Category Archives: Uncategorized

The tech elite is making a power-grab for public education

Ben Williamson Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are linking public education into their growing networks of activity and influence. Image by Steve Jurvetson   In the same week that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced a major move into education provision, the FBI issued a … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Genetics, big data science, and postgenomic education research

Ben Williamson A diagram visualizing the genetic variants associated with educational attainment. Image by Emily Willoughby. An international consortium of genetics researchers has established a link between genes and educational attainment from a study of over a million people. One … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Edu-business as usual—market-making in higher education

Ben Williamson The Nido Spitalfields Tower, the world’s tallest student accommodation, sits on the boundary of the  financial district of London. Image by UggBoyUggGirl The global education business Pearson has established itself as a major player in higher education around the world. With … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Comments on ClassDojo controversy

Ben Williamson The educational app ClassDojo has been the target of articles in several British newspapers. The Times reported on data privacy risks raised by the offshoring of UK student data to the US company–a story The Daily Mail re-reported. The … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

The Office for Students as the data scientist of the higher education sector

Ben Williamson Data play a huge role in British higher education. The new regulator for the sector, the Office for Students, will escalate data collection and use in HE in years to come. Improving student information and data to ‘help … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Personalized precision education and intimate data analytics

Ben Williamson The word ‘precision’ has become a synonym for the application of data to the analysis and treatment of a wide range of phenomena. ‘Precision medicine’ describes the use of detailed patient information to individualize treatment and prevention based … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Learning from psychographic personality profiling

Ben Williamson Contemporary education policy and practice is increasingly influenced by developments in data analytics. The big data analytics story of the year so far concerns the alleged ‘psychographic’ profiling techniques of data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica and its use … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments