Author Archives: Ben Williamson

New biological realities in the genetics of education

The recent publication of a study of the genetics of educational attainment is once again raising questions and controversies about the potential use of biological information to inform education policy and practice. In the BioEduDataSci project, funded by the Leverhulme … Continue reading

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Google magic

Google has announced the latest in a sequence of upgrades to its popular online learning platform Google Classroom, and it’s all about injecting more artificial intelligence into schools. Classroom was popular with teachers all around the world before Covid-19, but … Continue reading

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PISA for machine learners

The common narrative of the future of education is that artificial intelligence and robotization will transform how people work, with changing labour markets requiring schools to focus on developing new skills. This version of the future is reflected in influential … Continue reading

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Counting learning losses

The idea that young people have ‘lost learning’ as a result of disruptions to their education during the Covid-19 pandemic has become accepted as common knowledge. ‘Learning loss’ is the subject of numerous large-scale studies, features prominently in the media, … Continue reading

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Nudging assets

The acquisition of the global education platform Blackboard by Anthology has brought the mundane Learning Management System back to attention. While full details of the deal remain to be seen, and it won’t be closed until the end of the … Continue reading

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New biological data and knowledge in education

Novel sources of data about the biological processes involved in learning are beginning to surface in research on education. As the sciences of the human body have been transformed by advances in computing power and data analysis, researchers have begun … Continue reading

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Breaking open the black box of edtech brokers

Mathias Decuypere and Ben Williamson A new kind of organization has appeared on the education technology landscape. Education technology ‘brokers’ are organizations that operate between the commercial edtech industry and state schools, providing guidance and evidence on edtech procurement and … Continue reading

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Valuing futures

Ben Williamson The future of education in universities is currently being reimagined by a range of organizations including businesses, technology startups, sector agencies, and financial firms. In particular, new ways of imagining the future of education are now tangled up … Continue reading

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Edtech sci-fi

Ben Williamson Before making a career out of studying education technology, I was a student of literature. As an undergraduate student of English Lit at Cardiff University, we were taught it was possible to critique the canon, analyze cultural objects … Continue reading

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Pandemic privatization and digitalization in higher education

Ben Williamson and Anna Hogan The state of emergency in higher education systems around the world during the Covid-19 pandemic has opened up the sector to an expanding range of education technologies, commercial companies, and private sector ambitions. In our … Continue reading

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