Report definitions create the structure for the report. When a report is run, data is pulled from the system and applied to the report definition to create a structured report. You can find report definitions in Administrator Panel > Tools and Utilities > System Reporting > Reports Definitions.
Reports are generated using the data from the context in which is run. For example, a report that gathers data from a course will automatically pull information related to the course and display it appropriately within the report. Reports run at higher levels of the system or in the Outcomes Assessment module will pull in information related to the business units, terms, or courses depending on the nature of the report and the options selected when run.
Report definitions must be made available within a context before they can be used in the Outcomes Assessment to generate reports. Report availability can be set at the system level as well as for specific contexts, including or not including the dependents of the selected contexts. To set the availability for a report definition, select Availability in the menu for a particular report definition.