CONNECT. SHARE. LEARN.

Welcome to the Bluenotes Group, a global community of Blue™ users. The Bluenotes Group is a place where users can connect, share expertise and learn from one other. This collaboration creates a stronger network, a better Blue and an elevated learning experience for all.

  • Come together to foster a community.
  • Meet and greet fellow Blue users.
  • Ask questions and learn from the experiences of others.
  • Share knowledge, tips and best practices.

Dear Blue user,

It’s true that amazing things can happen with the right knowledge. With this in mind, the Bluenotes Group was established to allow you to connect with and learn from other higher education institutions.

It all started in 2012 in Melbourne when RMIT called on a group of Blue Australian universities to join an eXplorance seminar. The experience was a positive one. A community was established and everyone learned. The success of the event led us to transform the informal user meeting into annual two day user events that provide workshops, real life Blue implementation success story presentations, and a sneak peak of the latest and greatest Blue.

The Bluenotes Group has now taken an online presence to connect our customers virtually so that we can all benefit from the experience and learning of others. The Bluenotes Group is your voice. It is your opportunity to meet and greet fellow Blue users, share your successes and challenges, learn more about the future of Blue, and help refine the vision of eXplorance.

We welcome you to the Bluenotes Group: a united family of Blue institutions working along with eXplorance for an elevated learning experience.

Sincerely,

Samer

CEO @ eXplorance

eXplorance is the leading provider of Learning Experience Management (LEM) solutions for higher education, corporate training and organization management.

Blue by eXplorance includes modules for course and instructor evaluations, psychometric and knowledge tests, 360 reviews and broad-based stakeholder surveys. Blue powers the creation of a cycle of continuous improvement within organizations via benchmarking, feedback from all stakeholders, sophisticated reporting, customized suggestions for improvement, and automated workflows – all designed for an elevated learning experience.

Founded in 2003, eXplorance is a privately held corporation based in Montreal, Canada.

For more information, visit: http://www.explorance.com

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Here you can find listed all upcoming and pertinent conferences and events. Please visit this section frequently to find out how Blue users can form meaningful connections, share product knowledge and observe best practices from like-minded Blue users.

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Putting the Pieces Together: Using Assessment Data to Shape the Future

Event Details

NEW !
Two Keynote Speakers:

Wednesday, August 3: Mr. Scott Jaschik – Mr. Scott Jaschik, editor, Inside Higher Ed, is one of the three founders of the Inside Higher Ed publication. He leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Mr. Jaschik is a leading voice on higher education issues.

Thursday, August 4: Dr. Glenda Morgan – Dr. Glenda Morgan is a Research Director in Gartner Research, where her area is higher education technology strategies, including learning management systems and platforms, learning analytics and assessment, adaptive learning, and classroom technologies.

Dates: Tuesday, August 2 through Friday, August 5

Location: The Brown Hotel (Hotel Website) – Louisville’s Historic Luxury Hotel, Louisville, KY 40202

Room rate: $153/per night (plus tax) – a savings of 47% off the regular room rate

Conference registration fee: $119 (early bird savings of 34%), $179 (regular rate) – price includes attendance at the opening night reception, breakfast and lunch daily, and participation in the social activity

Opening night reception at The Brown Hotel: Tuesday, August 2 (6:00 PM to 8:00 PM)

Conference theme: Putting the Pieces Together: Using Assessment Data to Shape the Future

Social Activity: Tour and dinner at the Frazier History Museum (sponsored by eXplorance – exclusively for conference attendees) (Museum Website)

Door prizes:

  • Blue Certification Camp registration (3 chances to win – value of about $3K each)
  • $10,000 Bluepulse credit (value of $10K)
  • Free attendance to the next Bluenotes Group APAC conference (includes flight, lodging, and user conference fees) (value of about $5K)
  • Free attendance to the next Bluenotes Group EMEA conference (includes flight, lodging, and user conference fees) (value of about $5K)
  • Double your current Loyalty eXplorance Dollars (value varies – depends on winning institution)

Several enhancements made to Bluenotes Americas 2016 including:

  1. More opportunities to meet with eXplorance staff! Three stations will be available:
    1. “I need help” – visit the eXplorance Support station
    2. “I have feedback” – visit the eXplorance Product Management table
    3. “I want to learn more” – visit the eXplorance Demo center
  2. individual session evaluations will be available for completion immediately following each session (visit the eXplorance Evaluation Station after attending a session)
  3. eXplorance-led workshops will be held on Tuesday, August 2 before the opening night reception, allowing for more Blue user led sessions throughout the conference
  4. conference sessions will be expanded to 50-minutes (40-minute presentation with 10 minutes for questions)
  5. time in between session has been extended from 5 minutes to 10 minutes
  6. presenters will have a chance to be recognized as the award winning “Best Presentation” or “Best New Presenter” of the conference
  7. more conference sessions will be dedicated to Bluepulse, evalUT, Data Integrity Gateway (DIG), Blue Surveys and Blue 360
  8. Blue certified users will be panelists on the “Ask an eXpert” panel discussion to answer questions submitted by attendees
  9. an electronic bulletin board will be available for use by all attendees to facilitate networking opportunities
  10. the conference program has been enhanced to include:
    1. a directory of attendees by name, email address, job title and institution
    2. Blue module used by each institution identified to increase networking possibilities
    3. “tracks” that identify a potential target audience for each session
    4. the name and institution of all users who are Blue Certified
  11. Presentations will be assigned to one of four themes:
    1. A response rate stream – marketing, priority grade access, etc.
    2. An operational stream – implementing Blue for the first time, implementing Blue at a large decentralized university, how to move from paper to online, etc.
    3. An analytics stream – what surveys and evaluation data can be leveraged institutionally, how to integrate Blue with third party BI portals, Blue dashboards, Blue Web services, Bluepulse live formative data value to course evaluation data etc.
    4. A general stream – Blue leveraged for advisor assessments; for surveys; for 360 degree feedback reviews; in medical schools

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Event Organizer Primary Contact :
Becky Patterson
Telephone: 502-852-3385
Email: becky.patterson@louisville.edu

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Fees and Terms

Questions? Contact: Becky Patterson, Executive Director, Office of Institutional Research and Planning (UofL) at becky.patterson@louisville.edu.

Early Registration
November 1 - May 1
Regular Registration
May 2 - July 10
Event $99.00 $119.00
Dinner at the Kentucky Derby Museum Event sponsored by eXplorance

Entertainment information*

Transportation will be provided to and from the Brown Hotel to the Kentucky Derby Museum dinner. For more information, check out the Kentucky Derby Museum website at www.derbymuseum.org/events.html.

* Sponsored by eXplorance.

Event Program

* The full event program is available here. (revised date : July 6th, 2016)

Conference program details are still being finalized.
Please check back soon for updates.

Event Program

* The full event program is available here.

Hotel Accommodations

Brown Hotel

One of the most comfortable and opulent hotels near the University of Louisville, the Brown Hotel features 293 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, more than 26,000 square feet of meeting space, a business center, fitness center, two restaurants, and the renowned Lobby Bar.

Hotel Website: www.brownhotel.com

Please use the following link to reserve rooms at the Brown Hotel.

About UofL

The University of Louisville is a state supported research university located in Kentucky's largest metropolitan area. It has a student population of over 22,000. It was a municipally supported public institution for many decades prior to joining the university system in 1970. The University has three campuses. The 287-acre Belknap Campus is three miles from downtown Louisville and houses seven of the university's 12 colleges and schools. The Health Sciences Center is situated in downtown Louisville's medical complex and houses the university's health related programs and the University of Louisville Hospital. The 243-acre Shelby Campus is located in eastern Jefferson County.

Here is what a few of our conference attendees had to say about the Blue Americas 2015 Event

“A wonderful conference – great networking opportunities!”

Vicki Sahr (Systems Administrator - Center for Instructional Excellence, Fox Valley Technical College)

“I was very enlightened by all of Blue’s capabilities. We attended the conference primarily for a different option for course evaluations but I found myself most excited about the online survey portion!”

Chad Adkins (Interim Director - Institutional Research, Eastern Kentucky University)

“I love attending Blue Americas conference. Since Blue is such a large part of my professional live, it is worthwhile to network with other users and to learn how they are using the software. This past conference inspired me to use Blue in ways I had not before and my productivity has soared.”

Shelley Gibson (Program Coordinator Senior, School of Medicine, University of Louisville)

“My experience at the 2015 Blue Americas conference was very positive. The sessions at the conference were informational, entertaining, and valuable. I also had the opportunity to present at the conference, in panel discussion, and it was a terrific experience. I highly recommend this conference to any university or college faculty member or administrator who works/manages Blue. It’s a great opportunity, and I look forward to attending future conferences!”

Larry Williams, Education Technology Specialist, Oregon Health and Sciences University

“Great Conference! Good chance to network and make new likeminded friends. Presentations by users were great!”

Brett McDaniel (Manager, Planning and Assessment Technology, University of Kentucky)

“I have attended the Blue Americas conference for the past two years and our hosts at the University of Louisville have done an incredible job of creating such a professional, informative and engaging conference!”

Kate Forrest (EDP Supervisor - Testing Center, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis)

“What I liked most about attending the Blue Americas 2015 Conference was the usefulness and quality of the sessions, excellent speakers, and opportunity to network. As a Blue user, there’s no better place to hone your skills, learn new things, and network directly with colleagues who are using Blue. If you are truly serious about using Blue products from eXplorance, then this is the conference for you.”

Howard Mzumara (Director of Testing Center, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis)

“Whether you are a seasoned or brand new Blue user, Blue Americas is an essential conference to place on your schedule. It is the perfect opportunity to meet the eXplorance team to explore with them, and other users, the full potential of what Blue can do. You will hear from users who have maximized its full potential, as well as those users who are addressing challenges associated with adopting new evaluation strategies. As a new user I was able to leverage the knowledge gained with our implementation in a way that significantly streamlined our work. It is good to know that 2016 will once again be hosted by UofL – they knocked it out of the park in 2015, which explains why we’re back in Louisville in 16. The unique Brown Hotel, and its proximity to downtown, is a winning venue for the event.”

Tim Matthews (Executive Director – Office of e-Campus Learning, Eastern Kentucky University)

“I found the conference well organized and a great experience. Upon returning to our University, I recommended that we move to the product for course evaluations and to replace our current survey tool.”

Chad Adkins (Interim Director - Institutional Research, Eastern Kentucky University)

“The 2015 Blue Americas Conference provided an incredible opportunity to learn more about eXplorance and Blue. The sessions were well organized and informative. The conference atmosphere also gave me a chance me to meet a wonderful group of users who shared their experiences and offered valuable insights.”

Lisa Votodian (Assistant to the Director – Office of Measurement & Evaluation of Teaching, University of Pittsburgh)

“The 2015 Blue Americas conference helped us put into place a full-university implementation plan, which includes certification of our primary Blue administrator. We appreciate the networking opportunities, discovering how other universities use Blue. One fact: there are currently four public institutions in our state using Blue. I would not have known this without attending the conference!”

Donna Davis (Blue Course Evaluation Administrator – Center for Instructional Technology, James Madison University)

“There aren't many of us on campus dealing with the details of collecting and reporting these data. While each institution has a unique situation of governance, item detail, and reporting requirements others institutions have seen parts of each of these areas that we have or will encounter. With such a robust tool as eXplorance Blue, the networking opportunities, the ability to trade ideas and gain insights from other institutions and the eXplorance staff at the Blue Americas Conference has been very helpful in reducing time on task and anticipating solutions to as yet unasked questions. Besides, it's just plain FUN to be around others who are just as interested in all these details as I am.”

Daniel Glover, IT Specialist – Office of Measurement Services, University of Minnesota

“For me, Blue Americas 2015 conference was a venue to validate several teaching and learning initiatives taking place at Mary Washington. Having a one on one conversation with vendors and colleagues who are passionate about infusing technology into teaching and learning was invaluable. I’m so delighted to be part of a group committed to the future of higher education.”

Taiwo Ande, Assistant Provost, University of Mary Washington

“I’ve attended other well-planned, extremely informative IT conferences in the recent past, but they could not compare with the Blue America’s conference in terms of the eXplorance team members constant availability and steadfast commitment to serving their customers. I came away thinking that this conference was as much for the clients to learn new product enhancements and interesting strategies used by other schools, as it was for the Blue representatives to genuinely try to understand their customers’ needs and to make a commitment to follow through with client suggestions.

The folks from University of Louisville did an outstanding job at coordinating this event. The superior accommodations, food and social events were top notch. I look forward to attending the 2016 event and hope to see some familiar faces and meet new attendees.” ”

Karen Seach, Ed Tech Application Specialist II, Duquesne University

“The annual Blue Americas conference provides me with a unique opportunity to engage with and learn from other academic professionals like myself – administrators that are responsible for course evaluations on their campus. I always come away from the conference with at least a few new ideas for how to improve our local campus evaluation process.”

Christine Chavez, Interim Director of Institutional Research, Loyola Marymount University

“This year’s conference included really helpful discussions and breakout sessions. It is great to see such a strong cohesive community focused on evaluation and improvement being built across institutions.”

Krisy Mahome, Assistant Director - Bloomington Evaluation Services & Testing, Indiana University Bloomington


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About RMIT

  • RMIT is a Global University of Technology and Design and is Australia’s largest tertiary institution
  • RMIT delivers Programs across multiple global locations, some of which are campuses, others are delivered at partner institutions
  • We are leaders in technology, design, global business, communication, global communities, health solutions and urban sustainable futures
  • Programs range from Foundation Studies (preparatory courses) through to Post Graduate Research degrees
  • Our student population is 82,000 of whom 17,600 are taught offshore (almost 7,000 at RMIT Vietnam)

Shaping the Future: Cultivating a Culture of Continuous Improvement

When: May 29th, 2014 – May 30st, 2014

Where: RMIT University

Fees: $50

Register: The 2014 Bluenotes Group Event is a past user event.

Event Organizer Primary Contact
Tim Brennan
Telephone: +61 3 9925 9971
Email: timothy.brennan@rmit.edu.au

Fees and Terms

Registration fees include event attendance and catering.

Registration $50.00
Event Dinner Event sponsored by eXplorance
Questions? Contact: Tim Brennan, Senior Manager, Survey Services Centre, Policy and Planning, RMIT University at timothy.brennan@rmit.edu.au

Event Program

The aim of the event is to provide a forum where Blue users from Australia and New Zealand form meaningful connections, share product knowledge and observe best practice from like-minded Blue users. Delegates will gain insights into how to leverage Blue to foster a culture of continuous improvement.

Program overview

Day 1: Thursday 29th May 2014
9.00 - 9.30am Registration – tea and coffee on arrival
9.30 - 9.45am Welcome and Introduction to Event
Tim Brennan, Senior Manager, Survey Services Centre, Policy and Planning Group, RMIT University
9.45 - 10.30am Actions and Outcomes arising from 2013 Event
10.30 - 10.45am Mid-Morning Break
10.45 - 12.30pm Logistics of Implementation
12.30 - 1.30pm Lunch Break
1.30 - 2.30pm Best Practices and Transfer of Knowledge
2.30 - 2.45pm Mid-afternoon break
2.45 - 5pm Roadmap and vision for future
Samer Saab, CEO, eXplorance
6pm Dinner sponsored by eXplorance
Day 2: Friday 30th May 2014
9.00 - 9.15am Registration – tea and coffee on arrival
Large Board Room, Ground Floor, Building 1, Adjacent to Reception
9.15 - 10.30am Track 1 – Introducing the data preparation framework for course evaluation data preparation
Samer Saab, CEO, eXplorance
Large Board Room, Ground Floor, Building 1, Adjacent to Reception
Track 2 – Blue Technical FAQs
Krimo Bouaou, Professional Services Consultant, eXplorance
Seminar Rooms 1 and 2, Storey Hall, Building 16
10.30- 10.45am Mid-Morning Break
10.45 - 12.00pm Track 1 – Overview of ProSuite tools for in depth text analytics
Normand Peladeau, CEO, Provalis Research
Large Board Room, Ground Floor, Building 1, Adjacent to Reception
Track 2 – End to End Automation of Course Evaluations using Blue
Krimo Bouaou, Professional Services Consultant, eXplorance
Seminar Rooms 1 and 2, Storey Hall, Building 16
12.00 - 1.00pm Lunch
1.00 - 2.30pm Track 1 – Blue Text Analytics Module
Samer Saab, CEO, eXplorance
Large Board Room, Ground Floor, Building 1, Adjacent to Reception
Track 2 – Achieving Higher Evaluation Response Rates using Blue
Krimo Bouaou, Professional Services Consultant, eXplorance
Court Room 2, Building 20, Level 1
2.30 - 2.45pm Mid-afternoon break
2.45 - 4.00pm Summary and Close
Large Board Room, Ground Floor, Building 1, Adjacent to Reception
End-user requests
Future directions for Notes Group

Hotel Accommodations

For discounted rates on accomodation, contact our Travel Agent, CT Connections, on +61 3 8527 4040 or rmit@ctconnections.com.au and advise you are making the booking for an RMIT Event.

Stamford Plaza Melbourne (Stamford Plaza Melbourne Website)

Room Type Category Room Rate, per night (AUD)
Studio Suite $210
One Bedroom Queen Suite $225
One Bedroom King Suite $245

Two Bedroom rates also available.

The Swanston Hotel, Grand Mercure (The Swanston Hotel, Grand Mercure Website)

Room Type Category Room Rate, per night (AUD)
Standard Queen $188.10
Superior King $215.10

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About RMIT

  • RMIT is a Global University of Technology and Design and is Australia’s largest tertiary institution
  • RMIT delivers Programs across multiple global locations, some of which are campuses, others are delivered at partner institutions
  • We are leaders in technology, design, global business, communication, global communities, health solutions and urban sustainable futures
  • Programs range from Foundation Studies (preparatory courses) through to Post Graduate Research degrees
  • Our student population is 82,000 of whom 17,600 are taught offshore (almost 7,000 at RMIT Vietnam)

Leveraging our collective Blue expertise for an improved experience: A hands-on event

When: Tuesday 18th November, 2014

Where: RMIT University

Fees: $50

Register: The 2014 Bluenotes Group Event is a past user event.

Event Organizer Primary Contact
Tim Brennan
Telephone: +61 3 9925 9971
Email: timothy.brennan@rmit.edu.au

Fees and Terms

Registration fees include event attendance and catering.

Registration $50.00
Event Dinner Event sponsored by eXplorance
Questions? Contact: Tim Brennan, Senior Manager, Survey Services Centre, Policy and Planning, RMIT University at timothy.brennan@rmit.edu.au

Event Program

Meeting Blue Notes Group Asia-Pacific
Theme Leveraging our collective Blue expertise for an improved experience: A ‘hands on’ event
Date Tuesday 18th November, 2014
Time 8.30am – 5.00pm
Location RMIT University City Campus, Melbourne
Building 1, Level 2R, Council Chamber
Enter via Building 1, 124 La Trobe Street or Bowen Street
Attendees Blue Notes Group participants
Contact Tim Brennan, +61 3 9925 9971; timothy.brennan@rmit.edu.au

Program overview (Part 1)

8.30 - 9.00am Registration; tea and coffee on arrival
All
9.00 - 9.30am Welcome and Introduction
Tim Brennan, Senior Manager, RMIT Survey Services Centre
9.30 - 10.00am Update - APAC and eXplorance commitments arising from May 2014 event; Blue Roadmap
Tim Brennan, Senior Manager, RMIT Survey Services Centre; Samer Saab, CEO, eXplorance
10.00 - 10.30am Vision for future
Samer Jaffar, EVP Global Operations, eXplorance
10.30 - 10.45am Morning Tea

Participant Presentations

  Building 1, Level 2R, Council Chamber Building 20, Level 1, Court Room 2
10.45 - 11.30am From Course Evaluations to Learning Experience Management (LEM): A new approach to feedback at RMIT
Tim Brennan, Senior Manager, RMIT Survey Services Centre
Data integration, automation and use of Blue at AUT
Dr Lisianne Hoch, Research Analyst: Surveys & Evaluations, Aukland University of Technology

Program Overview (Part 2)

11.40 - 12.20pm Utilising Blue to its Full Potential
Samer Jaffar, EVP Global Operations, eXplorance
12.20 - 1.20pm Lunch

Participant Presentations

  Building 1, Level 2R, Council Chamber Building 20, Level 1, Court Room 2
1.30 - 2.10pm Early grade release and overview of Blue at ACU
Associate Professor Elizabeth Santhanam, Evaluations Coordinator, Australian Catholic University
Steps for the successful implementation of Blue
Linda McCarthy, Manager, Business Excellence Think Education
2.10 - 2.50pm The challenges of data preparation
Jay Chinnery, Business Manager, University of Western Australia
Use of BPI and Closing the Loop
Dr Glenn Harrison, Academic Developer & Jodie Simpson, Evaluations Manager, James Cook University

Program Overview (Part 3)

2.50 - 3.05pm Afternoon Tea
3.05 - 3.40pm Blue pulse
Samer Jaffar, EVP Global Operations, eXplorance
3.45 - 4.15pm
  • Transfer of knowledge: Challenges and Solutions
  • Blue resources
  • Help Centre and ‘At Task’
Samer Jaffar, EVP Global Operations, eXplorance
4.15 - 4.45pm Event Wrap Up
  • The future of Bluenotes
Tim Brennan, Senior Manager, RMIT Survey Services Centre
6.00pm Dinner sponsored by eXplorance
Venue: Cookie
First Floor, 252 Swanston St, Melbourne

The Blue Notes Group reserves the right to amend or alter any advertised details relating to dates, program and presenters if necessary, without notice, as a result of circumstances beyond their control. All attempts have been made to keep any changes to an absolute minimum.

Hotel Accommodations

For discounted rates on accomodation, contact our Travel Agent, CT Connections, on +61 3 8527 4040 or rmit@ctconnections.com.au and advise you are making the booking for an RMIT Event.

Stamford Plaza Melbourne (Stamford Plaza Melbourne Website)

Room Type Category Room Rate, per night (AUD)
Studio Suite $210
One Bedroom Queen Suite $225
One Bedroom King Suite $245

Two Bedroom rates also available.

The Swanston Hotel, Grand Mercure (The Swanston Hotel, Grand Mercure Website)

Room Type Category Room Rate, per night (AUD)
Standard Queen $188.10
Superior King $215.10

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About UofL

The University of Louisville is a state supported research university located in Kentucky's largest metropolitan area. It has a student population of over 22,000. It was a municipally supported public institution for many decades prior to joining the university system in 1970. The University has three campuses. The 287-acre Belknap Campus is three miles from downtown Louisville and houses seven of the university's 12 colleges and schools. The Health Sciences Center is situated in downtown Louisville's medical complex and houses the university's health related programs and the University of Louisville Hospital. The 243-acre Shelby Campus is located in eastern Jefferson County.

Shaping the Future: Cultivating a Culture of Continuous Improvement

When: July 31st, 2014 – August 1st, 2014

Where: University of Louisville

Fees:
  • $99 for early registration (March 1 – May 24)
  • $119 for regular registration (May 25 – July 9)
Event Organizer Primary Contact :
Becky Patterson
Telephone: 502-852-3385
Email: becky.patterson@louisville.edu

Fees and Terms

Registration fees include event attendance for both days, documentation, and planned social functions. Registration includes continental breakfast and lunch on both Thursday, July 31 and Friday, August 1.

Questions? Contact: Becky Patterson, Executive Director, Office of Institutional Research and Planning (UofL) at becky.patterson@louisville.edu.

Early Registration
March 1 - May 24
Regular Registration
May 25 - July 9
Event $99.00 $119.00
Dinner Cruise on the Belle of Louisville Event sponsored by eXplorance

Entertainment information*

Transportation will be provided to and from UofL’s Shelby Campus to the Belle of Louisville event. For more information, check out the Belle of Louisville website at www.belleoflouisville.org.

* Sponsored by eXplorance.

Event Program

The event program is evolving as presentations are submitted by participants. This page will be periodically updated with current information as the program content is finalized. Engagement of Blue users will guarantee rich and rewarding discussions in all event sessions. We want to hear from you! To submit a presentation for consideration, please forward the document directly to the University of Louisville’s Office of Institutional Research and Planning at uoflirp@louisville.edu.

Program overview

Day 1: July 31, 2014
7:45—8:15 a.m. Registration/Continental breakfast
8:15—8:55 a.m. Welcome/Introduction to Event
9:00—10:15 a.m. Panel Discussion
10:15—10:30 a.m. Mid-morning break
10:30—11:45 a.m. Panel Discussion
11:45—12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45—1:45 p.m. Panel Discussion
1:45—2:30 p.m. Individual Sessions
2:30—2:45 p.m. Mid-afternoon break
2:45—3:45 p.m. Individual Session
3:45—4:45 p.m. Individual Session
6:30—9:00 p.m. Dinner cruise
Day 2: August 1, 2014
7:15—8:00 a.m. Welcome / Country Breakfast
8:00—9:00 a.m. Individual Session
9:00—10:00 a.m. Individual Session
10:00—10:30 a.m. Mid-morning break
10:30—11:30 a.m. Individual Sessions
11:30—1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00—2:00 p.m. Individual Sessions
2:00—2:15 p.m. Mid-afternoon break
2:15—3:15 p.m. Individual Sessions
3:15—3:45 p.m. Event Wrap-Up

* The full event program is available here.

