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Reflections on the Knowledge Society

  1. Science and facts – a thing of the past?
    It sounds absurd that in the “Knowledge Society” we should struggle to defend fact-based science and research. Here we are, all that talk about evidence-based learning, learning analytics, machine learning, big data and mining techniques. All those enormously hyped expectations that this will lead us to a better understanding of learning and learners, and, hence, […]
  2. Post-truth disorientation
    Happy were the days when righteous Hollywood heroes persisted in their search for the truth despite all obstacles and deterrents. The reality is, of course, very different. We live in the post-truth era, where (true) information is declining in value and belief is everything! How can we call this phenomenon? In analogy to the “Information […]
  3. The ‘graduatisation’ of the labour market
    There maybe finally some awakening to the tsunamis of graduates that hit the labour market in recent years. The article quite reasonably sums up what is wrong with too large numbers of people going to university. Over the past twenty-five years or so, a policy of widening access has led to what the author calls […]
  4. Algorithmic accountability or black box
    There have been persistent calls for transparency and algorithmic accountability in learning analytics. Quite recently, there was a discussion at an LASI event in Denmark on that topic. There are good arguments for more transparency in developing and delivering learning analytics products. Presumably, teachers can derive better informed interventions from visualisations of learning data when […]
  5. IT architecture in the shadow of the Cloud
    Here is an interesting summary of the challenges of organisational IT architectures. While in previous (now almost prehistoric) architectures the so-called Managed Learning Environment (MLE) was built with the intent of an all-integrated systems and single sign-on architecture, nowadays, Shadow IT services are booming. A lot of learning services are run in the Cloud, including […]

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