User Group is THE place to take your faculty activity reporting to the next level. Now in its sixth year, at our signature event you'll connect with our amazing user community, meet our DMers, pick up cool swag and most importantly leave with actionable insights. Whether you’re a new user or an old pro there’s something for everyone.

Milwaukee, WI
200+ Attendees
130+ Universities
  • User Group has given me a real roadmap for what I need to do, so I can go back and leverage Activity Insight in a more effective way than I had been previously.

    Brandon Shields, Kent State University
  • User Group is awesome, a lot of fun and very interactive. The different options for breakout sessions have been insightful, the food's great, so I'm just having a really good time.

    Jeff Keneaster, California Baptist University

Arne Duncan

Former U.S. Secretary of Education

We’re so excited to welcome back this year’s keynote speaker, Arne Duncan! The former U.S. Secretary of Education joined us at last year’s User Group for a candid conversation with Matt Bartel, President of Digital Measures by Watermark, about his friendship and experience working with President Barack Obama and the need to improve the lives of young adults.

To add to the conversation this year, Duncan will draw from his just-released book, How Schools Work, an exposé of the education system and countless everyday heroes in teachers, principals, reformers, presidents, etc. that inspire us.

Duncan is currently a senior fellow at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, a board member for Communities in Schools, Managing Partner of Emerson Collective, a social impact organization and heads up Chicago CRED, dedicated to ending the gun-violence in Chicago.

In an exclusive discussion for User Group attendees, Duncan will provide his outlook on higher education and the Routes to Success we should be taking to help youth today.

The User Group block at The Pfister Hotel is now closed. Below are some options, close to The Pfister. Note that there is not a special rate at these properties. If you have trouble finding a room, contact usergroup@digitalmeasures.com.

Other lodging options near The Pfister include:

Milwaukee Marriott Downtown
Phone: (414) 278-5999

Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Downtown
Phone: (414) 271-6611

InterContinental Milwaukee
Phone: (414) 276-8686

The Pfister Hotel

The venue for User Group 2018 is The Pfister Hotel.

Built in 1893, The Pfister Hotel has been a Milwaukee hotel icon for over a century. As one of the Midwest’s premier luxury hotels, it continues to celebrate a grand tradition of gracious service and impeccable style. From the moment you arrive you’ll notice the extraordinary architecture inside and out, with a welcoming ambiance from staff and fellow guests alike. Learn more about The Pfister Hotel by visiting their website.

 
The Pfister

DM UNIVERSITY LIVE

New for 2018! Take a look at our expanded training offerings to help you take your Activity Insight skills to the next level.

Space is limited for each course for optimal learning environment, so save your seat early. Choose your course and register today!

Activity Insight Essentials

NEW THIS YEAR! Join us for a half day and master the Activity Insight essentials. Learn about accessing our beta environment and its benefits, manual data entry and importing publications, along with other reporting and user and security basics. Plus, gain training on our new Self-Service Reporting (SSR) tools, to take back to campus. Becoming an Activity Insight “power user” will ensure you and your colleagues are getting the most out of the system. Please note, there are no prerequisites nor an assessment with this course option.

Who should attend?

Heavy system users, who are not administrators. Roles may include, but are not limited to, faculty trainers, support staff, faculty champions, backup administrators, “limited” administrators, chairs, dean- and provost-level titles.

Activity Insight Administrator Certification

This full-day course dives into all Activity Insight’s administrative tools. From creating, updating and managing records and user accounts to building and running reports, we will cover it all. If you are the current administrator for your institution, will be transitioning into that role or are part of your administrative “working group” this course is for you!

Already have your certification—which isn’t expiring this year? Consider our new advanced certification course option.

Who should attend?

Administrators looking to receive Activity Insight certification for the first time or those with a certification about to expire (certified in or prior to 2016).

Activity Insight Advanced Certification

NEW THIS YEAR! You already have your certification and are familiar with using the system, so now what? This all-new advanced certification course option is here to help you take your skills to the next level. Topics will include database design best practices, web services basics, improving key performance indicators and a deep dive on self-service reporting. Invest in this day-long training and leave feeling confident and equipped to drive change on your campus with your Activity Insight knowledge.

Who should attend?

Any administrator with a current* Activity Insight certification.

*Current certifications were received in or after 2017.

Not sure if your certification is current or which course is right for you? Email usergroup@digitalmeasures.com with your questions and we’ll point you in the right direction.

