Show simple item record

dc.contributor.advisorDaniel , Ben
dc.contributor.advisorButson, Russell
dc.contributor.advisorMallan, Vijay
dc.contributor.authorMahroeian, Hamidreza
dc.date.available2018-06-18T21:06:59Z
dc.date.copyright2018
dc.identifier.citationMahroeian, H. (2018). The Role of Analytics in Higher Education (Thesis, Doctor of Philosophy). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/8111en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/8111
dc.description.abstractHigher education institutions are increasingly accumulating a significant amount of data on students, teachers, facilities and curricula (Bichsel, 2012; Gantz & Reinsel, 2012, Siemens & Long, 2011). In the last decade, analytics has become an important area of research within the educational technology area. This research presents a current conception of analytics and its possible contribution to better support decision-making and possible challenges relating to the deployment of analytics in the higher education sector in New Zealand. Seven research-intensive public universities in New Zealand participated in a survey. Respondents were recruited from institutional senior management responsible for executing operational and strategic initiatives, as well as individuals whose portfolios are related to the management of data and analytics (n=82). The study found inconsistent understanding of the meaning of analytics across respondents. In particular, three forms of conception of analytics were identified: structural, functional and structural-functional. These kinds of conception have, to a larger extent, influenced respondents’ views on the value of analytics in shaping policy and practice. Also, respondents mentioned some challenges related to institutional uptake and implementation of analytics in higher education. These challenges were: difficulties in extracting data from multiple databases, maintaining data quality, ethical and privacy issues, and lack of professional development opportunities. In addition, surprising findings revealed that across institutions, universities in New Zealand see the potential use of analytics in such areas as student services support and institutional research administration. Respondents also saw potential in building institutional capability in analytics to manage performance. Overall, the research found that the higher education sector in New Zealand primarily views the potential use of analytics in monitoring, performance, and in the extraction of transactional data from siloed database systems that can be used to examine learning and teaching environments. Respondents widely acknowledged the potential role of analytics in supporting institutions to meet their strategic objectives. This study broadly contributed to a better understanding of the current conception and value of analytics in higher education, and in particular within the New Zealand context. Also, the current study contributes to our overall understanding of how higher education institutions engage with analytics to support various initiatives. Furthermore, the research presents the overall place regarding the use of analytics in higher education within the New Zealand context.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Otago
dc.rightsAll items in OUR Archive are provided for private study and research purposes and are protected by copyright with all rights reserved unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subjectAnalytics
dc.subjectBig Data
dc.subjectHigher Education Institutions
dc.subjectConception
dc.titleThe Role of Analytics in Higher Education
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2018-06-18T20:34:18Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
thesis.degree.disciplineHigher Education Development Centre
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
otago.interloanno
otago.openaccessAbstract Only
 Find in your library

Files in this item

FilesSizeFormatView

There are no files associated with this item.

This item is not available in full-text via OUR Archive.

If you are the author of this item, please contact us if you wish to discuss making the full text publicly available.

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record