V-L-Easy! Day 4 – Smart Views

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As part of the countdown to the festive season, the VLE team and CPED are sharing their ideas for simple tools or techniques that can make life easier for lecturers and their students. So far, we’ve posted suggestions about Collaborate, Ally, and Student Preview. Today, the spotlight is on a little-used feature of the Weblearn Grade Centre.

Smart Views

On some modules, there are a large number of students together with multiple assessment points.  This can make the Grade Centre in Weblearn difficult to navigate. A Smart View in Weblearn can be created to display a subset of the Grade Centre The Smart View focuses on students and/or assessments results that meet certain criteria.

On each module there are a few default Smart Views available already (for example to list only Assignments or Tests). These Smart Views are conveniently listed in the Control Panel of the main menu on the left. Additional Smart View links can be added to this list as favourites (see images below).

Screengrab of the Smart View creation window

Creating a Smart View based on membership of a group

Screengrab of Smart View in favourites list

The Smart View can be added to your favourites


Smart Views can be created that correspond to seminar groups; marking and feedback groups; second/double or blind marking groups or students based on performance.

You can also create Smart Views to display any assignments that were not attempted by students on the module. You can use Smart Views to follow the progress of individuals or groups of students; or by category and status; or a combination of various attributes. Finally, for those tutors who are a little more adventurous, there is a Formula Editor that allows you to create detailed and multiple criteria for the creation of specialised Smart Views. For example, you can create a Smart View to list all students who obtain a mark for an assessment below (or above) a certain threshold.

For more information on Smart Views you can view these support pages and or watch this screencast.

For a more detailed Smart Views guidance, please contact vletraining@londonmet.ac.uk to arrange a support session.


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