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The app store for higher education

Ben Williamson A government competition aims to make choosing a degree as easy as swiping a smartphone. Image by Garry Knight App stores are among the most significant aspects of contemporary cultures. Commercial environments where consumers choose digital products, they … Continue reading

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Edu-business as usual—market-making in higher education

Ben Williamson The Nido Spitalfields Tower, the world’s tallest student accommodation, sits on the boundary of the  financial district of London. Image by UggBoyUggGirl The global education business Pearson has established itself as a major player in higher education around the world. With … Continue reading

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The Office for Students as the data scientist of the higher education sector

Ben Williamson Data play a huge role in British higher education. The new regulator for the sector, the Office for Students, will escalate data collection and use in HE in years to come. Improving student information and data to ‘help … Continue reading

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PISA for personality testing – the OECD and the psychometric science of social-emotional skills

Ben Williamson The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has published details of its new Study on Social and Emotional Skills (SSES). While the OECD has been administering international large-scale assessments on ‘cognitive skills’ and ‘competencies’ with both children … Continue reading

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Mapping the data infrastructure of market reform in higher education

Ben Williamson A new regulator for Higher Education in England came into legal existence on 1st January 2018. Announced as part of the 2017 Higher Education and Research Act (HERA), the Office for Students was controversial before even formally opening for business. The … Continue reading

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The Nudge Unit, data science and experimental education

Ben Williamson The UK government’s Behavioural Insights Team has announced it has been experimenting with data science methods in school inspections. In partnership with the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted), it has designed machine learning algorithms to predict and rate … Continue reading

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Coding for what? Lessons from computing in the curriculum

Ben Williamson [This is a talk prepared for the Pop Up Digital conference, Gothenburg, Sweden, 19 June 2017] There was a key moment in the popular American drama Homeland this year when a group of talented young computer programmers finally launched their … Continue reading

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