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What Can You Do to Increase Course Evaluation Response Rates? Probably A Lot!

calendarWednesday, March 10th 2021, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM Eastern Timezone

What do you have in your toolbox to improve course evaluation response rates? More than what you think! Join this webinar to learn how Douglas College is using what they have in their toolbox to leverage social media with targeted visuals, reminders, and messaging directed towards students, with the aim of enhancing the visibility and use of their Course Feedback tool. You will also hear the future ideas on how they plan to leverage different strategies to help increase awareness and completion of students’ course feedback in the future.

Time: March 10, 2:00pm Eastern Timezone

Presenter: Suheyl Unver, PhD, Manager, Education & Services Research, Douglas College


A Dynamic Approach to Implementation of Blue at Strathclyde

calendarWednesday, February 10th 2021, 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM Eastern Timezone

The University of Strathclyde will present on the approach taken to implement Explorance Blue through a 2-year project, preceded by University-wide consultation which built on years of previous experience, including a range of approaches and module evaluation pilots across the institution. We will also present the dynamic governance structure which has been adopted for the phased approach to ensure appropriate academic representation and effective collaboration with academic, teaching and professional services colleagues. Blue module evaluation is delivered via integration with Strathclyde’s Moodle-based VLE and adopters of the system at each phase have represented a wide range of disciplines over undergraduate and postgraduate modules, taught both face to face and online. Strathclyde colleagues will report on evaluation to date that is built in to inform subsequent implementation of the system.

Time: February 10, 2:00pm British Timezone; 9:00am Eastern Timezone

Presenters: Brian Green, Caroline Breslin, Jacqueline Jahn, Lorna Robertson | University of Strathclyde


Shared Insights: A Collective Community Approach to Building a Reports Repository

calendarTuesday, November 17th 2020, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM Eastern Timezone

A central challenge for any institution in managing the course evaluation process is meeting the needs of a diverse set of stakeholders. Competing factors along with technical challenges can make reporting difficult in various governance environments. This webinar is the first initiated by Bluenotes community members to share report examples and instructions for their creation.

In this webinar, Dr. John Jordi at the University of Florida will share anonymized examples of reports developed to meet the needs of various stakeholders (college, department, faculty, and public) and how they created them. As Bluenotes community institutions share anonymized reports and resources, they can access them via the Explorance Help Center in a new shared repository of anonymized report examples and resources. Please join this learning webinar for innovative problem solving with your like-minded Bluenotes community colleagues.

Time: November 18, 2:00pm Eastern Timezone

Presenter: John Jordi, Ph.D., Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Florida


Just Don't Call It "Blue" and Other Important Lessons From The Ohio State University’s Implementation Journey

calendarWednesday, April 8th 2020, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM Eastern Timezone
What could be challenging about implementing one survey for an entire campus? One that must be available on the university’s own mobile app. With emails that conform to strict branding standards. And have optional comments. Plus reports for seemingly random people. Just for fun let’s go live during summer when there are 8 different sessions. After that- half a million tasks for Autumn will be no problem, right? Why not add Dynamic Report Access? In fact let’s throw 10 years of historical data in there for good measure. In this webinar, we will show you that using super powers and a band of misfits, not only were did we make all of this happen, we boosted response rates by over 15% at the same time.
  • Apr. 8, 2:00pm – 3:00pm, Eastern time zone (EDT),
Presenter: Cindy Davis, Program Manager, The Ohio State University


Quantifying the Effect of the Learning Experience on…Learning

calendarWednesday, February 5th 2020, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM Eastern Timezone
Can course evaluation results tell us anything about student learning? Sheridan has created a robust multivariate model that allows us to objectively measure (isolate) the extent to which a high-quality learning experience differentially impacts learning in subsequent courses (vs. lower-quality learning experiences). The effect is significant and meaningful; independent of grades (and several other variables), the quality of experience in a course impacts future leaning. In this webinar, we will review the findings and methodology, including how course evaluation data were used in the analysis, as well as implications of the work and opportunities for further research.
  • Feb. 5, 2:00pm – 3:00pm, Eastern time zone
Presenter: Dean Langan, Senior Manager - Institutional Research, Sheridan College


