Call for Papers

The next issue of INNOQUAL is foreseen to be published in May 2014.

Our editorial board welcomes submissions on
  • INNOQUAL themes (permanent) and
  • a special issue on “Quality in MOOCs”

Methods and approches as self-assessment, peer review, user evaluations, benchmarking, standardization, and rankings have become a substantial part of formal education. In recent years, also distance and e-learning has developed a sophisticated stance to quality development with the aim of ensuring a successful experience for learners. This is to say a more or less defined type of registered sometimes fee-paying learners in programmes and courses with formulated learning outcomes. Then Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) entered the scene. Those courses are doubtlessly innovative in terms of scale and heated discussion has been led whether this is also true for their pedagogy. Academic and mainstream press covering the phenomenon is divided whether MOOCs would bring „good“ to the hundreds or thousands of participants.

This is reason enough to dedicate a INNOQUAL special issue on „Quality in MOOCs“. Which stablished elements of quality management can be applied? Or should MOOCs not become subject to quality assurance at all due to its approach to learning?

Bearing those questions in mind, we welcome papers which address the following aspects:

  • Conceptual and theoretical considerations on quality development/management for MOOCs
  • Empirical studies assessing the quality of MOOCs/large- and medium-scale evaluations of MOOCs
  • Empirical studies on learner achievements and success (e.g. by metrics or surveys) with diversified view what success constitutes for this new form of online learning
  • Emerging models for quality assessment in MOOCs


INNOQUAL furthermore welcomes practice-based submissions describing and reflecting on concrete experiences

  • of quality management and quality development of MOOCs in higher education institutions
  • of quality management and quality development of MOOCs by informal (networks of) MOOC organisers and educational start-ups
  • of quality agencies recommending MOOCs for credit

Download the Call for Papers as pdf Screenshot_CfP3


Two Manuscript Formats – Research and Practice

Format in brief Length of submission
The issue invites original research which presents an up-to-date look at these approaches through the lens of a variety of actors from different educational levels drawing an international picture of contemporary quality development. It will both present general insight into the discussion on quality and conceptual frameworks and tools for describing, comparing and adapting quality approaches in order to make TEL successful

4000-6000 words

(7-11 pages)

INNOQUAL also invites practice-based submissions in the form of practice descriptions, reflections on current practice and “stories from the field”. Details are given at Guidelines for Authors.

1000-1600 words

(2-4 pages)


Guidelines for Authors

INNOQUAL works with a recent model of scientific publication combining open discussion papers for rapid visibility of your work online encouraging scientific discourse on submitted papers and journal publication as a second step.

You will find detailed guidelines how to submit a paper here.

Key Dates for Volume 2 Issue 1 – New

Submission Deadline: 31 March 2014
Promotion of Open Discussion Papers + Commentathon: April – May 2014
Commentathon 1 EFQUEL Innovation Forum 2014
Commentathon 2-3 TBA
Review Closed: 18 May 2014
Camera-ready copy for Journal Publication: 22 June 2014
Publication INNOQUAL Volume 1 Issue 2: Mid July 2014


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Former Calls

#1 Learning for Open Innovation, Innaugural Issue: Full Text of the Call as pdf

#2 Quality: Impact, effect, validation or transformation of learning – Where do we stand today? Full Text of the Call as pdf