“Data corrupting education”?

OEB_2-14_DebateAt 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!

Big Data’s potential dark side in education

THETimes 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.