Tag Archives: big data

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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Testing governance: the laboratory lives and methods of policy innovation labs

Ben Williamson Digital technologies and new practices of data analysis are increasingly playing a significant role in techniques of governance in sectors such as education as well as healthcare, urban management, and in government innovation and citizen engagement in government … Continue reading

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Digital education policy: big data, visualization and real-time analytics

Ben Williamson Digital technologies facilitate the generation, calculation and circulation of the data required to govern education. Seemingly objective statistical data are now being integrated into much educational policymaking, with schools and classrooms configured as ‘data platforms’ linked to vast … Continue reading

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Programmable schools? Governing education through code in the smart city

Ben Williamson I recently presented some work in progress on the idea of ‘programmable schools’ on invitation from the Programmable City research team at the National University of Ireland Maynooth. The presentation sought to investigate how education has been positioned … Continue reading

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Computing brains: neuroscience, machine intelligence and big data in the cognitive classroom

By Ben Williamson The human brain has become a major topic in education. The field of educational neuroscience, or neuroeducation, is flourishing. At the same time, a number of initiatives based in computer science departments and major technology companies are … Continue reading

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Organizing algorithms in digitally mediated education

By Ben Williamson Algorithms have become powerful devices in digitally-mediated education. Recent news reports have begun to reveal how various analytics companies are now utilizing powerful algorithmic processes in the data mining of millions of children. The learning analytics company … Continue reading

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Knowing subjects – data-driven perspectives on education

By Lyndsay Grant Jenny Ozga’s presentation at the second Code Acts in Education seminar showed how data is becoming an increasingly important actor in governing education, internationally, nationally and in schools. But what is it about data that makes it … Continue reading

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