Category: Activity Insight

Customize Your CV With Activity Insight

We’re pleased to announce that faculty can now customize CVs with Activity Insight, drawing on their data in the system to create CVs for a variety of other purposes, such as grant applications, conference proposals, award nominations and more. Faculty will continue to use university-provided reports for annual reporting, promotion and tenure and other university processes, but now they can use their activity data for a wider range of projects. Continue reading “Customize Your CV With Activity Insight”

Get Our Roadmap Story at User Group 2017

People who attend User Group tell us that they really value learning from their peers in higher education—and they love being the first to learn about what’s on the horizon at Digital Measures. This year’s attendees have several chances to get our roadmap story and learn about Activity Insight, Workflow and what’s ahead for 2018.

DM Download with Matt Bartel

Every year, Digital Measures CEO and Founder Matt Bartel shares his look at the current state of higher education and his vision for the company . He’ll discuss the opportunities that Digital Measures sees to provide universities with tools that allow you to effectively and accurately share your stories of individual and university accomplishment and impact.

Roadmap Retrospective

It’s been an exciting year of development and new releases at DM. In “Our 2017 Roadmap Story,” Product Management team lead Ella Ozier will share the new features and capabilities we’ve developed since User Group 2016, and how that impacts our colleagues Professor Harry Brown and Activity Insight Administrator Naiobi Richards at the fictional (but very relatable!) Your University. You will also meet a new Workflow Administrator at YourU.

Preview New Features

Choose one of three tracks during our DM Product Hour for a deeper dive into:

  • Reporting: How You Want It with self-service reporting tools
  • Transforming Processes With Workflow
  • Supporting AACSB’s Revised Standards

In each session, we will show you what DM has planned and you’ll have the opportunity to help us chart a course for the capabilities that will have the most impact for your university.

New This Year: Labs@DM

During breaks between sessions, visit Labs@DM and make your voice heard—you’ll have the chance to test drive new Activity Insight and Workflow features and give your feedback! (It’s fun, interactive and brief, so you won’t miss anything on the conference agenda.) Members of the Development team, Success Consultants and Technologists will also be available to talk about using these new capabilities at your institution.

It’s coming up soon, so don’t miss it! See the full agenda and register today for User Group 2017, October 8-10 in Milwaukee.

Collaboration Brings HeinOnline Citations to Activity Insight

HeinOnline logoLaw schools and library users can now import legal citations from HeinOnline into Activity Insight, thanks to a collaboration inspired by a mutual client.

Kirby Fitch, Digital Measures Product Manager, took the call and proposed a solution: exporting HeinOnline citations as BibTeX files to import into Activity Insight. “This was a great opportunity to add yet another citation source to our data imports, which include Crossref, PubMed and Scopus,” Fitch said. Continue reading “Collaboration Brings HeinOnline Citations to Activity Insight”

Digital Measures Welcomes the University of Maryland!

digital measures mug wallA new mug is joining our mug wall! We are pleased to announce that the University of Maryland (UMD) has joined the rapidly growing list of 150+ university-wide clients that leverage Activity Insight to capture and report on faculty activities and accomplishments. UMD will also implement our completely rethought Workflow Module for Activity Insight to digitize campus processes such as annual faculty evaluations and promotion and tenure. Continue reading “Digital Measures Welcomes the University of Maryland!”

3 Tips For Engaging Faculty With Activity Reporting Software

When correctly implemented, faculty activity reporting software is a win-win for faculty and university administrators alike, capturing accomplishments so they can be shared with a wide range of stakeholders, from legislators, accreditors and alumni to prospective students and faculty. The willingness of faculty to support and use this type of software is essential to success. Here are three tips for engaging faculty in the joint project of implementing a faculty activity database. Continue reading “3 Tips For Engaging Faculty With Activity Reporting Software”

A Strong User Community Supports Client Success

As consumers, we have an amazing array of user communities where we can connect with others to share best practices, success stories, pro tips, development ideas and—of course—their questions. Think Nike, with its apps for runners and other athletes, or the way Playstation facilitates interaction among users. The best tech companies do this as well, including the SAP Community Network and VMware’s support of local user groups and conferences. A strong user community supports client success: here’s how we cultivate relationships with and among Activity Insight users. Continue reading “A Strong User Community Supports Client Success”

Client Partners Inspire Workflow for Activity Insight

We recently released the new Workflow Module for managing university processes within Activity Insight. For the past year, we collaborated with more than 25 partner clients to expand our previous capabilities to make the Workflow Module even more powerful.