In Just a Few Clicks of the Mouse! Automate and Save Valuable Time with Blue

calendarWednesday, January 15th 2020, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM Eastern Timezone
Do you set up a course evaluation survey for each part of term, every term, every time? The Alamo Colleges District is comprised of 5 Colleges with 9 different parts of term, all surveying at the same time. The impact would have been 45 survey instances, until we were able to configure and structure the data so that we could set up one survey project to cover over 8,000 courses. We were able to automate over 181,000 surveys to be sent within the one survey instance in just a few clicks of the mouse, even the reports are automated to go out to the faculty. Join us as we show you what we did to automate using Blue, so you can replicate this too and save yourself some valuable time.

  • Steven Szeszko II, Process Functional Manager, Alamo Colleges District
  • Michael Lee Jones, Professional Services Consultant, Explorance


“DIG for Victory” and “Make Do and Mend”

calendarWednesday, September 11th 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Timezone
At Loughborough we use a network of Feedback Administrators across the University who do the groundwork for Module Feedback with a little DIGing; helping to sow the seeds for Module Feedback in the different Schools across campus and making the Module Feedback set-up process victorious. We will discuss why the DIG (Data Integrity Gateway) is needed at Loughborough, how we go everyone on board and share the successes and the (tiny) lessons learnt from the first Semester of implementation. And there’s no point in gathering feedback from students if you’re not going to do something about it. We will discuss how we have developed and implemented a ‘Closing the Feedback Loop’ process within explorance Blue for our Module Leaders to respond to students letting them know if the module will have to “make do” with its current approach and why, or whether steps will be taken to “mend” the suggestions that arise from the feedback.
  • Sep. 11, 11:00am – 12:00 noon, Eastern time zone (EDT),
  • Sep. 11, 4:00pm - 5:00pm, British time zone (BST)
Presenters: Dr. Sarah Williamson & Andria Iacovou, Centre for Academic Practice, Loughborough University


ACU Unitpulse: A journey with Bluepulse

calendarTuesday, June 4th 2019, 07:30 PM - 08:30 PM Eastern Timezone

The presentation discusses the process of adoption and university-wide implementation of the Bluepulse (ACU Unitpulse) formative feedback tool at Australian Catholic University (ACU). The presentation highlights some of the challenges in encouraging staff to make use of ACU Unitpulse and make timely improvements to the learning experience of ACU students while a study period is underway.

  • June 5, 9:30am – 10:30am, Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT),
  • June 4 7:30pm-8:30pm, Eastern time zone
Presenters: Associate Professor Elizabeth Santhanam & Dr. Bernardine Lynch, Australian Catholic University


You’ve Got Data! Now What?

calendarWednesday, May 8th 2019, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM Eastern Timezone

Congrats! You finished implementing Blue at your institution, and the course evaluation projects are live. Student feedback data is coming in…but what do you do with it? Who do you send it to? How do you store it? How do you make meaningful reports based on the data you collected? This webinar will show how Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) addressed these question. We’ll do a deep-dive into how the OHSU School of Nursing uses reports from Blue in their course and teaching evaluation audit process, which informs their accreditation reporting and data requests from multiple stakeholders.

  Presenter: Larry Williams, Education Technology Specialist, Oregon Health and Science University


Northwestern University’s Experience – Managing a Transition to Blue by Streamlining User Experience with Blue APIs, While Delivering Existing Report-Sharing Experience

calendarWednesday, April 10th 2019, 02:00 PM - 03:00 AM Eastern Timezone

One of the key challenges when adopting a new technology or a new system is change management. Northwestern University had a long history of sharing course evaluation results with various stakeholders – students, faculties, and administrations. Thus, keeping the existing reports sharing experience with students, faculties, and administrations was identified as a key success factor for change management, in transitioning from an in-house electronic course evaluation system to the automated process of Blue. In this webinar, we will present how Northwestern partnered with eXplorance to tackle this challenge with a seamless integration between Blue and CAESARS (PeopleSoft-based SIS) using Blue pathway APIs.

