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Experts Directory: Activity Type Definitions

This page lists all activity types available in Experts Directory:

Using an accurate activity type will improve reporting across the university. If you have an activity and you're not sure where to put it, you may prefer the What Goes Where? search.

Scholarly & Creative Work Types


Journal articles

Academic articles published in a journal


Abstracts / Conference proceedings

Published abstracts or proceedings of a conference presentation



Published books


Book chapters

Contributions published in a book or collection


Book reviews

Published reviews of a book written by another author



Published datasets

Extension publications

Fact sheets and other publications produced by the OSU Extension. These are added to Experts automatically and cannot be edited. Please submit any publications missing from your profile via the Open Research Oklahoma (ORO) submission form.


Published figures


Internet publications

Works published online that do not fit into an existing category such as journal article, video/audio/media, interview, etc



A print or online newsletter.



Encyclopedia entries and other publications that do not fit into another category



Published patents


Pedagogical material

Teaching curricula and other published teaching materials


Popular press

Published works in newspapers, magazines, or other non-academic or non-scholarly media



Posters presented at scholarly/professional meeting/conference



Articles accepted for publication but not yet published and/or reviewed. Preprints imported through connected databases will be linked to later-published journal articles also automatically imported.


Presentations given at conferences, meetings and to extension groups



Published reports, including extension publications published institutions other than Oklahoma State. Note: OSU fact sheets and other extension publications are automatically imported into Experts Directory as Extension Publications. Please submit missing publications via the SHAREOK submission form.


Software / Code

Published programs, applications, code


Theses / Dissertations

Authored, not supervised, theses or dissertations


Videos, podcasts, interactive digital works and other media creations

Working papers

Preliminary scientific papers

Professional Activity Types


Administrative efforts

Service as an administrator with a formal administrative assignment (Heads, Deans, Directors, Chairs, Clinical administrators, Co-administrators and Coordinators)



Awards, distinctions received


Clinical service

Clinical services in various settings, such as health center, veterinary clinic, pharmaceutical consultation, psychology clinic


Community engagement activities

Community engagement activities that do not fit into another type



Advisory or consulting services to outside group/agency/government/company


Editorial activities

Editorship for a journal, book series, popular press over an extended period


Employee supervision

Supervision of non-student employees (staff) as part of professional duties


Event administration

Administration of an event as organizer, coordinator, chair, committee member


Event judging

Event judging or refereeing


Event participation

Participation in an event, without an administrative role


Expert witness

Expert testimony at trial, agency review, etc



Fellowship awarded


Gift & fund development

Participation in donor fundraising activity


Institution / Program reviews

Assessment, review, accreditation of a department, program, or an entire institution



Interviews given or conducted


Marketing / Public relations activities

Design/creation of materials for marketing and/or public relations


Memberships: Board

Membership on a board (advisory, executive, etc)


Memberships: Committee

Committee participation (department to international)


Memberships: Professional organization

Memberships in professional organizations


Mentoring: Professional (non-student)

Mentorship of non-student professional



Partnerships established with organizations and businesses

Peer Review: Conferences

Service as a reviewer or referee for a conference or conference prospectus

Peer Review: Curricula

Service as a reviewer or referee for a curriculum or curriculum proposal


Peer Review: Grant proposals

Service on a review panel, study section, advisory group to evaluate grant proposals


Peer Review: Journals

Service as a reviewer/referee of submissions to a journal/periodical


Peer Review: Manuscripts (non-journal)

Service as a reviewer/referee of submissions for a manuscript that is not a journal or periodical


Professional development

Participation in an activity for the purpose of your own professional development



Participation in an applied research or instructional activity not covered by another type. Also useful for linking multiple related activities and publications.


Promotion / Tenure assessments

Review and assessment of faculty for promotion/tenure


Public offices held

Elected or appointed public office


Teaching Activity Types


Courses taught

Courses taught at OSU and recorded in Banner. These are entered automatically and cannot be edited. Here is a brief explanation of the course data, which is directly imported from Banner at the end of each semester:

  • Course code: unique identification number for the course section with the leading numbers indicating the term (i.e. 2 or 3 indicates spring, 4 summer, and 6 or 7 indicates fall semester).
  • Course term: the semester or term when the course was offered.
  • Course title: the title of the course as indicated in the class schedule.
  • Course description: the description of the course content as indicated in the class schedule.
  • Start date: the start date for the class in the course term.
  • End date: the end date for the class in the course term.
  • Primary instructor: the instructor of record.
  • Co-instructors: additional instructors in team-taught courses who are also listed in Banner.
  • Credit hours: the number of credit hours offered for the course.
  • Number of students: the total number of students enrolled in the class section.
  • Institution: the institution within the Oklahoma A&M system where the course was taught.
  • Campus code: the institution or campus within the A&M system where the course was taught.
  • Academic Session: the part of term which indicates if a full 16-week or short course.
  • Schedule Type: indicates the type of course as independent study, lab, lecture, etc.
  • Instructional Method: indicates whether course delivery method was traditional, hybrid, or online.
  • Course term code: the semester or term in which the course was held, beginning with the calendar year and followed by the term (20-spring; 40-summer; 60-fall), for example, courses taught in fall 2020 have the term code 202060.
  • Course number: the identification number for the course as it appears in the course catalog.
  • Course level: identifies the course as undergraduate, graduate, etc.
  • Course subject: the subject of the course as listed in the course catalog.
  • Attributes: if this course meets specific general education or program requirements they are listed here.
  • Teaching Contribution Percentage: the teaching load percentile allocated to each instructor as recorded in Banner.


Development of new course / training

Newly developed or extensively revised courses, in-services, trainings, guest lectures, or workshops.


Development of new instructional materials

Newly developed or extensively revised teaching materials for an existing course or training.


Development of new programs

Academic programs developed


Non-OSU courses taught

Courses taught at other institutions other than OSU.


Other teaching / trainings

Courses, in-services, trainings, guest lectures, and workshops taught, but not recorded in Banner.


Student / Resident supervision

Thesis, dissertation and other graduate student committee activities. Advising or mentorship of students, residents, post-docs and student groups.


Grant Types



All grants and awards processed by Oklahoma State Grants & Contracts Financial Administration (GCFA) are automatically entered into Experts Directory.


Proposed or unfunded grants

Grants that have been proposed but not (yet) awarded and if awarded, would be processed by OSU Grants & Contracts Financial Administration (GCFA). Only funded grants are entered into Experts Directory automatically from GCFA.


Other funding

Any grants that do not fit into the two types above, including the following: Grants or other funds awarded by departments, colleges or other entities at Oklahoma State University that are not processed by Grants & Contracts Financial Administration (GCFA). Grants processed by GCFA that were completed before 2017. Grants received prior to employment at OSU. Grants not processed by OSU GCFA.