Blue Course Evaluations
Penn Law is adopting Blue as our new course evaluation system as of Summer 2017. Please see our user documentation below. If you have any questions, email ITS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Historic course evaluation data are available at https://courses.law.upenn.edu/evaluations/.
Filling Out Evaluations
You will receive an email when your Blue course evaluations become available. You can access your evaluations through Canvas.
Go to the Penn Law Canvas site and navigate to a course you would like to evaluate. Select the Blue Evaluation page. You can view information about currently available course evaluations, upcoming evaluations, past-due evaluations for this course.
Click on the evaluation to begin filling it out from within Canvas.
When you’re finished completing the survey, make sure to Submit your response.
If you only see a blank page after you click on the open evaluation, please open a different browser (Chrome’s Incognito mode or in Mozilla Firefox’s Private mode are best), log into pennlaw.instructure.com, and retry these steps.
You may also access course evaluations Blue Evaluation Setup page in any Canvas course. 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 survey, make sure to Submit your response.
Viewing Evaluation Reports
Students can view evaluation reports during advanced registration and the add/drop period.
Links to the reports are available from the Evaluations section of Canvas MyCourses (https://courses.law.upenn.edu/evaluations/index.cfm).
Navigate to Penn Law Canvas and go to any course. Select the Blue Evaluation Setup page in Canvas. You will see blocks with the name of the course, the description of the task, information about the task status (open, complete, etc), the end date of the task, and a link to complete the task. There are two types of tasks for instructors: Question Personalization and Subject View Management (evaluation scheduling).
Subject View Management allows you to schedule your evaluations’ start times.
You can change the start dates your course evaluations within a restricted range of dates determined by the Registrar.
To change the dates, select the calendar icon to the right of the Start Date, choose the date from the calendar, and click Apply Changes.
Subject View Management also allows you to access other tasks associated with course evaluations. From here, you can navigate to Question Personalization by clicking the Select link to the right of the Question Personalization task.
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 comment and five custom selection questions are possible.
To add a selection question, click on the edit button to the left of a question that says “This is a personalized selection question for…”. Click on the text box (where it says “This is a personalized…”) and type in the text of the question you’re adding. You can see below the question that the possible student response is a score of 1 to 5. Then click on the Selected box to the right of the new question.
To add a comment question, click on the edit button to the left of a question that says “This is a personalized comment question for…”. Click on the text box (where it says “This is a personalized…”) and type in the text of the question you’re adding. You can see below the question that the possible student response is an empty space where they’ll type in their answer. Then click on the Selected box to the right of the new question.
To finish adding personalized questions, click the Submit button on the bottom right corner of the page. You can save you personalized questions without adding them to the course evaluation by choosing the Save button.
Please note that reports will not be available to faculty members until grades have been received and processed by the Registrar.
Navigate to Penn Law Canvas and to any course. Go to the Blue Evaluation Reports page in Canvas. You will see a list of all of 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 will be able to view course evaluation results in MyCourses and Course Finder during advanced registration and add/drop periods. By default, students will see both the all evaluation responses for all courses (except first year required courses.) You may request to completely omit evaluations for this course by emailing the registrar at email@example.com.
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.