The Trend of Education Technology Usage and Its Social Impacts
Hybrid event
Technology is often portrayed as the future of education, promising personalised teaching, objective assessment, and equal access. Yet, education technology (EdTech) providers are overwhelmingly for-profit businesses and not institutions with education as their core mandate.
Using data scraping methods, this study builds the first-ever EdTech usage index that quantifies how much EdTech is being used, and how it has developed over the past few years. Further, applying qualitative text analysis, the study unpacks how education technology companies describe their products, justify their approaches to anticipate how technology may transform education as a public service.


This seminar is part of the Department of Social Policy and Intervention Trinity Term Seminar Series.
Booking required for people outside of the Department of Social Policy and Intervention (DSPI). DSPI Members do not need to register.
Date: 8 June 2023, 16:00 (Thursday, 7th week, Trinity 2023)
Venue: 32-42 Wellington Square (Barnett House), 32-42 Wellington Square OX1 2ER
Venue Details: In-person and online
Speaker: Dr Lulu Shi (Oxford Internet Institute and Department of Education Oxford)
Organising department: Department of Social Policy and Intervention
Organiser: Dr Tim Vlandas (University of Oxford)
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Part of: DSPI Trinity Term Seminar Series 2023
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Audience: Public
Editors: Daisy Mallabar, Teagan Phillips