Digital Measures solutions manage information for higher education, making it more powerful and simplifying processes. UNO has tailored the flagship solution, Activity Insight, for our specific needs, taking our information - and our campus - to the next level.
2017 Digital Measures Annual Review Updates
To assist faculty with entering data and generating annual reports within Digital Measures (DM), the DM team has been working with faculty, along with associate/assistant deans and chairs/directors on how to continuously improve this process for faculty. The following is an update of work completed to assist faculty with annual reviews.
Category Updates – There were a few categories within DM where the drop-down list went on and on, and in frustration, many faculty picked OTHER. OTHER is a dangerous category in a database when it comes to reporting data. A great deal of time has been spent consolidating two category drop-downs: Publications and Artistic Performances/Exhibitions. These changes were made with input from sources within colleges. Once changes were finalized, a DM team member reclassified the items within DM to match the updated options.
MavGrants – Last year MavGrants external grants were imported into DM. This year MavGrants imports will include both external and internal grants. Another step was to match the drop-down fields in MavGrants into DM. The last push of data from MavGrants into DM will occur by January 19th. Next year the Digital Measures team will be working on connecting the two systems to have nightly updates.
Publications Import - DM makes importing publications easy by connecting to third party databases. Currently, DM is compatible with PubMed, Web of Science, and Crossref. If you use a citation management system such as Zotero, Refworks, or Google Scholar to track your publications, you can export citations from that tool in BibTex file format, and import them directly into DM. For additional information on using citation import option click here.
Annual Review Reports – Last year every college and the library started using a unique annual report allowing each college to customize annual reviews. This year the DM team continued to work with the colleges on refining their annual review reports. These revisions will continue until these reports accurately reflect the faculty work during an annual review period. Your feedback is important for continuous improvement.
Additional Data added to DM – The following data have been added for a better record of activity within DM:
- Imported five years of Scheduled Teaching for both UNO and UNL faculty
- ACE data have been added as far back as Fall 2014
- ACE Workload Difficulty item questions have been added to the ACE summary table.
- Office of Institutional Effectiveness, during the summer of 2017, changed the criteria for releasing ACE results to faculty on small course enrollments. It is now a minimum of three respondents. (i.e. enough to calculate an average).
Global Engagement – The DM team has been working with the committees focusing on global engagement and the internationalization of the curriculum to better set up the DM environment for faculty to track this important work. This work is ongoing. Talk with your C/D to decide where best to put global engagement activities into DM for the upcoming annual review. Watch for updates in the coming year.
Digital Measures: Activity Insight
Activity Insight allows faculty to track teaching, research and service activities. It also allows for the easy generation of annual activity reports, reappointment, promotion and tenure reviews, accreditation, reports to external constituents, and more.
Annual faculty reviews and RPT are simplified by entering data once so vital information is easily accessible and ready to use again and again. Having the information in one place also enables UNO to demonstrate our campus' community engagement and research activities. Don't let your accomplishments fall through the cracks. By showcasing our faculty's great achievements, UNO will gain more value and prestige.
When state legislators, accreditors, regents or other campus administrators inquire about faculty activity in a particular area, UNO can quickly respond because all faculty information is stored and ready to report.
For a general video tutorial of the system, you can also visit: http://www.digitalmeasures.com/activity_insight/flash_demo.html
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