Digital Measures - Activity Insight
Activity Insight (AI) is a web-based information management system designed to organize, store and report on faculty teaching, research and service activities. AI provides one place for a faculty member to keep information about his/her performance current.
Main Advantages for Faculty
First, AI eliminates the need to frequently ask you for details about your teaching, research and service accomplishments in order to prepare numerous reports required by accrediting agencies, the news media and various university offices. University administrators (e.g. Chairs, Program Directors, Deans, etc) will be able to use AI to produce many of these reports.
Second, AI allows you to easily manage information about your performance and with a simple click of your mouse to produce the following reports:
- Faculty Evaluation
- Rank and Tenure Application
You can produce these reports as Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF or HTML documents.
The bottom line for everyone involved is AI will save time by reducing the burden of paperwork associated with reporting.
Completing the R&T Application Custom Report
The Faculty Evaluation and the Vita are completed by Activity Insight. However, there are a few items in the R&T Application that we cannot use Activity Insight to complete. I list those items below:
- Section A Cover page
- Section B Table of Contents
- Item 1 in Section D Teaching
- Item 3 in Section D. Teaching
- Item 6 in Section D. Teaching
- Item 1 in Section E. Scholarship
- Item 5 in Section E. Scholarship
- Sections G through M
Also, there are notations required for each scholarly work, such as “VU”, “Dis”, “Last”, Invited by Editor, and an explanation of the significance of the scholarly work by referencing quality of journal, the journal impact factor, citation data, etc. We do not collect this information in Activity Insight so the custom report will not have it.
Here is how you should proceed to use the R&T Application custom report. Once you have entered information in Activity Insight, run the Rank and Tenure Application custom report and open it in Word. You then can add the missing sections, complete the items remaining, and add the notations and additional explanations required by R&T Guidelines.
All faculty members are required to use AI. We strongly encourage you to enter your entire curriculum vitae (CV).
Because AI is easy to use, once your CV is in AI, you are expected to keep your information in AI current.
In order to save you time, we have up-loaded information from Banner to complete 32 fields on four screens in AI. Some of those fields are read-only, so if the information is incorrect, please email the correct information to Dr. Craig M. Wheeland, AVPAA (firstname.lastname@example.org). To see a list of these 32 fields, click here.
To access AI, log on to MyNOVA, and simply click on the Activity Insight link.
In order to learn the basics about AI, read the “Activity Insight Faculty/Staff Guide.”
For tips on entering information, refer to “Where Do I Enter…?” This guide presents a sampling of items faculty will enter into Activity Insight. The guide is not meant to be a comprehensive list of items. We have focused on the items most likely to generate questions about their location in Activity Insight’s screens and fields. For example, a “book review” is reported under Scholarship/Research. You look at the Publication screens under Scholarship/Research and click on Article. The “book review” is listed in the drop-down menu for the field named Contribution Type. After selecting either “book review-scholarly” or “book review non-scholarly” from the drop-down list, you then complete the other relevant fields listed on the Article screen. If you need a definition of “scholarly” then click on the “question mark” next to the Contribution Type field.
- Managing Your Activities - Video Tutorial
- Using the Pasteboard Feature - Video Tutorial
- How to Run Reports - Video Tutorial
Overview of all Screens and Running Reports
In addition to the three short videos above, you can view a 75 minute training session recorded on September 15, 2011 during which Dr. Craig Wheeland, AVPAA, reviewed how to enter data on each screen and run custom reports, such as the Faculty Evaluation. Please note that the internet connection slowed the transition from screen to screen a few times – nevertheless faculty and staff attending the session found the session helpful. Once you click on the weblink below, it should open your internet browser. You may need to install Microsoft Silverlight or Active-X (if you need to do this just follow the onscreen instructions). Also, while the video is playing, you can adjust how the video appears on your screen. Just click on the various options in the upper right hand corner (see picture below):