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Blue Course Evaluations – Monitoring Response Rates – Faculty/Chairs

UVM adopted Blue by Explorance course evaluation software in Fall 2019. Blue is a centralized online evaluation tool with decentralized control and access. It automates invitation and administration of surveys to students, compiles student feedback anonymously and securely, and delivers private, comprehensive reports to faculty members.

Monitoring Response Rates:

Blue allows faculty and department chairs to monitor how many student evaluations have been received during the evaluation period.  These reports can be used to gauge the effectiveness of departmental or faculty requests to students, and permit faculty to prompt their students to complete their evaluations.

Response rate reports are available for the entire evaluation period, but are only actively updated during the specific evaluation period of the given course. General evaluation periods for each semester are posted on the Registrar’s Course Evaluation information page.

Instructors will receive an automated email from the Blue application when their response reports are available.

View your Blue Evaluation Response Rates

Monitoring your Response Rates

Automated emails from bluesurveys@uvm.edu

  1. You will receive an invitation email the day that one or more of your surveys opens to your students. You will also receive two reminder emails.
    Example:

    Subject line: Course Evaluations – View response rates now

    Email body:

    Dear [FIRST NAME],

    The University of Vermont is committed to ensuring the quality of its academic programs, its teaching, and the learning experiences of its students. An important component of this is the regular evaluation of courses by students.

    Instructors are invited to view their response rates to this term’s course evaluations. Please click here to view response rates.

    We encourage you to use this information to increase response rates. You may choose to direct your students to complete evaluations via Blackboard or myUVM or you may choose to set aside time in class for students to complete on a computer, tablet, or mobile device.

    Note that students receive two reminder emails automatically in addition to their initial invitation email

  2. Open the announcement email.
  3. Click Please click here to view response rates.”
  4. Your web browser will bring you to the full Blue application page
  5. Click the blue links to view response rate reports on each active course evaluation.
  6. Click Response Rate in the left hand navigation.

myUVM - Resources tab

  1. Log in to myUVM using your netID and email password
  2. Click on the Resources tab
    image of myuvm website with Resources tab highlighted
  3. Under “Your Courses”, click “Course Evaluations – Reports”
    image of myuvm Resources tab with Course Evaluations Reports link highlighted
  4. Your web browser will bring you to the full Blue application page
  5. Click Response Rate in the left hand navigation.

Blackboard Home Page

  1. Log in to Blackboard using your NetID and password.
  2. Click on Course Evaluations – Responses in the Tools box on the Blackboard home page
    image of UVM blackboard Tools box with Course Evaluations Responses highlighted
  3. Your web browser will bring you to the full Blue application page.
  4. Click Response Rate in the left hand navigation.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do to increase my evaluation response rate?

We’ve found that UVM faculty have successfully increased their evaluation response rates by doing the following:

  • Be aware of, and inform your students of, the specific evaluation periods of the courses you are teaching.  Depending on your academic unit, the semester and the courses you are teaching, evaluations may open and close at a variety of times within the overall course evaluation period.  Especially during the summer term, you need to be specific regarding when your course’s evaluation will be available to students.  Your department’s DIG Administrator can provide you with this information.
  • Encourage your students to provide you with feedback by referencing changes you’ve made in your current teaching based on student input.
  • Inform students of the different evaluation notices Blue will send them, and the various access methods available to them.
  • Remind the students enrolled in each of your classes to fill out their evaluations on the day evaluations open for the course via your myUVM portal.  Send another reminder towards the end of the evaluation period.
Updated on July 28, 2021

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