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Big Data in Education

Big Data in Education
The digital future of learning, policy and practice

First Edition

October 2017 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Big data has the power to transform education and educational research. Governments, researchers, and commercial companies are only beginning to understand the potential that big data offers in informing policy ideas, contributing to the development of new educational tools and innovative ways of conducting research.

This cutting-edge overview explores the current state-of-play, looking at big data and the related topic of computer code to examine the implications for education and schooling for today and the near future.

Key topics include:
  • The role of learning analytics and educational data science in schools
  • A critical appreciation of code, algorithms, and infrastructures
  • The rise of "cognitive classrooms," and the practical application of computational algorithms to learning environments
  • Important digital research methods issues for researchers
This is essential reading for anyone studying or working in today's education environment!

Conceptualizing digital data
Software, code and algorithms
Digital Education Governance
The Social Life of Education Data Science
The CompPsy Complex
Rewiring Brains
Making and Coding Cultures

This book treads a fine line between at times enthusiasm about the likely strong future of educational data science and the adoption of a critical perspective. 

Nick Kelly
University of Southern Queensland

With each passing year, we see ever more proclamations of the potential of technology to disrupt education. In this hugely informative and insightful book, Ben Williamson guides the reader through this rapidly changing landscape.

Mark Carrigan
Digital Sociologist and Social Media Consultant

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