Challenges Affecting In-library Use Data Integration in Learning Analytics Initiatives: The Greek and Spanish University Community Perspective

Sant-Geronikolou, Stavroula Challenges Affecting In-library Use Data Integration in Learning Analytics Initiatives: The Greek and Spanish University Community Perspective., 2017 [Preprint]

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PURPOSE: As Learning Analytics emergent field nowadays is seen as a way to break barriers to intra-institutional collaboration that will ultimately lead to educational deep transformational change, HE administrators and LIS researchers argue on the purpose of connecting in-library user activity data to campus wide initiatives, their relevance and potential contribution to library strategic alignment with broader institutional goals. In this realm and framed within a PhD research, this paper provides an overview of preliminary findings relevant to the exploration of the potential of Spanish and Greek Academic Libraries to becoming involved in Learning Analytics initiatives DESIGN/METHODOLOGY: Qualitative semi-structured interviews taking place at 3 Greek and 2 Spanish University libraries FINDINGS: Present paper is limited to reporting and analyzing interim findings associated with participant perceptions from an outsider’s perspective on contextual factors, namely generic current scenario pain points, potentially impacting the integration of library use data in campus-wide Learning Analytics initiatives and precedes the analysis of specific complexities involved at the time of LA-related library intervention design and implementation. RESEARCH LIMITATIONS: Study limitations associated with the relatively short amount of time spent in the interview process and the narrow range of stakeholders (namely students and librarians) chosen to participate are to large extent offset by expert input as recorded in current bibliography. ORIGINALITY/VALUE: It is the first Greek and Spanish university library study aiming to contribute to the dialogue on whether, how and when the wealth of in-library use generated knowledge could be capitalized within future context-specific Learning Analytics initiatives.

Item type: Preprint
Keywords: academic library, Learning Analytics, in-library use
Subjects: A. Theoretical and general aspects of libraries and information. > AC. Relationship of LIS with other fields .
B. Information use and sociology of information
D. Libraries as physical collections. > DD. Academic libraries.
H. Information sources, supports, channels.
L. Information technology and library technology
Depositing user: Stavroula Sant-Geronikolou
Date deposited: 24 Nov 2017 22:00
Last modified: 24 Nov 2017 22:00

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