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Pandemic privatization and digitalization in higher education

Ben Williamson and Anna Hogan The state of emergency in higher education systems around the world during the Covid-19 pandemic has opened up the sector to an expanding range of education technologies, commercial companies, and private sector ambitions. In our … Continue reading

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Higher education platforms and cloud infrastructures in the ‘dataist state’

Ben Williamson Prepared for the Centre for Global Higher Education research seminar Student learning in the midst of the pandemic: the case of the UK, 10 November 2020 Privately-owned digital platforms have become integral to societies and public life, and … Continue reading

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Datafication and automation in higher education during and after the Covid-19 crisis

Ben Williamson Notes for a talk at the online webinar ‘Going Online During and After the Pandemic’ on 6 May 2020. Thanks to Mariya Ivancheva and Brian Garvey for the invitation.  Over the last five years or so, data analytics … Continue reading

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Fast psycho-policy & the datafication of social-emotional learning

Ben Williamson [Paper prepared for the Annual Ethnography Symposium, University of Manchester, 30 August-1 September 2017, with the full title ‘The infrastructure of fast psycho-policy: psychological governance & the datafication of social-emotional learning’] Mojo is a small, green alien student with … Continue reading

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Code capitals–following #edtechuk

Ben Williamson Silicon Valley companies, venture capital investors and ‘edupreneurs’ have been behind the recent proliferation of ‘startup schools’ in America, and now the financial, technical and political capital of London is now being positioned as the global centre for … 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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Digital knowledge infrastructures in education

Richard Edwards In the book A Vast Machine, Paul Edwards refers to knowledge infrastructures as the “robust networks of people, artifacts, and institutions that generate, share and maintain specific knowledge about the human and natural worlds”. In another report, knowledge … Continue reading

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