Quality assessment and certification in open scholarly publishing and inspiration for MOOC credentialing

Ren, Xiang (2016) Quality assessment and certification in open scholarly publishing and inspiration for MOOC credentialing. In: Open learning and formal credentialing in higher education: curriculum models and institutional policies. Advances in Educational Marketing, Administration, and Leadership (AEMAL) Book Series. Information Science Reference (IGI Global), Hershey, PA. United States, pp. 245-262. ISBN 978-1-4666-8856-8


This chapter looks at the changing landscape of quality assessment and certification/credentialing in open knowledge systems by a comparative study between open publishing and open education. Despite the disruptive changes driven by open publishing in scholarly communication, it is challenging to develop widely accepted methods for quality assessment and certification. Similar challenges exist in open education platforms like the massive open online course (MOOC). This work reviews four types of innovations in open publishing in terms of quality control, namely 'light touch' peer review, post-publication assessment, social peer review, and open peer review. Synthesising the principles and strategies of these innovations, it discusses how they might be inspiring for developing solutions and models for MOOC assessment and credentialing. This chapter concludes by suggesting future research directions. It argues that the open initiatives are co-evolving with the “traditional” systems and integrating with the established models.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published Version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2016 01:39
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2017 04:03
Uncontrolled Keywords: assessment; credentialing; MOOCs; peer review; open scholarly publishing; open access; certification
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080706 Librarianship
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200102 Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8904 Media Services > 890404 Publishing and Print Services (incl. Internet Publishing)
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8856-8.ch013
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/27446

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