Presenters: Jenny J. Chen, Senior Assistant, Northwestern University; Georges Geha, VP, Product Management, Explorance


Maintaining a High Response Rate for Course Evaluation While Assuring the Feedback Reliability: The Case of USEK

calendarWednesday, March 13th 2019, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Eastern Timezone
In 2011, the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik has implemented the online course evaluation using Blue by Explorance. As a strategy for achieving the highest possible response rate, a special hold linked to the final-grades view was employed. A valid question raised is how reliable these evaluations, as this strategy essentially makes the feedback submission “compulsory”. In this webinar, we will present the various techniques that we adopted to ensure the reliability of these evaluations as a trustworthy source of assessment. The important result is that an average response rate of 90% has been maintained for courses evaluations and Well-being surveys, along with the culture change in course evaluations providing a robust source of assessment for teaching, programs and students’ services.

Presenters: Sylvie Sebaaly Naous, Project Coordinator, Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK).


Engagement: More Than Response Rates!

calendarWednesday, January 16th 2019, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM Eastern Timezone

What if we shifted the conversation from talking about response rates to talking about engagement? How do we define engagement with respect to course evaluations, and why does it matter? This webinar will explore the University of Toronto’s efforts to do just that. We will provide an overview of our context and explore how we engage stakeholders in a large-scale, decentralized institution. We will showcase our new-and-improved FO e-mail invitations and QP landing page, and share the background research into how these were developed..

Presenters: Tara Wells, Operations Coordinator, Course Evaluations, University of Toronto; Meredith Rappaport, Course Evaluation Assistant, University of Toronto
Question Moderator: Victoria James, Data Coordinator, University of Toronto


Wrestling with Complex Reporting – the University of Ottawa's Report Building Journey with Blue

calendarWednesday, December 5th 2018, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM Eastern Timezone
As an application manager my role is to provide professors and administrators with the tools they need to do the best job they can. Blue has comprehensive reporting functionality and the ability to present data in an easy-to-read and colourful format. However, when the University of Ottawa implemented Blue we had the mandate to recreate our reports exactly as they were in our legacy system. Anyone who has tried to replace a custom application with an off-the-shelf version will know that this can be a challenge! In this presentation I will show examples of how new features in Blue versions 6.4 and 7.0 (and some work-arounds) allowed us to create the specific reports that we needed. I hope these examples will help other Blue administrators who might be struggling with specific reporting requirements.

Presenter: Jennifer Lambert, Application Manager, University of Ottawa


Developing a ‘Dynamic Feedback’ Environment with Bluepulse

calendarTuesday, November 6th 2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Timezone
Feedback can occur as a powerful stream of potentially useful information. But that flow is often both unidirectional and ‘unfinished’. The School of Biological Sciences at University of Aberdeen adopted Bluepulse 2 because we were interested in closing the feedback loop. We recognise that, for many students, this can often only be fully achieved by facilitating confidential feedback. In this presentation, we report our recent 1-year trial of Bluepulse 2. While we encountered some difficulties along the way, such as with low uptake among some colleagues and students, the overall experience was very promising, and we are now continuing with Bluepulse. We recognise the importance of ‘dynamic feedback’, in which students and staff respond to each other in a constructive, ongoing, iterative ‘conversation’. The prize is an enhanced learning environment.