Hotel Accommodations

Hyatt Place

Hyatt Place Louisville East welcomes the eXplorance Event. We have set aside a block of rooms honoring the rate of $109 plus taxes. Please make your reservations by July 9, 2014. Any reservations not received by the cutoff date are subject to hotel availability basis at the best available prevailing rate.

To make your reservations please do the following:
Call Hyatt toll free at: 1-888-492-8847

  • Dates available: 7/30/2014 – 8/1/2014
  • Group Name: eXplorance Conference
  • Group Code: EXPL
Or via our website.
  • Type in stay dates: 7/30/2014 – 8/1/2014
Please have your credit card ready at the time you make your reservation. It is not recommended using debit cards. A credit card is required upon check in and will be preauthorized for incidental charges.

Guest Rooms include:

  • The Hyatt Grand Bed
  • A living area called the Cozy Corner with Sectional offering queen size pull out bed
  • 42” Flat Screen HD Television
  • Wet Bar area with granite countertops, sink and mini refrigerator
  • Pay per View movies
  • Work desk with adjustable leather office chair and cordless speaker phone
  • Guests can take advantage of our Hyatt Gold Passport program

Hotel offers:

  • Complimentary a.m. Skillet breakfast buffet
  • Complimentary shuttle service to area restaurants and shopping (within 3 mile radius)
  • Complimentary parking
  • Business Center
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet throughout the hotel
  • 24 hour Gallery Café
  • Beer & Wine Bar
  • Starbucks Coffee bar featuring several signature Starbucks coffees
  • 24 hour fitness center

Don’t forget to sign up for the Hyatt Gold Passport Program and earn points for free night stays and amazing offers & benefits at all Hyatt properties! Ask any staff member to sign you up! It only takes minutes to complete!

Hyatt Place Louisville East is conveniently located off of I-64. City attractions for your travelers include the following:
  • Churchill Downs & the Kentucky Derby Museum
  • Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
  • Muhammad Ali Center
  • Louisville Science Center
  • Big Four Bridge
  • Waterfront Park
  • KFC Yum Center
  • The Louisville Zoo
  • The Kentucky Bourbon Trails
  • Bluegrass Indoor Karting
  • Speed Art Museum
  • Fourth Street Live!
  • Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park
  • Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium
Hyatt Place Louisville East is conveniently located to several restaurants:
  • Bonefish Grill
  • Brickhouse Tavern & Tap
  • Buca Di Beppo Italian
  • J. Alexander’s Steakhouse
  • Kansai Japanese Grill
  • Famous Dave’s
  • Bristol Bar & Grill
  • Mimi’s Cafe
  • Carrabba’s Italian
  • Romano’s Macaroni Grill
  • Mark’s Feed Store BBQ
  • PF Chang’s China Bistro
  • The Melting Pot
  • Old Chicago Pizza
Many local restaurants are located within 15 minutes on Bardstown Rd & the historic Frankfort Ave.

Homewood Suites

Homewood Suites welcomes the eXplorance Event. We have set aside a block of rooms honoring the rate of $124/night.

To make your reservations, please click on the link here and follow the instructions below:

  • 1. Enter the dates
  • 2. Click on 'Add special rate codes'
  • 3. In the Corporate account field - enter 0560036696

Hawthorn Suites

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You can visit our website here.

The hotel has specific directions on transportation to the Louisville International Airport that can be consulted here.

*To make reservations and ensure you receive the advertised rate of $89/night, guests are asked to call the hotel directly. All reservations must be made individually through the Hawthorn Suites’ reservation desk by calling toll free (866) 899-5959 or locally (502) 899-5959.


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CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

The Organizing Committee for the 2014 Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) Conference (C2014), which will be held in Ottawa, Ontario, is pleased to invite evaluation professionals, members of academia, students, and other potential presenters to submit a presentation proposal(s).

The conference will be held from June 15 to June 18; pre-conference workshops will be held on June 15 (find out more information about the call for workshop proposals this way) and presentations will occur from June 16 to June 18 inclusively. The deadline to submit presentation proposals is January 10, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST.

The theme for this year’s conference is “35 Years: Celebrating Contributions to Canadian Evaluation”. More information about the conference theme is available.

Various types of presentations will be made during the conference. See the section regarding the definitions of types of presentation for description and details on duration and format.

Proposal Submission

Proposals should be submitted using CIRPA-ACPRI's online Proposal Submission Form or be sent by email to the Conference Program Committee Chair, Sonia Richards (Sonia.Richards@nscc.ca) no later than April 20, 2014.

The Program Committee strongly encourages the use of the online proposal submission form available on the CIRPA's website. This form can be accessed by current and former members using a login username and password. If not currently logged in as a member, users will be redirected to the member login site, and can then access the form on the 2013 – Regina conference Call for Proposals page

About RMIT

  • RMIT is a Global University of Technology and Design and is Australia’s largest tertiary institution
  • RMIT delivers Programs across multiple global locations, some of which are campuses, others are delivered at partner institutions
  • We are leaders in technology, design, global business, communication, global communities, health solutions and urban sustainable futures
  • Programs range from Foundation Studies (preparatory courses) through to Post Graduate Research degrees
  • Our student population is 82,000 of whom 17,600 are taught offshore (almost 7,000 at RMIT Vietnam)

Building Engagement through Feedback, Informing Decisions through Analytics: A workshop focused event

When: Thursday 16th and Friday 17th April, 2015

Where: RMIT University, City Campus (Campus Map available here)

Fees: Early Bird Registration $99 until 15th March; $150 thereafter

Audience: Current and potential Blue Users, education and corporate sectors

Social Activity: Dinner sponsored by eXplorance on Thursday 16th April

Register: This is a past user event.

Event Organizer Primary Contact
Tim Brennan
Telephone: +61 3 9925 9971
Email: timothy.brennan@rmit.edu.au

Fees and Terms

Registration fees include event attendance and catering.

Registration Early Bird Registration $99 until 15th March; $150 thereafter
Event Dinner Event sponsored by eXplorance
Questions? Contact: Tim Brennan, Senior Manager, Survey Services Centre, Policy and Planning, RMIT University at timothy.brennan@rmit.edu.au

Event Program

A detailed program is available here.

The RMIT City Campus Map is available here.

Questions? Contact: Tim Brennan, Senior Manager, Survey Services Centre, Policy and Planning, RMIT University at timothy.brennan@rmit.edu.au for further information.

Hotel Accommodations

For discounted rates on accommodation, contact our Travel Agent, CT Connections, on +61 3 8527 4040 or rmit@ctconnections.com.au and advise you are making the booking for an RMIT Event.

Stamford Plaza Melbourne (Stamford Plaza Melbourne Website), 111 Little Collins St

Room Type Category Room Rate, per night (AUD)
Studio Suite $215
One Bedroom Queen Suite $230
One Bedroom Premier King Suite $260
Premier King Suite $260

Mercure Welcome (Mercure Welcome Website), 265 Little Bourke St

Room Type Category Room Rate, per night (AUD)
Standard Queen Room $130
Superior King Room $160

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Building the Bridge: From Data Gathering to Action

Event Details

Dates: Wednesday, July 29 through Friday, July 31

Location: The Brown Hotel (Hotel Website) – Louisville’s Historic Luxury Hotel

Room rate: $149/per night (plus tax) – a savings of 47% off the regular rate
To take advantage of the special rate, please reserve before July 9.

Event registration fee (early bird registration): $119/person

Event theme: Building the Bridge: From Data Gathering to Action

Audience: Blue Users (any capacity) or those interested in learning about Blue – not just an “IT” focused event

Social Activity: Dinner for all event attendees at the Kentucky Derby Museum (Museum Website) on Thursday evening

Meet and Greet: Meet and greet event attendees from other institutions and eXplorance staff during Tuesday evening’s Welcome Reception (July 28)

Keynote Speaker: Humorous motivational speaker Charles Marshall, author of four books including The Seven Powers of Success, will be the Keynote speaker for this year’s conference. More information about Charles Marshall is located at: http://charlesmarshall.net

Support station: Throughout the conference, an eXplorance Support station will be open. Stop by to discuss your individual questions with eXplorance Support staff.

Door prizes: eXplorance has donated thousands of dollars in door prizes. Attendees will be entered into drawings to win:

  • A free registration for the next Blue Certification Camp (3 chances to win)
  • A free response rate consultation package
  • One time Bluepulse credit of $10k - can be applied for any future fees
  • Free attendance to the next Bluenotes Group APAC in Melbourne (includes flight, lodging, and user conference fees)
Event Organizer Primary Contact :
Becky Patterson
Telephone: 502-852-3385
Email: becky.patterson@louisville.edu

Fees and Terms

Questions? Contact: Becky Patterson, Executive Director, Office of Institutional Research and Planning (UofL) at becky.patterson@louisville.edu.

Early Registration
November 1 - May 1
Regular Registration
May 2 - July 10
Event $99.00 $119.00
Dinner at the Kentucky Derby Museum Event sponsored by eXplorance

Entertainment information*

Transportation will be provided to and from the Brown Hotel to the Kentucky Derby Museum dinner. For more information, check out the Kentucky Derby Museum website at www.derbymuseum.org/events.html.

* Sponsored by eXplorance.

Event Program

Blue Americas 2015

eXplorance Support station: 9:15 AM to 5:00 PM - Ballroom Foyer on Wednesday; 8:30 to 4:30 PM - Ballroom Foyer on Thursday; 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM - Ballroom Foyer on Friday

Download the Conference program: Blue Americas 2015 - Conference program

Program overview (Tuesday)

6.00 - 8:00pm

Welcome Reception

Bluegrass Room

Program overview (Wednesday)

7.45 - 8.15am

Registration/breakfast

South Alcove, Broadway A, Broadway B

Opening Ceremony PowerPoint (“looping”)

8.15 - 9.10am

Keynote Speaker: Charles Marshall

Crystal Ballroom

9.15 - 9.55am

Blue Roadmap Presentation – Blue 5.5 and Beyond more...

Crystal Ballroom

Facilitator: Becky Patterson

Session title: Blue Roadmap Presentation – Blue 5.5 and Beyond

Description: Come and join us for a glimpse of our collective future. During this session, we shall share with you where Blue has come since our last encounter last year; and more importantly, we will present to you where Blue is heading for the foreseeable future. From focus on increasing automation possibilities, to completely revisiting the Blue UI/UX experience, to bringing on an array of enhanced analytics.

Presenter: Samer Saab, CEO, eXplorance

10.00 - 10.15am

Presentation of Blue Expert Certifications: Samer Saab

Crystal Ballroom

Facilitator: Becky Patterson

10.15 - 10.30am

Morning Break

10.30 - 11.10am

Introducing the Data Integrity Gateway more...

Broadway A

Facilitator: Chandler Hora

Session title: Introducing the Data Integrity Gateway

Description: Facing enrolment data quality challenges? Join us for this session. The Data Integrity Gateway (referred to as DIG) is a stand-alone Blue module that allows administrators to setup multiple/advanced workflows to ensure that enrolment data is verified and modified for accuracy and completeness by appropriate stakeholders (be it department administrators, course coordinators, teachers …). DIG is powered by a powerful email notification and follow-up engine, and a smooth user experience that makes the data preparation process easy. DIG helps save weeks of effort and delays in centralized data preparation and cleanup, and should greatly benefit decentralized institutions.

Presenter: Samer Saab, CEO, eXplorance

10.30 - 11.10am

Data From Students to Students: You Won’t Believe What Happened Next! more...

Broadway B

Facilitator: Erika Ruffin

Session title: Data From Students to Students: You Won’t Believe What Happened Next!

Description: In 2012, the faculty council passed a policy allowing students access to five of the nine campus-wide common course questions asked on the Online Course Questionnaire (OCQ), Indiana University Bloomington’s name for course evaluations. This spring, in time for students to create their semester schedule, the OCQ Student Dashboard was released and students for the first time had access to what students said about their classes. This session will show you the process and creation of the student dashboard and the various iterations. Then demonstrate the final OCQ Student Dashboard.

Presenters:
- Judith A. Ouimet, Senior Assistant Vice Provost - Curricular Development & Assessment, Indiana University Bloomington
- Clinton McKay, Assessment Systems Analyst & Developer, Indiana University Bloomington

11.15 - 11.55am

Demonstration of Blue’s Integration with Blackboard using the Blue Portal Integrator (BPI) more...

Broadway A

Facilitator: John Bossle

Session title: Demonstration of Blue’s Integration with Blackboard using the Blue Portal Integrator (BPI)

Description: The University of Louisville (UofL) has integrated Blue and Blackboard to enhance the course evaluation experience for both students and faculty. This live demonstration will include the creation of the Blackboard blocks within the BPI. Also, the integration of Blue with Blackboard will be shown from both the student perspective and the faculty perspective.

