Tag Archives: big data

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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Brain/code/space

Ben Williamson In a new article published in Information, Communication & Society I aim to make some sense of how machine learning algorithms and new forms of ‘brain-inspired’ computing are being imagined for use in education. In particular, the article … Continue reading

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Who owns educational theory? Pearson, big data and the ‘theory gap’

Ben Williamson Who owns big data? This is the important question posed by Evelyn Ruppert in a recent short article which details how big data are: the product of different actors and technologies involved in its generation (digital platforms, mobile … Continue reading

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Digital governance of education

Ben Williamson Image: Jorge Franganillo Over the last decade or so, researchers of education policy have focused much attention on the role of numerical data in the ways that schools, teachers, and whole education systems are governed and managed. Less … 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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Educating smart cities

Ben Williamson Computer code and digital data have become powerful influences in the social organization and governance of education. At the same time, cities are being reconceived as composed of code, driven by data, and made ‘smart’, ‘programmable’ or even … Continue reading

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