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Feedback Culture: Redefining Teaching Effectiveness with Holistic Evaluation Methods

calendarThursday, April 25th 2024, 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM Eastern Timezone
Colleges and universities have traditionally relied on a single data point in student evaluations, a perspective that cannot adequately describe the complete extent of inclusive and effective teaching practices. Join this webinar with guests speakers from Northwestern University and Dalhousie University to explore the innovative ways to evaluate teaching effectiveness beyond traditional student evaluations, and how a more holistic approach can mitigate implicit bias and create a comprehensive overview of teaching excellence.

In this episode, we'll discuss:

  • How a combination of self-assessment, peer reviews, and student evaluations of teaching can facilitate diverse perspectives on teaching and learning practices.
  • The benefits of a holistic evaluation of teaching for faculty, students, and the institution.
  • How the complexities of this comprehensive approach can be simplified and facilitated through frameworks and technology.

Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2024

Time: 12pm Eastern Time

Panelists: Elizabeth Gillis, Dalhousie University, Suzanne Le-May Sheffield, Dalhousie University, Veronica Womack, Northwestern University


Feedback Culture: Mitigating Implicit Bias in Course Evaluations

calendarWednesday, March 20th 2024, 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM Eastern Timezone
Explore the hidden dimensions of bias in course evaluations with panelist from Northwestern University, The Ohio State University, and the University of Texas at Austin. This engaging panel discussion aims to contribute to the ongoing dialogue on mitigating bias to foster more effective student feedback on teaching and learning in higher education. Don’t miss the opportunity to gain valuable insights and strategies to create a culture of feedback.

Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2024

Time: 12pm Eastern Time

Panelists: Julie Schell, University of Texas at Austin, Joyce Chen, The Ohio State University, and Veronica Womack, Northwestern University


Course Evaluations at Boise State University: A case study in “‘Blue’ Turf Thinking”

calendarWednesday, June 7th 2023, 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM Eastern Timezone

Over the past few years, Boise State University has been making a concerted effort to evaluate and improve their enterprise course evaluation system. Stakeholders in Academic Affairs and Information Technology looked at internal systems and processes as well as the web-based software tool that delivered the evaluations. This presentation describes Boise State’s transition to Blue from a legacy system (while also transitioning support and administration to central IT) and how it presented opportunities to examine and improve many of their practices, while introducing value adds like universal questions.

In this webinar you will learn about the history of course evaluations at Boise State, what led to transition to Blue, learning about the implementation and how the University has embraced it’s new course evaluation tool.

Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Time: 1pm EST 

Presented by: Dr. Leif Nelson and Michael Ellis, Boise State University

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Handling Comments of Concern – Practices, Policies, Competency

calendarWednesday, May 10th 2023, 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM Eastern Timezone

Qualitative comments in course evaluations give details to insights contextualizing quantitative data, and more and more institutions are utilizing text-analytics technology such as Blue Text Analytics and BlueML to analyze qualitative comments. One of the capabilities that such text-analytics technology provides is detection of potentially concerning comments - overly negative, offensive, threatening, harassing, biased, and/or indicators of potential misconduct. The key question asked was “Are institutions ready to handle such comments of concern, as they are detected?” In this virtual panel session, panelists will discuss challenges in handling such potentially concerning comments and strategies on how to go about addressing such challenges, such as expanding or clarifying policies and procedures, identifying needed competencies for various stake holders (students, faculty, admin staff, etc), and ensuring that relevant training and communications are available.

Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2023 

Time: 4pm Eastern Time

Panelists: Brad Wuetherick, UBC; Lisa Votodian, University of Pittsburgh; Meagan Morrissey, University of Newcastle

Moderator: Pete Baccile, Explorance

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Transforming Module Reports into Valuable Quality Assurance Resources

calendarWednesday, May 10th 2023, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Eastern Timezone

The standard Blue module surveys provide useful results of the student responses for actionable insights. But can we get them to work harder for us? Join the webinar to discover how Birkbeck have added greater context and providing a more rounded picture of the module and its place in the wider degree programme. Explore how module evaluation reports can become valuable quality assurance resources through:

  • Using the closing-the-loop functionality to provide feedback back to students
  • Enabling module leaders to write their own contemporaneous thoughts to assist with module development
  • Enabling module leaders to provide context for their manager and head of department
  • Grouping module results into Programme-wide reports
  • Incorporating other module and programme data to provide greater context.

Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Time: 10am EST / 3pm BST

Presented by: Garmon ap Garth, Birkbeck University of London


Unlocking the Complexity of Student Evaluations in Medical Schools

calendarWednesday, May 10th 2023, 03:00 AM - 04:00 AM Eastern Timezone

Obtaining student feedback for medical and health sciences is critical and differs from other university programs due to specific scenarios such as different starting dates, block rotations, and multiple instructors. Student feedback gathering in medical and health schools faces a variety of challenges, including data accuracy and preparation, leveraging multiple data sources, monitoring new and dropped students, and new teacher assignments. A centralized system that can handle all surveys and evaluations in one project does not only increases efficiency but may be necessary for student success.

In this Panel discussion, we will go over various response rates techniques such as LMS integration, Reminders, the availability of in-class reminders, and QR codes. In addition, we will demonstrate how to disseminate reports at various levels, such as instructor, program, and/or school. Join us where our respected panelists will share their institution's best practices and techniques for medical school evaluations.

Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2023 

Time: 11am Dubai Time

Panelists: Dr. Heba Ismail, Dubai Medical College for Girls, Dr. Adrian Stanley, Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dr. Maher Alandiyjany, Batterjee Medical College

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Data to Insights – Part 2: How Washburn School of Nursing (SON) Transforms Data into Actionable Insights for Purposeful Improvements

calendarWednesday, March 8th 2023, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM Eastern Timezone

You’ve collected your feedback data; now how do you turn it into actionable insights to improve the student learning experience, teaching effectiveness, and operational efficiencies? Join this webinar (part 2 of 2) to learn how Washburn SON makes sense of data from various sources (SIS, LMS, Blue, etc.) in Blue Dashboard and data warehouse in a way for various stakeholders to glean insights and take actions, using data from Blue as a basis for meta-analysis. Washburn SON will also share how the outputs from Blue are integrated to inform accreditation readiness and view improvement trends over time to improve student learning outcomes.

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2023 

Time: 2pm Eastern Time

Presented By: Linda Merillat, Washburn University, School of Nursing


Data to Insights – Part 1: How Washburn School of Nursing (SON) Draws on the Power of Blue to Collect (“Project Set-ups”) and Report on Data (“Report Set-ups”) for Actionable Insights

calendarTuesday, February 7th 2023, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM Eastern Timezone

Join this webinar (part 1 of 2) to learn how Washburn SON draws on the power of Blue with various project set-ups for a wide range of evaluations (such as end-of-term courses, end-of-program, peer-to-peer, agency-preceptor, and faculty workshop evaluations) to provide a more holistic view of student and faculty feedback for actionable insights. Washburn SON will also share how they bring scalability and consistency to their evaluations with the use of Blue Question Bank, to connect specific learning objectives as questions in course evaluations. In addition, you will learn how Washburn SON reports on this data at various levels (including reports for Instructors, Course Coordinators, Program Directors, Associate Deans, and Dean/Director of Assessments).

Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 

Time: 2pm Eastern Time

Presented By: Linda Merillat, Washburn University, School of Nursing


“A Significant Improvement”: Using Blue to Support Enhancement and Closing the Loop Activities

calendarTuesday, November 1st 2022, 08:00 AM - 09:00 AM Eastern Timezone

The University of Worcester has just completed its first 12 months of using Blue following a successful implementation project. This presentation will cover the positive impacts and some challenges of launching Blue across the institution, with a particular focus on how we are using the system to improve communications and feedback to students. We will examine 3 key projects that have been carried out, and identify how Blue is supporting wider goals around enhancement and the student experience.

Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Time: 12:00pm GMT (8:00am ET)

Presenter: University of Worcester


Beyond Dashboards: How We Changed the Fabric of Decision Making

calendarWednesday, October 12th 2022, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM Eastern Timezone

Years in the making, Sheridan's integrated suite of intelligence tools has transformed leadership's ability to consistently make faster, better decisions in high stakes situations, bringing IR to the fore in terms of visibility, credibility and strategic import. In the post-pandemic era of change and disruption, this work has tangibly improved our ability to successfully identify and adjust to changing market conditions. Beautifully designed and built on myriad interconnected data sets and custom predictive models, the suite covers all aspects of the institution’s business – administrative and academic, at strategic, tactical and operational levels – allowing users to quickly identify, contextualize and action issues and opportunities. In this presentation we take you from specific visualizations to big picture, reviewing concrete examples of how these tools drive success, and demonstrating how we delivered on our promise to accelerate decision making with more than 'just another dashboard.'

Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Time: 2:00pm Eastern Time

Presenters: Dean Langan & Mark Neumann, Sheridan College


Effective Student Course Evaluations and Question Personalization for Instructors

calendarWednesday, September 14th 2022, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM Eastern Timezone

Question Personalization allows instructors to add custom questions to their student course evaluations. In this session, we’ll discuss practical tips on how faculty can write effective questions and how the Center for Teaching and Learning at Washington University in St. Louis supports instructors interested in Question Personalization.

Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Time: 2:00pm Eastern Time

Presenters: Rick Moore, Ph.D., Assistant Director of Assessment and Evaluation & Kim Daniels, Registrar Services Specialist, Washington University in St. Louis

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Bluenotes Community March Meetup to Discuss Guidelines for Instructors in Interpreting and Reporting Results

calendarWednesday, March 30th 2022, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM Eastern Timezone

Over the past few years, Bluenotes Community members have identified the need for consistent recommendations and guidelines to help instructors interpret evaluation/assessment data to effectively inform teaching and course planning. A group of thought-leading practitioners in the Bluenotes Reporting & Analytics Community have collaborated to build a document of guidelines which centers around a common framework of language associated with reporting of evaluation data - the "Guidelines for Instructors in Interpreting and Reporting Quantitative Feedback" document and the "Guidelines for Instructors in Interpreting and Reporting Qualitative Feedback" document.

We'd like to invite you to meet monthly, starting January 2022 through June 2022, to further develop this document by incorporating feedback from you in Blue-using institutions around the world. The final result will be shared at the Bluenotes GLOBAL 2022 conference in Chicago (July 30-August 3, 2022).

Facilitator and Co-author of the Guidelines: John Jordi, PhD., University of Florida


Enhancing Quality through Management and Reporting of High Volume of Surveys: GMU's Success Story

calendarWednesday, March 16th 2022, 07:00 AM - 08:00 AM Eastern Timezone

View this webinar recording to learn best practices implemented at the Gulf Medical University on how several surveys and evaluations were administered across different medical and healthcare programs. The webinar also highlights how the results of these evaluations helped in addressing the accreditation standards at both local and international levels and hence fostered the quality assurance system at GMU. The webinar reflects on various features of Blue that were used in:

  • Managing high volume of surveys versatile in scope
  • Engaging academic teams in enhancing response rates
  • Reporting the evaluation results to meet the customized requirements from the stakeholder
  • New and enhanced features used for effective reporting of evaluation results

Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Time: 2:00pm KSA / 3:00pm UAE

Presenters: Prof. Sherief Khalifa & Dr. Syeda Asma Fatima, Gulf Medical University

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How Blue is Helping in Assessing the Quality of Education in AUC

calendarWednesday, February 16th 2022, 07:00 AM - 08:00 AM Eastern Timezone

At its best, high-quality assessments provides actionable insights to inform curriculum and instructional decisions that would facilitate in assessing and improving the Quality of Education. The first step is to vet and design relevant, standards-based surveys and evaluations that can be used to measure satisfaction and effectiveness at the different stages of the student’s learning journey. Quality Assurance and Institutional Research departments works side by side with the Information technology department to build up these well-structured surveys at AUC.

View this webinar recording to learn AUC's best practices on how they have partnered with Explorance to leverage the Blue platform to:

  • Enhance the process of designing and publishing different types of surveys.
  • Overcome previous challenges with regards to stakeholders’ engagement.
  • Design comprehensive reporting, including longitudinal analysis.
  • Disseminate timely reports based on the institution’s hierarchy.

Presenter: Nouran Maher, Director, Tech Solutions, The American University in Cairo (AUC)

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Survey Emails as an Effective Tool for Improving Response Rates: Sharing Email HTML Codes

calendarWednesday, December 1st 2021, 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM Eastern Timezone

Survey invitation and reminder emails can positively impact response rates. Many Bluenotes community members expressed their interest in learning about HTML codes used in survey emails. In this webinar, University of Florida will share various email HTML codes to make survey invitation and reminder emails more effective.

