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Topic Overview

Smart Views are focused views of the Grade Center. Any number of Smart Views can be created based on a variety of criteria, including Grading Periods, Categories, and Performance. Smart Views can be added to the Grade Center section of the Control Panel, so they can be accessed easily. To add a Smart View as a Favorite, click the star icon in the Add as Favorite column.


In the Grade Center section of the Control Panel, Smart Views appear as an indented list under Full Grade Center.

For example, you can create a smart view of the grade center that will show only a subset of a group of students within the class.


Go to the Control Panel > Full Grade Center.

In the Grade Center, Under the Manage menu, go to Smart Views. This will take you to the list of the views and you will see the default lists already created by the system.
Mange Menu

Click on the Create Smart View to set up a new smart view.
Create Smart View

How to Set up Smart Views for Child Sections in a Merged Class

Go to your Full Grade Center 

Child Course ID

Look for the Child Course ID Column and write down the Child Course ID for the sections you want to create Smart Views for.

Go to the Manage menu → Smart Views.

Select the Create Smart Views Button

Smart View Setup

  1. Name your Smart View (You can name it after the child section)
  2. Add a description if necessary
  3. Select Add as Favorite - this will make it appear under Full Grade Center
  4. In Type of View, select Custom
  5. Select the dropdown and choose Child Course ID from the list and enter the first Child Course ID you copied from the main Grade Center.
  6. Choose All Columns in the dropdown for Filter Results.
  7. Select Submit

Section View

Repeat for as many sections that you have merged in this course.

Section View

Once the Smart Views are created, you will see it under Full Grade Center on the left-hand side of the screen.

*When you click on that Smart View, you will only see the students from that Child Course. You can now email from the Grade Center directly to that specific group.

How to set up a Smart view for a Teaching Assistant  

In this example, a smart view is being created to show just the students in a particular section of a course that a TA would create so only those students could be viewed when accessing the smart view. The smart view can be made a quick favorite link under the control panel by clicking on the "favorite" star.

Select Criteria to Create Smart View

Smart View List - Select Star to Add to Favorites