- User Types
- Any user with access to Explore (Global Admins, Area Admins, and some Users) can edit a Line Report. All users can view a Line Report.
- Available on paid plans (Analyst, CLO, and Enterprise).
- Anybody (both beginners and experts) can use this feature.
What is a Line Report?
The Line Report displays learner performance on a line chart. Choose multiple measures and the Line Report will display values with colored lines. It’s ideal for viewing change in measure values over time.
Use Explore to create new Line Reports and to configure existing Line Reports.
Beyond the typical Explore filters and options, the Line Report provides options that are unique to the Line Report.
Line Section of Explore
When setting up a new Line Report or configuring an existing Line Report, click Line in the filter menu:
Below are the different options in the Line section:
On the Organized menu, you’ll choose what you’d like to rank on the Line Report. Just choose an option from the Organized menu and the Line Report will organize data by what you’ve chosen.
The Line Report also allows you to specify a second dimension. If specified, this will create additional lines per measure, for each item in the second dimension you select. For example, if you select By Group as the second dimension, you will see an extra set of lines for each group. We recommend using the second dimension option only with a small number of measures (ideally just one measure) to avoid too many lines. Your reports are clearer if you keep them simple.
On the Measures menu, you’ll choose how you’d like to rank what you chose in the Organized menu. You can choose multiple measures for the same Line Report, but we don’t recommending choosing more than 4 to keep your chart clear.
To add a measure to the Line, choose a measure from the Select a Measure menu and click the Add Measure button next to the menu. You’ll see the measure added to the Line, and the measure will be added to the Measures section. To deselect a measure, click the X next to the Measure in the Measures section.
Chart Type determines if the line chart will shade in the area under each line.
- The Line option will not show any shading under the line
- The Area option will shade under each line with the same color as the line.
Charts determines if the report viewer will view all measures on the same line chart or separate measures on different line charts within the Line Report. No matter which option you choose, a single chart is always used on the dashboard view.
- Single Chart displays all measures on a single line chart.
- Charts by measure separates measures onto different line charts within the Line Report.
Gaps determines how the report will handle gaps in the data. For example, if a report is organized by day and there was no activity on a certain day, this option determines whether the Line Report will connect the points either side of the gap, leave a blank space, or fill in the gap with zero values.
- Connect will draw a line between two points with data if there are gaps between them.
- Don't connect will not connect two data points with data gaps between them.
- Fill with zeroes will assume all data gaps should be represented by zeroes on the chart and fill the gaps by making the line go to zero in every instance where there are gaps in the data. Filling with zeros is normally the most appropriate for data based on counts since no data is effectively a count of zero.
Aside from editing the report in Explore, Report viewers can filter Line Reports in one of two ways: using Quick Filters at the top of the report, or (for reports with secondary dimensions) using the checkboxes listed at the bottom of the report. By default, when you apply these filters, the Line Report only shows filtered data.
Sometimes, you might want to compare the filtered data against unfiltered data on the same chart. If the Unfiltered Line option is set to Include, when you use Quick Filters or a secondary dimension, the report will show you both the unfiltered data and the filtered data so that you can compare the two.
When using one dimension, the unfiltered line is only visible when using Quick Filters, because without Quick Filters, the main line shows the overall value anyway. With Quick Filters enabled, the report will show a comparison of the filtered data with the unfiltered data. For example, in the screenshot below, you can see a comparison of the overall average score with the average score between a filtered pair of learners.
When using two dimensions, Watershed splits up the data by the 2nd dimension and provides dimension filters below the line chart with checkboxes to compare different items in the dimension. With the Unfiltered Line enabled, Watershed will include an additional item at the top that shows data for all items combined. The can be useful if, for example, you want to compare the overall average score with the average score for a particular learner. In the example below, we can see how Dominga Janssen’s score compares to the overall average and to the benchmark over time.
Advanced configuration is designed to be used by expert users who understand JSON and the properties of xAPI statements.
Certain settings are unique to the Line Report and only configurable in Advanced Configuration. Check out our Advanced Configuration guide for more information.