October 23, 2023

This message is distributed to All Instructors, Academic Assistant Deans, and Academic Business Officers & ASC Directors.  (Click here to view description of distribution groups.)  

The following is being sent on behalf of Linda Adler-Kassner, Associate Vice Chancellor of Teaching and Learning

This is a reminder that this Fall quarter, UCSB will shift to a new Course Evaluation Platform, Explorance Blue.
To learn more about the transition, see the Fall Course Evaluation memo or watch a recording of the Fall 2023 Course Evaluation Transition Town Hall meeting.

Please review the following key changes to the Course Evaluation process:

  • Departments will complete the Survey Request Form in Week 4 (directions here) instead of in Week 5/6 as in past quarters. Note: by request, we have extended the SRF to be open Monday, Oct. 23 and to close on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at midnight.
  • There will be four standardized surveys; two for Instructors and two for Teaching Assistants (TAs).
  • Course Evaluations can be accessed through Canvas using the Course Evaluations link in the left hand navigation menu of a course, or by navigating to https://ucsb.bluera.com/ucsb
  • Instructors will be able to Personalize their surveys during Week 8 by adding up to five pre-written, vetted questions and/or custom comment questions. Instructions will be sent by email.
  • Instructors and TAs will access their end of quarter Course Evaluation reports in https://ucsb.bluera.com/ucsb

For help with Course Evaluations, please review the new Course Evaluation website documentation or contact id-course-evals@ucsb.edu.