What follows is my preferred process for changing a report template.
There are three activites involved:
Editing the report template in Microsoft Word,
Add the new report version into Icare,
Checking that the report works as intended.
I like to setup my workspace with a separate window for each activity so that I can switch between them quickly and easily.
Setup the Report window
Starting with the Report window, in Icare navigate:
click Manage Reports
double click the report you want to change
Setup the Check window
Next, the Check window. This is a second Icare window, so use the File > New Window menu at the very top left of Icare.
The actual page you will navigate to is going to depend on the type of report you are working on. Some examples are:
- Statement of Attainment report
Navigate to a Statement of Attainment that has already been issued:
click Statement of Attainment register
double click a sample Statement of Attainment
- Enrolment report
Choose an enrolment and navigate to the Enrolment page.
You could use the Search Enrolments page or, find a Student and double click one of their enrolments.
- Student report
Choose a student and navigate to their Student page.
Setup the Word window
You have two Icare windows open so far that I am calling Report and Check. You are currently looking at the Check window.
Switch to the Report window without closing the Check window. Use your own preferred method whether that is with Alt+Tab keys, or the Task Bar or multiple monitors.
Click Open Template on the Report window. This will extract the report template out of Icare’s storage and open the template in Microsoft Word.
With my workspace setup, I then start going around the following steps in a cycle until I am happy.
Make changes to the report template in the Word window,
Add the new report version into Icare on the Report window,
Run the report on the Check window to see if it works as intended.
Step 2 might fail with an error, in that case I go back to step 1 to make changes that fix the error, before trying step 2 again.
The report might fail in step 3, or produce a document you are not happy with. Return to step 1 and start again.
1. Make some changes
Switch to the Word window and make some changes.
This guide does not cover the actual changes you make to a report template.
This guide helps you make those changes with the least amount of fuss possible.
2. Add a Report Version
Switch to the Report window and:
click Add a Report Version
select the Word document you have been changing.
By default Icare will have saved the report template onto your Desktop under the following folder Desktop > Icare files > Report templates.
Check that the modification date has changed so you do not accidentally select a different document.
Enter a Comment describing the changes you have made.
click Save Changes
If Icare complains with errors, go back to Step 1 to correct the template.
3. Check that the report works
Switch to the Check window and run the report. What you click will depend on the type of report & what page you are on. Some examples are:
- Statement of Attainment event page
click Print Event
click the report you are changing from the drop down list.
- Enrolment page
click Print Enrolment * click the report you are changing from the drop down list.
- Student page
click Print Student * click the report you are changing from the drop down list.