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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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Super-fast education policy fantasies

Ben Williamson Image by CSCW In recent years the pace of education policy has begun to pick up speed. As new kinds of policy influencers such as international organizations, businesses, consultancies and think tanks have entered into educational debates and … Continue reading

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Artificial intelligence, cognitive systems and biosocial spaces of education

By Ben Williamson Image: telephone cable model of corpus callosum by Brewbooks Recently, new ideas about ‘artificial intelligence’ and ‘cognitive computing systems’ in education have been advanced by major computing and educational businesses. How might these ideas and the technical … Continue reading

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Educating Silicon Valley

Ben Williamson Image credit: Steve Jurvetson A reality TV show in the UK has documented what school life is like in different geographical parts of the country. Starting in 2011 with Educating Essex, the format has since included Educating Yorkshire, … Continue reading

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Education and the big data imaginary

Ben Williamson Big data and ‘smarter’ software systems are beginning to impact on education, particularly within the schools sector. In a paper prepared for the Big Data–Social Data conference at the University of Warwick, I have sought to trace the … Continue reading

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The digital methods and imagination of innovation labs

Ben Williamson Innovation labs have become a key focus for research emerging from the Code Acts in Education project. These labs are organizations that are becoming increasingly influential in the ways that problems in the public sector, such as in … Continue reading

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Anatomizing the body, emotions and brain of the data-child

Ben Williamson There is currently growing concern about the data mining of children, and particularly with the collection and calculation of children’s educational data through new kinds of learning analytics, real-time assessment and data visualization techniques. These techniques construct the … Continue reading

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