Universities embrace faculty activity reporting (FAR) software for its many reporting capabilities, easing everything from compiling faculty accomplishments and measuring impacts to accreditation reporting and faculty reviews. But what about you, the folks who have to enter that information into the system? FAR software companies know that there should be something in it for the faculty whose activities and accomplishments comprise the system. Here are seven ways that faculty activity reporting benefits faculty. Continue reading “7 Ways Faculty Activity Reporting Benefits Faculty”
For most universities, keeping faculty activity and profiles up to date is a time-consuming data entry exercise. Reducing data entry for faculty is a strategic priority for Digital Measures, so we’re pleased to announce a new partnership with Clarivate Analytics to integrate Web of Science data into Activity Insight.
Our partnership with Web of Science marks our third data integration partnership of 2017, following Crossref and Scopus, providing our clients with access to more than 1.1 billion citations. Continue reading “Web of Science Data Integration Partnership Announced”
Making data entry easier for Activity Insight users is a strategic imperative at Digital Measures. So we’re pleased to announce a new data integration partnership with Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, including scientific journals, books and conference proceedings.
With more than 60 million records, Scopus comprises a comprehensive overview of the world’s research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Continue reading “Scopus Data Integration Partnership—More Data, Less Data Entry”
Managing users throughout the academic year is an important practice to ensure that reports from your faculty activity reporting system are always current. Make certain that your newest faculty can input their teaching, publication, research and service activities and faculty who have retired or left the institution no longer appear on your reports. We’ve outlined three best practices that can help you this this task.
1) Create and Update Users on a Schedule
The exact point during the academic year to create and update the users in your faculty activity reporting solution will vary from university to university. For example, you might schedule adding and updating users at the outset of the academic year, as well as the beginning of each quarter. Choose timing that works for your university calendar, then set a routine of managing user records at those intervals. Adhering to a user maintenance schedule ensures that your faculty activity reporting remains current, allowing accurate reporting regardless of the time of year. This is helpful for accreditation and ad hoc reporting, which may not coincide with annual reviews or promotion and tenure. Continue reading “3 Best Practices for Creating and Managing Users”
Digital Measures is on track deliver an impressive slate functionality for 2017 beginning with today’s release of two exciting new Activity Insight features, both designed to reduce manual entry of publication information for faculty. More data, less data entry! We’re planning additional releases in the coming months that will give your faculty more reasons to love Activity Insight, while helping your institution leverage our commitment that you can “capture faculty data once, use it infinitely.” Continue reading “New Activity Insight Features Deliver More Data, Less Data Entry”
At our recent User Group, two universities shared their experience using Activity Insight to streamline the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation process. This session was presented by Frederick San Mateo, Senior Business Analyst at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, and Erin Doolittle, Special Projects Manager at the College of Business & Economics in California State University, Los Angeles. Continue reading “Getting Down to Business with AACSB, with Johns Hopkins University & California State University, Los Angeles”
When Mubeena Salaam joined the University of California at Merced a year ago to administer the university’s Activity Insight instrument, she identified faculty engagement as a strategic priority. At our recent User Group, Salaam shared her efforts to drive faculty adoption—and enthusiasm—by rolling out a new feature to address one of the biggest pain points for faculty. Continue reading “Engaging Your Faculty with UC-Merced”
In this blog we’ll be recapping a session from our recent User Group, presented by Susan Van Patten, Professor and Director of Faculty Development, and Charley Cosmato, Director for Innovative Teaching and Learning, both at Radford University. The session, titled Letting the Data Tell its Own Story: What to Do When Your Category Assumptions are “Wrong,” focused on uncategorized and unstructured data in Activity Insight, and what to do with it. Continue reading “Letting the Data Tell its Own Story with Radford University”
As we mentioned in our last blog, we’re spending some time highlighting a few of the sessions from our recent User Group—an event where hundreds of Activity Insight users descended on Milwaukee to share insights and learn strategies to take back to their institutions.
In this blog we’re highlighting a session presented by Lindsay Hayes of University of South Dakota: Utilizing Additional Features in Activity Insight to Gain Faculty Buy-In. So if you weren’t able to make this year’s User Group, or you just missed this particular session, read on for a summary of the excellent information Lindsay shared. Continue reading “Utilizing Additional Features in Activity Insight to Gain Faculty Buy-In with University of South Dakota”
Launch is over. And your faculty activity reporting solution is all set-up and faculty are trained. But what about faculty who join your university moving forward? Every good implementation includes a plan to train and on-board faculty post-launch. Here are some tips to guarantee that new faculty know everything they need to know about your faculty activity reporting solution. Continue reading “3 Best Practices for Training New Faculty”