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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 ...

Software, code and algorithms: Programming, automating and governing everyday life
Software, code and algorithms: Programming, automating and governing everyday life

Software, the code that it is programmed in, and the algorithms that enact it, have become incredibly powerful influences in everyday life. Such is its reach and penetration that some commentators have described the emerging conditions of a ‘software society’, one where all contemporary media have been transformed by being remediated through software; where human social communication and relations are filtered through software platforms and interfaces; and where many of the social, cultural, political and economic institutions of society – schools, universities, hospitals, airports, cities, military bases, science laboratories, businesses, retailers – depend on software for their functioning and existence (Manovich 2013).

By contrast, many ...

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