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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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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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Smarter, crowdsourced, super startup schools

Ben Williamson Disruptive innovation. Bleeding edge. Scalable solutions. The Uber for X. Silicon Valley is routinely ridiculed for the language of technology entrepreneurship and startup culture it has dispersed. Yet the Silicon Valley lexicon is fast becoming part of the … Continue reading

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Coding/Learning – free e-book

The final Code Acts in Education seminar takes place on 1st October 2015 at the University of Bristol. Registration is open for the event; it is free, and funding is available to help support travel, but places are limited. To … 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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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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What do robots eat? Data diets and hungry algorithms

Ben Williamson The claim that we now live in a consumer society has become commonplace in academic research. People have become voracious consumers, but also present themselves as desirable commodities for the consumption of others. At the same time, it … 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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