1st Edition

The New Digital Education Policy Landscape From Education Systems to Platforms

Edited By Cristóbal Cobo, Axel Rivas Copyright 2023
    238 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides a scholarly investigation of the new era we have entered, in which platforms can replace or profoundly modify educational systems, and questions the role of educational policy in this new stage of platform-based digital technology. The contributors explore important questions around who controls these transformations, what form they are taking, what the balance between national education policies and Big Tech education solutions should be, as well as whether there should be a public platform in every education system that digitally expands learning, and what evidence there is that learning will be more efficient using these platforms. The first part provides a selection of empirical studies on the new digital educational policy, and an analysis of the real opportunities and concerns that governments face in this regard, while the second offers reflections on the processes of platformization and the role of the state in this new digital world. Uniquely examining the temporal evolution of these changes and taking a theoretical, political, and epistemological approach, it crucially opens pathways for dialogical and diverse critical thinking about profound problems and possibilities. Gathering purposeful thinking that creates space for design solutions and rethinking educational systems considering these new technological artefacts, it will appeal to researchers and specialists in the fields of educational technology and educational policy.

    Cristóbal Cobo and Axel Rivas

    Part I: Global Trends of Education and Technology: Policies, Platforms, Problems, and Possibilities

    1. The platformization of primary education in the Netherlands
    Niels Kerssens and José van Dijck

    2. India’s educational sector: Path towards digital multiply
    Kashvi U. Shetty and Pranjal Mishra

    3. From the incorporation of technology into the classroom to the consolidation of a hybrid model using technology as an accelerator of pedagogies
    Miguel Brechner

    4. Education management as a platform: Challenges and opportunities for Latin American and the Caribbean
    Elena Arias Ortiz, Cecilia Giambruno, and Marcelo Perez-Alfaro

    5. Shaping the future of education through learning platforms
    Sheila Jagannathan

    Part II: Reflections: The State, the Market, and the Emerging Digital Education Platformization

    6. On making in/access together: A reimagination of ‘access’ to education platforms as a socio-material practice
    Lanze Vanermen, Joris Vlieghe, and Mathias Decuypere

    7. Platformization and the enactment of multiple economic forms: The rise of a neoliberal moral economy of education
    Emiliano Grimaldi, Stephen J. Ball and Francesca Peruzzo

    8. Labyrinths of platformization of education in the Global South (and beyond)
    Alejandro Artopoulos

    9. Promise and perils of the platformization of higher education
    Francesc Pedró

    10. The platformization of education:A framework to map the new directions of hybrid education systems Axel Rivas

    11. What is 'algorithmic education' and why do education institutions need to consolidate new capacities?
    Cristóbal Cobo and Pablo Rivera-Vargas 


    Cristóbal Cobo is a Senior Education and Technology Specialist at the World Bank.

    Axel Rivas is a Professor, Researcher, and Dean of the School of Education at the Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina.