In 2017, as part of an initiative of the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, Skidmore College began using a web-based activity reporting system called Digital Measures.
Digital Measures is designed to help faculty organize, track and report on their accomplishments in teaching, scholarship and research, and service. The system can be used for facilitating the preparation of materials for departmental reviews, identifying cross-disciplinary partnerships among faculty and appropriately directing funding opportunities, and demonstrating institutional capacity in grant applications. Many Skidmore faculty are also actively involved in engaging students in a variety of exciting and meaningful ways. It is increasingly important for faculty to document this important work so that it is appropriately acknowledged in annual activity reports, tenure and promotion documents, and external reports to various constituencies and accrediting bodies.
Digital Measures provides a range of reporting services to faculty, department chairs and program directors, and the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, and will be Skidmore's new system for generating the Individual Faculty Annual Summary of Activities Report due on June 30th of each year.
Logging into Digital Measures
Click here for instructions on logging into Digital Measures
Faculty User Guide (PDF)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Required Fields for Annual Summary of Activities Report (PDF)
Provides a screen-by-screen breakdown to show which data fields should be completed if they are applicable to you and you want the information included in your Annual Summary Report. Data fields circled in blue indicate which information will be automatically pulled from the Digital Measures screens to populate your Annual Summary Report.
Common Activities and Entry Locations (PDF)
Provides a list of major faculty activities and corresponding entry locations in Digital Measures
Helpful Features and Tips:
Managing Data (PDF) - Outlines actions available in Digital Measures, such as adding a new record, importing items in bulk, editing or viewing a record, deleting a record, copying a record, searching for key words on a screen, and navigating back to a previous screen.
The PasteBoard (PDF) - Describes this time-saving feature for copying text from documents to Digital Measures.
Adding a New Record (PDF) - Explains how to add a new record for each screen.
Expanding Text Boxes (PDF) - Demonstrates how to resize a text box when working in Digital Measures.
Entering Authors, Investigators, Presenters, Performers, etc. (PDF) - Details how to add yourself as an author, investigator, presenter, performer, etc., when creating a record in any of the 6 screens under the Scholarship/Research category, as well as how to add co-contributors and change contributor order.
Importing Publications (PDF) - Explains how to import publications from other databases.
Rapid Reports (PDF) - Provides instructions for how to run reports in Digital Measures, including your Annual Summary of Activities report.
Things to Remember When Working in Digital Measures:
Digital Measures runs reports based on date ranges. Therefore, it is very important that the data you enter into each screen has a date associated with it (in most cases at least a Month and Year). Otherwise the data will not be picked up by Digital Measures when running your report.
Digital Measures works best when using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as your browser.
Digital Measures does not automatically save your entries. You must click “Save” to ensure all of the information you entered is retained.
Date fields under the various screens should be completed if they are applicable to you and you want them included in your report. If you are not comfortable sharing certain information, you are not required to include it.
While most information must be entered by you, some data has already been pre-populated, such as some of the information shown under the Scheduled Teaching and Directed Student Learning screens as well as some personal and administrative information. If you find that some of this information is incorrect, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work with you to correct it.