Presenter: Martin Barker, PhD, Senior Lecturer, The School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen


To QP or not to QP: Encouraging Module Leader Engagement in Evaluation Surveys

calendarTuesday, October 9th 2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Timezone
Evaluation of teaching, be it on a course or a modular level, is often a two-faceted exercise – addressing accountability needs and pursuing a more open, reflective agenda such as enhancement of teaching and learning practice. The majority of HE institutions in the UK use standardised questionnaires for module evaluation. Whilst necessary for quality assurance and governance, a standardised data set is often seen by academics as ‘piecemeal’, not necessarily meeting needs of their subject and their own needs as reflective practitioners. Anecdotal evidence at Liverpool John Moores University, UK, suggested that single module evaluation design was perceived by teaching staff as a top-down, management-driven approach, reducing their engagement with the survey. One of the attractive functionalities available in Blue is the ability to add module/course specific self-written questions – offering the opportunity to better explore different evaluation perspectives and giving academics more ownership in the process of module evaluation. The presentation will explore module leaders’ engagement with the QP (Questions Personalisation). Taking a longitudinal perspective (analysing three years’ worth of data) we will look at the extent to which QP was utilised by the module leaders, what type of questions were written in different subject areas and across the institution. Module leaders’ perspective on this functionality gathered via focus groups and future institutional developments will also be presented.

Presenters: Elena Zaitseva, Liverpool John Moores University; Natalie Holland, Liverpool John Moores University

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Tackling the Challenge of Gaining Institution-wide Buy-in and Adoption of Formative Feedback using Bluepulse

calendarWednesday, July 11th 2018, 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM Eastern Timezone
In the panel, Higher-Education thought leaders will discuss “Why use Bluepulse for formative feedback?” in their own institutions, along with use cases and key drivers such as social equality, inclusion, learning outcomes, faculty development, etc. In addition, panel members will discuss potential obstacles that need to be addressed and strategies for overcoming them, as they work towards institution-wide buy-in and adoption of formative feedback practices using Bluepulse.
Panelists: Peter Baccile, Executive Director, Washtenaw Community College; Jim Houpis, PhD. Dean of Academic Support and Learning Technologies, Skyline College; Cherie Werhun, PhD. Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning, Sheridan College
Facilitated by: Yeona Jang, EVP, eXplorance


CanvasLIVE: Improvement is Personal - An Alternative Approach to Course Evaluation Implementation with Decision Support at Heart

calendarTuesday, June 12th 2018, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Timezone
Imagine bringing together a group of leaders across many higher education institutions. Imagine tasking them to come up and agree upon ten improvement based questions. Imagine asking these same ten questions to thousands of students and interpreting the insights within. How useful do you believe the data would be in guiding every one of your institutional leaders in supporting their key goals and strategic decisions? To what extent do you believe that we are all bound by the same set of challenges and opportunities? If you have gotten thus far, chances are that you believe, as we do, that improvement is personal. And while there may be some value in having many agree on a few common themes to capture and analyze in a summative way; this may not necessarily be the optimal engine for teaching and learning improvement. eXplorance is inspired by the recent education breakthroughs in course evaluation thought leadership. In his webinar we shall unveil key features and functionality made possible in the latest release of eXplorance’s Blue and key in on the importance of leveraging institutional hierarchy to enable the implementation of a cascaded course evaluation process. We will also present how this process must take advantage of enrolment demographics to support diverse teaching roles, and to provide richer and more accurate insights.
Presenter: Samer Saab, CEO, eXplorance


A Road Toward the Institution-wide Adoption of Formative Feedback Practices with Bluepulse for Student Success

calendarWednesday, May 16th 2018, 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM Eastern Timezone
A paradigm shift in assessment culture has emphasized the importance of on-going formative assessment feedback to monitor student learning experience, which can be used by instructors to improve their teaching and by students to improve their learning achievement. Education Affiliates operates a network of post-secondary schools offering various career programs such as nursing, medical, dental, and business in over 45 locations across the United States. In this community-led webinar, Education Affiliates will share its experience in piloting Bluepulse for formative feedback, lessons learned, opportunities, challenges, and strategies for institution-wide adoption of formative feedback practice with Bluepulse.

