Platformisation of education

Commercial platforms are increasingly integrated in the Dutch education sector. What does this mean for education as a public good? The Special Interest Group Platformisation of education studies how digitisation affects core values of educational practices.

Educational platform technologies (EdTech) have deeply penetrated the organisation of Dutch primary, secondary and higher education. Seventy percent of primary school students, for example, now work with Google Chromebooks and Google Classroom. However, we have little or no idea what this embrace of private platforms — fueled by data, automated through algorithms, organised by interfaces, and driven by commercial business models — means for education as a public good, driven by public values.

Responsible design and use

This project studies the platformisation of primary, secondary and higher education, and aims to:

(1) foster a better understanding of how digitisation affects core values on which educational practices, policy, legislation and government oversight is based, such as autonomy, equality, and meaningful human interaction.

(2) support a responsible design and use of EdTech.

Expert meetings

To achieve these aims, we will be organising a series of expert meetings with researchers from various disciplines (e.g. Media studies, Education and pedagogy, Educational law, Computer science, Ethics) and professionals working at public sector organisations involved in Dutch education.

Principal researcher