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Big Data in Education

The digital future of learning, policy and practice

By (author) Ben Williamson
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd, London, United Kingdom
Published: 21st Aug 2017
Dimensions: w 162mm h 240mm d 21mm
Weight: 445g
ISBN-10: 1473948002
ISBN-13: 9781473948006
Barcode No: 9781473948006
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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!

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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 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