Activity Insight simplifies collecting information from faculty and building reports. Our Workflow Module brings the same efficiency to annual faculty reviews, promotion and tenure, sabbatical requests and more.

With easy-to-use tools, you can now make your university’s processes paperless and predictable. Materials get into the right hands—and only the right hands—at the right time, automated reminders ensure tasks are completed on schedule, and status updates empower faculty and administrators to track progress, all in one secure system. And it’s seamlessly integrated within Activity Insight so you can fully leverage your faculty’s accomplishments in the processes you digitize. You’ll never have to ask faculty to input the same information twice.

Collaboration with clients drives everything we do at Digital Measures. Thank you to our partner universities: your enthusiasm and feedback during our product development process made the evolution of our new Workflow Module possible.  

Workflow makes Activity Insight a truly one-stop shop for gathering, reporting and evaluating faculty qualifications, accomplishments and impact. We use this blog to share clients’ success, so watch in the weeks ahead for stories of improving key university processes with Workflow.

If you’d like to learn more, we’d be happy to talk with you!

1, 3, 5, 7: Laser Focus Spurs Accelerated AACSB Launches

With the difficulties of manually collecting, calculating and reporting on faculty activity data in support of Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation, many business schools decide to implement faculty activity reporting software. But given the lengthy accreditation and reporting cycle, it’s easy to let that initial urgency fade, which can delay time to value of the software and turn the next AACSB reporting deadline into another fire drill. Fortunately, by setting deadlines and prioritizing a single-focus project, implementing faculty activity reporting for AACSB accreditation can actually be a remarkably streamlined process. In gathering client insight and feedback from countless AACSB implementations, Digital Measures’ Onboarding Team began using a strategy that positions business schools to implement AACSB reporting in as little as 12 weeks. We call it the “1, 3, 5, 7 Mindset,” and it requires a laser focus, strong project team and a commitment to meeting deadlines. Here’s how an accelerated AACSB implementation works. Continue reading “1, 3, 5, 7: Laser Focus Spurs Accelerated AACSB Launches”

Faster, Easier Run Reports Menu Debuts in Activity Insight

Rollout of the new Run Reports menu for Activity Insight begins June 19. This faster, more intuitive interface received great feedback during user testing, and we’re excited to share it with you.

Benefits of the New Run Reports Menu

  1. Faster: The Run Reports menu joins the faculty-facing interfaces that have been upgraded to return information without screen refreshes. As a result, the Run Reports menu has the “app experience” of near-instant updates.
  2. Easier navigation: Rather than a drop-down list, available reports now display in a table. This simplifies the screen for faculty, who typically have between two and four available reports. Rather than navigate a list, simply click on the report name to begin.  And in response to user feedback, the Create a New Report button is now at the top right corner of the screen for better visibility.
  3. WCAG 2.0 compliant: The Run Reports menu complies with current Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, the standard for ensuring that software is accessible to people with disabilities.

Run Reports menu

If you have any questions about this new menu, visit the Resource Center or contact us—we’re happy to help!

Change Management Ensures FAR Success with Pittsburg State University

For Pittsburg State University (Pitt State) in Kansas, change management ensured buy-in and faculty activity reporting (FAR) success when the university rolled out a solution used by its Kelce College of Business to the rest of the campus. Jan Smith, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness at Pitt State, and Stacy Becker, Digital Measures Senior Engagement Consultant and Client Success Manager, presented Pitt State’s story at the recent Higher Learning Commission (HLC) conference in Chicago. The university’s success with managing faculty activity reporting also included streamlining the university’s HLC reporting. Here, Smith and Becker share Pitt State’s FAR journey; in our next post, they’ll discuss the collaboration to create HLC reports – a project which evolved to make a suite of reports available to all universities using Activity Insight in the HLC region. Continue reading “Change Management Ensures FAR Success with Pittsburg State University”