Choose one of the following tickets to begin your Route to Success! Please note, training course options include your General Admission ticket to Monday and Tuesday's User Group sessions.

General Admission - $749

This registration includes all User Group sessions and meals held on Monday and Tuesday, October 8-9, 2018, including Sunday and Monday evening events.

Activity Insight Essentials - $949

NEW THIS YEAR! Join us for a half day and master the Activity Insight essentials.
Learn more ►

Activity Insight Administrator Certification - $1,049

If you are the current administrator for your institution, will be transitioning into that role or are part of your administrative “working group” this course is for you!
Learn more ►

Activity Insight Advanced Certification - $1,049

NEW THIS YEAR! You already have your certification and are familiar with using the system, so now what? This all-new advanced certification course option is here to help you take your skills to the next level.
Learn more ►

Refund Policy: Refunds will be available until September 7, 2018, based on the registration amount paid. After that time, we will not be able to guarantee a refund for your registration.

Invest in one of our new training options before the conference officially kicks off!

Activity Insight Administrator Certification

Learn more...

This full-day course dives into all Activity Insight’s administrative tools. From creating, updating and managing records and user accounts to building and running reports, we will cover it all. If you are the current administrator for your institution, will be transitioning into that role or are part of your administrative “working group” this course is for you!

Already have your certification—which isn’t expiring this year? Consider our new advanced certification course option.

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9:00am-4:30pm

Activity Insight Advanced Certification

Learn more...

NEW THIS YEAR! You already have your certification and are familiar with using the system, so now what? This all-new advanced certification course option is here to help you take your skills to the next level. Topics will include database design best practices, web services basics, improving key performance indicators and a deep dive on self-service and full-service reporting. Invest in this day-long training and leave feeling confident and equipped to drive change on your campus with your Activity Insight knowledge.

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9:00am-4:30pm

Activity Insight Essentials

Learn more...

NEW THIS YEAR! Master the Activity Insight essentials. Learn about accessing our beta environment and its benefits, manual data entry and importing publications, along with other reporting and user and security basics. Plus, gain training on our new Self-Service Reporting (SSR) tools, to take back to campus. Becoming an Activity Insight “power user” will ensure you and your colleagues are getting the most out of the system. Please note, there are no prerequisites nor an assessment with this course option.

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1:00pm-4:30pm

Welcome Reception

User Group officially kicks off with a welcome reception at our Milwaukee home office! Join us for food & drinks to meet our team and network with your colleagues. Transportation to/from The Pfister will be provided.

6:30pm

Check-in and Breakfast

8:00am - 9:00am

Conference begins

9:00am

DM Download

Matt Bartel, President,
Digital Measures by Watermark

Kevin Michielsen, Chief Executive Officer, Watermark
9:00am - 9:45am

Keynote Conversation

Arne Duncan, Former U.S. Secretary of Education 9:45am - 10:30am

Morning Break

10:30am - 11:00am

Mastering Faculty Buy-In

Panel

Always a favorite takeaway from User Group: championing faculty buy-in. You'll hear ideas and strategies for buy-in along with pitfalls of different approaches. Go back to campus with concepts to implement this Fall!

11:00am - 11:45am

Best Kept Secrets to Better Data Quality

Purdue University Global

Purdue University Global's Center for Teaching and Learning offers help with reporting and data imports to save time and encourage participation in professional development events. Read more...Leave this session with techniques to easily prepare reports, from start to finish, and use the data import feature to streamline data entry and quality for faculty. Show less

11:00am - 11:45am

Going Global: Our Data Journey on Reporting Public Engagement

University of Minnesota

Reporting on engagement at a local, national and international level is a priority at University of Minnesota. Read more...Learn how developing an effective, standardized method for faculty to capture these key accomplishments involved cross-team collaboration and resulted in a way to answer critical questions often asked by campus stakeholders. Show less

11:45am - 12:30pm

Ready, Set, Launch: Workflow for Faculty Reviews

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Communication, troubleshooting and incentives are what made up the 100% submittal rate of UTRGV's pilot program of Workflow. Read more...With unique templates and a special committee of college representatives to help, hear how these key processes played a part in the Fall 2018 university-wide implementation. Show less

11:45am - 12:30pm

Networking Lunch

12:30pm - 1:45pm

More Value, Less Work

Digital Measures by Watermark Product Team

Be the first to hear our vision of what's next for Digital Measures by Watermark in the coming year. Leave this session more excited than ever about the ability for you and your faculty to do more with less effort.

