Course Evaluations for Online Courses

Faculty members, please email your departmental contact to request a partially or primarily online course be evaluated online.

Completely Online Course Evaluations 

Starting Spring 2019, all courses designated in the Instruction Mode field as Completely Online will be evaluated using the eXplorance Blue online course evaluation tool through the Office of Measurement Services (OMS) in the Twin Cities.

Benefits include:

  • An automated process*: no more worrying about whether or not you requested an evaluation from ITSS
  • Real-time viewing of response rates through the eXplorance Blue dashboard
  • Easy online access to results of your evaluations: no need to search through your email
  • Increased privacy: these results will be distributed directly to the faculty member, who may choose who else to distribute them to

eXplorance Blue delivers the results in the same manner as our current process (confidentially, directly to the instructor), but at a great reduction in staff time and expense. This decision was made in cooperation with faculty and administrative groups. The evaluation form will remain the same as in past years.

*Courses Not Automatically Evaluated

The following list of courses are not automatically evaluated using the online course evaluation process. If instructors would like courses in these categories evaluated, they should reach out to their departmental evaluation contact, who can make that request.

  • 8666 Doctoral Pre-thesis Credits
  • 8777 Thesis Credits: Masters
  • 8888 Thesis Credits: Doctoral
  • xx91 Independent Study
  • xx92 Directed Reading
  • xx93 Directed Study
  • xx94 Research
  • xx96 Field Study
  • xx97 Internship/Externship
  • xx98 Used for Internships

Response Rates

If you have concerns about response rates, the Office of Measurement Services has put together this helpful document about increasing response rates for online evaluations.


All evaluations will end on the last day of class at 11:59 pm. Evaluations shall be conducted during the last two weeks of classes for Fall and Spring terms. 

Summer Completely Online courses will be evaluated on the following schedule:

83 days or longer
The last 14 days of instruction
5-82 days

The last 25% of the class instruction time

4 days or fewer
The last day of instruction


  • Students will receive email notifications from eXplorance Blue on the day data collection opens, in the middle, and shortly before the end
  • Instructors and departmental contacts receive an email when data collection opens
  • Instructors will be notified via email when reports are available 3 weeks after data collection ends
    • Instructors are notified via system email when reports are published