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SVLE Release Notes - 5th September 2019

Our developers have been working very hard and we have some exciting new developments that are now live on Smart VLE. Please familiarise yourself with these updates. 

Reformed Functional Skills

In line with the launch of the Reformed Functional Skills qualifications, we have updated the initial assessments, diagnostics and resources to reflect these changes for all levels (Entry Level 1 – Level 2).

The new assessments can be found under Reformed Functional Skills English and Reformed Functional Skills Maths courses on the “Assessment” tab.

There are three options for you to use for the initial assessment:

  • Initial assessment
  • Initial assessment linked to unit diagnostic assessments
  • Initial assessment linked to full diagnostic assessments

It is important to ensure that the correct initial assessments are in place on the setting for your site to ensure that the results are populated in the learner’s profile on Smart Assessor.

Click the settings icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen, this will open a ribbon with 4 options on it, select SA Settings. Click the drop-down menu next to the initial assessment you want to set and select the initial assessment that you will be using.

In addition to the initial assessments, diagnostics and resources to support the Reformed Functional Skills, we have included spot tests for multiplication and spelling.

The “Multiplication” spot test in under Reformed Functional Skills Maths on the assessments tab, this has questions to test all multiplications from 0 x 0 to 12 x 12. The spot test consists of 20 questions that are chosen at random.

There are 3 spot tests for spelling, these can be found under Reformed Functional Skills English on the assessments tab and are called “Spell correctly words designated for Entry Level 1, 2 and 3”.

These are built up from the word lists provided by Ofqual for the Reformed Functional Skills and consist of 10 questions chosen at random.

You can send these assessments at regular intervals to your learners to prepare them for their assessments. If you set the assessment as an activity, each time you ask for the assessment to be resubmitted, the system will send a new assessment to the learner and the result history will be saved against that piece of evidence.

New Question Type – Bar Chart


We have released a new question type that you can use when creating questions for an assessment. This question type allows the author to enter data that the participant must then populate on a bar chart.

To create a bar chart type question, in the courses tab find the criteria that you want to set the question against. Select “manage criteria” and then “add questions”. This will open the question wizard on the “Question” tab. Check the level of the question that you are creating, then select the “Question Type” tab.

Choose the icon for the bar chart type question. This will display a question area and a table.

Enter the text for the question that you are creating in the “Question” text editor area.

You must edit the column headers of “Bar Title” (x-axis) and “Value” (y-axis). Then populate the table and decide on the “Chart Scale” that you want to show on the chart, this will create the data labels on the y-axis, for example, if you choose a Chart Scale of 2, the y-axis will go up in 2s from 0 (0,2,4,6,8 etc). A maximum of 10 data points can be shown on the y-axis.

There are certain parameters that your data must meet: -

  • Data entered into the value column must be numerical only (units can be entered in the column header).
  • The value of the data entered must be on the scale or half-way between the values on the scale. For example, if your scale is set at 5, you can enter values of 0, 2.5, 5, 7.5 etc
  • A maximum of 10 entries can be entered into the table.

If all these parameters are met, you will be able to save the question.


To answer the bar chart question, the participant must click on the appropriate bar on the bar chart and drag the bar to the correct height.

Reviewing Answers

When reviewing the answers of a bar chart type question, bars that have been correctly positioned are green, incorrect bars are red and any bars that haven’t been attempted will not appear. If the question has not been attempted by the participant, the bar char will be empty.


Incomplete Assessments Reminder

A new email template has been created called “Incomplete Assessments Reminder”. This can be activated from the settings, click “Settings” in the top right-hand corner. A ribbon will open with 4 options, select “E-mail Templates”.

Choose “Incomplete Assessments Reminder” and click the green edit button. This will allow you to alter the body of the email that is generated and set the amount of days that you would like the email to be triggered at.

To activate or deactivate this email, select the blue magnifying glass icon and select activate/ deactivate as necessary.


Identifying merged accounts

An additional column has been added to the Participant Engagement Report that identifies whether the participant record has been merged with the SA Learner account.

Next Steps

In the next release our developers will be working on allowing additional learning resources to be added to a learning profile and allowing pass/merit/distinction grades to be allocated to an assessment.

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