Privileged Peer Review - Whose Opinion Counts?

George Siemens, Connectivism Blog, Jul 26, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

George Siemens responds to concerns that his work, including his book on connectivism, has not been peer reviewed. My own response is similar to his: peer review is not the only way of ensuring quality, and it's not even a good way of ensuring quality. It takes too long and the process is conducted in secret. And there's no reason to believe that a small group of experts can assess quality any better - and more fairly - than an open and public assessment by anyone who cares to read the item in question.
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