Presenters:
- Shari Barrow, Project and Logistics Coordinator, University of Louisville
- Becky Patterson, Executive Director, University of Louisville

12.00 - 1.00pm

Lunch

Crystal Ballroom

1.00 - 1.40pm

Implementing Grade Pathways to Increase Participation more...

Broadway A

Facilitator: Becky Patterson

Session title: Implementing Grade Pathways to Increase Participation

Description: forthcoming

Presenter: Rob Nelson, Executive Director for Education and Academic Planning, University of Pennsylvania

1.00 - 2.25pm

Workshop #1 - Data Sources: eXplorance

Broadway C

Facilitator: Chandler Hora

1.45 - 2.25pm

The Latest and Greatest of Bluepulse more...

Broadway B

Facilitator: Kelly Fleenor

Session title: The Latest and Greatest of Bluepulse

Description: Join us and find out why some of the world’s top analyst firms stated the following, in reference to Bluepulse: “Students and faculty who have had limited and after-the-fact course assessment practices that provided feedback too late to effect change for the current student. They now have a tool that can increase engagement and satisfaction for both constituencies long before the final exam.” During this session, we shall demonstrate to you Bluepulse 1.5 latest features including Polling, Two-way communication, and patent pending 1-on-1 coaching. We will also share with you a glimpse of what is yet to come in Bluepulse 1.6 and beyond.

Presenters:
- Ian Haugh, VP Marketing and Partnerships, eXplorance
- Samer Saab, CEO, eXplorance

2.30 - 2.45pm

Afternoon Break - 1st drawing for door prizes!

2.45 - 3.25pm

Using Bluepulse at Sheridan College more...

Broadway B

Facilitator: Erika Ruffin

Session title: Using Bluepulse at Sheridan College

Description: forthcoming

Presenters:
- Michael Evans, Associate Dean, Digital Learning and Innovation
- Stephanie Dimech, Sheridan College

3.30 - 4.10pm

A Second Year Being Blue more...

Broadway A

Facilitator: Chandler Hora

Session title: A Second Year Being Blue

Presenters:
- Dan Glover, IT Specialist, University of Minnesota
- Thomas Dohm, Director, University of Minnesota

3.30 - 4.55pm

Workshop #2 - New features in BLue versions 5.4 and 5.5: eXplorance

Broadway C

Facilitator: Shari Barrow

4.15 - 4.55pm

Take your Blue Email Notifications to the Next Level more...

Broadway B

Facilitator: Lisa Horn

Session title: Take your Blue Email Notifications to the Next Level

Description: Email is the primary and most effective way to communicate with your students and faculty. A properly designed email can improve your response rate, increase transparency and improve faculty satisfaction. At Virginia Commonwealth University we combined our past experience of online evaluations with functionality available in Blue to craft awesome emails. Join us to learn:

  • How to write better content
  • What has or hasn’t worked for VCU
  • Email personalization
  • HTML/CSS formatting
  • Testing
  • Appropriate timing for sending emails

Presenter: Gaurav Gupta, IT Analyst, Virginia Commonwealth University

5.00 - 5.30pm

Unveiling the new eXplorance Client Loyalty Program more...

Crystal Ballroom

Facilitator: Becky Patterson

Session title: Unveiling the new eXplorance Client Loyalty Program

Description: You, our clients, are the reason why we exist, thrive, and persist. Over time, we have shown you our appreciation by working smarter and harder year over year, to bring you solutions and services that mirror the value you expect. We want you to be proud of your association with eXplorance. In light of the tremendous growth and market leadership we have recently achieved as a key Learning Experience Management (LEM) provider, we are in a position where we can express our gratitude in even more tangible ways. The eXplorance Client Loyalty Program is a first in our industry. And we invite you experience its unveiling first hand.

Presenter: Samer Saab, CEO, eXplorance

Program overview (Thursday)

8.00 - 8.30am

Breakfast

Crystal Ballroom

8.30 - 9.10am

Lessons in Creating a Thriving Organic Culture more...

Crystal Ballroom

Facilitator: Becky Patterson

Session title: Lessons in Creating a Thriving Organic Culture

Description: "In the workplace, you can hope that everyone is doing things right. In places where culture comes first, you can trust that everyone is doing the right thing." March 2000 was my first day of employment at a top tier high-tech company in Massachusetts. They had just gone public through a highly successful IPO. Having worked for many years in the industry, I had never witnessed an employee engagement such as this – it was unparalleled. This would forever change my perspective on business culture and its impact on engagement. Three years later, I founded eXplorance with a mission to assist organizations in instilling a culture of continuous improvement. During this session, we will share eXplorance’s story, in all its simplicity. A story about a place where the road less travelled shows up often on our leadership compass, where workplace culture has been tested in good times and bad times, never stopping to thrive.

Presenter: Samer Saab, CEO, eXplorance

9.15 - 9.55am

Integrating Evaluations into Course Selection: a Panel Discussion more...

Crystal Ballroom

Facilitator: Lisa Horn

Panel: Integrating Evaluations into Course Selection: a Panel Discussion

Description: How easy does your institution make it for your students to use course evaluations when they select courses? What are the benefits and challenges of making course evaluation data available to students? Join a discussion about how institutions are integrating course evaluation data into course selection and share your experiences and questions. The session will include information about how these questions have been addressed at Indiana University Bloomington, Northwestern University, and University of Pennsylvania.

Panelists:
- Rob Nelson, Executive Director for Education and Academic Planning, University of Pennsylvania
- Judith A. Ouimet, Senior Assistant Vice Provost - Curricular Development & Assessment Indiana, University Bloomington
- Maria DiBenedetto, Associate University Registrar, Northwestern University

10.00 - 10.15am

Morning Break

10.15 - 10.55am

Guidelines for Ensuring a Smooth Blue Implementation at a Large University more...

Broadway B

Facilitator: Shari Barrow

Session title: Guidelines for Ensuring a Smooth Blue Implementation at a Large University

Presenter: Thomas Dohm, Director, University of Minnesota

10.15 - 11.40am

Workshop #3 - Reporting Features: eXplorance

Broadway C

Facilitator: Chandler Hora

11.00 - 11.40am

Panel Discussion: Implementation of Blue - from A to Z more...

Crystal Ballroom

Facilitator: Kelly Fleenor

Panel: Implementation of Blue from A to Z - Share with your colleagues things you learned during the implementation and administration of Blue. What advice would you provide institutions as they consider transitioning to Blue? Are there issues that need special consideration? Are there pitfalls that should be avoided? Share helpful suggestions about any aspect of the project administration cycle from initially structuring data to generating and publishing reports.

Panelists:
- Lawrence Williams, Oregon Health and Sciences University, Education Technology Specialist
- Lisa Horn, Assistant Director for Operations and Support Services, University of Louisville
- TBD

11.45 - 1.00pm

Lunch/Roundtable Discussions (Maximizing the investment in Blue)

Crystal Ballroom

1.00 - 1.40pm

Creating a Culture of Assessment more...

Broadway B

Facilitator: Lisa Horn

Session title: Creating a Culture of Assessment

Description: The University of Louisville (UofL) successfully transitioned the decentralized course evaluation administration processes of 12 academic units to a centralized online administration using Blue in the fall 2010 semester. The success of this implementation was due to a multifaceted approach that addressed the cultural and logistical aspects of institutional assessment. In this presentation, we share UofL’s experience in creating a cultural of assessment by getting institutional “buy-in”, identifying and addressing barriers in the structure of institutional data, developing faculty-centered and student-centered marketing campaigns to increase engagement, and maximizing the automation features in Blue to reduce burdens on limited resources.

Presenters:
- Bob Goldstein, Vice Provost for Institutional Research, Effectiveness, and Analytics, University of Louisville
- Becky Patterson, Executive Director, University of Louisville

1.00 - 2.25pm

Workshop #4 - Best practices and Troubleshooting: eXplorance

Broadway C

Facilitator: Erika Ruffin

1.45 - 2.25pm

Assessments in Support of Teaching & Learning: The SFU Experience more...

Broadway A

Facilitator: Shari Barrow

Session title: Assessments in Support of Teaching & Learning: The SFU Experience

Description: Simon Fraser University has been engaged in a multi-year process to replace its outdated student evaluation of teaching and courses with an updated system that reflects new understanding from educational research. This ambitious initiative is squarely aimed at supporting teaching and enhancing student learning. The session will cover an overview of the journey so far, share perspectives on key challenges and solutions, and discuss the critical importance of faculty and student engagement.

Presenter: Corinne Pitre-Hayes, Project Director, Simon Fraser University

2.30 - 2.45pm

Afternoon Break - 2nd drawing for door prizes!

2.45 - 3.25pm

Running Blue Course Evaluations at Scale more...

Broadway A

Facilitator: Lisa Horn

Session title: Running Blue Course Evaluations at Scale

Description: “One time through and do it in Blue” is the mantra of an undersized team wrestling with delivering course evaluations at a large public university featuring a heavily decentralized administrative and academic structure. In this session, we borrow some ideas from Goldratts’ Theory of Constraints and use them as a framework to explain how we manage Blue Course Evaluations at scale using tools and techniques that reside both inside and outside of the Blue platform.

Presenter: Tom Woods, Application Specialist, Washington State University

2.45 - 3.25pm

Connecting Data to Your Planning Process more...

Broadway B

Facilitator: John Bossle

Session title: Connecting Data to Your Planning Process

Description: In this session you will see how Nuventive’s TracDat and ActionPoint allow you to connect your assessment and institutional data directly to your planning process. Data reports … including eXplorance reports … can easily be linked to learning outcomes, program review, and strategic planning objectives and goals. You will see how users can provide narrative analysis about the data reports, document any needed action steps, and identify resource needs.

Presenter: Choban, Director of Implementation Services, Nuventive

3.30 - 4.10pm

Using Blue Text Analytics more...

Crystal Ballroom

Facilitator: Erika Ruffin

Session title: Using Blue Text Analytics

Presenters:
- Arnold Hook, Assistant Director, University of Louisville
- Becky Patterson, Executive Director, University of Louisville

4.15 - 4.55pm

Open Discussion about Blue Dashboards more...

Broadway A

Facilitator: Shari Barrow

Workshop Title: Open Discussion about Blue Dashboards

Description: Welcome to the world of Big Data. A key commitment at eXplorance is to bring you an array of insightful institution dashboards. We invite you to join us in this workshop and take an active part in the future of the Blue Analytics. Let us collaborate and share the full power of surveys and course evaluation analytics with everyone at your institution.

Presenters:
- Raphael Gera, Senior Developer, eXplorance
- Wenzhuo Zhang, Director of Development, eXplorance

5:30 - 6.00pm

Brown Hotel to Churchill Downs - board at the corner of 4th and Broadway

6.00 - 9.00pm

Dinner at the Kentucky Derby Museum

  • Cocktails from 6:00 - 7:00 (30-minute walking tours), with the gift shop open;
  • Greatest Race 7:00 - 7:15;
  • Dinner 7:15 - 8:30;
  • After Dinner Social, a.k.a “Hanging Out” from 8:30 - 9:00.
@9.00pm

Churchill Downs to Brown Hotel

Program overview (Friday)

8.00 - 8.30am

Breakfast

Crystal Ballroom

8.30 - 9.10am

Panel Discussion: Live Formative Feedback and its Impact on the Future of Higher Ed. more...

Crystal Ballroom

Facilitator: Lisa Horn

Panel: Live Formative Feedback and its Impact on the Future of Higher Ed.

Description: Join us for this panel to hear your colleague engage in a thought leading discussion around live formative feedback. Discussions shall cover actual experiences implementing Bluepulse in the classroom to assist teachers and students in enhancing the teaching and learning process. Also, shall be discussed are associated challenges and opportunities.

Moderator: Ian Haugh, VP Marketing and Partnership, eXplorance

Panelists:
- Cherie Werhun, Teaching Assessment & Course Evaluation Coordinator, University of Toronto
- Taiwo Ande, Assistant Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment, University of Mary Washington
- TBD

9.15 - 9.55am

evalUT more...

Crystal Ballroom

Facilitator: Shari Barrow

Session title: evalUT

Description: Providing high quality, meaningful learning experiences for students is a core priority for academic institutions. In striving to create these experiences for their students, academic institutions face the challenge of how best to gauge whether their academic programs and courses indeed meet these expectations. Course evaluations represent one tool in an institution's evaluative approach; and the extent to which course evaluations meet the assessment needs of an institution and each of its departments, schools, programs, and individual instructors is often a concern. The extent to which course evaluation data reflects both institution-wide, collective teaching and learning priorities and discipline-specific, granular teaching and learning priorities influences not only their validity and reliability, but their meaningful application into faculty teaching development and improvement activities across the institution. To that end, evalUT represents a course evaluation assessment framework that balances assessment priorities at multiple levels of the institution and outlines the processes necessary to ensure its successful implementation. Based on its implementation at the University of Toronto, across 8 major academic divisions, it offers not only the framework itself, and an accompanying extensive item bank, but nine learning modules and templates, and membership into a community of partnering institutions, so as to ensure institutions move through implementation to integration in an evidence-supported manner.