Presenters: Stephanie Romano, National Dean of Hybrid and Blended Learning, Education Affiliates; Eric Goodman, PhD, Vice President of Education, Education Affiliates

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Yes, It Is Possible to Achieve 85% Response Rates to Course Evaluations for Online Programs

calendarWednesday, February 14th 2018, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM Eastern Timezone
As post-secondary institutions are offering online programs, the challenge is about how to get the response rates to course evaluations of online courses that will provide statistically meaningful data. Washtenaw Community College (WCC) has over 120 credit programs where approximately 28,000 students enroll annually. This webinar will present the strategies that WCC employed to achieve 85% response rates and how Blue enabled WCC to execute these strategies.

Presenters: Peter Baccile, Executive Director - Online Learning, Educational & Media Technology Services, Washtenaw Community College;Gloria Eccleston, Director – Online Learning Services, Washtenaw Community College

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A Tale of Two Faculties: Course Evaluation Implementation at a Large University, a Study of Contrasts and Lessons Learned

calendarWednesday, January 10th 2018, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM Eastern Timezone
The University of Toronto is in a phased process of implementing the University of Toronto’s Cascaded Course Evaluation Framework (CCEF). The CCEF aims to represent both centralized and decentralized teaching and learning priorities across various multiple levels of the University (e.g. faculties or divisions, departments, instructors). In this webinar, we share insights gained through two contrasting cases of faculty/division-level implementation, one which experienced early and consistent success, and a second with a greater number of challenges. We discuss the features of these cases as well as indicators of relative progress and outcomes between them. As well, we describe the lessons learned from these cases in terms of the importance of community consultation and buy-in, collaboration and engagement with stakeholders, and, building and maintaining sustainable processes as new course evaluation systems are implemented.

Presenters: Victoria James, Data Coordinator, University of Toronto;Gregory Hum, PhD, Assistant Director, Teaching Assessment, University of Toronto

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Blue Implementation in a Decentralized Environment: The Case of UNC-Chapel Hill

calendarWednesday, December 13th 2017, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM Eastern Timezone
One eXplorance executive described the Blue implementation at the University of North Carolina as the most complex implementation the company has done. Administrators from UNC Chapel Hill will use this webinar to describe the complex nature of course evaluations at UNC-Chapel Hill and the challenges they faced, and mostly overcame, in the hopes of helping institutions new to Blue, considering Blue, or considering switching their approach to Blue to avoid a difficult implementation process.

Presenters: Jason A. Block, PhD, Program Compliance Coordinator, Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, UNC-Chapel Hill; Heather Thompson, Course Evaluation Coordinator, College of Arts and Sciences, UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Multiple Datasource Challenges in Course and Teaching Evaluations? University of Auckland’s Experience in Using Data Sync Tool

calendarTuesday, November 28th 2017, 08:00 PM - 08:45 PM Eastern Timezone
How to locate and link data from multiple sources has become one of the common challenges for many tertiary institutions in administering course and teaching evaluations. The University of Auckland was confronted with the same challenge, when course and teaching evaluations were moved to the centralised online system on eXplorance’s Blue platform. We used Data Sync Tool (DST), Blue’s companion application, as the technical solution for streamlining data flow from the various data sources and systems to the cloud-hosted instance in a timely manner. This community-led webinar will briefly discuss the multiple source data challenges in the system implementation, with a focus on utilizing DST to configure data sources, in order to perform automated data syncing and administer course and teaching evaluations institution-wide. This webinar will take place November 29th at 11:00 NZDT.

Presenter: Lizzie Li, PhD, Evaluations Coordinator, Academic Quality Office, University of Auckland.



