Tag Archives: data

Psychological surveillance and psycho-informatics in the classroom

Ben Williamson Psychology has long played a role in education by providing the expert knowledge and survey instruments required to monitor students’ attitudes, dispositions and habits of mind. Today, though, psychology is coming to play an increasingly prevalent role in … 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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Performing data

‘Performance information’ in the Scottish Government national improvement plan for education Ben Williamson At the end of June 2016 the Scottish Government published a major national delivery plan for improving Scottish education over the next few years. Drafted in response … 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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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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Intimate analytics

Ben Williamson In April 2016 the Education Endowment Foundation launched the Families of Schools Database, a searchable database that allows any school in England to be compared with statistically-similar institutions. At about the same time, the Learning Analytics and Knowledge … 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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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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