Faculty Information for Blue Course Evaluations

The Office of Decision Support is working to implement an online course evaluation system. This new system will provide faculty with improved access to student response rates and evaluation reporting. Included in the system is the ability to offer unique questions on a course by course basis. While most of our current users use a standardized template, there are several departments that have program specific questions included in their course evaluations.

When is the UNLV course evaluation period?

Typically course evaluations for the Fall and Spring semesters are conducted during the two weeks prior to Finals Week. Per UNLV policy, evaluations are not conducted during the Final Exam period. During summer sessions, evaluations will open during the last few meeting days of the class. Students must submit their course evaluation before 11:59 PM PST/PDT on the final day of the evaluation period. Modular, dynamic, or other classes that do not follow the regular academic schedule may have their evaluations scheduled to reflect their meeting dates. Evaluations will not be conducted for classes that have posted grades in MyUNLV. You may share this short video with your students about providing feedback on their evaluations.

How do my students access their course surveys?

When evaluations open, students will receive an email from unlvevals@unlv.nevada.edu with a link to their course survey. Reminders emailed to students during the evaluation window will also contain this link.

Students may also access their course evaluations through MyUNLV with the following steps:

  • Log in at https://my.unlv.nevada.edu
  • From the Student Homepage select Resources
  • In the menu on the left, select Course Evaluation
  • Be sure pop-up blockers are disabled
  • Select the Course Evaluation link
  • Courses open for evaluation will appear in a new window to be completed

Additionally, students can select "Course Evaluations" from their WebCampus account page. If their instructor has added "Course Evaluations" to their WebCampus course page, students may use this link to access their course evaluations while logged into WebCampus.

How do I access student response rates while evaluations are open?

Faculty should be notified by an email from unlvevals@unlv.nevada.edu when evaluations open for one of their classes, and can access student response rates during the course evaluation process.

  • For Blue Homepage:
    • Login at https://unlv.bluera.com/unlv/
    • You will log in as a "User" from the drop down menu
    • Your login ID is your NSHE ID number
    • Click on “Forgot your password?” to create a new password if you have forgotten yours or are logging into Blue for the first time.
    • After logging in, select "Subject Management" to the left of "My Home" at the top of the screen. A new window will open showing the response rates for any classes with open evaluations
  • YFor Blue Dashboard:
    • Login at https://unlv.bluera.com/unlv/dashboardviewer.aspx
    • You will log in as a "User" from the drop down menu
    • Your login ID is your NSHE ID number
    • Click on “Forgot your password?” to create a new password if you have forgotten yours or are logging into Blue for the first time.
  • For MyUNLV:
    • Log on to your MyUNLV account and be sure that pop up blockers are disabled.
    • From the main screen, click the Faculty Resources menu
    • Click on the 'Course Evaluation' button and choose 'Faculty Course Evaluation'
  • For WebCampus:

Or if instructors have previously enabled "Course Evaluations" on their course navigation menu:

    • After logging into WebCampus, click on the course title from your Dashboard
    • Click on Course Evaluations

To include "Course Evaluations" on your WebCampus course pages:

    • Click on Settings after logging into Webcampus with your ACE credentials
    • Click on the Navigation tab
    • Locate Course Evaluations in the list and click on the 3 dots to the right of it. Select Enable. This will move Course Evaluations to the list at the top and its position can be changed by dragging and dropping Course Evaluations to the desired location
    • Click Save at the bottom of the page

I am concerned about my student response rate with online only surveys.

There may be an initial drop in response rates given that students will be accessing their course surveys with a new system. Faculty can help their students become familiar with Blue by pointing out this website and the associated videos. You can also visit the Increasing Response Rates page for more ideas.

Are reminders sent to students?

Students will receive no less than three email notifications from unlvevals@unlv.nevada.edu. The number of reminders will vary according to the length of the evaluation period, but students will always receive at least two reminders after the initial notification during the evaluation period. One reminder will be roughly in the middle of the window and another on the final day the evaluation is open. Reminders are not sent to students who have submitted their course evaluation. Instructors and departments are also encouraged to remind their students during the evaluation period as reminders may be more effective from people familiar to the students.

How do I access my course evaluation reports?

Evaluation reports will be made available to faculty and departments no sooner than a week following the grade submission deadline. Once course evaluation reports have been generated and published, faculty will receive an email notification and will be able to access their current reports. These reports, along with any past reports from evaluations conducted with Blue will be available in both MyUNLV and Blue. Please note that a minimum of 3 evaluations must be submitted by students for a report to be generated for that class. Courses that do not meet this requirement will have "not met" in the Threshold Status column of their report page.

Starting Spring 2021, faculty will also have an export report available in Blue and MyUNLV. This report will provide an unweighted average of all submitted multiple choice evaluation responses. The overall mean listed on individual instructor reports is the average of the course and instructor item averages, which are calculated as the average of each question's responses. Like the individual instructor report, these reports follow the threshold response requirements and responses from cross/dual listed courses are combined.

  • For MyUNLV:
    • Log in at https://my.unlv.nevada.edu
    • From the Faculty Homepage, select Faculty Resources
    • From the lefthand menu, select Course Evaluation
    • Make sure pop-up blockers are disabled
    • Select Faculty Report
    • Access to your reports should appear in a new window

Who can I contact with questions or concerns?

You can contact the Course Evaluation Coordinator, via email at unlvevals@unlv.nevada.edu.