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Smart Views

About Smart Views

As you provide and view grades, you are obtaining information about how students are performing in your course. You can tailor your view of student progress by creating smart views. A smart view is a focused look at the Grade Center. It shows only the columns that match a set of criteria, and the view is saved for continued use. When the Grade Center includes a great number of students and columns, you can use smart views to quickly find data.

Several smart views are available by default, but you can also create your own. You can easily move between the Full Grade Center view and any of the available smart views. You can set a smart view as the default view of the Grade Center and change it at any time.

With smart views, you can view the progress of the following items:

  • An existing group
  • Student performance for a particular item
  • Individual students
  • Category and status of items
  • Custom combination of attributes

To learn more, see Create and Manage Smart Views.

Tracking Low Scores

You create a smart view to track students with low scores to quickly see which students need help. You can email these students directly from the Grade Center or decide to create remedial materials or alternative assessments for them.

Assessment Comparison

You create a smart view to display only two columns in the Grade Center grid: a calculated total column for tests and a calculated total column for assignments. You can compare the two columns to gauge how students are performing on each type of assessment.

View Smart Views in the Control Panel

In the Grade Center section of the Control Panel, favorite smart views appear in alphabetical order as an indented list in the Full Grade Center section. In a new course, the Assignments and Tests smart views appear in the list by default. When you click the Assignments link, the Grade Center page opens and only assignment columns appear in the grid. When you click the Full Grade Center link, all the columns appear in the grid.

You can choose any view to be the default view when you click the right-pointing arrow next to the Grade Center title in the Control Panel. To learn more about filtering your view and setting a default, see How to Filter Using a Smart View.

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You can tag smart views as favorites so they appear in the list, allowing you to easily navigate from one view to another. At any time, you can remove a smart view from the list.

How to Access the Smart Views List

Several default smart views appear in a new course. Each smart view allows you to access a set of columns in the Grade Center grid. For example, when you access the Tests smart view, only test columns appear in the grid. When you enable grading for blogs, journals, and discussions, those grade columns appear when you access the appropriate smart view.

The default smart views include the following groups of columns:

  • Assignments
  • Blogs
  • Discussion Boards
  • Final Grade View: Displays all columns, including the default total and weighted total columns
  • Journals
  • Preview of My Grades: Displays all columns visible to students
  • Self and Peer Assessments
  • Tests
  • Wikis: When the tool is available and a wiki has been created

Use the following steps to access the list of smart views:

  1. In the Grade Center, point to Manage on the action bar and click Smart Views.
  2. On the Smart Views page, the list of smart views appears. In the Type column, all default smart views are designated as System. When you create your own smart views, Custom appears in the Type column.
  3. Click a smart view title to open the Grade Center with the appropriate columns in the grid.

You can edit and copy default system smart views, but you cannot delete them. Access a smart view's contextual menu for options. To learn more, see Edit, Copy, or Delete Smart Views.

To sort the Title column, click the column heading. If you have many smart views, click Edit Paging to change the number of items to view per page. Click Show All to display all items on one page.

How to Add Smart Views to the Favorite List

You can add smart views to the favorites list on the Control Panel so you can access them easily.

  1. In the Grade Center, point to Manage on the action bar and click Smart Views.
  2. On the Smart Views page, click the star icon ( star ) in the Add as Favorite column.

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    Select one or multiple check boxes, click Favorites on the action bar and click Add to Favorites.

  3. In the Grade Center section of the Control Panel, favorite smart views appear in alphabetical order in the indented list in the Full Grade Center section.

Delete Favorite Smart Views

If you do not want a smart view to appear on the Control Panel, click the smart view's star to clear it.

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Select one or multiple check boxes, click Favorites on the action bar and click Remove from Favorites.

How to Filter Using a Smart View

You can use the Filter function and a selected smart view to narrow your view of the Grade Center grid.

  1. In the Grade Center, click Filter on the action bar.
  2. In the expanded Filter field, point to Current View to access the drop-down list.
  3. Select a smart view.

    After you create a filtered view, you can lock it and use it as the default view. Click Set Current View as Default ( File:en-us/Learn/9.1_2014_04/Instructor/120_Grade_Center/010_Customize_Grade_Center/030_Smart_Views/button_current_view.png ) next to the Current View drop-down list to lock the view. You can change this at any time. Click the X to close the Filter field.

  4. The smart view's columns appear in the grid.

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