TwentyOne Skills

GRADE eLearning Platform

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With the new eLearning platform, GRADE offers a comprehensive portfolio of online courses for Early Career Researchers. This service is provided in collaboration with TwentyOne Skills, currently the largest training platform for academic education in the German-speaking region. Integrating a digital platform for self-learning, GRADE broadens it's training program with a new format that is easily accessible and flexible to use for researchers of all career stages. Users can choose between and/or combine synchronous and asynchronous learning modes.

The eLearning courses are offered in two formats:

  • Deep-Dive courses take 2-3 hours of learning time. The topic of the course is presented in detail. This more comprehensive format is ideal for researchers who want to learn new concepts and skills independently and on their own.
  • The eLearning Nuggets focus on teaching a specific technique or method that can be applied to the user's research and/or other projects. The learning timefor this is set at about 20 minutes.

In addition to the asynchronous course portfolio, the format also considers the importance of interaction and engagement within peer groups. For this purpose, there are live events offered on the platform. Under the guidance of a trainer from the TwentyOne Skills team, participants have the opportunity to discuss the course contents, exchange ideas, and receive concrete support for the application of specific methods in their research project.


At the beginning of each quarter (January, April, July, October), a cohort of 150 participants will be admitted to the TwentyOne Skills eLearning platform. Licenses for the platform are granted on a first come first serve basis. Access to the platform is activated for 3 months at the beginning of each quarter (January-March, April-June, July-September, October-December).

You can register here at any time via the link for the respective quarter:

eLearning courses in Summer 2024

Here you can find the list of asynchronous eLearning courses available on the TwentyOne Skills platform. To register for the platform, use the links above to apply for a license for the respective period.

      Target Group
Title   Duration

NL HS   Offered
Working in Diverse Teams - Intercultural Competencies   approx. 1 h ♦  ♦  ♦  ♦  ♦  ♦    GR/TS
A Guide to Starting Your PhD    approx. 1,5 h ◊    GR/TS
Good Research Practice During Doctoral Studies    approx. 1 h  ♦    GR/TS
Good Scientific Practice: Introduction and General Principles    approx. 1,5 h  ♦   ♦    GR/TS
Forms of Plagiarism and How to Avoid Them    approx. 2 h  ♦    GR/TS
Hypotheses and How to Formulate Them    approx. 1 h  ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦    GR/TS
AI and Academia: Exploring the Opportunities and Obstacles    approx. 1,5 h ♦   ♦   ♦    GR/TS
Scientific Writing   approx. 1 h ♦  ♦  ♦  ♦   ♦ ♦    GR/TS
Communicating my Research: Basics of Science Communication    approx. 1 h  ♦   ♦  ♦    GR/TS
Engaging, Explaining and Reaching Out: Social Media Science Communication    approx. 1 h ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦  ♦    GR/TS
Creating a Social Media Presence:
Strategies for Digital Science Communication
   approx. 1 h ♦  ♦   ♦   ♦  ♦  ♦    GR/TS
Start your Social Media Presence today    approx. 15 min  ♦   ♦   ♦    GR/TS
Presentation Skills - How to Give Great Scientific Presentations     approx. 2,5 h  ♦   ♦   ♦   GR/TS
How to Communicate Successfully with the Four Ears Model     approx. 15 min  ♦   ♦    GR/TS
Decode Hidden Messages in Communication with the
Iceberg Model 
   approx. 20 min  ♦   ♦   ♦   GR/TS
Active Listening in Interpersonal Communication     approx. 30 min  ♦   ♦   ♦   GR/TS
Achieving your Desired Outcomes with the Harvard Concept of Negotiation     approx. 25 min

 ♦     GR/TS
A Guide to Empathy at Work     approx. 1,5 h

 ♦     GR/TS
Working with People: Leadership in Academia     approx. 1,5 h   GR/TS
Teampower: Support Each Other with Peer Councelling    approx. 1 h ♦  ♦  ♦  ♦  ♦  ♦     GR/TS
Project Management     approx. 1,5 h  ♦    GR/TS
Agile Skills - Agile Working in Scientific Settings -EL     approx. 2 h  ♦    GR/TS
Achieve More with SMART Goals     approx. 20 min  ♦    GR/TS
Time Management: Seven Techniques for more Efficiency     approx. 2 h  ♦    GR/TS
Be More Efficient with the Pareto Principle    approx. 15 min  ♦    GR/TS
Use Your Time Right with the Pomodoro Method    approx. 20 min  ♦    GR/TS
Build New Habits for more Efficiency    approx. 15 min  ♦    GR/TS
More Focus with the Distraction List    approx. 15 min  ♦    GR/TS
Achieve Your Goals with Vision Boards    approx. 20 min  ♦    GR/TS
Design Thinking - Experience the Process and its Vital Methods    approx. 1 h  ♦    GR/TS
Learn about Design Thinking in a Collaborative Design Sprint    approx. 1 h  ♦    GR/TS
Design Thinking - Testing Ideas through Prototyping    approx. 3 h  ♦    GR/TS
Mental Health in Academia – Strengthen your Mental Health    approx. 1 h  ♦    GR/TS
Six Tools to Support Your Personal Mental Health    approx. 1 h  ♦    GR/TS
A Short Stress Intervention for your Mental Health    approx. 15 min  ♦    GR/TS
Eight Ways to be more Resilient in Academia    approx. 1 h  ♦    GR/TS
Quicker Decisions with the Eisenhower Matrix   approx. 15 min ♦  ♦  ♦   ♦  ♦  ♦    GR/TS
Cognitive Bias: How to Make Better Decisions   approx. 1,5 h  ♦    GR/TS
Stop Procrastinating with the Eat-the-Frog Technique   approx. 20 min  ♦    GR/TS
How to Overcome Your Fear of Failure   approx. 20 min  ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦    GR/TS 
My Academic Journey: Tools for Career Planning   approx. 1,5 h  ♦    GR/TS
All about a Career in Science:
Paths, Requirements, and Application Processes
  approx. 1,5 h  ♦    GR/TS
Career Options in Research Management   approx. 1,5 h  ♦    GR/TS
All about a Career Outside Science: Pathways into Non-Scientific Work   approx. 1,5 h  ♦    GR/TS

Level of scientific research

Elementary courses for beginner doctoral candidates (1st/2nd year)
Training for Advanced doctoral candidates
Training for Postdocs
Training for Senior Postdocs

Area of scientific research


Natural and Life sciences
Humanities and Social sciences

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