Adopting Learning Analytics in Dutch Education
: What are adoption challenges and how to overcome them

  • T van Teylingen

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Educational organizations in the Netherlands only adopt (Learning) Analytics on a small scale, limited to local initiatives. In this research the focus lies on discovering the challenges of implementing Learning Analytics in the higher educational sector in the Netherlands. Within this research multiple challenges and their solutions are identified. The existing literature already showed four key challenges: Stakeholder engagement, weak pedagogical grounding, resources and ethics & privacy. To search for solutions, the domain of Business Analytics provided a different perspective. Business Analytics exists for a longer period of time and is considered more mature in comparison to Learning Analytics. The more mature state of BA provided useful insights how certain challenges were solved and what challenges lie ahead when LA matures. The findings from the semi-structured interviews confirmed the identified challenges from the literature, and provided a new challenge and some new solutions. The findings show that the Dutch Higher Education have their own unique set of challenges to overcome. These challenges and solutions differ for each educational organization within their own context. This research aims to provide an overview for all identified challenges paired with solutions to overcome adoption challenges and to utilize LA at scale within the Netherlands.
Date of Award8 Feb 2023
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorJustian Knobbout (Supervisor) & Ben Roelens (Examiner)


  • Learning Analytics
  • Adoption challenges
  • Solutions
  • Dutch Higher Education Institutions
  • Business Analytics

Master's Degree

  • Master Business Process management & IT (BPMIT)

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