Presenter: Cherie Werhun, Teaching Assessment & Course Evaluation Coordinator, University of Toronto

10.00 - 10.15am

Morning Break - 3rd drawing for door prizes!

10.15 - 10.55am

Open Discussion about Blue UI/UX Enhancement more...

Broadway A

Facilitator: Kelly Fleenor

Workshop Title: Open Discussion about Blue UI/UX Enhancement

Description: Blue is currently undergoing a major UI/UX transformation. We invite you to join us in this workshop and take an active part in the future of the Blue Administration. Let us collaborate and bring the full power and flexibility of Blue to the fingertips of every administrator.

Presenters:
- Cheliah Moorthy, Senior Developer, eXplorance
- Wenzhuo Zhang, Director of Development, eXplorance

10.15 - 10:55am

You Can’t See Me: A Discussion Based Workshop on Teacher Evaluations and Their Uses more...

Broadway B

Facilitator: Lisa Horn

Workshop Title: You Can’t See Me: A Discussion Based Workshop on Teacher Evaluations and Their Uses

Description: forthcoming

Presenters:
- Bradley Patten, Survey and Evaluation Analyst
- Ineke Kranenburg, Academic Director, Auckland University of Technology

11.00 - 11.30am

Closing Ceremony/Wrap-up: Announce Blue Americas 2016 Host Institution

Crystal Ballroom

Facilitator: Becky Patterson

As you consider travel arrangements, please note that the conference is scheduled to end by 12:00 PM on Friday, July 31.

Hotel Accommodations

Brown Hotel

One of the most comfortable and opulent hotels near the University of Louisville, the Brown Hotel features 293 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, more than 26,000 square feet of meeting space, a business center, fitness center, two restaurants, and the renowned Lobby Bar.

Hotel Website: www.brownhotel.com

Please use the following link to reserve rooms at the Brown Hotel for $149/night.
To take advantage of the special rate, please reserve before July 9.

About UofL

The University of Louisville is a state supported research university located in Kentucky's largest metropolitan area. It has a student population of over 22,000. It was a municipally supported public institution for many decades prior to joining the university system in 1970. The University has three campuses. The 287-acre Belknap Campus is three miles from downtown Louisville and houses seven of the university's 12 colleges and schools. The Health Sciences Center is situated in downtown Louisville's medical complex and houses the university's health related programs and the University of Louisville Hospital. The 243-acre Shelby Campus is located in eastern Jefferson County.

Here is what a few of our conference attendees had to say about the Blue Americas 2015 Event

“A wonderful conference – great networking opportunities!”

Vicki Sahr (Systems Administrator - Center for Instructional Excellence, Fox Valley Technical College)

“I was very enlightened by all of Blue’s capabilities. We attended the conference primarily for a different option for course evaluations but I found myself most excited about the online survey portion!”

Chad Adkins (Interim Director - Institutional Research, Eastern Kentucky University)

“I love attending Blue Americas conference. Since Blue is such a large part of my professional live, it is worthwhile to network with other users and to learn how they are using the software. This past conference inspired me to use Blue in ways I had not before and my productivity has soared.”

Shelley Gibson (Program Coordinator Senior, School of Medicine, University of Louisville)

“My experience at the 2015 Blue Americas conference was very positive. The sessions at the conference were informational, entertaining, and valuable. I also had the opportunity to present at the conference, in panel discussion, and it was a terrific experience. I highly recommend this conference to any university or college faculty member or administrator who works/manages Blue. It’s a great opportunity, and I look forward to attending future conferences!”

Larry Williams, Education Technology Specialist, Oregon Health and Sciences University

“Great Conference! Good chance to network and make new likeminded friends. Presentations by users were great!”

Brett McDaniel (Manager, Planning and Assessment Technology, University of Kentucky)

“I have attended the Blue Americas conference for the past two years and our hosts at the University of Louisville have done an incredible job of creating such a professional, informative and engaging conference!”

Kate Forrest (EDP Supervisor - Testing Center, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis)

“What I liked most about attending the Blue Americas 2015 Conference was the usefulness and quality of the sessions, excellent speakers, and opportunity to network. As a Blue user, there’s no better place to hone your skills, learn new things, and network directly with colleagues who are using Blue. If you are truly serious about using Blue products from eXplorance, then this is the conference for you.”

Howard Mzumara (Director of Testing Center, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis)

“Whether you are a seasoned or brand new Blue user, Blue Americas is an essential conference to place on your schedule. It is the perfect opportunity to meet the eXplorance team to explore with them, and other users, the full potential of what Blue can do. You will hear from users who have maximized its full potential, as well as those users who are addressing challenges associated with adopting new evaluation strategies. As a new user I was able to leverage the knowledge gained with our implementation in a way that significantly streamlined our work. It is good to know that 2016 will once again be hosted by UofL – they knocked it out of the park in 2015, which explains why we’re back in Louisville in 16. The unique Brown Hotel, and its proximity to downtown, is a winning venue for the event.”

Tim Matthews (Executive Director – Office of e-Campus Learning, Eastern Kentucky University)

“I found the conference well organized and a great experience. Upon returning to our University, I recommended that we move to the product for course evaluations and to replace our current survey tool.”

Chad Adkins (Interim Director - Institutional Research, Eastern Kentucky University)

“The 2015 Blue Americas Conference provided an incredible opportunity to learn more about eXplorance and Blue. The sessions were well organized and informative. The conference atmosphere also gave me a chance me to meet a wonderful group of users who shared their experiences and offered valuable insights.”

Lisa Votodian (Assistant to the Director – Office of Measurement & Evaluation of Teaching, University of Pittsburgh)

“The 2015 Blue Americas conference helped us put into place a full-university implementation plan, which includes certification of our primary Blue administrator. We appreciate the networking opportunities, discovering how other universities use Blue. One fact: there are currently four public institutions in our state using Blue. I would not have known this without attending the conference!”

Donna Davis (Blue Course Evaluation Administrator – Center for Instructional Technology, James Madison University)

“There aren't many of us on campus dealing with the details of collecting and reporting these data. While each institution has a unique situation of governance, item detail, and reporting requirements others institutions have seen parts of each of these areas that we have or will encounter. With such a robust tool as eXplorance Blue, the networking opportunities, the ability to trade ideas and gain insights from other institutions and the eXplorance staff at the Blue Americas Conference has been very helpful in reducing time on task and anticipating solutions to as yet unasked questions. Besides, it's just plain FUN to be around others who are just as interested in all these details as I am.”

Daniel Glover, IT Specialist – Office of Measurement Services, University of Minnesota

“For me, Blue Americas 2015 conference was a venue to validate several teaching and learning initiatives taking place at Mary Washington. Having a one on one conversation with vendors and colleagues who are passionate about infusing technology into teaching and learning was invaluable. I’m so delighted to be part of a group committed to the future of higher education.”

Taiwo Ande, Assistant Provost, University of Mary Washington

“I’ve attended other well-planned, extremely informative IT conferences in the recent past, but they could not compare with the Blue America’s conference in terms of the eXplorance team members constant availability and steadfast commitment to serving their customers. I came away thinking that this conference was as much for the clients to learn new product enhancements and interesting strategies used by other schools, as it was for the Blue representatives to genuinely try to understand their customers’ needs and to make a commitment to follow through with client suggestions.

The folks from University of Louisville did an outstanding job at coordinating this event. The superior accommodations, food and social events were top notch. I look forward to attending the 2016 event and hope to see some familiar faces and meet new attendees.” ”

Karen Seach, Ed Tech Application Specialist II, Duquesne University

“The annual Blue Americas conference provides me with a unique opportunity to engage with and learn from other academic professionals like myself – administrators that are responsible for course evaluations on their campus. I always come away from the conference with at least a few new ideas for how to improve our local campus evaluation process.”

Christine Chavez, Interim Director of Institutional Research, Loyola Marymount University

“This year’s conference included really helpful discussions and breakout sessions. It is great to see such a strong cohesive community focused on evaluation and improvement being built across institutions.”

Krisy Mahome, Assistant Director - Bloomington Evaluation Services & Testing, Indiana University Bloomington


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BLUE ADMINISTRATOR TRAINING & CERTIFICATION
2016 Virtual Sessions

This is the first level of certification for all users who will be administrating any feedback process with Blue. The participants will be introduced to the main concepts of Blue, and trained on the main features and functionalities that they will need to administer their feedback process. This session is ideal for any new Blue Administrator or existing Blue Administrators that need to refresh their knowledge of Blue. We recommend that people in supporting roles to the main Blue Administrator also attend the first day of training.

There is 1 virtual training session available for 2016. Each session runs Monday through Friday, 11AM to 5PM EST.

Week Starting On: Daily Start Time Daily End Time
29-Aug-16
(this session is now full)
11:00 EST 17:00 EST
24-Oct-16 11:00 EST 17:00 EST

There are 25 places in total on each session. Places are allocated on a ‘first-come, first served basis’. Registration closes 1 week before training is scheduled to begin.

TRAINING

The training is composed of the following:

  • Presentation : Designed to provide the participants’ clear grasp of the fundamental concepts of Blue and main functionalities of Blue’s features. The presentations will serve as a good revision tool for the participants after the training.
  • Demonstrations : The instructor will guide the participants through step-by-step live demonstrations of Blue's functionalities to ensure they are fully familiar and autonomous in navigating Blue.
  • Exercises : Throughout the training, the participants will be asked to complete multiple sets of exercises providing hands-on experience with creating full evaluations and reports in Blue.
  • Discussions : Opportunities will be given to the participants to discuss their own scenarios during the training and in break-out sessions. Participation in group discussions is important as it is considered part of the training.
  • Delivery : Training is delivered via GoTo Webinar session. Participants can connect via the internet to the online training webinar and can use their phone or computer for audio. Connection details for the webinar will be distributed a week before the session begins. We recommend that participants are in a distraction-free environment during the training in order to get the best from the sessions.

CERTIFICATION EXAM

The certification exam is composed of the following:

  • Theory : This portion of the exam is composed of multiple choice questions that covers the main concepts and features of Blue.
  • Practical : The participants will be asked to create a set of projects and reports based on given requirements based on what was covered in the training sessions. Participants will be provided access to a Blue Examination Sandbox.
  • Overall Grade : The overall grade is composed of 50% theory and 50% practical.
  • Duration : Participants will have up to one week after the training is completed to submit both portions of the exam.
  • Passing grade : 70% overall.

Event Program

* The full event program is available here.

Fees and Terms

For $995 USD per person, each participant receives access to all sessions within one year from the date of their registration. This allows participants to attend a future session free of charge if certain days are missed during their initial training, or simply to refresh their Blue knowledge. Participants will also have access to an individual Blue training sandbox for one year from their session start date.

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Course Evaluation Institute (CEI)
Exclusive Event for all evalUT Institutions

August 1, 2016
The Brown Hotel
Louisville,KY

Hosted by the University of Toronto, the Course Evaluation Institute (CEI 2016) is an annual set of educational and consultative sessions for its evalUT institutional clients. Designed to provide an in-depth focus on topics related to the implementation and integration of the course evaluation assessment framework within higher education, the CEI offers its clients an opportunity to share, with other members of the client community, their challenges, insights, and best practices as they move through the various stages of their own implementation process. Drawn in part from modules within evalUT’s accompanying e-resource, sessions include, but are not limited to, navigating the change management processes associated with implementing a new assessment framework, designing meaningful monitoring and analysis check points along the way, and creating strategic policies, guidelines, and best practices to support the integration of a new assessment framework within all levels of an institution.

Event Program

The event program is still being finalized and will be posted closer to the date.
Please check back soon!

Fees and Terms

The Course Evaluation Institute is an exclusive event for all evalUT institutional clients.

Attendance to the CEI event has been included in the evalUT package, and so there are no additional fees; however registration is required. Please send your registration request to Stacey Martini at smartini@explorance.com to reserve your place.

Hotel Accommodations

Brown Hotel

The Brown Hotel provides a complimentary shuttle service to and from the Louisville International Airport (SDF). Once you arrive at the airport, kindly call The Brown Hotel at 502-583-1234, and ask for the Bell Desk. There is a courtesy phone at the Customer Service Desk at the Airport, which you may use. The Bell Desk will send a shuttle to pick you up, which usually takes 15 to 20 minutes.