Unpacking the Complexity of Dynamic Evaluations of Health Science Clinical Rotations: Tufts University’s Experience

calendarWednesday, October 11th 2017, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM Eastern Timezone
Tufts University has several health sciences schools with a need for efficient and dynamic evaluation of the instructors and content of their clinical rotations across time periods and teaching sites. This sounds more complicated than it really is. This community-led webinar will present how Tufts is able to accomplish the tasks associated with dynamic evaluations of clinical rotations by adapting the typical didactic course evaluation process to not only include but also focus on the additional ‘when and where’ details that are involved in a clinical rotation.

Presenter: Candace Girard, Educational Technology Services, Tufts University.

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Blue Surveys at UofL: A Case Study

calendarWednesday, September 13th 2017, 01:00 PM - 01:45 PM Eastern Timezone
The University of Louisville (UofL) is a “power user” of Blue Surveys, relying on this platform for all major university surveys (e.g. Graduating Student Surveys, Recent Graduate Surveys, Climate Surveys, IT Surveys, Academic Surveys, Programmatic Surveys). As such, The Office of Institutional Effectiveness (IE) has become adept at utilizing the many useful features that Blue Surveys has to offer on both the project and reporting sides. This webinar will focus on how UofL utilizes Blue’s functionalities to get the most out of online survey administration.
Presenter: Katie Bixby, MEd, Research Analyst II, Office of Institutional Effectiveness, University of Louisville; Katie Partin, PhD, Assistant Director, Office of Institutional Effectiveness, University of Louisville.
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Providing Customization in a Centralized Environment - Lessons Learned

calendarWednesday, August 16th 2017, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM Eastern Timezone
IUPUI has begun the transition from multiple class evaluation tools to one centralized tool used by multiple campuses within the IU system. It is a process that began three years ago as a pilot. The campus has encountered a creative tension between utilizing enterprise systems among all campuses and customization within each IUPUI school in terms of reporting, types of questions, beginning/ending dates of evaluations, etc. This webinar speaks about how the process has evolved thus far and lessons learned along the way. The webinar will conclude with steps that still need clarification in order for IUPUI to reach its objective (utilizing data to make instructional decisions that impact students and the university).

Presenter: Kent Stoelting, Ed.D. Assistant Director, Testing Center, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis.

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The University of Alabama in Huntsville - Optimizing Course Evaluations for All Stakeholders – Lessons Learned

calendarTuesday, March 7th 2017, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM Eastern Timezone
Ginny Cockerill at The University of Alabama in Huntsville has learned a lot since taking over the management of the course evaluation process just nine months ago. The institution had a smooth transition from a paper process to Blue in early 2015. However, the initial implementation did not fully leverage the flexibility of an online process or the advanced functionality of the Blue software itself. By meeting with stakeholders and gaining a fresh understanding of how departments and colleges viewed the current process and used the resulting data, specific issues came to light that Ginny felt could be addressed within Blue. She has worked to make changes each semester since then to address each of these challenges. In a short period of time Alabama has modified both evaluations and reports, and has developed a roadmap of improvements for the future. Join the webinar to learn how The University of Alabama in Huntsville tackled the challenge of taking their course evaluation process to the next level to improve quality and stakeholder satisfaction institution-wide.

Presenter: Ginny Cockerill Assistant Director of Assessment, Office of Institutional Research & Assessment The University of Alabama in Huntsville

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A Galen College Perspective - Institutional Effectiveness and Research - How Explorance Can Help

calendarWednesday, February 1st 2017, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM Eastern Timezone
Wednesday, February 1 at 2 p.m. EST Dr. Shafto is the Director of Institutional Effectiveness at Galen College of Nursing, a single-purpose nursing college. She will give an overview of the kinds of data problems that colleges and universities face with a focus on recent changes in accreditation requirements. She will review the tools that she uses at Galen for collecting, analyzing, and presenting data. She will then review the ways that Explorance software is used toward IE/IR efforts and why Galen chose Explorance over other survey software vendors.

