The rise of education rentiers : digital platforms, digital data and rents

Komljenovic, Janja (2021) The rise of education rentiers : digital platforms, digital data and rents. Learning, Media and Technology, 46 (3). pp. 320-332. ISSN 1743-9884

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The education sector is fast digitalising all of its operations. A large part is driven by proprietary digital products and services developed and offered by for-profit companies that form the education technology industry. This article aims to introduce a theoretical focus of rentiership and assetization into the study of the political economy of education technology. It discusses five potential transformations that the education sector is undergoing as a consequence of digital rentiership. These transformation address new rentee and potential rentier roles of education institutions, nestedness of digital platforms and their terms of use, a rise of contractual governance within the education sector, re-institutionalising the sector, and tensions between competition and monopoly in digital education markets. These trends are not exhaustive and represent only the start of the analysis on rentiership in education. The paper concludes with an invitation for future research.

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Learning, Media and Technology
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