At the 2014 Online Educa in Berlin (Europe’a largest conference on the use of technology in education and learning), Professor Mayer-Schönberger joined George Siemens to advocate in favor of data, with Ellen Wagner and Ignatia Inge deWaad taking the other side. Full of hyperbole and joking, but also serious argument the debate was great fun – and the data advocates won (somewhat expectedly) 70:30!
In November 2014, Professor Mayer-Schönberger spoke on the amazing potential of Big Data to improve the process of human learning at Huadong (East China) Normal University in front of an absolutely packed audience of over one thousand, with hundreds patiently waiting outside, and many of them lining up for autographs afterwards. He also talked about possible abuses of Big Data in the education field and warned that without proper understanding and an appropriate set of rules, Big Data might cause irreparable harm rather than improve the education system.
Karin Janker spricht in der Süddeutschen Zeitung (SZ) vom 2.Oktober 2014 mit Professor Mayer-Schönberger über Big Data und Bildung, und warum unsere Gesellschaft darauf achten muss, dass wir Big Data nicht falsch einsetzen. Im Gespräch plädiert er dafür, dass es darum geht den Prozess des Lernens zu verbessern, und nicht Big Data zum exakteren Aussieben junger Menschen zu verwenden. Das Interview wurde im Kontext der Veröffentlichung der deutschsprachigen Ausgabe von “Lernen mit Big Data”, dem neuen Buch von Professor Mayer-Schönberger und Kenneth Cukier geführt.
Professor Mayer-Schönberger and Economist journalist Kenneth Cukier have written a new book. Titled “Learning with big Data“, it looks at the role of Big Data in shaping and changing human learning, and our education system. In “Learning with Big Data” the authors detail both the enormous potential of Big Data analysis to improve human learning, and the deeply troubling dark side of possible Big Data abuse in the education field. The book, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is in the format of a so-called ebook Single (about a third of the size of a traditional book), only available as an ebook (through Kindle and other platforms), and very competitively priced at Amazon.
Times Higher Education (THE) sat down in December 2013 with Professor Mayer-Schönberger in preparation for ONLINE EDUCA 2013 in Berlin, Europe’s largest meeting of digital learning experts, to discuss the role of Big Data in education, and its potential dark sides. In the interview, Professor Mayer-Schönberger warned of probabilistic predictions being used to filter and select students rather than to improve the context in which they learn, suggesting that this would be a dystopian future for education.