Panelist: Carissa L. Shafto, Ph.D. Director of Institutional Effectiveness Galen College

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Expert Module Evaluation Email Notifications that Boost Response Rates

calendarWednesday, January 25th 2017, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Timezone
Email is the primary and most effective way to communicate with your students and faculty. A properly designed email can improve your response rate, increase transparency and improve faculty satisfaction. At Virginia Commonwealth University we combined our past experience of online evaluations with functionality available in Blue to craft awesome emails. Join us to learn:
  • How to write better content
  • What has or hasn’t worked for VCU
  • Email personalization
  • HTML/CSS formatting
  • Testing
  • Appropriate timing for sending emails.
The presentation will ensure we have time to answer questions and let audience members share their experiences.

Panelists: Virginia Commonwealth University

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eAccessibility for HigherEd Assessment: Can We Delight Our Users, Regulators, and Budgets?

calendarWednesday, September 14th 2016, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM Eastern Timezone
Legislation is shifting rapidly regarding what is expected of higher education institutions when it comes to online accessibility, and those in assessment have specific challenges. In light of recent lawsuits, the threat of non-compliance in higher education is very real. Yet, bringing an entire organization up to accessibility standards can be daunting. How do you make sure that the tools used within your institution will not just accommodate but delight all your users? Can you get it done in a way that ensures you meet or exceed the existing and upcoming regulations? David Berman is the #1 rated speaker on the topic of web accessibility standards as well as an international expert in the field. He will cover what higher education institutions need to do to ensure that their assessment systems are compliant with the latest accessibility laws: WCAG 2.0, ADA Title II, ADA Title III, AODA, and Section 508

Topics Covered will Include:

  • The latest case law and how you can determine what applies to your school.
  • Examples of the typical accessibility challenges in surveys and reporting.
  • Practical steps you can start implementing at your institution immediately.
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Caso de éxito. Aplicación práctica del módulo de evaluación docente en IE Business School e IE University (Spanish Language Presentation)

calendarWednesday, June 29th 2016, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Timezone
Cómo IE utiliza Blue en sus evaluaciones de profesores y encuestas generales de satisfacción en su universidad y escuela negocios. Incluyendo: -Objetivos -Requisitos -Puesta en producción -Resultados.

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Making the Most of Module Evaluation for Curriculum Enhancement at LJMU

calendarTuesday, June 28th 2016, 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM Eastern Timezone
Liverpool John Moores University is committed to ensuring that the students receive the highest quality learning experience, and student opinion of their academic programmes is highly valued by the institution. The University has a range of formal and informal mechanisms for obtaining student feedback of which module evaluation is a crucial component. The module evaluation survey seeks feedback from students on learning-related issues and is a key indicator in the institutional processes for the enhancement and assurance of academic quality. During this presentation the University will share their first-hand experiences selecting and implementing an online course evaluation solution, including challenges and successes in providing useful information to users at all levels.

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Guidelines for Ensuring a Smooth Course Evaluation Implementation at a Large University

calendarWednesday, March 30th 2016, 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM Eastern Timezone
The University of Minnesota started using eXplorance Blue in Fall 2013 with one college and rolled its use out to much of the rest of the undergraduate population in spring term 2014 for its main Twin Cities campus. This session will focus on course evaluation implementation issues and strategies from the perspective of the university.

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Assessments in Support of Teaching & Learning: The SFU Experience

calendarWednesday, February 24th 2016, 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM Eastern Timezone
Simon Fraser University has been engaged in a multi-year process to replace its outdated student evaluation of teaching and courses with an updated system that reflects new understanding from educational research. This ambitious initiative is squarely aimed at supporting teaching and enhancing student learning. The session will cover an overview of the journey so far, share perspectives on key challenges and solutions, and discuss the critical importance of faculty and student engagement.

