November 30, 2021

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Did you know that students can submit ESCI (Evaluation System for Courses and Instructors) surveys until this Friday at midnight? Here are a few ideas and resources for boosting response rates and getting more useful feedback:


Upcoming Workshops

Get prepared for teaching in Winter quarter with workshops on engaging students, prepping your syllabus and GauchoSpace sites, and some great educational technology tools. Please see the full program here.


Looking to build your Winter 2022 course? Log in to GauchoSpace Pelican to build or import your course. GauchoSpace Pelican is an updated server that will house Winter 2022 courses. Courses from quarters prior to Winter 2022 will be available on an archived server, which will be called GauchoSpace Lagoon. The login button for Pelican is in the UCSB Site Creator block on your GauchoSpace homepage. More information can be found here.


Quizzes in GauchoSpace: It is best practice when giving a quiz in GauchoSpace to use a wide open and close time with a shorter attempt time limit set. Synchronous high stakes quiz setups are not recommended. If you have questions or concerns about your quiz settings please email


Gradebook: As the quarter wraps up you may have questions from students about their grades in the GauchoSpace gradebook, this article has helpful information on using the gradebook. For further assistance please contact