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Activity Insight is an online database from vendor Digital Measures. At the Information School, we use Activity Insight for a variety of purposes:

  • Data entered in Activity Insight populates our iSchool directory pages for faculty, staff, and Ph.D. students.
  • Annual Faculty Activity Reports are generated from data entered by faculty and others into AI.
  • Faculty can generate a basic CV and easily modify the format for various purposes.
  • Faculty accomplishments can be aggregated for a variety of reports to support strategic planning, communications, accreditation, and other administrative purposes.

iSchool faculty and PhD students access their Activity Insight records from the iSchool website. The Activity Insight link is one of the items on the Tools list which opens from the upper right corner of the website. Enter your UW NetID and password to access the Main Menu of your Activity Insight records. iSchool staff and graduate assistants who work on Activity Insight records access the database in the same way.

Those faculty who are subject to merit review and must generate an annual Faculty Activity Report should update records in the following sections of the Activity Insight Main Menu:

  • Scholarship/Research
  • Service
  • Teaching
  • Miscellaneous

Use of Activity Insight at the iSchool began in late 2010 when the School was asked by Administration to produce information that included aggregated faculty accomplishments. Needing something more efficient than individual CVs, the Activity Insight online database was explored and purchased. Graduate assistants entered information from faculty CVs into spreadsheets that were uploaded into AI. Extensive data cleaning and database customization followed. The faculty merit review in March 2012 was the first to use data exported from AI as Faculty Activity Reports.


If you have any questions after reading this article or if you need any help, please don't hesitate to contact the iSchool IT Help Desk.

http://ischool.uw.edu/help
(206) 616-3086