Hotel Website: www.brownhotel.com

Please use the following link to reserve your room with our discounted group rate of $153/night.

Registration

To reserve your place, please contact Stacey Martini at smartini@explorance.com.

What Customers Are Saying About Blue Certification Camp!

“The Blue Certification Camp proved to be extremely valuable and as expected I learned a wide array of features within your latest platform release that [we] should (and will) utilize”

“The instructor and environment were excellent. The overall treatment of us "guests" was very welcoming. The content was solid and packed with details about Blue. Having the hands on learning was extremely helpful in learning the features.”

“I was also able to network and create further valuable take-away items from other institutions present at the training. Great job facilitating the training!”

Event Details

Blue Certification Camp
to become a certified
Blue eXpert

3.5 Day
Instructor-led
Training Workshop

August 6th to 9th, 2016

The Brown Hotel
335 West Broadway, Louisville KY 40202

The Bluenotes Americas edition of Blue Certification Camp is a specialized on-site training with the highest instructor to trainee ratio to date. Only 13 spots are available and they will be claimed on a first come first serve basis. Don’t miss out, register today!

Why Should I Attend?

  • Prepare to become a certified Blue Expert by gaining new knowledge and skills.
  • Learn how to plan, execute, and maintain various types of Blue evaluations, surveys, and assessments.
  • Master Blue’s advanced features and functionality and apply your knowledge to real-world applications.
  • Connect with other users and share knowledge, experience, and best practices.

Who Should Attend?

Individuals who have been through initial Blue training and are able to successfully implement projects and reports for their institution. Blue Expert Certification Camp is designed to take these users to a higher level of expertise.

Topics Covered

  • Data Structures: advanced relationship and vertical datasources that automate access and institution role assignments.
  • Projects: managing large and dynamic questionnaires, advanced controls of evaluation windows, and task management.
  • Reports: merging and comparing results of subjects and projects, summary and breakdown report blocks, threshold controls, and dashboards.
  • Modules: Blue Portal Integrator, Blue Text Analytics, Data Integrity Gateway and API’s.

Becoming Certified

  1. Implement further automation in your feedback processes
  2. Develop and deliver richer reports to support your decision makers
  3. Gain greater autonomy in the use of Blue to administer any feedback process.

Following the bootcamp, you will absorb and put into practice your new knowledge in a dedicated sandbox environment. Complete the exercises in the exercise guide at your own pace before you take the online certification exam. The exam will test both your theoretical and practical knowledge of Blue through a multiple choice questionnaire and practical examples that demonstrate your newly developed expertise. Our team will then meet with you to review your results before your certificate is issued.

Typical timeline to certification:

  • eXpert Bootcamp: 3.5 days in-class training
  • Sandbox exercises: 3 weeks
  • Online exam: 1 week
  • Results Review: Up to 2 hours
  • Certificate issued!

Questions? Contact Stacey Martini, Events Coordinator, eXplorance at smartini@explorance.com

Fees and Terms

For $2,395 USD per attendee, you will take an active part in the certification camp. Meals (breakfast and lunch) will be provided during the camp and a social event on the Wednesday night will also be included.

An early bird discount of 10% will be given to all registrations received prior to June 1, 2016.

Event Program

Day 1

9am-12pm Introduction
  • Understanding Blue
  • Applications of Blue

Planning Your Data Structure - Building the Foundation
  • Identifying your Entities and users – subjects, raters, stakeholders, etc
  • Schema planning – trigger conditions, filters criteria, report grouping and breakdown, relationship fields, displayable fields
  • Advanced relationship data sources

1pm-5pm Creating and Launching Projects
  • Automation of evaluation projects
  • Advanced delegation tasks
  • Advanced questionnaire controls
  • Advanced workflow

Day 2

1pm-5pm Advanced Project Creation/Management
  • Multi-lingual Projects
  • Question Bank
  • Advanced email management
  • Managing response data
  • Project Summary and Activities
  • Advanced Filters

Day 3

9am-12pm Reporting & Analysis
  • Creating Individual reports
  • Creating Roll-Over and Group type reports
  • Adding demographic and date filters
  • Adding report blocks (questions, demographics, cross-categories)
  • Selecting viewing audience
  • Previewing, printing and publishing a report
1pm-5pm Advanced Reporting & Analysis
  • Cross-tabulation
  • Cross-Category
  • Virtual Questions
  • Statistical distribution
  • Advance response rate analysis
  • Longitudinal analysis
  • Merging results
  • Breakdown of results
  • Qualitative analysis (BTA)

Day 4

9am-12pm Extending Blue Capabilities
  • Blue Portal Integrator (BPI)
  • Introduction to Blue APIs
  • Blue Data Sync
  • DIG
  • Response Rate Monitor Dashboard
Projects Best Practices and Troubleshooting
  • Data source log and notifications
  • System logs and error management
  • Troubleshooting in Blue
  • Techniques and practices to track activities in Blue

Travel & Lodging

Brown Hotel

One of the most comfortable and opulent hotels near the University of Louisville, the Brown Hotel features 293 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, more than 26,000 square feet of meeting space, a business center, fitness center, two restaurants, and the renowned Lobby Bar.

Hotel Website: www.brownhotel.com

The group room block is now available for reservations, at a discounted nightly rate of $149 USD +tax. Please use the following link to reserve rooms at the Brown Hotel.

Registration

Name and Email
Prefix
First name (*)
Last name (*)
Institution Name (*)
Phone number
Email (*)
I give permission to include my email address in the attendee list
Registration
Will you be participating in the social event on the evening of Monday, August 8h? (*)
Do you have any food allergies/preferences? (*)

If yes, please specify:

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What Customers Are Saying About Blue Certification Camp!

“The Blue Certification Camp proved to be extremely valuable and as expected I learned a wide array of features within your latest platform release that [we] should (and will) utilize”

“The instructor and environment were excellent. The overall treatment of us "guests" was very welcoming. The content was solid and packed with details about Blue. Having the hands on learning was extremely helpful in learning the features.”

“I was also able to network and create further valuable take-away items from other institutions present at the training. Great job facilitating the training!”

Event Details

Blue Certification Camp
to become a certified
Blue eXpert

3.5 Day
Instructor-led
Training Workshop

February 22nd to 25th, 2016

eXplorance Head Quarters
1470, rue Peel, suite 200, Montreal QC, Canada

Why Should I Attend?

  • Prepare to become a certified Blue Expert by gaining new knowledge and skills.
  • Learn how to plan, execute, and maintain various types of Blue evaluations, surveys, and assessments.
  • Master Blue’s advanced features and functionality and apply your knowledge to real-world applications.
  • Connect with other users and share knowledge, experience, and best practices.

Who Should Attend?

Individuals who have been through initial Blue training and are able to successfully implement projects and reports. Blue Expert Certification Camp is designed to take these users to a higher level of expertise.

Topics Covered

  • Data Structures: advanced relationship and vertical datasources that automate access and institution role assignments.
  • Projects: managing large and dynamic questionnaires, advanced controls of evaluation windows, and task management.
  • Reports: merging and comparing results of subjects and projects, summary and breakdown report blocks, threshold controls, and dashboards.
  • Modules: Blue Portal Integrator, Blue Text Analytics, Data Integrity Gateway, API’s, etc.

Becoming Certified

A “Blue eXpert” certification test will be sent to all Blue Certification Camp participates for completion 3 weeks after the event. The test will include a selection of multiple choice questions, essay questions, and Blue hands-on exercises. More details will be provided during the certification camp.

Questions? Contact Stacey Olson, Office Administrator, eXplorance at solson@explorance.com

Fees and Terms

For $2,395 USD per attendee, you will take an active part in the certification camp. Meals (breakfast and lunch) will be provided during the camp and a social event on the third night is also included.

An early bird discount of 10% will be given to all registrations received prior to December 14, 2015.

Event Program

Day 1

Morning Introduction
  • Understanding Blue
  • Applications of Blue

Planning Your Data Structure - Building the Foundation
  • Identifying your Entities and users – subjects, raters, stakeholders, etc
  • Schema planning – trigger conditions, filters criteria, report grouping and breakdown, relationship fields, displayable fields
  • Advanced relationship data sources

Afternoon Creating and Launching Projects
  • Automation of evaluation projects
  • Advanced delegation tasks
  • Advanced questionnaire controls
  • Advanced workflow

Day 2

Morning Advanced Project Creation/Management
  • Multi-lingual Projects
  • Question Bank
  • Advanced email management
  • Managing response data
  • Project Summary and Activities
  • Advanced Filters
Afternoon Reporting & Analysis
  • Creating Individual reports
  • Creating Roll-Over and Group type reports
  • Adding demographic and date filters
  • Adding report blocks (questions, demographics, cross-categories)
  • Selecting viewing audience
  • Previewing, printing and publishing a report

Day 3

Morning Advanced Reporting & Analysis
  • Cross-tabulation
  • Cross-Category
  • Virtual Questions
  • Statistical distribution
  • Advance response rate analysis
  • Longitudinal analysis
  • Merging results
  • Breakdown of results
  • Qualitative analysis (BTA)
Afternoon Extending Blue Capabilities
  • Blue Portal Integrator (BPI)
  • Introduction to Blue APIs
  • Blue Data Sync
  • DIG
  • Response Rate Monitor Dashboard

Day 4

Morning Projects Best Practices and Troubleshooting
  • Data source log and notifications
  • System logs and error management
  • Troubleshooting in Blue
  • Techniques and practices to track activities in Blue

* The full event program is available here.

The Blue Notes Group reserves the right to amend or alter any advertised details relating to dates, program and presenters if necessary, without notice, as a result of circumstances beyond their control. All attempts have been made to keep any changes to an absolute minimum.

Travel & Lodging

Hotel Accommodations

Le St-Martin Hôtel Particulier Centre-ville
980 De Maisonneuve Blvd. West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 1M5
www.lestmartinmontreal.com

Sunday, February 21st to Thursday, February 25th, 2016

There is a discounted rate available at the beautiful Le St-Martin hotel, which is just steps away from the eXplorance head office, downtown Montreal. Room options and rates are as follows.


Category of Room From Sunday February 21st through Thursday Februrary 25th 2016
Classical Room - King bed with shower $175
Classical Room - 2 Queen bed with bath and shower $175
Classical Room with fireplace - King bed shower $185
Suite Grand Luxe - King bed, double sinks, Glassed shower and deep soaking tub $195
Suite grand luxe with fireplace - King bed, double sinks, Glassed shower and deep soaking tub $205
Suite Verrière - King bed, one wall window, double sinks, Glassed shower and deep soaking tub $215
Classic Room Grand Luxe Suite Verrière suite
Details
  • Free local calls and WIFI
  • Rates are for one night stay for one room, single or double occupancy
  • All rooms are non smoking
  • Exclusive access to our private dipping pool and fitness center
  • Cancellation policy 4 p.m. the day of arrival if not credit card will be charged
  • Buffet Breakfast is served at our restaurant l'Aromate only $19.95/pers+ taxes and services
  • If a lower rate is found online, we can match the rate for the same date and room type
  • City of Montreal accomodation tax of 3.5% GST of 5% and PST of 9.975% per day is extra
  • Additional guest (max 4): 20$ per day plus taxes
  • Parking is extra. Valet service profided at 29$ per night
  • Rates are in Canadian dollars
  • Rates may vary according to availability and season
  • Rates are available 3 days prior and after the event
Click Here to reserve your room quickly online
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  • Select "Group Code" at the top of the page. Enter "EXP2016GROUP"
You can also reserve your room by phone or email. If doing so, please reference “eXplorance 2016 Group Rate”.

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Entertainment

Please indicate your interest in attending the social event on night 3


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About Blue Training Tour

This training tour is intended to bring a learning opportunity closer to you. The training is designed to give the new administrators full understanding of Blue’s main concepts and hands-on exercises to build their expertise with the rich feature sets needed for implementing any Higher Education feedback process, and allow current Blue administrators to refresh their knowledge of Blue. At the end of the training, the participants will complete an exam to be certified as Blue Administrators.

Event Details

Description: eXplorance is coming to a city near you for one week to train and certify Blue Administrators for Higher Education. This training is designed to prepare new Blue administrators to maintain any higher education feedback process that has been implemented on Blue. It is also a great opportunity for current Blue administrators to refresh their knowledge of new features and concepts. All participants will be given a certification exam at the end of the training session to certify them as Blue administrator for higher education.

When/Where:

Session Week City Host
1 21-Sep 25-Sep Los Angeles, CA LA Loyola Marymount University
2 12-Oct 16-Oct Lexington, KY University of Kentucky
3 19-Oct 23-Oct Williamsburg, VA College of William and Mary

Fees and Terms

For $995.00 USD per attendee you will receive one week of focused, active training, certifying you a Blue Administrator upon completion. Breakfast, lunch, and refreshment breaks will be provided throughout the training.