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Data From Students to Students: You Won’t Believe What Happened Next!

calendarWednesday, January 27th 2016, 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM Eastern Timezone
In 2012, the faculty council passed a policy allowing students access to five of the nine campus-wide common course questions asked on the Online Course Questionnaire (OCQ), Indiana University Bloomington’s name for course evaluations. This spring, in time for students to create their semester schedule, the OCQ Student Dashboard was released and students for the first time had access to what students said about their classes. This session will show you the process and creation of the student dashboard and the various iterations. Then demonstrate the final OCQ Student Dashboard.

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Take Your Course Evaluation Email Notifications to the Next Level

calendarWednesday, November 18th 2015, 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM Eastern Timezone
Email is the primary and most effective way to communicate with your students and faculty. A properly designed email can improve your response rate, increase transparency and improve faculty satisfaction. At Virginia Commonwealth University we combined our past experience of online evaluations with functionality available in Blue to craft awesome emails. Join us to learn:
  • How to write better content
  • What has or hasn’t worked for VCU
  • Email personalization
  • HTML/CSS formatting
  • Testing
  • Appropriate timing for sending emails.

Watch the video presentation. Download the PDF with links to materials : Next level Email Notification.pdf


Linking Course Evaluations to Grade Access: Penn’s Approach to Raising Response Rates

calendarWednesday, October 14th 2015, 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM Eastern Timezone
As it implemented an online system for course evaluations, Penn created a “grade pathway” that prompted students to either complete their evaluations or opt out of evaluations prior to retrieving their grades for a semester. This strategy led to an increase in response rates to over 85%, up from 70% using the old method. Join Penn administrators for an overview of Penn’s approach to increasing response rates including what has worked and not worked about this approach.

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Lingfang Sun
Rob Nelson
William McManus

Closing the Loop with Bluepulse®: Using Instant Social Feedback to Deliver an Improved Student Experience at RMIT

calendarWednesday, June 10th 2015, 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM Eastern Timezone
**Unfortunately, this webinar’s recording was unusable. In its place we offer the slides used, the questions & answers submitted, and a short video of the features presented.**  


Breaking Down Barriers to Implementing Online Course Evaluations by Cultivating Institution Wide Buy-in

calendarThursday, June 4th 2015, 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM Eastern Timezone
The University of Louisville (UofL) successfully transitioned the decentralized course evaluation administration processes of 12 academic units to a centralized online administration using Blue in the fall 2010 semester. The success of this implementation was due to a multifaceted approach that addressed the cultural and logistical aspects of institutional assessment. In this presentation, we share UofL’s experience in creating a cultural of assessment by getting institutional “buy-in”, identifying and addressing barriers in the structure of institutional data, developing faculty-centered and student-centered marketing campaigns to increase engagement, and maximizing the automation features in Blue to reduce burdens on limited resources.  

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Becky Patterson & Robert S. Goldstein

Increasing Engagement in Online Course Evaluations at Washington State University

calendarThursday, April 23rd 2015, 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM Eastern Timezone
Engaging students and faculty is essential to an effective assessment process. If you’re interested in increasing engagement, accessibility, and student participation in online course evaluations, come find out how Washington State University is successfully delivering eXplorance’s reliable solutions through their Blackboard Learn environment to achieve their assessment goals.

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Peggy Collins

Achieving Teaching Excellence and Student Success: Bluepulse At Sheridan College

calendarWednesday, March 25th 2015, 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM Eastern Timezone
Institutions are challenged to play an active role in enabling faculty development and fostering communities of self-directed learners. Bluepulse by eXplorance is an adaptive improvement tool that allows instructors to leverage anonymous formative feedback to make iterative changes in the learning environment. Instructors publish opportunities for improvement that are current and relevant to students. Having students and instructors participate in the improvement process allows institutions to engage students, support faculty development and achieve student success. Learn how Bluepulse integrates seamlessly with Brightspace and listen first-hand how Sheridan College is leveraging the Bluepulse platform to achieve their institutional goals. Watch the video presentation.    

Michael Evans