Course evaluations

An adaptive, fully automated
course evaluation process

Gather valuable student feedback and support a positive learning
experience for all with the Blue course evaluation software.
Learn how Blue can automate your course evaluations.


Blue course evaluation software

Get flexibility, personalization and control with even the most complex course evaluations.
Blue’s seamless integration with IT systems gives a fully automated approach to data gathering and analysis.

Full automation

Through deep integration, Blue leverages enrollment data at the source enabling full automation of course evaluations institution wide.

  • Distribution/reallocation of reports based on institutional hierarchy.

  • Availability of course reports after grades are released.

  • Supporting courses with different start/end dates and durations.

  • Handling of late withdrawals and registrations.

Response rates

With Blue, high response rates are achieved through student and instructor engagement.

  • Closing the feedback loop so students feel part of an effective, value-added process.

  • Deep integration with Learning Management Systems (LMS) for a seamless course evaluation experience.

  • Setup of grade and/or course registration pathways with Student Information Systems (SIS).

Quality insights

Blue brings together an array of reporting tools and learning analytics features that support continuous improvement in the learning process.

  • Offering flexible reporting that allows efficiency in providing the right results, in the right way, to the right stakeholders.

  • Unlocking qualitative student feedback with Blue Text Analytics and its validated Teaching and Learning dictionary.

  • Providing live interactive access to course evaluation results with the response rates dashboard.

  • Leveraging the Blue Item Bank: A robust, vetted, and comprehensive database of 200+ course evaluation items that follow best practices in research and use.

Blue text analytics

What are you currently doing
with your qualitative data?

As higher education institutions continue to further their focus on understanding student expectations, we find that open-ended feedback is not often used in their learning analytics. Explorance has invested years of research, analyzed millions of student comments, and have come up with a validated teaching and learning dictionary that captures the most common themes in qualitative feedback.

Key highlights include:

  • Based on 1.8 million real student comments.

  • Categorized into 110 teaching and learning vocabularies.

  • 10+ categories of alert and discrimination.

  • 92% coverage of paragraphs and 90% coverage of sentences.

  • Number of teaching and learning dictionaries: 3 and counting.

Blue dashboard

Put the power of learning analytics at
the fingertips of your instructors

The richness of data that Blue course evaluations provide makes it easier to drill down results based on any demographic (age, gender, etc.), allowing institutions to make better decisions. So why not share that power with your instructors?

With the Blue dashboard, you can empower your faculty members to view results from all of their courses in one interactive area. Now instructors can quickly identify successes, blind spots, opportunities, as well as see improvement over time.

Blue hybrid evaluations

Are you migrating from paper to
online course evaluations?

Every higher education institution has a culture that makes their transition from paper to online course evaluations unique to them. With Blue hybrid evaluations, we offer a way to accommodate your online and/or paper processes during transition.

Key highlights include:

  • Support for hybrid, paper, and online course evaluations.

  • Paper evaluations work on any scanner and print on any paper.

  • Delegate control of paper/in-class online evaluations to instructors.

  • Unified online reporting even with paper evaluations.

Feature highlights

Blue course evaluations

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Automated evaluations

Automate all course evaluations including courses with different durations, start dates, and end dates.

Text analytics

Convert common attributes, sentiments, and themes from open-ended student feedback into quantifiable results.

SIS integration

Attain high student participation rates with SIS grade and course registration pathways.

Cross-listed courses

Leverage native support for cross-listed courses without extra effort or external data manipulation.

LMS integration

Engage students and instructors in the course evaluation process with deep LMS integration.

Institutional hierarchy

Take advantage of institutional hierarchy associations to fully automate your course evaluation process.

Smart invites

Reach your students anytime, anywhere with smart email invitations, reminders, notifications, SMS features, and other institutional systems.

Report distribution

Setup event, demographic, and hierarchical report allocation and distribution triggers for a simplified administration experience.

Equivalent experience

Meet the latest accessibility standards for WCAG 2.1 (AA) and Section 508, and provide a seamless experience to all.

Team-taught courses

Evaluate courses with multiple teaching staff including primary lecturers, instructors, and teaching assistants.


What users are saying

The University of San Francisco selected Blue because it met, and in most cases exceeded, the critical requirements we were looking for in an online course evaluation system. [...]We were equally impressed with the delivered reports and analytics, which surpassed those of the other vendors we looked at. We are very satisfied in our choice of Explorance and Blue.

Robert L. Bromfield
Assistant Dean and University Registrar, University of San Francisco

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill logo

Blue's ability to take my complicated, 42-department, 28-questionnaire, multi-report evaluation (…) left me feeling confident that I can continue to improve my process and the information I will be able to share with my instructors, departments, and deans.

Heather Thompson
College Course Evaluation Coordinator

Since transitioning to Blue, Monash has made significant efficiency savings in their survey fieldwork operations, has a platform that can cater to the customisation requirements of a large and complex university, and provides a streamlined and consolidated platform for the sharing and distribution of student insights.

Kristina Kaulenas
Manager Information Strategy and Survey

Indiana University Bloomington chooses Blue by Explorance

We fully launched Blue online course evaluations in fall of 2015 and we had the highest response rate to date that term.

Krisy Lynn Mahome
Assistant Director for Evaluation Services and Testing, IU Bloomington

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