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10 definitions of datafication (in education)

Ben Williamson What is datafication? And how does it affect education? These questions were put to me ahead of conference discussion panel recently. While writing a few notes, it quickly became apparent I needed some categories to sort out my thinking. … Continue reading

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The Nudge Unit, data science and experimental education

Ben Williamson The UK government’s Behavioural Insights Team has announced it has been experimenting with data science methods in school inspections. In partnership with the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted), it has designed machine learning algorithms to predict and rate … Continue reading

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Learning machines

Ben Williamson When educators talk about theories of learning they are normally referring to psychological conceptions of human cognition and thinking. Current trends in machine learning, data analytics, deep learning, and artificial intelligence, however, complicate human-centred psychological accounts about learning. Today’s … Continue reading

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Imaginaries and materialities of education data science

Image: The .edu Ocunet, by Tim Beckhardt Ben Williamson This is a talk I presented at the Nordic Educational Research Association conference at Aalborg University, Copenhagen, on 23 March 2017. Education is currently being reimagined for the future. In 2016, the online … Continue reading

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Algorithms in the news–why digital media literacy matters

Ben Williamson Much of our work on Code Acts in Education over the past few years has focused on the work that algorithms do (and what they are made to do and by who) in relation to learning, policy and … Continue reading

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Assembling ClassDojo

A sociotechnical survey of a public sphere platform Ben Williamson The world’s most successful educational technology is ClassDojo. Originally developed as a smartphone app for teachers to reward ‘positive behaviour’ in classrooms, it has recently extended significantly to become a … Continue reading

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Critical questions for big data in education

Ben Williamson Image: https://flic.kr/p/bnZvFX Big data has arrived in education. Educational data science, learning analytics, computer adaptive testing, assessment analytics, educational data mining, adaptive learning platforms, new cognitive systems for learning and even educational applications based on artificial intelligence are … Continue reading

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