Speakers

Through edtech, control over education is being handed to some of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful technology entrepreneurs, who want data, algorithms and AI to determine the future of learning itself. Should we let them take control of the classroom, or can we use edtech differently to shape positive futures for young people?

These are the words of Dr Ben Williamson, the author and Senior Researcher at the University of Edinburgh. His research traces the connections between educational policy, digital technologies, and practices in schools and universities, and he will be one of the speakers on KnowHow EdTech 2019.

Williamson is the author of Big Data in Education: The digital future of learning, policy and practice (Sage, 2017) and over 30 research articles and chapters. Recent topics of Ben’s research include data analytics, algorithmic decision-making, coding in schools, behavioural apps, and the development of performance metrics in the schools and HE sectors.

He is especially interested in examining how digital technologies and data are brought into education policy and practice through the involvement of policy networks of government agencies, think tanks, consultancies, policy labs and software companies. His current projects focus on ‘intimate data analytics’ such as wearable technologies, and on the ‘data infrastructures of higher education’ that are required for performance measurement of universities.

Ben is a Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, maintains a public research blog at https://codeactsineducation.wordpress.com/, and on Twitter he is @BenPatrickWill.

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