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The Platform Society$
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José van Dijck, Thomas Poell, and Martijn de Waal

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190889760

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190889760.001.0001

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Education

Education

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(p.117) 6 Education
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The Platform Society
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José van

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190889760.003.0007

This chapter investigates how platformization is affecting the idea of education as a common good on both sides of the Atlantic. The growth of online educational platforms has been explosive, in both primary and higher education. Most of these educational platforms are corporately owned, propelled by algorithmic architectures and business models. They have quickly gained millions of users and are altering learning processes and teaching practices; they boost the distribution of online course material, hence impacting curriculums; they influence the administration of schools and universities; and, as some argue, they change the governance of (public) education as a whole. The chapter explores how, powered by the Big Five, these educational platforms are pushing a new concept of learning that questions values that are fundamental to publicly funded education: Bildung, a knowledge-based curriculum, autonomy for teachers, collective affordability, and education as a vehicle for socioeconomic equality.

Keywords:   education, Bildung, learning, MOOC, Coursera, AltSchool

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