Success-Enablers of Learning Analytics Adoption in Higher Education: A Quantitative Ethnographic Study

Asma Alzahrani*, Yi Shan Tsai, Vitomir Kovanović, Pedro Manuel Moreno-Marcos, Ioana Jivet, Naif Aljohani, Dragan Gašević

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This paper focuses on the area of success-enablers in learning analytics (LA) adoption from the perspective of senior managers in higher education institutions (HEIs). A significant body of academic literature exists about challenges in LA. However, to date, the success-enablers from the perspectives of institutional senior managers have received limited attention. This research aims to address this gap reporting on the findings of a study that conducted a series of semi-structure interviews with senior managers at 44 European HEIs. A detailed thematic analysis was conducted on the interviews to tease out the main success-enablers. Then, connections of different success-enablers were analyzed using epistemic network analysis (ENA). The analysis showed that the success-enablers in HEIs that had fully adopted LA depended on the involvement of high-level stakeholders, setting an embedded strategy, getting a technology support from the external partnership, or having a strategic analytical culture. The HEIs that were preparing or only partly adopted LA depended on success-enablers such as having a developing analytical culture or a delegation of expertise in LA-related activity. The findings of this study can help HEIs create strategies that can support successful adoption of LA.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Quantitative Ethnography
Subtitle of host publicationThird International Conference, ICQE 2021, Virtual Event, November 6–11, 2021, Proceedings
EditorsBarbara Wasson, Szilvia Zörgő
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-93859-8
ISBN (Print)9783030938581
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022
Event3rd International Conference on Quantitative Ethnography, ICQE 2021 - Virtual, Online, Denmark
Duration: 6 Nov 202111 Nov 2021

Publication series

SeriesCommunications in Computer and Information Science


Conference3rd International Conference on Quantitative Ethnography, ICQE 2021
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  • Adoption scope
  • Epistemic network analysis
  • Higher education
  • Learning analytics
  • Success-enablers


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