Esther van der Stappen | Researcher | Research group Digital Smart Services

Esther van der Stappen


Esther van der Stappen studies the way technology can help improve the quality of higher education. Both IT and education have always held her interest. The practical problems that arise when these two fields of expertise meet each are what inspire her to look for solutions.

As an associate professor in the Research group Digital Ethics (DE), she heads the Digital Innovation in Education (DIO) programme line, in which research projects are conducted that deal with learning analytics, digital skills, blended learning and the design of (digital) learning environments for vocational education.

In 2008, she obtained her doctorate at Utrecht University. She has been a senior lecturer at the Institute for ICT since 2014, where she is responsible for the content of the Software Development specialisation, and at the Research group Digital Ethics, where she supervises PhD candidates, among other things.

Fields of expertise

  • Technology-enhanced learning
  • Learning analytics
  • Software development




  • Supporting Learning Analytics Adoption Evaluating the Learning Analytics Capability Model in a Real-World Setting
    • Justian Knobbout, Esther van der Stappen, Johan Versendaal, Rogier van de Wetering
    • Research group: Digital Ethics
    • Article
    • 2023
  • Value-Informed Innovation Integrating Value-Sensitive Design and Evidence-Informed Practice in education
    • Esther van der Stappen, Marlies van Steenbergen
    • Research group: Digital Ethics
    • Lecture
    • 2022
  • A Capability Model for Learning Analytics Adoption Identifying organizational capabilities from literature on big data analytics, business analytics, and learning analytics
    • Justian Knobbout, Esther van der Stappen
    • Research group: Digital Ethics
    • Article
    • 2020


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