Time: December 1, 1:00pm Eastern Time

Presenter: John Jordi, University of Florida

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How to Create an Annual Report in Blue when Course-Evaluation Projects to be Combined Have Different Questions

calendarWednesday, December 1st 2021, 07:00 AM - 08:00 AM Eastern Timezone

Academic institutions listen to students, via Student Evaluations of Teaching (also known in various terms such as course evaluations and module evaluations), at the end of a semester. As you do so, stakeholders may want to see an annual report that combines the results of the semesters in a particular academic year. You can use a Blue functionality called “project mapping” to do so. However, what if you have updated or added a few questions in the survey during the second semester? Can we have both versions of the questions and their responses in the annual report? In other words, can we map projects with different question blocks in Blue? Khwarizmi International College (KIC) was able to do so in Blue. In this webinar, KIC will share with you how you can “map” projects with different questions in Blue to produce an annual report that includes results on all questions.

Time: December 1, 4:00pm UAE Gulf Standard Time; 7:00am Eastern Time

Presenter: Anjali Rathod, Institutional Quality, Effectiveness and Assurance, Khwarizmi International College

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Strategies to Enhance Course Evaluation Ecosystem: Lessons Learned at NUS

calendarWednesday, November 24th 2021, 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM Eastern Timezone

Student feedback on teaching (SFT) gather information and evaluate faculty for personnel decisions (Spooren & Christiaens, 2016; Darwin, 2017; Hornstein, 2017; Linse, 2017). These evaluations primarily capture students’ perception of their experience and satisfaction with teachers (and teaching), rather than teaching effectiveness. In 2017, the National University of Singapore (NUS) transitioned its centralized university-wide course evaluations (known as the SFT system) from an in-house online system to an automated online system using Blue.

In this webinar, we share the planning process, insights gained, and strategies employed in the implementation of a university-wide transition within a condensed timeline. First, we describe the lessons learned in terms of the importance of aligning key objectives of the exercise to the larger purpose, collaborating and engaging with the community, educating and engaging students, and building sustainable processes. Second, we share our experience with reporting and the approaches adopted to use feedback data in the overall analytics strategy of your institution. Finally, we end with an overview of our plans for the future.

Presenters: Kiruthika Ragupathi and Beh Keng Khim, National University of Singapore

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Best Practices for Integrating the Student's Voice as an Integral Part of Improving the Learning Experience

calendarTuesday, November 16th 2021, 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM Eastern Timezone

At a time when technology has become an integral part of our daily lives, and while students of this millennium are described as tech-savvy, fast-paced individuals who communicate with each other quickly and electronically, most educational institutions still face the challenge of polling students effectively.

This webinar discusses the best ways to elicit students’ opinions in a successful and continuous way, so that the students’ voice represents their impression of the development of the learning journey and their awareness of the outcomes of lessons and curricula. This webinar also focuses on how to achieve positive returns to expectations so that all stakeholders (student, teacher, course coordinator) participate in a sustainable and continuous improvement cycle.


  • Prof. Maysaa Al Qurashi, Vice-Rector of Planning, Development and Quality, Saudi Electronic University (SEU)
  • Suzan Abu Shakra, Faculty Affairs Manager, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST)
  • Samer Jaffar, General Manager, MENA and Singapore, Explorance

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MBRU’s Experiences with Abruptly Transitioning Medical Programs to Distance Learning at the Onset of COVID-19

calendarWednesday, November 3rd 2021, 08:00 AM - 09:00 AM Eastern Timezone

This presentation shed light on the rapid transition to distance learning of a postgraduate dental medicine and an undergraduate medical program at the Mohammad Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU). An action research approach constituted the foundation of this collaborative effort that involved investigations, reflections, and improvements of practice, through ongoing cycles of planning, acting, observing, and reflecting. Accordingly, existing platforms were leveraged, learning and teaching activities (including but not limited to assessments) were modified, and distance learning was proactively facilitated for all involved stakeholders. A series of convergent mixed methods research studies were conducted to systemically evaluate the experiences. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected, from learners and instructors, using contextualized, tailor-made surveys assembled through the Blue platform. These internally consistent and externally valid data collection tools were made using input provided by the Bluenotes community members. View this webinar recording to learn more about the results and implications.

