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Online Course Authorship in the Peer Review Process. Thomas Chase Director, Centre for Academic Technologies University of Regina Regina, Canada S4S 0A2. “Bah, humbug!” --the peer review committee chairperson. “I can’t get no respect” -- the online course author. Opening questions.

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online course authorship in the peer review process

Online Course Authorship in the Peer Review Process

Thomas ChaseDirector, Centre for Academic TechnologiesUniversity of ReginaRegina, Canada S4S 0A2

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“Bah, humbug!”

--the peer reviewcommitteechairperson

Online Authorship and Peer Review: Thomas Chase, University of Regina

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“I can’t get no respect”

-- the online course author

Online Authorship and Peer Review: Thomas Chase, University of Regina

opening questions
Opening questions
  • Determination of worth
  • Preparation and documentation
  • Formation of effective policy
  • “Coinage of the realm”: functioning in the academic economy

Online Authorship and Peer Review: Thomas Chase, University of Regina

academic econom ies
Academic economies
  • Homogeneity is a chimera
  • Brideshead Revisited and the “gentleman scholar”: gone are the days …
  • The impact of online teaching upon the academic economy
  • The “hypercampusing” of higher education: non-traditional student groups

Online Authorship and Peer Review: Thomas Chase, University of Regina

the humpty dumpty problem
The Humpty Dumpty problem
  • “A word means exactly what I want it to mean, nothing more and nothing less”
  • The meaning of online course
  • Minimal courses (skeletal)
  • External and internal elements
  • Maximal courses

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which is better
Which is better?
  • Minimal or maximal?
  • The phenomenon of content dependency
  • The question of level or originality
  • Online teaching blurs traditional dividing lines

Online Authorship and Peer Review: Thomas Chase, University of Regina

focusing on content
Focusing on content
  • The print/digital divide
  • Paper as the established denomination of currency
  • The elaborate mechanisms of traditional scholarly publication
  • The well-received textbook versus the research monograph

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content 2
Content(2)
  • Pixels rather than print
  • Adoption by other instructors/institutions
  • The innate conservatism of academic institutions and their denizens
  • New modes of writing
  • New modes of publication

Online Authorship and Peer Review: Thomas Chase, University of Regina

authorship paper and pixels
Authorship: paper and pixels
  • External peer review remains crucial
  • Blurring the line: modern textbooks with accompanying websites and CDs
  • Project MUSE and the future of the traditional learned journal

Online Authorship and Peer Review: Thomas Chase, University of Regina

suggestions preliminary
Suggestions: preliminary
  • Respect older modes of publication
  • Preserve external peer review
  • Reward sound academic work, whatever the medium of transmission
  • Achieve institution’s strategic goals

Online Authorship and Peer Review: Thomas Chase, University of Regina

suggestion 1 online authorship meaning needs
Suggestion 1: online authorship—meaning, needs
  • Gather statistics, internal and external
  • Know more than cost and enrolments
  • Determine development time: the example of the 500-hour course
  • Be flexible in assessment—and reward

Online Authorship and Peer Review: Thomas Chase, University of Regina

suggestion 2 external strategizing
Suggestion 2: external strategizing
  • Get out of the foxhole!—erasing the here/there binary
  • Making effective, responsible use of online materials developed elsewhere
  • MERLOT
  • Consortia such as Campus Alberta, Campus Saskatchewan

Online Authorship and Peer Review: Thomas Chase, University of Regina

suggestion 3 internal strategizing
Suggestion 3: internal strategizing
  • Institutional directions & priorities
  • Bricks and mortar  “bricks and clicks”
  • The two nodes:
    • Student-side
    • Faculty-side

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suggestion 3 continued
Suggestion 3 (continued)
  • Make value clear to faculty
  • Enhance and extend the institution’s teaching capacities
  • Integrate peer-reviewed authorship into the reward and incentive scheme
  • Emphasize areas of strength

Online Authorship and Peer Review: Thomas Chase, University of Regina

suggestion 4 overhaul the peer review process
Suggestion 4: overhaul the peer review process
  • Respect institutional context and orientation
  • Erase the paper/pixels divide
  • Standardize incentives and rewards
  • Educate peer review committees
  • Develop clear protocols for external peer review (take advantage of MERLOT!)

Online Authorship and Peer Review: Thomas Chase, University of Regina

conclusion
Conclusion
  • Assigning value: the beginning of the process
  • The changed nature of academic authorship
  • The focus on content & effectiveness rather than form or medium
  • A new currency comes into play

Online Authorship and Peer Review: Thomas Chase, University of Regina

thank you comments and enquiries welcome
Thank you!Comments and enquiries welcome …

Thomas Chase, PhDDirector

Centre for Academic Technologies

University of Regina

REGINA, Canada S4S 0A2

thomas.chase@uregina.ca

Tel. 306.337.2400/Fax 306.337.2401

Online Authorship and Peer Review: Thomas Chase, University of Regina