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Blue Course Evaluations

Penn Carey Law adopted Blue as our course evaluation system as of Summer 2017. Please see our user documentation below. If you have any questions, email ITS at
Historic course evaluation data is available at


For Students

   Viewing Evaluation Reports

   Filling Out Evaluations

For Instructors

   Adding Personalized Questions

   Viewing Evaluation Reports

   Reports Visible to Students



For Students

Viewing Evaluation Reports

Students can view past course evaluation reports.

Links to the reports for the last two years are available from the Evaluations section of Canvas MyCourses. Select the report term, choose PennLawUsers from the dropdown if you are asked to sign in, and then search for course name or instructor name.

View Course Evaluations


Filling Out Evaluations

Students will receive an email when course evaluations become available.

When logging into Canvas, you will also see a pop-up reminder with direct links to complete your evaluations. 

You can also access your course evaluation from within your course’s Canvas site, select the Blue Evaluation link. You can view all of your available course evaluations from this page.

Click on Complete here to open up your course evaluation in a new browser tab.


When you’re finished completing the evaluation, make sure to Submit your response.

Make sure to submit the course evaluation once you've filled it out





For Instructors 


Question Personalization

Navigate to Penn Carey Law Canvas and go to any course. Select the Blue Evaluation link in the course navigation. You will see an option for each course for Question Personalization. Question Personalization allows you to add your own custom questions to the evaluation that aren’t part of the standard 14 question set. You can add two types of questions:

Selection questions have answers chosen on a scale from 1 to 5. They are useful for determining how a student feels positively or negatively about a certain aspect of the class.

Comment questions are simply free answer questions. Students are limited to 500 characters to write the answer to the question.

For each course evaluation, a maximum of five custom comments and five custom selection questions are possible.

Here's the main page of the Question Personalization menu.


To add a selection question, click on the Customize button below the first line that says “This is a personalized selection question for…”.

Start adding a custom selection question.


In the pop-up menu that appears, delete the default language “This is a personalized…” and type the question’s text in the text box. You can see below the question that the possible student response is a score of 1 to 5. When you’re finished, click on the X in the upper right corner to close the pop-up menu.

Customize your first selection question.


Now you can see that the toggle to the right of the custom question you just edited has switched to show the question is Included in the course evaluation. You can toggle back to Exclude if you decide you don’t want the course evaluation to ask this custom question.

The toggle has switched to Include to indicate you successfully added the custom selection question.


To add a comment question, click Customize under a question that says “This is a personalized comment question for…”.

Click Customize to configure your new personalized comment question.


A pop-up menu will appear. Delete the default question “This is a personalized…” and type in your question. Below the question, it shows students will see empty text box where they’ll type in their comment answer. Click X when you’re finished editing the custom comment question.

Edit the custom comment question.


Now you can see that the toggle to the right of the custom question you just edited has switched to show the question is Included in the course evaluation. You can toggle back to Exclude if you decide you don’t want the course evaluation to ask this custom question.

Double check your custom comment question.


You can preview the standard 14 evaluation questions and see how your custom questions will appear by clicking on Preview in the upper right corner.

Preview your custom questions in a sample evaluation.


Custom questions appear towards the bottom of the evaluation questionnaire. Scroll down until you get to ” Please note the approximate percentage of classes for which you had read the assigned materials in advance.” - your custom questions will appear after that.

Previewing my custom questions.


To save your personalized questions so that they’re included in your course evaluations, click the Update button at the bottom or top of the page. Instructors can return to edit custom questions until the deadline.

Click Update to save your custom questions.



Report Viewing

Please note that reports will not be available to faculty members until grades have been received and processed by the Registrar.

Navigate to Penn Carey Law Canvas and to any course. Go to the Blue Evaluation Reports page in Canvas. You will see a list of all the Blue course evaluation reports you can currently view.


You can use the search box in the upper left corner to search for reports, and you can sort reports in ascending or descending by their Description, End date, Link, Category, or Sub-category.


If you click on the + sign next to Filters, you can display a filtering menu that will allow you to further refine your search.


Reports Visible to Students

Students can view course evaluation results for the past two years in MyCourses > Evaluations > Search Evaluations during advanced registration and add/drop periods

By default, students will see all evaluation responses for all courses (except first year required courses) for the last two years. You may request to completely omit evaluations for this course by emailing the registrar at

Note: This preference is per course, since there is one evaluation per course. This preference will need to be set on a course by course basis for each course, every term.

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