Time: November 3, 4:00pm Dubai Time; 8:00am Eastern Timezone

Presenters: Professors Ritu Lakhtakia, Dr. Fatemeh Amir Rad, and Farah Otaki, MBRU

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The Paradox of Course Evaluations (and How to Solve It) – Insight from the Stockholm School of Economics

calendarTuesday, October 19th 2021, 08:00 AM - 09:00 AM Eastern Timezone

Student feedback surveys are an important tool that should support teachers in the development of pedagogical skills and course delivery. They should motivate teachers to keep improving and help identify the measures that would help students to learn even more effectively. Yet, the feedback often ends up being used primarily by management when deciding on which courses and/or teacher positions should be maintained, and by prospective students when choosing between available courses. Instead of improving quality, course evaluations can sometimes exacerbate quality issues. Low satisfaction numbers discourage students from taking courses, which in turn often decreases the allocated resources and as a consequence the possibility of recovering from negative feedback.

How can we confront this paradox?

Generating, collecting, and reporting course evaluations is often a labor-intensive, time-consuming and largely manual process.  The majority of the academic year is often spent on "getting evaluations done" which leaves little margins for designing feedback surveys that go beyond course satisfaction and actually take individual teachers' needs into consideration. Further, due to late reporting and hard-to-understand reports, the collected data is in some cases not even used by the teachers, leaving students with the feeling that their feedback is not valued.

Here is a list of topics that institutions often struggle with, and which this webinar will provide practical advice in tackling:

  • Flexibility of course questions in accounting for variations in course structure.
  • Timely delivery of results to allow teachers to work with feedback while the memory of the course is still fresh.
  • Data analysis to help teachers easily identify what they should focus on.
  • Integrated reports and dashboards to help heads of institutions focus on key areas for improvement, instead on performance of individual courses/teachers.
  • Creating a feedback loop between the students and the teachers which creates transparency while maintaining privacy.
  • Adequate response rates to ensure survey results are representative and valid.

Presenters: Assia Viachka  - Academic Controller, Kristin Petersmann, PhD - Data Insights Manager, Stockholm School of Economics


Agile and Responsive Feedback at Cardiff University; Failing Fast and Adapting Quickly

calendarWednesday, October 6th 2021, 08:00 AM - 09:00 AM Eastern Timezone
The Covid pandemic shone a spotlight on the need for effective student voice across the sector, and at Cardiff we had to adapt quickly to ensure we were meeting the needs of our students. This session will explore how Cardiff University, a Russell Group institution, adapted legacy approaches to student voice by utilising Blue to introduce Cardiff Pulse. Pulse is an agile, near real-time feedback mechanism that we launched each month from March-July 2021 to all our students. We’ll discuss the benefits of Pulse and an agile approach to student voice for both staff and students, and we’ll look at how we at Cardiff embraced failing fast to help us improve faster and some of the lessons we learned along the way.

At the end of the session attendees will have an understanding of:
  • How older universities can adapt legacy approaches to student voice
  • The benefits of an agile approach to student voice for both staff and student engagement
  • Approaches to designing a scheme for your own institution
Time: October 5, 2021, 1:00pm BST
Presenter: Eleanor Mayo-Ward, Student Engagement Manager, Cardiff University


What can Students Contribute to Assessment and Improvement of Teaching Quality? University of Saskatchewan’s Journey from Student Evaluation of Teaching to Student Learning Experience Feedback

calendarTuesday, October 5th 2021, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM Eastern Timezone

Increasingly institutions are reflecting on the purposes of student evaluations of teaching, referred to by many names including student ratings of instruction and course evaluations. The numerous terms used to describe these instruments suggest a multitude of potentially conflicting purposes and/or audiences. In this webinar, the University of Saskatchewan will share its journey of shifting its instrument’s focus from evaluations to student learning experience feedback, along with its thoughtful change management efforts including rethinking of its instrument’s purposes and establishing student learning experience feedback policy and related processes for evidencing and assessing teaching quality.