1:45pm - 2:30pm

Afternoon Break

3:15pm - 3:30pm

AACSB + Measuring Impact

Panel

Reporting on impact is a hot topic amongst AACSB schools, hear how two schools are approaching it. Take notes and ask your questions to bring back to your campus.

3:30pm - 4:15pm

The Value of a Project Sponsor

Panel

An active and visible sponsor is one of the most significant routes to success in any change initiative. Read more...Come hear from Digital Measures by Watermark sponsors to learn what is important to them and why they wanted to be involved in the initial implementation and beyond. Show less

3:30pm - 4:15pm

Peer2Peer Roundtables

NEW THIS YEAR! Enjoy refreshments and bounce ideas off your colleagues at tables moderated by experts. Read more...Bring your thoughts, problems, templates—whether they represent a burning question or a solution you've found and want to share. Topics to be announced soon! Show less

4:15pm - 5:15pm

Breakfast Buffet

8:00am - 9:00am

Conference begins

9:00am

Routes to Client Success

Meghan Lemerond, Director of Client Success, Digital Measures by Watermark

Megan Sullivan, Professional Services Team Lead, Digital Measures by Watermark

Where we've been and where we're going. We made changes to the Client Success organization this year, focused on ensuring you get the most value from Digital Measures by Watermark products. Read more...Hear about the evolution of Client Success at Digital Measures and what our inclusion in the Watermark family means for you moving forward. Show less

9:00am - 9:30am

2018 Trends Report

Liz McMillen, The Chronicle of Higher Education

In a fast-changing and ever-evolving higher education landscape, it can be a fraught process to predict what’s next for college campuses. Read more...In this session, the top editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education will discuss the publication’s 2018 Trends Report, outlining key shifts in higher education to help college and university leaders assess what’s happening on their own campus and chart a course for taking action. Show less

9:30am - 10:15am

Morning Break

10:15am - 10:45am

New Product Initiatives

Attend one of our sessions to preview new products and understand how they will help your university achieve more in 2019.

10:45am - 11:30am

Blood, Sweat & Tears of Joy: Mapping and Cleaning Data at a Multi-Campus Public University

Washington State University

When migrating from a home-grown system to system-wide use of Digital Measures by Watermark, Washington State University wanted to ensure their data quality was up to par. Read more...Mapping data for 22 screens from five source systems, led to major campus benefits including improved business processes and future plans. Show less

11:30am - 12:15pm

Our business expansion plan using Digital Measures by Watermark beyond AACSB

Purdue University Northwest

While Digital Measures by Watermark is widely used for business school accreditation, Purdue University Northwest took it a step further, utilizing the system for additional reporting needs for their College of Business. Read more...Practice makes perfect as overall processes and data quality are perfected with continued expanded use of the system. Show less

11:30am - 12:15pm

Lunch & Conference Awards

12:15pm - 1:30pm

Sustainable Development Goals: Facilitating Metrics for Societal Impact of Research

Kent State University

As business schools face pressures to demonstrate the value of faculty research in addressing societal problems, Kent State saw an opportunity. Read more...Digital Measures by Watermark is a powerful tool in collecting, analyzing and reporting faculty's contributions to further insights on research issues related to the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Don't miss how to map faculty research, demonstrate impact and create innovative reports for key stakeholders. Show less

1:30pm - 2:15pm

Considerations for your Adjunct Faculty & Reporting

Panel

Adjunct faculty are increasingly growing - what's the best way to add them to Digital Measures? This panel will discuss various approaches and customization practices.

1:30pm - 2:15pm

Expanding your library repository with Digital Measures by Watermark Data

Indiana University

One of Indiana University's goals for their Digital Measures by Watermark implementation was supporting their Open Access Policy. Read more...This involved customizing the system to facilitate the integration of publication data from faculty annual reports into to the Libraries institutional repositories. Learn about how they accomplished the automated sharing of faculty-authored research. Show less

2:15pm - 3:00pm

Promote to the Remote: Driving Faculty Ownership at an Online University

Walden University

Walden University, an online school with over 50,000 students and 3,000 faculty worldwide simultaneously launched Digital Measures by Watermark to all five colleges. Read more...The key to their success? A solid messaging & communication plan in lieu of face to face and word of mouth strategies. Learn strategies and examples to model after this successful launch. Show less

2:15pm - 3:00pm

True Confessions of Implementing Web Profiles

Panel

Thinking about implementing web profiles on your campus? Listen to clients share their experiences and the benefits it brings to the university.