Questions? Contact: Stacey Olson, Office Administrator, eXplorance at solson@explorance.com.

Event Program

Event Schedule - Day 1

9:00 - 12:00 Blue System Administration Console
  • Connect the Blue components
  • License
  • Understanding Authentication in Blue
  • Data Integration and Management
  • Emails and Branding
  • Maintenance and Logs
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 17:00 Blue Data Structures
  • Definition types
  • Types of Entities
  • Relationship structures
  • Data extensions

Event Schedule - Day 2

9:00 - 12:00 Building the Evaluation Project
  • Questionnaire configuration
  • Workflow configuration
  • Automation configuration
  • Validation
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 17:00 Managing ongoing Projects
  • Questionnaire Management
  • Subject Management
  • Task Management
  • User Management

Event Schedule - Day 3

9:00 - 12:00 Creating Reports
  • Building Individual and Aggregate Reports
  • Building Summary Reports
  • Building Detailed Reports
  • Automation for Reporting
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 17:00 Managing Reports
  • Update content
  • Control access
  • Exports and Analysis

Event Schedule - Day 4

9:00 - 12:00 Review of Projects
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 17:00 Review of Reports

Event Schedule - Day 5

9:00 - 12:00 Exam
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch (in class)
13:00 - 17:00 Exam

* The Blue Notes Group reserves the right to amend or alter any advertised details relating to dates, program and presenters if necessary, without notice, as a result of circumstances beyond their control. All attempts have been made to keep any changes to an absolute minimum.

Hotel Accommodations

Blue Training Tour, California Session
September 21st to 25th, 2015
The Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel

6101 West Century Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Please click here to reserve your accommodations with the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel before September 13, 2015 to receive our special group rate of $159/night (for nights of September 19th to 26th). This rate also entitles you to free high speed internet and discounted $20 valet parking. Guests can access this site to book, modify, or cancel a reservation from August 4, 2015 to September 27, 2015.


Blue Training Tour, Kentucky Session
October 12th to 16th, 2015
The Campbell House

1375 South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40504

Please click here to reserve your accommodations with The Campbell House before September 7, 2015 to receive our special group rate of $159/night (for nights of October 11th to 17th). This rate also includes a complimentary hotel shuttle to and from Bluegrass Airport (subject to availability), complimentary on-site guest parking, and complimentary high speed wireless internet.

You can also call the hotel directly to reserve your room at (859) 255-4281
Group Name: Blue Training Tour
Group Code: BTT


Blue Training Tour, Virginia Session
October 19th to 23rd, 2015
The Hilton Garden Inn Williamsburg

1624 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Please click here to reserve your accommodations with The Hilton Garden Inn Williamsburg before September 20, 2015 to receive our special group rate of $89/night (for nights of October 18th to 22nd).

You can also call the hotel directly to reserve your room at (757)-253-9400
Group Name: Blue Training Tour
Group Code: BLUE

Blue Training Tour, California Session
Loyola Marymount Unviersity
September 21st to 25th, 2015

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

The Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
6101 West Century Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Please click here to reserve your accommodations with the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel before September 13, 2015 to receive our special group rate of $159/night (for nights of September 19th to 26th). This rate also entitles you to free high speed internet and discounted $20 valet parking. Guests can access this site to book, modify, or cancel a reservation from August 4, 2015 to September 27, 2015.

TRAINING LOCATION

Training will be held on the Loyola Marymount University campus.
University Hall 2418

Breakfast and lunch will be served in Marymount Center in University Hall.

PARKING

Parking is available for $10/day, and may be purchased any time through the Pay Stations (located at UNH P2/P3, and University Hall Parking Garage), by mobile phone via Parkmobile (location code 961), or in advance through LMU Park.

DAILY SCHEDULE

7:00 - 8:00 Breakfast
8:00 - 9:30 Sessions
9:30 - 9:45 Refreshment Break
9:45 - 11:00 Sessions
11:00 - 12:00 Lunch
12:00 - 2:00 Sessions
2:00 - 2:15 Refreshment Break
2:15 - 4:00 Sessions
Blue Training Tour, Kentucky Session
University of Kentucky
October 12th - 16th, 2015

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

The Campbell House
1375 South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40504

Please click here to reserve your accommodations with The Campbell House before September 7, 2015 to receive our special group rate of $159/night (for nights of October 11th to 17th). This rate also includes a complimentary hotel shuttle to and from Bluegrass Airport (subject to availability), complimentary on-site guest parking, and complimentary high speed wireless internet.

You can also call the hotel directly to reserve your room at (859) 255-4281
Group Name: Blue Training Tour Group Code: BTT

TRAINING LOCATION

Training will be held on the University of Kentucky campus.

For great resources on visiting Lexington and the University of Kentucky campus (including campus maps, restaurants, and things to do), please visit: www.uky.edu/StudentAffairs/ParentAssociation/visiting.html

PARKING

Parking passes are available upon request. Please contact Stacey Olson at solson@explorance.com if you require a parking permit.

DAILY SCHEDULE

8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 - 10:30 Sessions
10:30 - 10:45 Refreshment Break
10:45 - 12:00 Sessions
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 3:00 Sessions
3:00 - 3:15 Refreshment Break
3:15 - 5:00 Sessions
Blue Training Tour, Virginia Session
College of William and Mary
October 19th - 23rd, 2015

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

The Hilton Garden Inn Williamsburg
1624 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Please click here to reserve your accommodations with The Hilton Garden Inn Williamsburg before September 20, 2015 to receive our special group rate of $89/night (for nights of October 18th to 22nd).

You can also call the hotel directly to reserve your room at (757)-253-9400
Group Name: Blue Training Tour Group Code: BLUE

TRAINING LOCATION

301 Monticello Avenue, Williamsburg, VA, 23185

Training will be held at the College of William and Mary, School of Education.
Second floor, room 2031

Breakfast, lunch, and refreshment breaks will be served in the boardroom located on the first floor.
Floorplan: Click here to view the Floorplan

PARKING

Parking is available for $5/day – please contact Penny Mayton with Parking Services to arrange payment and a parking pass will be emailed to you.

Penny Mayton
Parking Services
(757) 221-2131
pmmayt@wm.edu

DAILY SCHEDULE

8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 - 10:30 Sessions
10:30 - 10:45 Refreshment Break
10:45 - 12:00 Sessions
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 3:00 Sessions
3:00 - 3:15 Refreshment Break
3:15 - 5:00 Sessions

About Blue Certification Camp

There is being trained on Blue and then there is being a Blue eXpert. The Blue Certification Camp is designed to provide trained participants with the knowledge and skills to become a certified Blue eXpert. Through a series of in-depth instructor-led presentations, interactive workshops and reproducible exercises, attendees will be able to plan, execute and maintain various types of evaluations, surveys and assessments using the Blue LEM platform. Don’t miss your chance to become a Blue Administrator top gun!

Event Details

When: February 9th - 12th 2015

Where: eXplorance Head Quarters - 1470 rue Peel suite 500 Montreal QC, Canada

Instructor-led Training Workshop

This camp is designed to provide current Blue administrators with the knowledge and skills to become certified Blue eXperts. Through a series of instructor-led presentations, workshops and exercises, you will be able to plan, execute and maintain all types of evaluations, surveys and assessments to get the most of your Blue investment.

Need a PDF version of the event and program? Download it here.

The Blue certification camp will take place from Monday, February 9th, 2015 to Thursday, February 12th, 2015, at eXplorance headquarters in Montreal, QC, Canada.

Objectives

  • Planning data structures in Blue - As the cornerstone of the camp, you will learn how to build the best data structures to automate any request for a survey, an evaluation, or an assessment.
  • Workshop to master the many features of Blue - Blue’s feature set is rich and diverse. Discover a variety of features and learn how to leverage them in various feedback gathering and analysis scenarios.
  • Guidance and best practices in maintaining Blue – Learn how to maintain Blue to achieve optimal performance for your needs.
  • Preparing to become a Blue Certified Professional - Be recognized as a Blue eXpert. You will be provided with the knowledge and tools to apply your certification in real world scenarios.

Certification Test

A “Blue eXpert” certification test will be sent to all Blue Certification Camp users for completion 3 weeks after the event. The test shall entail a mix of multiple choice questions, essay questions, and Blue hands-on exercises. More details will be provided during the certification camp.

Fees and Terms

For $2,395 USD per attendee, you will take an active part in the certification camp. Meals (breakfast and lunch) will be provided during the event and a social event on the night of the 11th is also included.

Questions? Contact: Hilda Batri, Event Planner, eXplorance at hbatri@explorance.com.

Event Program

Sunday, February 8th

Starts at 7:30 pm WELCOME COCKTAIL IN BLUE LOUNGE
All participants are invited to join eXplorance at our head offices to get to know one another and to discuss the upcoming week.

Course Schedule - Day 1 (Monday, February 9th)

8:00 am - 9.00am BREAKFAST
9:00 am - 9.30am INTRODUCTION
  • Understanding Blue
  • Applications of Blue
9.30 - 12:00pm PLANNING YOUR DATA STRUCTURE – BUILDING THE FOUNDATION
  • Identifying your Entities and users – subjects, raters, stakeholders, etc
  • Schema planning – trigger conditions, filters criteria, report grouping and breakdown, relationship fields, displayable fields
  • Data Sources and Configuration
  • Building Definitions
12:00 pm - 1.00pm LUNCH
1:00 pm - 5:00pm CREATING AND LAUNCHING PROJECTS
  • Creating various project types
  • Branding
  • Field Management
  • Adding tasks
  • Adding Triggers
  • Publishing the project

Course Schedule - Day 2 (Tuesday, February 10th)

8:00 am - 9.00am BREAKFAST
9:00 am - 12.00pm ADVANCED PROJECT MANAGEMENT
  • Automatic Update
  • Multi-lingual Projects
  • Question Bank
  • Dynamic Dates
  • Centralized Emails
  • Secondary Subject Optional
  • Exporting Project Summary and Activities
  • Advanced Filters
  • Managing and Editing a Published or Expired Project
    • Reviewing allowed changes
    • Resetting rater responses
    • Email management
    • Modifying task dates
12:00 pm - 1.00pm LUNCH
1:00 pm - 5:00pm REPORTING & ANALYSIS
  • Creating Individual reports
  • Creating Roll-Over and Group type reports
  • Adding demographic and date filters
  • Adding report blocks (questions, demographics, cross-categories)
  • Selecting viewing audience
  • Previewing, printing and publishing a report

Course Schedule - Day 3 (Wednesday, February 11th)

8:00 am - 9.00am BREAKFAST
9:00 am - 12:00pm ADVANCED REPORTING & ANALYSIS
  • Cross-tabulation
  • Spreadsheet
  • Statistical distribution
  • Longitudinal analysis
  • Qualitative analysis (BTA)
12:00 pm - 1.00pm LUNCH
1:00 pm - 5.00pm ADVANCED REPORTING & ANALYSIS
  • Blue Portal Integrator (BPI)
    • LMS Integration
    • Block creation and management
    • Feedback view
  • Introduction to Blue APIs
  • Blue Data Sync
  • Bluepulse
TIME TBD EVENING ENTERTAINMENT
Location TBD

Course Schedule - Day 4 (Thursday, February 12th)

8:00 am - 9.00am BREAKFAST
9:00 am - 12:00pm BEST PRACTICES
  • Data source log and notifications
  • System logs and error management
  • Troubleshooting in Blue
  • Techniques and practices to track activities in Blue
12:00 pm - 1.00pm LUNCH

* The full event program is available here.

The Blue Notes Group reserves the right to amend or alter any advertised details relating to dates, program and presenters if necessary, without notice, as a result of circumstances beyond their control. All attempts have been made to keep any changes to an absolute minimum.

Hotel Accommodations

Le St-Martin Hôtel Particulier Centre-ville
980 De Maisonneuve Blvd. West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 1M5

Hotel Website: www.lestmartinmontreal.com

Dates: Monday February 9th – Thursday February 12th 2015

eXplorance has secured a block of rooms honoring the rate of $170 CAD for a classic room (1 king Bed or 2 Queen Beds), single or double occupancy.
If needed Grand Lux Rooms are also available at $180 CAD per room & per night (single or double occupancy).
Above mentioned group rate is also available 1 night pre/post the event dates.

Rates are in Canadian funds. The accommodation tax of 3.5%, the Federal and Services tax of 5% and Provincial tax of 9.975% are not included in above prices.

Please make your reservations by Monday January 12th 2015. Any reservations not received by the cutoff date are subject to hotel availability at the best available prevailing rate.

To make your reservations please do the following
By Phone: 1-877-843-3003
By Email: info.mtl@lestmartin.com

Guests must mention “eXplorance February 2015” in ordered to receive special rate and must provide a valid credit card.

