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The mutating metric machinery of higher education

Ben Williamson Higher education increasingly depends on complex data systems to process and visualize performance metrics. Image by Dennis van Zuijlekom Contemporary culture is increasingly defined by metrics. Measures of quantitative assessment, evaluation, performance, and comparison infuse public services, commercial … 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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Programmable pedagogies of policy learning

Ben Williamson Recently, the growing global field of policy innovation labs, open policy making, and government labs has made ‘policy learning’ a key concern of government. A number of methodological toolkits to enable policymakers, civil servants and lab staff to … 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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The laboratory life of innovation labs

Ben Williamson New ‘labs’ for public, social, government and policy innovation have proliferated widely in recent years. Many of them seek to apply new technological solutions to identified problems. To date, though, little research has traced the ‘laboratory life’ inside … Continue reading

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Educational data, digital policy instruments and policy labs

Ben Williamson The production and use of data in educational policy is a contentious issue. In recent years, massive international organizations such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and national governments alike have become key producers and … Continue reading

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Abstracting Learning Analytics

By Jeremy Knox In his presentation at the second Code Acts seminar, Simon Buckingham-Shum raised important critical questions about Learning Analytics. Significantly, Learning Analytics was suggested to necessarily embody a ‘world view’, one that is already approximated by the algorithms … Continue reading

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