to imagine different long-term possibilities, and to think about various options and outcomes related to your research area.

- Dr Njeri Mwagiru and Doris Viljoen​ (Institute for Futures Research, Stellenbosch University) |Read more​|​ 

Tuesday 2 - Wednesday 3 February 2021 
 12 - Academic writing for publications: An introduction (new) Waiting list forming
The purpose of this interactive two day course is to provide delegates with practical guidance on how to write with discipline when writing empirical and non-empirical manuscripts, thereby increasing the readability and publishability of works.
- Prof Anthony (Tony) Onwuegbuzie (University of Cambridge, University of Johannesburg & University of South Africa​) |Read ​​more​|​ 

Thursday 4 February 2021
13 - The Systematic review Waiting list forming​​
A guide to creating a research question and using research databases.  
- Dr Lara Skelly (Stellenbosch University) |Read more​|​ 

Friday 5 February 2021
14 - Introduction to implementation science: Understanding the implementation of practices or policies (new)
Quantitative Research skills and techniques, using surveys and data analysis from survey research. 
- Prof Catherine Comiskey (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland) |Read more​|​  

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​Early Bird
​Standard Rate
per week long course
*+R400 for toolkit for course 5
SU Staff and students retain this price 
ends 16 November 2020
per week long course
*+R400 for toolkit for course 5
SU Staff and students retain this price 
ends ​​6 January 2021


Some courses are charged differently from the general rates.
Preparatory Session (13 - 15 January)​​
Fundamentals of research design and methods

​One day courses (01 - 05 February)​​

Good research practice|Systematic Review|Implementation Science

per each one day course​
*can take more than one course
​​Two day courses (02 - 03 February)​​

Scenario planning|Academic Writing

per each two day course​
*can only take one of the two day courses as they overlap

​For courses with prescribed textbooks (marked with an asterisk), additional charges as indicated will be added to the registration fee.

Additional information

  • Last day for early bird payment: 16 November 2020
  • Last day for standard rate payment: 6 January 2021
  • SU staff and students paying by OE code/student account, retain the Early Bird price until bookings close
Course specific information is available on the Workshop Information page. ​

Included in th​e cost:

  • ​T​he fee per week includes the workshop tuition and class materials, certification and courier fees.


  • All workshops are taught in English, and live sessions take place online on Microsoft Teams​


  • Open - the course is open for booking and there are open spaces available. 
  • Waiting List - a waiting list is forming, but we're waiting on payment for the courses from delegates. Please register if you would like to attend and we will place your name on the list.
  • Closed - the course has a long waiting list and we have closed bookings.

The ADA reserves the right to cancel a course if the minimum attendance figures are not reached. If a delegate has already paid, we will refund them fully, or offer them the opportunity to attend another course of their choice, where possible. 


  • The last day for withdrawal from the ADA's Online Summer School is 23 November 2020 - applicants will receive a 80% refund up until this date and thereafter a 50% refund until 16 December 2020. After 16 Dec​ember 2020 there will be a 100% cancellation fee applied unless someone else can take your place.
  • No refund will be paid if attendance is cancelled after 16 December 2020.
  • The ADA reserves the right to cancel a course up to 23 November 2020.​