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Report Definitions

Report definitions create the structure for the report. When a report is run, data is pulled from the system and applied to the Report Definition to create a structured report. Administration of Report Definitions is accessed through the Reports link in the Outcomes Assessment section of the Administrator Panel.

On the Reports Definitions page, administrators can view and modify information about the Report Definitions. Administrators may create and assign tags to help organize Report Definitions.

Administrators may edit the Title and Description of Report Definitions as well as determine the availability of each Report Definition with Outcomes Assessment.

Report Context

Reports are generated using the data from a context. For example, a report that gathers data from an instrument pulls data from the context from which the report is run and appears in the Reports Archive for that context.

Adding, Deleting, and Editing Report Definitions

Interested clients can work with Blackboard Services to create additional user-defined Report Definitions. Report Definitions can be edited or deleted from the system by clicking the appropriate command in the contextual menu for a particular Report Definition.


Report Definitions must be made available within a context before they can be used in the Outcomes Assessment to generate reports. Report availability can be set at the system level as well as for specific contexts, including or not including the dependents of the selected contexts. To set the Availability for a Report Definition, click Availability in the contextual menu for a particular Report Definition.