College End of Course Evaluations For Coordinators & Chairs
Updated Information for Instructors is available. We encourage you to share this with your faculty and TAs. Student Evaluations of Teaching Information for Instructors (updated 2019-06-18)
Course Selection opens Monday, March 2, 2020.
Course Selection closes Wednesday, March 11, 2020.
Instructor Question Personalization opens one week prior to evaluation.
Instructor Question Personalization closes at 11:59pm one day prior to evaluation.
Evaluations open for BIOL and CHEM lab sections on Monday, April 6, 2020.
Evaluations open for all courses on Monday, April 13, 2020.*
Evaluations close at 11:59pm on Friday, April 24, 2020.*
*Open and close dates for evaluations may be customized to the course for faculty led study abroad experiences.
Selections are be made through the Blue Course Evaluation System.
See Important Dates, above, for specific opening and closing dates.
Logging into the Blue Course Evaluation System is done using your ONYEN credentials. If you are involved in your departments course selection and your ONYEN is rejected, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistant.
Please be sure to verify that you have access to all the courses that your department administers. If you need access to a course not currently available to you, please use the above address to let us know so we can update your access. Also, please ensure that all selected courses have complete and correct instructor information, especially email addresses. Courses without an instructor cannot be evaluated.
The course information in the new system pulls in the following ConnectCarolina instructor roles associated with each course: primary instructor, secondary instructor, and TA. Please be sure that you have removed any instructor you do not wish to have evaluated and added any instructors not currently listed. All instructor specific questions on the evaluation will automatically be asked once per instructor listed on the course.
Below are some guidelines for selection.
- If you are the non-sponsoring unit of a cross-list, you will not see your sections of the cross-listed course in the selection application. It is the responsibility of the sponsoring unit to select the course for evaluation. Once the sponsoring unit selects the course, all sections of the cross-list will be evaluated.
- Courses with enrollment under 4 students (Independent study courses, research courses, and internships, i.e. courses numbered *93, *95, and *96, Graduate theses and dissertations) should be selected with caution. Please be aware that reports for courses with fewer than 4 students will be released to the department chair initially, and they can release these reports to the instructor at their discretion. We ask you to keep in mind the need for student anonymity when releasing these reports.
- If you have combined sections (for example an honors section attached to a standard section, or multiple levels of a course sequence meeting in one room) some sections may fall under the above low enrollment policy. If these sections have been combined by the registrar’s office and have a combined section ID, the report will automatically be combined in the Blue Course Evaluation System. If the combined enrollment is four or more students, then the report will be released to the instructor. If you have questions about any combined sections, please email Heather Thompson as soon as possible during the selection window to ensure the course will be evaluated correctly.
- First Year Seminar courses (those numbered 050 to 089) will automatically be selected for evaluation each semester regardless of what selection you make. These courses will be visible to you during selection, but even if you select “Do Not Evaluate” they will still receive an evaluation using the customized FYS instrument. We encourage you not to adjust information on these courses.
This is an example of the semester’s schedule based on a typical Fall/Spring semester timeline.
- Census Date – Week 3
- Course Selections open – Between weeks 3-6, always after Census Date
- Course Selections close – 1-2 weeks after course selections opened
- Instructor access to add personalized questions – 1 week prior to evaluation opening (per-course if evaluation dates differ)
- Evaluations open – Last 14 scheduled class days (Last 21 scheduled class days for select lab sections)
- Evaluation reports released – 1-2 weeks after last scheduled exam
The Blue Course Evaluation system was used to evaluate all College courses beginning in Spring 2017. It was also used for four pilot departments in Fall 2016 (Art, Economics, Mathematics, and German and Slavic Languages and Literatures). All evaluations in the Blue Course Evaluation System will remain available to instructors and department administrators for both web viewing and PDF download. If you are a department administrator and do not have access to a specific course evaluation report, please contact email@example.com with the course subject, number, section, and semester (for an individual report) or the semester (if you do not have access to any from that term) so we can update your access. Department users who are also course instructors will be asked to select between “Instructor” and “CAS_Dept_Users” User groups when logging in. Instructor access is for your courses’ tasks and reports, and CAS_Dept_User access is for your department level report access and selection tasks. If you have any issues logging into Blue, please see the below system access options.