About Zayed University

The United Arab Emirates has established itself as a global hub for business and development, and Zayed University is certainly at the forefront with its state of the art campuses in the country’s two main cities, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Prestigiously named in honor of His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the country's first president, Zayed University boasts six colleges and is the newest government sponsored higher education institution in the United Arab Emirates and the first federal university in the UAE to be internationally accredited. Such success can be attributed to the adherence of their core values of collaboration, innovation, teamwork, leadership, and openness, all within an environment of mutual respect and professional ethics.

Visit www.zu.ac.ae for more information.

Bluenotes EMEA User Conference
The Role of Assessment and Analytics in Higher Education

Event Details

Prestigiously named in honor of His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the country’s first president, Zayed University is pleased to host the Bluenotes community for a 2-day event of memorable learning and networking at their exquisite campus in Dubai.

This Conference is co-organized by eXplorance and the Institutional Research Unit at Zayed University.

Dates: November 3rd and 4th 2015

Location: Zayed University Convention Center, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Key Dates:

  • September: Early bird registration now open
  • September: Call for presentations now open
  • October 12th: Deadline for call for presentations
  • October 15th: Last day for early bird registration
  • October 20th: Submission of final presentations
  • November 3rd & 4th: Bluenotes EMEA User Conference

Call for Presentations
Please submit your presentations prior to October 12, 2015 by emailing your proposals to Stacey Olson, eXplorance at solson@explorance.com and Sheila Tomas, Zayed University at Sheila.tomas@zu.ac.ae

Questions? Please contact Stacey Olson solson@explorance.com

Fees and Terms

Register before October 15, 2015 for the Early Bird fee of $250 USD per attendee (or $299 USD per attendee thereafter).

This fee includes conference attendance for November 3rd and 4th, lunch and refreshment breaks, and a networking dinner on the evening of November 3rd.

Early Registration
Before October 15, 2015
Regular Registration
After October 15, 2015
Event $250.00 USD $299.00 USD
Networking Dinner Event sponsored by eXplorance

Questions? Please contact Stacey Olson solson@explorance.com

Registration fees will be collected prior to the conference through credit card, wire transfer, cheque, or paypal, or November 3rd on site at the registration table by credit card or cheque.

Event Program

We have an exciting program for this event. Below are some of the topics that will be presented at conference.

The final program will be finalized once all the proposals are received from participating institutions.

  • Blue Roadmap Presentation: Blue 5.5 and Beyond
  • Open Discussion about Enhanced Blue UI/UX Experience
  • Presentation of Blue Expert Certifications Camp
  • Introducing the Data Integrity Gateway (DIG)
  • Demonstration of Best Practices of Integrating Course Evaluations with your LMS through BPI
  • Building an Effective Course Evaluation Framework: University of Toronto Model
  • Using Text Analytics in Course Evaluations
  • Big Data Text Analysis using Provalis ProSuite
  • Bluepulse: An Adaptive Social Feedback Platform for Effective Students/Faculty Engagement
  • Blue/360: An Effective Multi-Rater System for Staff Evaluations, Peer Reviews, and Students Competency Assessment
  • Introducing Client Loyalty Program; a Unique Way to Reward Institutions
  • Workshop A: Creating Dual Language Surveys and Course Evaluations (using ARABIC)
  • Workshop B: Managing Data Sources
  • Workshop C: New features in Blue versions 5.4 and 5.5
  • Workshop D: Advanced Reporting Features
  • Workshop E: Best Practices and Troubleshooting Techniques

Hotel Accommodations

Marriot Hotel Al Jaddaf, Dubai
Oud Metha Road, Al Jaddaf Area
Dubai 122273 United Arab Emirates
+971-4-317 7777
971-800-62774688

Please click here to reserve your deluxe room at the Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf, for the period of November 2nd to 5th, 2015. Reserve your stay prior to October 20, 2015 to ensure you receive the discounted room rate of AED 458.33 per night (plus fees and taxes). This rate includes complimentary parking, high speed wireless internet, and a buffet breakfast available at The Market Place Restaurant.

You may also reserve your room directly with the hotel, using the group reference eXplorance-Zayed University 02-05Nov2015

Zayed University Convention Center

Situated at Dubai Academic City, on Dubai-Al Ain Road, Zayed University Convention Center is a 20 minute drive from the city center.

  • Parking
    ZUCC provides ample parking space for 400 vehicles, free of charge, with direct access to the convention center.
  • Taxi
    Dubai Taxi Call Center: +9714 208 0808
  • Car Service
    Please visit Europcar or Hertz
  • Directional Assistance
    If you require directional assistance please call: +9714 402 1111

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eAccessibility for HigherEd Assessment: Can We Delight Our Users, Regulators, and Budgets?

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Description

Legislation is shifting rapidly regarding what is expected of higher education institutions when it comes to online accessibility, and those in assessment have specific challenges. In light of recent lawsuits, the threat of non-compliance in higher education is very real. Yet, bringing an entire organization up to accessibility standards can be daunting. How do you make sure that the tools used within your institution will not just accommodate but delight all your users? Can you get it done in a way that ensures you meet or exceed the existing and upcoming regulations?

David Berman is the #1 rated speaker on the topic of web accessibility standards as well as an international expert in the field. He will cover what higher education institutions need to do to ensure that their assessment systems are compliant with the latest accessibility laws: WCAG 2.0, ADA Title II, ADA Title III, AODA, and Section 508

Topics Covered will Include:
  • The latest case law and how you can determine what applies to your school.
  • Examples of the typical accessibility challenges in surveys and reporting.
  • Practical steps you can start implementing at your institution immediately.

Date and Time

Wed, Sept 14, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Panelists

David Berman
Invited Expert, W3C (publishers of WCAG) David Berman Communications

Caso de éxito. Aplicación práctica del módulo de evaluación docente en IE Business School e IE University (Spanish Language Presentation)

Description

Cómo IE utiliza Blue en sus evaluaciones de profesores y encuestas generales de satisfacción en su universidad y escuela negocios. Incluyendo:
-Objetivos
-Requisitos
-Puesta en producción
-Resultados

Date and Time

Wed, June 29th, 2016 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT (GMT -4)

Panelists

Jesús Rabadán
Jefe de Proyectos Tecnológicos
Oficina de Administración de Proyectos
Departamento de Tecnología de la Información
IE Business School


Making the most of module evaluation for curriculum enhancement at LJMU

Description

Liverpool John Moores University is committed to ensuring that the students receive the highest quality learning experience, and student opinion of their academic programmes is highly valued by the institution. The University has a range of formal and informal mechanisms for obtaining student feedback of which module evaluation is a crucial component. The module evaluation survey seeks feedback from students on learning-related issues and is a key indicator in the institutional processes for the enhancement and assurance of academic quality.

During this presentation the University will share their first-hand experiences selecting and implementing an online course evaluation solution, including challenges and successes in providing useful information to users at all levels.

Attendees will learn :

  • LJMU’s experience in using Blue and an overview of the process to date with perspectives on key challenges and solutions, lessons learned, and best practices.
  • How Blue was used to improve engagement of academics in the module evaluation process.
  • How the institution amplified its reports and expanded analysis points by using demographics and programme enrolment from the student information system.
  • How LJMU uses results and reports generated to continuously improve the teaching and learning experience.

Date and Time

Wed, April 20, 2016 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM BST

Panelists

Professor Clare Milsom – Director of the Teaching and Learning Academy
Dr Graham Sherwood – Faculty Registrar
Dr Elena Zaitseva - Academic Research and Development Office
Liverpool John Moores University


Guidelines for Ensuring a Smooth Course Evaluation Implementation at a Large University

Description

The University of Minnesota started using eXplorance Blue in Fall 2013 with one college and rolled its use out to much of the rest of the undergraduate population in spring term 2014 for its main Twin Cities campus. This session will focus on course evaluation implementation issues and strategies from the perspective of the university.

Date and Time

Wed, Mar 30, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

Panelists

Thomas E. Dohm
University of Minnesota


Assessments in Support of Teaching & Learning: The SFU Experience

Description

Simon Fraser University has been engaged in a multi-year process to replace its outdated student evaluation of teaching and courses with an updated system that reflects new understanding from educational research. This ambitious initiative is squarely aimed at supporting teaching and enhancing student learning. The session will cover an overview of the journey so far, share perspectives on key challenges and solutions, and discuss the critical importance of faculty and student engagement.

Date and Time

Wed, Feb 24, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST

Panelists

Corinne Pitre-Hayes
Simon Fraser University


Data From Students to Students: You Won’t Believe What Happened Next!

Description

In 2012, the faculty council passed a policy allowing students access to five of the nine campus-wide common course questions asked on the Online Course Questionnaire (OCQ), Indiana University Bloomington’s name for course evaluations. This spring, in time for students to create their semester schedule, the OCQ Student Dashboard was released and students for the first time had access to what students said about their classes. This session will show you the process and creation of the student dashboard and the various iterations. Then demonstrate the final OCQ Student Dashboard.

Date and Time

Wed, Jan 27, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

Panelists

Judith A. Ouimet and Clinton McKay
Indiana University Bloomington


Take Your Course Evaluation Email Notifications to the Next Level

Description

Email is the primary and most effective way to communicate with your students and faculty. A properly designed email can improve your response rate, increase transparency and improve faculty satisfaction. At Virginia Commonwealth University we combined our past experience of online evaluations with functionality available in Blue to craft awesome emails.

Join us to learn:

  • How to write better content
  • What has or hasn’t worked for VCU
  • Email personalization
  • HTML/CSS formatting
  • Testing
  • Appropriate timing for sending emails

Date and Time

Wed, Nov 18, 2015 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

Panelists

Gaurav Gupta
Virginia Commonwealth University


Linking Course Evaluations to Grade Access: Penn’s Approach to Raising Response Rates

Description

As it implemented an online system for course evaluations, Penn created a “grade pathway” that prompted students to either complete their evaluations or opt out of evaluations prior to retrieving their grades for a semester. This strategy led to an increase in response rates to over 85%, up from 70% using the old method. Join Penn administrators for an overview of Penn’s approach to increasing response rates including what has worked and not worked about this approach.

Date and Time

Wed, Oct 14, 2015 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

Panelists

Rob Nelson, Lingfang Sun, and William McManus
University of Pennsylvania


Closing the Loop with Bluepulse® – Using Instant Social Feedback to Deliver an Improved Student Experience at RMIT

Description

**Unfortunately, this webinar’s recording was unusable. In its place we offer the slides used, the questions & answers submitted, and a short video of the features presented.**

Date and Time

Wed, Jun 10, 2015 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST

Panelists

Tim Brennan, RMIT


Breaking down barriers to implementing online course evaluations by cultivating institution wide buy-in

Description

The University of Louisville (UofL) successfully transitioned the decentralized course evaluation administration processes of 12 academic units to a centralized online administration using Blue in the fall 2010 semester. The success of this implementation was due to a multifaceted approach that addressed the cultural and logistical aspects of institutional assessment. In this presentation, we share UofL’s experience in creating a cultural of assessment by getting institutional “buy-in”, identifying and addressing barriers in the structure of institutional data, developing faculty-centered and student-centered marketing campaigns to increase engagement, and maximizing the automation features in Blue to reduce burdens on limited resources.

Date and Time

Thu, Jun 4, 2015 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

Panelists

Becky Patterson & Robert S. Goldstein, University of Louisville


Increasing Engagement in Online Course Evaluations at Washington State University

Description

Engaging students and faculty is essential to an effective assessment process. If you’re interested in increasing engagement, accessibility, and student participation in online course evaluations, come find out how Washington State University is successfully delivering eXplorance’s reliable solutions through their Blackboard Learn environment to achieve their assessment goals.

Viewers will learn:
  • How to ensure accessibility for students and faculty
  • Best practices for engaging stakeholders and improving response rates
  • Improved reporting and distribution to Faculty, Deans, and Administrators

Date and Time

Thurs, April 23, 2015 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

Panelists

Peggy Collins, Washington State University


Achieving Teaching Excellence and Student Success – Bluepulse At Sheridan College

Description

Institutions are challenged to play an active role in enabling faculty development and fostering communities of self-directed learners. Bluepulse by eXplorance is an adaptive improvement tool that allows instructors to leverage anonymous formative feedback to make iterative changes in the learning environment.

Instructors publish opportunities for improvement that are current and relevant to students. Having students and instructors participate in the improvement process allows institutions to engage students, support faculty development and achieve student success.

Learn how Bluepulse integrates seamlessly with Brightspace and listen first-hand how Sheridan College is leveraging the Bluepulse platform to achieve their institutional goals.

Date and Time

Wed, Mar 25, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Panelists

Michael Evans, Sheridan College