Information Technology Services

Course Evaluation

ITS provides course evaluation services that allow students to evaluate academic courses and instructors. Evaluation services are available using either an online methodology (the Class Climate system from Scantron) or in a traditional print format.



Course Evaluation Features

  • Online Course Evaluations can be used with any type of course - in person, hybrid or totally online!
  • Evaluations can be used during Fall, Winterim, Spring and Summer semesters!
  • Tabulated reports are created and sent to department chairs / designates after each evaulation period.
  • Students are notified via email when evaluations are available.
  • Students can access the evaluations directly inside of their Canvas course.

Getting started with Course Evaluations

The online course evaluation system, Explorance Blue, can be used for any type of course, whether it is a traditional classroom course, a hybrid course, or a course that is entirely online. It can be used for either 8-week, 16-week, summer or Winterim courses.

Evaluations are sent to students via email; students complete the form and submit, and the central system tabulates the results and sends a completed report to department chairs and their designates.

Online Course Evaluation Schedule

Spring 2024 8W1 8W2 16W
Instructor Question Selection Opens (CoBE Only) 2/26/2024 4/18/2024 4/11/2024
Instructor Question Selection Due 3/4/2024 4/25/2024 4/18/2024
Evaluations Open 3/5/2024 4/26/2024 4/19/2024
Evaluations Close (11:59 pm) 3/12/2024 5/3/2024 5/3/2024
Final Report Availability 3/20/2024 5/15/2024 5/15/2024

The traditional print format for course evaluations requires departments to purchase pre-formatted answer sheets, and manually distribute in class for students to complete. The completed evaluation forms are hand-delivered to the Help Desk, where the machine-readable answer sheets are scanned and processed, and the results are distributed in PDF format. Once scanned, the evaluations are then mailed back via intercampus mail. The printed Course Evaluation Services are provided by the IT Services Network Operations Center (NOC).

Contact:, x1149

Drop Off Location: Help Desk

Evaluations must be completed using a No. 2 pencil.

Departments are charged $0.12 per evaluation.

For all courses (3-week, 8-week, or 16-week), the deadline for making prep requests is two weeks prior to the end of the final day of classes.

Results are sent to the academic department associate's campus email account. If you need assistance printing, please contact the Help Desk at x4357. Emailed results are in PDF format. During peak end of semester times (January or May), evaluations results can take up to a month to process.

The Course Evaluation Advisory Group is comprised of a department chair and administrator from each college, a student from each college, and Information Technology Services representatives and is convened by the Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. The group was created to help manage and oversee the online course evaluation process that takes place after each term. 

This group will:

  • improve communications related to the Explorance Blue course evaluation tool
  • funnel issues from instructors & departments to ITS
  • review policies and procedures
  • suggest improvements and revisions that benefit the implementation and use of Explorance Blue
  • communicate issues & problems to ITS
  • review improvements in response to the issues, and make policy decisions on things such as setting survey deadlines and exceptions to stated policies (e.g., late surveys, opening surveys late for students).

Current advisory group members are as follows:

College / Department Members
Arts and Communication Jared Janovec and Robert Mertens
Business and Economics Kelly Delaney-Klinger and Yamin Ahmad
Education and Professional Studies Lana Collet-Klingenberg, Andrea Ednie, and Lynn Gilbertson
Letters and Sciences Loren Wilbers and Susan Johnson
Integrated Studies Tricia Clasen and Kimberly Kostka
ITS Kevin Behringer, Eric Loepp
Provost Office Kristin Plessel
Student Representatives Kate Omernik and Anna White

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