Course Evaluations Site

Survey Request Form

Departments can access the Survey Request Form here Survey Request Form


How do course evaluations work at UCSB and what is Explorance Blue?

UCSB’s Course Evaluation system makes the process of gathering and summarizing student feedback easy for instructors and departments, while providing flexibility to create customized surveys. UCSB uses the platform “Explorance Blue” to distribute and collect course evaluations, campus-wide*. Evaluations are anonymous and confidential. Students’ identifying information, like perm numbers, are disassociated with their responses upon survey submission. Instructors receive reports with aggregated feedback after grades are submitted.

Instructors and Students will find a link to their Course Evaluations on the left side navigation bar in every Canvas course, or by navigating to the webpage

What you need to know about course evaluations depends on your role in the UCSB community. Learn more from each of these guides:

How are course evaluations used at UCSB?

Instructors and TAs use their Course Evaluation reports to reflect on, and inform, their teaching. Faculty may choose to summarize and interpret their Course Evaluation reports as they document their teaching for hiring, merit and review. Additionally, Red Binder section 1-31 requires that summary information for the two campus-wide Course Evaluation questions, “Item A” (overall evaluation of teaching), “Item B” (overall evaluation of the course), and student comments be included in personnel cases, along with one other source of teaching evidence (e.g. Teaching Statement or peer review of teaching).

Steps in course evaluation process

Departmental administrators fill out the Survey Request Form, or SRF, to indicate which courses in the department should and should not be evaluated. The SRF is completed during Week 4 of Fall, Winter and Spring quarters for standard 10 week courses (or earlier for off-cycle courses).

Instructors and TAs are invited (but not required) to add personalized questions to the end of the standard form. Instructors/TAs will receive an email invitation to personalize their surveys in Week 8 of Fall, Winter and Spring quarters for standard 10-week courses.

Students are invited to give feedback on their courses by automatic email alerts and with a pop-up that displays in Canvas when they log in during the Course Evaluation period (typically weeks 9 and 10 in Fall, Winter and Spring). Students can also access Course Evaluations using the left hand navigation menu in any Canvas course.

Instructors can monitor response rates at during the evaluation period and encourage student participation.

The fourth step of the process is the reporting period, when instructors are invited to view their end-of-quarter course evaluation reports. Instructors are alerted that reports are available via email notification and can access them directly at or through the course evaluation link in left side navigation in Canvas. Reports are typically available two weeks after the course evaluation period ends.

How do I get help with course evaluations?

If you need help with course evaluations beyond what you find in this guide, please contact