Please reference this document for some tips on how to easily find exactly what you are looking for when searching through department reports in Blue: Reporting Access Tips (updated 2018-05).
Evaluations for the College were managed through Class Climate from Fall 2014 until Fall 2016. If you need a copy of a course evaluation report for any course taught between Fall 2014 and Fall 2016, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the instructor’s first and last name, the course subject, number, and section, and what semester it was taught. A PDF copy of the evaluation report will then be emailed to you. The Department Chair must authorize report access for anyone other than the course instructor. Users authorized to access reports in Blue are preapproved by the chair. Anyone else requesting a report will need the chair’s approval before the report will be sent to them.
Digital Measures, the system used prior to Class Climate, was implemented for departments starting in 2009 (implementation dates vary) and ran through Summer 2014. The Digital Measures site was taken down in early Spring 2015, and unfortunately, course evaluation coordinators no longer have access to the dashboard to pull reports for course evaluations prior to Fall 2014. The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA) preserved the raw data and has shared this with the College. Please email email@example.com with the instructor’s first and last name, the course subject, number, and section, and what semester it was taught. This data can only be shared as an excel file at this time.
Course evaluations can be accessed via ConnectCarolina, by students.
The Blue Course Evaluation System link can be found under Student HomePage Links in ConnectCarolina.
Evaluations can be accessed via Sakai by students (if they login with their onyen).
Students will see a “Course Evals” option on the left-hand menu in Sakai. Clicking on that option will show their course evaluations within the Sakai environment.
Evaluation reports, selection, question personalization, and response rates can be accessed via ConnectCarolina by staff, faculty, and TAs listed as instructors.
The Blue Course Evaluation System link can be found under the Student Administration menu on the left on the Faculty Portal.
The Blue Course Evaluation System link can be found under the Admin WorkCenter Links.
These links will take you to your Blue Dashboard which will display any open tasks (question personalization, response rate viewing which displays as view and manage questionnaire settings tasks) and any available reports (present and past).
All campus users can also access the Blue Course Evaluation System directly using your onyen and password to log in at this url: https://blueeval.unc.edu/Blue/.
Be aware that if you hold multiple roles in the system (ie you are an instructor and a student or you are an instructor and a department administrator) you will be asked to select a user role when you log in. User groups include Student, Instructor, and CAS_Dept_Users (College Department Users).
To support our goal of improving instruction through student evaluations of teaching, we encourage departments to develop a questionnaire that is customized to their needs. A guide to current questionnaires in use, and PDF copies can be found here.
Please contact Heather Thompson for further details on the customization process, required and recommended questions, and any other questions.
Current deadlines for questionnaire customization are September 1 for implementation in a fall semester and February 1 for implementation in a spring semester.
What questions will be asked of students on evaluations varies by department or curriculum. To check what questions are being asked on your evaluation, please use this guide.
Please be aware that cross-listed courses will use the instrument assigned to the owning (sponsoring) section of the cross-list, which is determined based on the offering number in ConnectCarolina. If you have any questions about what instrument will be assigned to your course, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The College assisted in the pilot program for a new software to manage course evaluations, Explorance Blue. Four departments participated in the pilot:
Art (Subject Codes: ARTH, ARTS)
Economics (Subject Code: ECON)
German and Slavic Languages and Literatures (Subject Codes: CZCH, DTCH, GERM, GSLL, HUNG, PLSH, RUSS, SECR, SLAV)
Mathematics (Subject Code: MATH)
First Year Seminar (FYS) courses were not included in the pilot. Reports for pilot courses will remain available in the Blue system.
The below information is intended as orientation information for faculty and TAs who will be evaluated. This document will be shared with new faculty as part of the College’s new faculty orientation. We encourage all departments to share this document with new TAs.