Author Archives: Ben Williamson

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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New financial actors and valuation platforms in education technology markets

Ben Williamson Prepared for the Education/Globalization/Marketization virtual workshop hosted by Malmo University, 9-10 December 2020 Investment in educational technologies has grown fast over the last ten years or so. Investors annually inject billions of dollars into edtech companies, helping fund … Continue reading

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The rise of data-intensive biology in education – a new project!

Advanced technologies that can process complex biological data have transformed the human sciences, and are now being used to conduct studies and generate new knowledge in the field of education. The Leverhulme Trust has just awarded a research project grant … Continue reading

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Higher education platforms and cloud infrastructures in the ‘dataist state’

Ben Williamson Prepared for the Centre for Global Higher Education research seminar Student learning in the midst of the pandemic: the case of the UK, 10 November 2020 Privately-owned digital platforms have become integral to societies and public life, and … Continue reading

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