Activity Insight (also known as Digital Measures, DM, AI and FIAS), is a software-as-a-service application, provided by Digital Measures, used for the reporting of faculty activities. AI has proven to be an effective answer to the needs associated with conducting annual reviews (Faculty Activity Reports) and for creating promotion and tenure (P&T) dossiers. Additional benefits of the system originate from the fact that the information on faculty activities is stored in a highly structured database and, therefore, can be harvested and reformatted using user-specified criteria. As such, AI can be used to:
- Create faculty resumes, dossiers, annual reports, and fact sheets;
- Produce customized reports that can be used by a unit to describe and publicize the faculty activities of that unit;
- Produce University-wide reports using data originating from different units;
- Locate faculty expertise thus facilitating collaborations and outreach as well as enhancing the opportunities for attracting funding;
- Enhance Penn State’s capability to respond to queries from the media or legislation;
- Enable real-time integration with online faculty profile pages;
- Create many different types of accreditation reports such as AACSB, ABET, NCATE and more!
AI was first contracted in 2007, but didn’t start picking up steam until 2008. As a non-mandated reporting option, its current user base represents roughly half of the faculty across the University system, including 11 colleges, schools, and other related units and 20 non-University Park campuses. AI is currently supported through the joint efforts of Information Technology Services (ITS) Services and Solutions (SaS) and the Office of Planning and Assessment (OPA). The team members include:
- Daniel Coughlin (ITS – SaS) – AI project leader and Director of Software Development.
- Nicole Gampe (ITS – SaS) – AI University Administrator.