Office of Learning & Organizational Development

Entering Extension Specialist’s Activity

A common activity type for faculty with Extension appointment is Educational/Outreach Presentations.  These presentations include those given directly to clientele or in-service trainings for faculty and staff.  Please refer to the Help Document for more information about this activity type and how to enter it into UGA Elements.

For questions or assistance, please contact Sunshine Jordan at suni@uga.edu or 706-542-8837.



Elements – Upcoming Changes Oct/Nov 2016

Check out some of the forthcoming additions to UGA Elements in the link below.  Many of you will be glad to see the much needed Popular Press option and adding a new publication type to capture “Instructional Materials”.  We have had to be creative in how we reported instructional materials in the past.  Once this new module is implemented you can change your reporting habits to better capture the nature of this important work.


November 2017 Training Opportunity

Correspondence from Dr. Laura Johnson on 10/11/16…

Dear College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Faculty:

Once again this year all UGA Faculty (both Tenure Track and Public Service) will be required to enter their faculty activity reporting data through the UGA Elements System https://elements.uga.edu/ and administrators will be required to use the Elements Faculty Activity Report in the annual performance evaluation process. Note: Extension Agents have a different reporting requirement and system for Faculty Activity Reporting.

The Deadline for all College of Agricultural & Environmental Science Faculty to have their Elements Faculty Activity reporting completed in preparation for performance Evaluation is Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

Many updates, upgrades, changes and modifications have been made to Elements since last year. The UGA Elements Team will provide a training for our college only on November 3, 2016. Details are below. I highly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to ask unique questions that may pertain only to CAES.

I sincerely thank Marcie Simpson and Sunshine Jordan for their help and expertise with Elements. Between the three of us, we are working to support you in this effort and carry your questions and issues forward to the Elements design team. Please keep your questions coming so that we can pass them along!


Best wishes for good reporting!

Laura Perry Johnson
Elements Administrative Liaison, CAES


An excellent opportunity is being provided by the Elements development team.  A training for CAES faculty or their designee is being held November 3.  Please note that seating space in the room is limited to the first 30 individuals.  The session will be broadcast via Zoom to accommodate the overflow and our remote campus locations.  The session will also be archived.  Plan to join in person or online on November 3 for the most comprehensive experience.

UGA Elements Training for CAES Faculty and the Designee

November 3, 2016, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Conner Hall, Room 307
Off-site via Zoom – https://zoom.us/j/416331710   For technical support, please call Zoom at 1-888-799-9666, extension 2

In this session, the following will be addressed:

  1. A brief tour of the system, demo of new features, and Support site navigation
  2. A demo of the Home page, User Profile page, and all activity modules (Publications, Teaching, Grants, Professional Activities)
  3. A demo of basic How-To’s such as:
  • Handling Home page actions
  • Updating the User Profile
  • Adding/editing records
  • Optimizing publication searches
  • Exporting a CV/ Elements Activity Summary (EAS) – deadline for Elements data entry for the next performance review cycle will be January 17, 2017.
  • Building potential research collaborations
  • Correcting data from UGA authoritative systems (ex. Address, Appointments, Degrees)
  • Q&A

Other Training Opportunities:

In addition to face-to-face school/college sessions, Julie Noelke is holding 4 sessions in Training and Development in November. The space is limited to 28 participants per session, so please schedule sessions in your schools/colleges if you have a large number of trainees.

Information about these T&D sessions will go out in early October. Here are the dates/times:

November 7, 2016
Session 1: 2:00-3:00
Session 2: 3:30-4:30

November 28, 2016
Session 1: 2:00-3:00
Session 2: 3:30-4:30


Laura Perry Johnson, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Extension
111 Conner Hall | UGA | Athens, GA 30602
706-542-3824 | 706-542-8815 FAX
lpj4h@uga.edu  | extension.uga.edu


Where do I put my radio broadcast that is not an interview?

Some have asked about where to enter a radio show that is not an radio interview.  There are several places where it might fit.  I believe the best practice is to enter this under Publications as a popular press activity and contribution type is broadcast media.

Pubs: Popular Press: Contribution type: Broadcast media

Another options is…
Pubs: Prof/Scholarly Presentations: Presentation type/other

And yet another option is…
Professional Activity Technical Assistance Or Educational/outreach presentation with Event type = public service

Elements Activity Summary – Faculty Activity Report

UGA Elements Activity Report is being referred to as Elements Activity Summary (EAS).  Instructions on how an individual faculty member can generate this report can be found at the link below.  The expectation at this time is that each faculty member generates an Elements Activity Summary in word and then updates the details.  Keep in mind significant changes should also be made in Elements so the next time you pull the summary the information is accurate.

The link below provides step by step instructions.



New Activity Types and Interface Changes (15DEC2015)

Below are the new activities and interface changes as of December 15, 2015.

My Publications

Renamed two publication types under “My Publications” to help prevent confusion:

  1. Conferences is now called “Proceedings of Conferences (published)”
  2. Professional/Scholarly presentations is now “Professional/Scholarly presentations (unpublished)

Added two new publication types:

  1. Abstract
  2. Popular Press

Streamlined manual data entry by moving less common data elements to Additional Information. Please let faculty know to look there for data fields if they appear to be missing.

My Teaching Activities

Added two teaching activities

  1. Guest lectures
  2. Student/Trainee supervision (to capture faculty work on graduate committees and other types of student supervision)

Important notes on Student/Trainee supervision

  • Migrated all appropriate FAR records to this area
  • In order to open Student/Trainee supervision, we had to turn off the Explore search feature. The hope is to be able to turn this feature back with vendor updates in the future.
  • To ensure compliance with FERPA regulations, faculty should “hide” student records in their profiles (after entering them) if they do not have written permission from their students to include this information in their Elements profile. To “hide” the record, simply click on the eye icon after you have saved it. The record will still be available for internal reporting but will not show in your profile. Records migrated from FAR are already hidden.

Projects vs Professional Presentations

Projects (e.g., applied research/instructional initiatives)
Professional/Scholarly Presentations

These two entries are very similar, especially if you do not see them together.  It would be easy to enter activities in one area when they fit better in the other.  This is why I want to present them here side by side.

For those of you who work in outreach or Extension, think of Projects as  applied research, instructional initiatives, service and outreach.

Projects – found in the Professional Activities module.  You have the opportunity to enter name, description narrative, start/end dates, co-contributors, scope, county and target audience.

Professional/Scholarly Presentations – found in the Publications module. You have the opportunity to enter title, type, presenters, date, name of event, event type, scope.

I interpret the project as the work or research that is being done.  The professional presentation is reporting results of or how the work/research was conducted.  One is the act of doing and the other is the act of reporting on.

The audience is another difference in these two activities.  Projects have an external or client based audience. Professional peer group is in the audience choice field for Professional Scholarly presentations.

Bob Scott states that a project has a long-term scholarly/research/service objective and could involve many different types of activities.  A professional/scholarly presentation is a very specific delivery method.

A few help pages to check out…

TO:  CAES faculty using UGA Elements
(This does not include County Agents)


Here are a few help pages to review.  I pulled these based on the common questions I receive.

I Did this…Where does it go? – this is an excellent quick tip page.  You can sort the page by table headings.

Add Peer-reviewed label – here is how to designate an article or other media as peer reviewed.  This is not an intuitive process.

Choose preferred record – there are often multiple versions of a publication.  Here is how to designate the one most appropriate.

All Topics is an outline view of all help documents.  This is my favorite view because it is clean, neat and comprehensive.


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