Computer software is interwoven with contemporary collective life. The significance of computer software, and the codes and algorithmic processes through which it is written and put into action, is particularly vivid from an educational perspective. Technically, code instructs software how to act, but as code increasingly comes to saturate our world, as an invisible presence in everyday life, it also instructs people to do things. Code acts back on us as the lessons written down in the languages of computer programming, and as an algorithmic curriculum instructing us in new ways of thinking and acting.
The Code Acts in Education ESRC-funded seminar series, led by Ben Williamson at the University of Stirling, focused on education as a specific field in which the problems associated with code are now part of an emerging public policy agenda and media debate.
Find out about the seminar series and read the e-book on the Code Acts web site.