Time: October 6, 2:00pm Eastern Timezone

Presenter: Nancy Turner, PhD, Director Teaching and Learning Enhancement, University of Saskatchewan

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Flip the Script! Using Blue for Course and Program Assessment

calendarWednesday, July 14th 2021, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM Eastern Timezone

Can Blue be used in assessment of courses and programs, in addition to students evaluating courses? Yes! Hennepin Technical College has developed an approach to use Blue in order to provide assessments on a course level and a program level, in a more efficient and effective way for faculty completing their end of term assessments.

Assessing the learning outcomes every term provides Hennepin (especially Deans and Program Directors) with insightful data and student demographic analytics – for example, reports comparing outcomes from a course level to an institutional level for benchmark comparisons. Join this webinar to learn how Hennepin Technical College has implemented Blue for assessment of courses and programs, and how everyone from faculty to deans have benefited.

Time: July 14, 2:00pm Eastern Timezone

Presenters: Shannon Thomas M.B.A., Interim Dean of Technology and Institutional Research, Hennepin Technical College

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Student Service Experience: How using Student ID Cards enables Fast Feedback on Student Services at Somerset

calendarWednesday, June 9th 2021, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM Eastern Timezone

As students at Somerset Community College are using services such as advisor and tutor services, they are able to provide timely feedback for student services on campus, as well as their experiences with tutors and advisors. By integrating student IDs with barcode scanning functionality, student services and Blue, Somerset initiates the student feedback process from each point-of-contact experience. This automated quick feedback process allows Somerset to address any issues as they arise in a timely manner, rather than waiting until the end of the term. Join Somerset’s community-led webinar to learn how you can expand your feedback process to the student service experiences.

Time: June 9, 2:00pm Eastern Timezone

Presenter: Jacob Held, Somerset Community College


How SUTD Reached a 95%+ Response Rate on their Course and Instructor Evaluations in 6 Months

calendarTuesday, May 18th 2021, 04:00 AM - 05:00 AM Eastern Timezone

Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) tried to increase the response rate of their Course and Instructor Evaluations over several years with limited success. In this Webinar, SUTD will share how their innovative usage of Blue and University Policies resulted in a 97% response rate in 2020.

Time: May 19, 4:00pm Singapore Timezone

Presenters: Magnus Bengtsson, Lead, Educational Technology, Office of Undergraduate Studies and Raifanah Binte Mohamed Ramli, Senior Associate, Educational Technology, Office of Undergraduate Studies, Singapore University of Technology and Design

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Did You Know Blue Could Do That?

calendarWednesday, May 5th 2021, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM Eastern Timezone

Many institutions have applied Blue in creative and innovative ways beyond course evaluations for feedback-informed decisions and a higher level of student experience. In this learning webinar, Candace Girard at Tufts University and Donna Davis at James Mason University are joining together to share how they are using Blue. You will learn how Tufts University uses Blue to retrieve data from OASIS, a clinical scheduling tool, to build reports that feed from multiple areas of OASIS into a single Blue-supported data sync in support of meeting the needs of medical and health sciences. You will also learn how James Madison University uses Blue to manage full-semester courses being divided into multiple four-week rotations. Each rotation covers key components for majors in specific disciplines. Enrollees are divided into smaller groups, simultaneously learning and evaluating each component before rotating to the next.

Time: May 5, 2:00pm Eastern Timezone

Presenters: Candace Girard, Tufts University and Donna Davis, James Mason University


Two Roles, One Class: How to Rate a Secondary Subject Twice in One Form

calendarWednesday, April 14th 2021, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM Eastern Timezone

The Instructor Role and triggers were setup for team-taught courses with multiple instructor roles in the same course. While those tools are powerful, our situation required specific questions for roles and, for an individual serving in multiple roles in the same course, those questions needed to be available “twice” in the questionnaire. Additionally, while one role (Instructor) was evaluated by all students, a different role (Facilitator) needed to be selectable to just the students who had this instructor in small group. In this webinar we will present the unique situation we faced as well as illustrate the solution we came up with to allow an instructor to be evaluated twice in the same form.

Time: April 14, 2:00pm Eastern Timezone

Presenters: Christina Pomykal, Program Manager, UNC-Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy; Michael Lee Jones, Professional Services Consultant, Explorance


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.   Watch the video presentation.  

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