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Using Merit A.I.

Last Updated: Mar 06, 2018 03:12PM EST
Merit A.I. is a tool that helps you discover and import content about people in your account, and with the help of IBM's artificial intelligence platform Watson, you can quickly turn it into a Merit achievement or Newsroom press release. It just works!

 


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Where do the stories discovered by Merit A.I. come from?

Merit A.I. discoveries come from 2 sources:

1. By Adding RSS feeds: 

Your institution is already publishing student news in a variety of locations online. Merit A.I. lets you add RSS feeds of content, such as campus news feeds, alumni news feeds, athletics, and more. 

2. From online news sources scanned by Merit A.I. 

Merit A.I. automatically scans online news sources looking for news about your institution, and if that news has names that match people in your account, you'll see these stories in your newsfeed. 


Steps for using Merit A.I.

Your Merit account is automatically configured to use Merit A.I. for scanning online news sources, but an important step is to make sure your institution is doing annual or semi annual student imports
 
  • Watch our webinar "Make a student import the first item on your Merit to-do list" here
  • Learn how to import your students here.

Adding RSS feeds to your account

To add RSS feeds, start by going to the Achievements tab inside your account. Copy and paste an RSS feed into the form. After entering a feed, Merit A.I. will scan the feed you enter, analyze the stories in the feed, and will let you know if any names in those stories match up with students in your Merit database of students.  





Review stories found by Merit A.I. 

On your Merit A.I. tab you'll see a list of all of the stories that were discovered:





You can investigate any story to see its connection to your students. This will pop open a window where you can view the story as well as a list of the students who matched up to it in Merit:





Clicking the "Create Achievement" button will take you directly into the achievement workflow with the details of your story preloaded:





Then simply advance through the workflow to finish granting your achievement. 



How to turn Merit A.I. discoveries into Newsroom press releases (if applicable)

If you've upgraded your account to include Newsroom, you can turn stories discovered by Merit AI into press releases. 



Simply click the "create press release" button to turn your Merit A.I. discovery into a press release. Merit will automatically scan the story for students at your institution, and add the stories to each student's Merit page. 





The press release will be added to each student's Merit page in a section titled "In the News."







 

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