Absorb's Report Interface

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Applies to: Starter, Pro, Plus, & Enterprise Plans

The Absorb Learning Management System, presents all of an organization's learning program information via a familiar and intuitive - tabular, Report-style framework.

Through the use of this centralized user interface Admins can view, share, update, manipulate, output and act upon any and all of their Absorb data (at the individual and/or collective level) for any of the learning program information residing in their LMS.

It is important to note that this particular section of the manual does not focus on any one single Report and/or tool. Instead, it covers the overall mechanics of the Report Interface - the Absorb LMS's primary construct for working with all Reports, employed in every part of the program.


Overview

How It Works

Background

All computing software functions by permitting the creation / addition of data by its users, and then, providing the necessary capabilities needed to manipulate that information in ways that can provide benefit and utility to all those who use it.

Learning Management Systems are no different in that respect and neither is the Absorb LMS. With good learning data supplied by an Admin and their organization, Absorb furnishes all the required tools to be able to effectively manage an entire learning program of any size and complexity.

In Absorb, a client's user data is contained in the program's extensive relational database system which effectively houses all of the information generated by a client's educational activities.

As to the actual tools required for managing an organization's learning program, these are collectively grouped at the highest level into Absorb's various modules (i.e. Courses, Users, E-Commerce, etc.).

Subsequently, inside each one of these modules are the families of related features (i.e. Courses, Question Banks, Venues, etc.) which constitute the most commonly accessed activities that an Admin will likely have need of, at that location in the LMS.

And finally inside each functional feature, are the contextually relevant Actions and Mass Actions, which are the actual individual commands that can be applied to single and/or multiple users stored in the Absorb program (i.e. Online Course, Course Bundle, Curriculum, etc.).

Tying all of this data and tools together is a hybrid workspace where Admins can collectively view and carry out tasks on their learning program's users, training classes and data - which in the Absorb LMS, is embodied in the software's Report Interface.


LMS Design

Once the Admin selects a tool from any of the modules provided in the Absorb program, that particular tool's full data set (i.e. all database entries relevant to that aspect of the LMS) will automatically load using the LMS's standard Report format.

It is from this central locus in the Learning Management System, that the Admin can begin working with their LMS data, using the many different features provided via the Absorb page's standard Report Interface.

 

Actions & Mass Actions

Located underneath the title at the top of every Report page, and also duplicated in the right hand frame of the LMS as well, are the available commands that an Admin can choose from in order to modify any of the LMS data entries contained in a Report they have accessed from the main Navigation Menu.

Options available here are:

  • Initiating a command that is applied to a single Report Item (i.e. User, Course, etc).
  • Initiating a command that is applied to many.

(Refer to the Actions & Mass Actions article for detailed instructions on using this feature.)


Report Filters

Located directly underneath the Actions and Mass Actions menus, this portion of the Report interface provides all of the available data processing options that the Admin can choose to apply to their Report.

These options allow the Admin to target individual attributes, contained in each Report's columns, in order to construct any number of customized Reports that their specific administrative needs might require.

Options available here are:

  • Customizing a Report that has been refined using the attributes of a single column.
  • Customizing a Report that has been refined using the attributes of several columns.

(Refer to the Report Filters article for detailed instructions on using this feature.)


Report Actions

Located directly under the Report Filters section, this portion of the Report interface provides the Admin with the various activities they can initiate with respect to the entire Report, based on the layout currently displayed in their LMS - be it the original default view of the Report or one that the Admin has customized.

Options available here are:

  • Generating an exportable file that provides the Report's information contained in a different data format;.
  • Printing a physical copy of the Report.
  • Scheduling a Report to be generated and distributed on a regularly recurring basis.
  • Sharing the Report with other Admins in the LMS using Absorb's Messaging system.
  • Saving a custom layout that the Admin has created.

(Refer to the Report Actions article for detailed instructions on using this feature.)


Report Pagination

Located in two navigation bars situated both above and below the Report data, this portion of the interface provides the Admin with a number of navigational controls they can use to access any portion of the information contained in their Report.

Options available here are:

  • Navigating directly to the first or last page in a Report.
  • Navigating forward or backward one Report page at a time.
  • Selecting a specific page in the Report.
  • Configuring how many Report entries will be displayed on the page.

(Refer to the Report Pagination article for more information about this feature.)


Report Data

Located in between the two sets Report Pagination controls, this portion of the Report interface provides the actual contents of the Report along with the various activities the Admin can initiate when working with the individual columns and/or entries in their Report.

Options available here are:

  • Customizing which columns are displayed in the Report.
  • Selecting one or more Report entries in order to apply an Action / Mass Action.
  • Initiating direct filtering on the basis of an individual column currently displayed in the Report.
  • Generating an ascending or descending sort of the Report on the basis of the data stored in an individual column.
  • Resizing the width of an individual Report Column.
  • Reconfiguring the order of the columns in the Report.

 

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