2:15pm - 3:00pm

Afternoon Break

3:00pm - 3:15pm

Managing Change on Campus

Scott Oakes, University Strategy Consultant, Digital Measures by Watermark

Change can be hard, especially on campus. But careful planning and a process for effectively managing change can make things easier for all stakeholders and increase your odds of success. Read more... In this session hear examples of successful change management tactics from higher education and learn about a proven method for managing individual change as the foundation for creating organizational change. Show less

3:15pm - 4:00pm

FIVE PROVEN STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESSFUL PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Megan Sullivan, Professional Services Team Lead, Digital Measures by Watermark

Using examples from universities like yours, we will walk you through five key strategies for making your next project a success. Read more... You’ll learn why each is mission critical—and how to get them right! Plus, see what professional services options are available for your campus for your next Digital Measures project. Show less

3:15pm - 4:00pm

Conference Close

4:00pm

The conference itself takes place at The Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Monday and Tuesday, October 8 and 9. To book your room at The Pfister, visit the Location tab.

We want you to get the most out of Activity Insight. Our goal with User Group is to connect fellow users, your peers, to hear their stories on how they’re using the system to inspire you with new ideas to bring back to your campus. By attending you’re also the first to know what’s in store for Digital Measures in the coming year. Plus, we definitely do more than provide great content—it’s also a lot of fun!

Yes! Our call for proposals is now open. We invite you to share your experiences, lessons learned and successes around implementing and expanding Activity Insight on your campus. Please send us your suggested topic by Friday, June 8.

There is! DM University LIVE is new this year with three offerings available based on what you're looking to accomplish. Learn more on the Training tab.

Attendees typically wear business casual clothing at all User Group functions. Wisconsin weather in October can be unpredictable at times, but the average temperature ranges between 46 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit, and all planned events are indoor. Meeting rooms can be chilly, so we encourage you to bring layers to stay comfortable.

On Sunday night we will host a Welcome Reception at our new office space, located in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward. Heavy appetizers will be served. On Monday evening, we will hold an off-site event that includes dinner. We will provide transportation each night to/from The Pfister.

Yes! If you are joining us for either of Sunday’s full-day certification courses, lunch will be provided. On Monday and Tuesday, we will provide breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack at The Pfister Hotel. See above for the evening meals provided.

While not required, we strongly encourage bringing your laptop to allow for participation in hands-on sessions scheduled throughout the conference.

If flying into Milwaukee, you can easily get to The Pfister a variety of ways:

  • Uber/Lyft: These popular rideshare companies are now operating in Milwaukee. Request a ride through their respective apps to secure a fare rate.
  • Taxis: The average fare from the airport to downtown Milwaukee is $25, one-way. There is a cab stand available at the airport. Cab companies operating locally are Yellow Cab (414-271-1800) and American United Taxi (414-220-5000).
  • Airport Shuttle: GO Riteway provides shared shuttle service between the airport and downtown Milwaukee. The average one-way fare is approximately $15.

The Guru Lounge is open throughout most of the conference and allows you to sit down with one of our Success Consultants or Developers to discuss topics of your choosing on a walk-up basis. If you would like to meet one-on-one with your Success Consultant, please contact him/her via email prior to User Group to set up an appointment.

Life gets busy, we understand! To cancel your registration, use your confirmation email to log into Eventbrite and cancel your registration.

Your refund will be determined by your cancellation date. Find details about our cancellation policy on the Fees tab of the event page. If you initially paid via credit card, you can expect to see a refund within 3-5 business days. If you initially paid via Check, it may take up to 1-2 weeks to receive a refund check.

Absolutely! This document will help you make the case for attending our User Group meeting. Let us know if you need additional information when completing.

Milwaukee is a vibrant city with a rich history. The Pfister Hotel is centrally located, making all attractions a short walk or cab ride away. If you, or your guest, has spare time, here are a few of our local favorites:

  • Milwaukee Art Museum
  • Harley Davidson Museum
  • Pabst Mansion
  • Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory
  • Miller Park
  • Lakefront Brewery Tour
  • Great Lakes Distillery Tour
  • Potawatomi Hotel & Casino




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