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UWP Course Evaluation FAQ's for UW-Parkside Students

This article contains frequently asked questions about the Explorance Blue course evaluation platform for UW-Parkside Students.

Important things to keep in mind!

  • When the course evaluation period begins, each student will receive a course evaluation access link via email.
  • Each link will be encoded with information specific to the student it is sent to,
  • If a student attempts to use an evaluation link forwarded to them by a classmate, the link will not work


Are course evaluations confidential?

[YES]  All course evaluation links are encoded with each individual students single sign on (SSO) information. Once a UW-Parkside student has authenticated into Canvas with their UWP user ID and password, their user ID is used to confirm that they are an enrolled student in the courses they are evaluating.

  • Student names are NOT associated with their evaluation responses.
  • Instructors do not see any results of course evaluations until after final grades are posted.
  • Results are compiled and are not connected to any student names.
  • Instructors can only see response rates while the course evaluation is open, but not the actual results.


When will I have access to my course evaluations?


  • Full semester (15 wk) course evaluations will become active/available approximately two weeks or 14 Days prior to the last day of class. 
  • Short semester, (7 wk) course evaluations will become active/available approximately one week or 8 Days prior to the last day of class.   


  • All summer session course evaluations will become available approximately one week or 8 Days prior to the last day of the last summer session class


  • Short semester (4 wk) Winterim course evaluations will become active/available approximately one week or 8 days prior to the last day of class.

All course evaluations close at 11:59 PM on the last day of class each semester


How are course evaluation start/end dates determined?

A course evaluation start/end date is determined by the corresponding course's start/end date in SOLAR. Because of this, course evaluation start/end dates cannot be changed/adjusted by the course instructor. 


How do I access my course evaluations?

  • Course Navigation – The UWP Course Evaluation link is located in the Canvas course navigation in all UW-Parkside hosted courses. For more information, see the following knowledgebase article:
  • Email Notification - When the course evaluation period begins, students will receive an email notification containing their course evaluation access information.


Is it possible to submit a course evaluation during class?

[YES] In-class delivery works well with an adaptive display for any laptop or mobile device. No app is needed.


Can a course evaluation be re-opened after the evaluation period has closed?

[NO] Per campus protocol and to ensure the privacy and confidentiality of student data, the course evaluation period is set to close immediately after the last day of instruction each semester.

Additional Information:

  1. Course evaluations cannot be re-opened after the evaluation period has closed unless the request is made by the course instructor.
  2. Course evaluations cannot be updated once they have been submitted. If a student wishes to amend something they submitted in a course evaluation, they may use one of the following options:
    • Contact the course instructor or department/program chair to ask for a meeting or send their comments by email.
    • If the student does not feel comfortable speaking with the instructor or chair, they may contact the college dean to ask for a meeting or send their comments by email.


Why should I take the time to fill out my course evaluations?

Not only does your input help improve UW-Parkside courses, but your course evaluation submissions can also assist your peers in making good decisions when they are selecting courses in the future. Even more importantly, the course evaluation process represents both your right to have your voice heard and your responsibility to the university and to your peers.


Need Technical Support?

Contact the CTS Tech Bar at This will create a ticket in our system, which will then be directed to the appropriate support team. Thank you!

Keywordsblue course evaluation student canvas faq   Doc ID123268
OwnerLinda W.GroupUW Parkside
Created2023-01-04 14:25:11Updated2024-06-11 09:07:11
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