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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 ...

The CompPsy complex: Non-cognitive learning, psychological enhancement and behaviour change
The CompPsy complex: Non-cognitive learning, psychological enhancement and behaviour change

Is it possible to data-mine the embodied, behavioural and emotional aspects of learning? In the science-fiction novel The Red Men by Matthew de Abaitua (2007), a wealthy commercial organization named the Monad undertakes to construct a detailed simulation of a British town by training its artificial intelligence system with data about its environment and inhabitants. Through a massive and detailed data mining of the intimate personal details, emotional lives and behaviours of each of its inhabitants, the Monad aspires to create the ultimate simulated focus group, a testbed on which new government policies can be run to predict and model their outcomes in real-time. ...

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