Blue Features

Blue

Automated feedback collection for development-based programs

4.73/5 (44 reviews)

Blue Feature Summary

  • Alerts / reminders
  • Custom review forms
  • Custom rating scales
  • Question branching
  • Templates
  • Multi-part queries
  • Query database
  • Custom survey URLs
  • HTML newsletter integration
  • Analytics
  • Notifications
  • Comparative reports
  • Paper-based surveys
  • Rater tracking
  • Graphical statistics
  • Supports external reviewers
  • Raw data statistics
  • Aggregate reports
  • Individual reports
  • Report access controls
  • Review cycle tracking
  • 360 degree feedback
  • Assessment data management
  • Automatic notifications
  • Automatic reminders
  • Review cycles calendar
  • Customizable forms
  • Customizable branding
  • Mobile device support
  • Multilingual support
  • Comparative progress reports
  • Integrated security
  • Johari Window-based feedback
  • Feedback collection
  • Gap analysis
  • Historical analysis
  • Customizable questions
  • Surveys & feedback
  • Interactive data dashboards
  • Centralized approval steps
  • Invitations & reminders
  • Rater groupings
  • User access permissions
  • Track improvements
  • Self service portal
  • Feedback automation
  • Multi-rater evaluations

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Blue Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about Blue's features:

Sanjay Mishra

Awesome features and value for money. Very user friendly user experience.

2017-06-06

And performance management tool helps me a lot

Pros

Ease to use and what you need is handy. Performance management tool is very useful for decesion making and makes my day to day life easy

Cons

May be some new features integration like inventory management would be useful

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from eXplorance


Thank you Sanjay for your review. You may have entered the review about Blue when you intended to review another product. Sincerely,

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Peggy Collins

Blue is excellent for delivery of course evaluations that can be highly customized and automated.

2017-06-26

Pros

Fabulous software vendor, flawless delivery to students, mobile friendly, ada compliant, great performance, hosting, great customer support.

Cons

The report interface to create customized reports from scratch is not intuitive for novice users.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Carley Dear

Blue is a multi-dimensional course evaluation tool that can be scaled to work for any institution.

2018-04-17

Ability to schedule automatic report openings and closings based on dynamic date rules--like open at 60% of the semester and close reports at 90% of semester.

Pros

The customizable solution will adapt to any institution's need... even to different scenarios within the same institution.

Cons

The additional company trainings are expensive, and after two years, our team doesn't feel like we are capable of building new reports on our own.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Becky Patterson

Blue Evaluation addresses all of the University of Louisville's business needs

2017-03-25

Key features in Blue for UofL include the: *ability to evaluate team taught courses; *accommodation of multiple evaluation periods based on the course ending dates; *option to synchronize with PeopleSoft to automate the evaluation process; *mobile device compatibility; *integration with Blackboard; *robust reporting features that includes many statistical measures, including gap and trend analyses; *ability to allow faculty to monitor their own response rates while maintaining student confidentiality; and *need to automate report viewing based upon administrative roles within the academic unit.

Pros

Blue Evaluation has several features that optimize the automation of the course evaluation process including the ability: to append data not stored in PeopleSoft, to create a customized reporting hierarchy so deans, associate deans, and department chairs automatically view the correct reports, to leverage existing projects and reports by simply copying and updating them for the current semester, to create visually appealing and informing reports at both the faculty and departmental levels.

Cons

UofL recommends the training provided by eXplorance in order to take advantage of the vast number of features and functionality of the software.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Blue

eXplorance's Support staff is a pleasure to work with.

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Devendrudu Potnuru

The blue survey/360 review features are excellent, the customer support team is exceptional.

2018-04-22

Pros

The analysis reports are well structured.

Cons

The UI could be enhanced and more analysis could be provided in the reports, like stack ranking feature in 360 reviews.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Jill Sawin

eXplorance Blue 360 Degree Feedback

2017-03-16

Blue/360 and the eXplorance employees continues to deliver on their promises.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Anonymous
(Higher Education company, 10001+ employees)

Robust Product with Excellent Support

2019-03-08

We chose this software after negative experiences with our last vendor, and we were specifically looking for something that could provide all of the below: 1) Automated data feed from our student information system (SIS) to Blue. 2) Customization for each school using the software. 3) Unified email messaging (one email per student per school regardless of number of courses involved). 4) Ability to handle large and complex questionnaires with built in triggering to ask the right questions for each individual course and instructor. 5) Ability to customize opening and closing dates for evaluations down to the course level. 6) Ability to manage both mid-term and end-of-course evaluations. 7) Ability to evaluate multiple instructors for a single course with a seamless experience for students (course and all instructors on a single questionnaire) and automatic distribution of data to separate reports per instructor (all receive course responses but each sees only their instructor responses).

Pros

Ability to correct an error, add a course, or otherwise update data after evaluations have started.

Cons

Some of the limitations in reporting (less direct control of size/layout of displayed graphics, inability to do certain calculations in export to excel reports).

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Bongani Mashaba

So far so good

2019-03-13

This will in turn makes reporting on academic activities easy and enhance alignment with the university's teaching community.

Pros

Linked with the University's ITS system, the data is very accurate as only registered students can complete the evaluation.

Cons

Currently, we do not have a data base that links academic staff to the module that they teach.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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John Chavez

Great HR support system

2017-10-12

Always do your research, many times something this can be done in house. This all depends on your HR staff and your goal. Otherwise i'd recommend it.

Pros

You can use it as an HR tool when doing completely wide evaluations on anything from employee wellbeing to overall company wellness.

Cons

It does take a bit to learn all the functions and depending on the individual this could be an easy or hard endeavor either or its a great tool.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Software Advice
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Junaid Siddiqui

A good value as a institutional evaluation system

2019-06-01

We are satisfied the with our implementation of Blue Course Evaluation. It has been a good value in addressing all our institutional evaluation needs.

Pros

The flexibility in data organization for a multi-subject multi-rater survey system is a strength of the system.

Cons

The software is adequate but can improve in the interface and features it provides in the development of survey form.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Anonymous
(Higher Education company, 51-200 employees)

For a non-programmer, learning curve has been huge BUT customer service is always on point!!

2018-04-17

Pros

The reports and evaluations look great and the ease of accessing the information is second to none.

Cons

It doesn't integrate with our records system and it is a complicated system for those without technical experience

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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DANIEL MAGANHA

Great tool to make assessments and reports.

2018-02-26

Make my client's assessments at home, protecting the data and meka our process more efficient.

Pros

The software brings you several options to do an assessment and generate reports. So, it's easy to customize any action to your need.

Cons

The software is difficult to operate because it has its own mechanic and logic. The reports are great, but you cannot change the way they look.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Scott Henwood

Administered course evals for many programs, including low-literacy and immigrant populations.

2018-04-20

While there are some pain points, without question the implementation of Blue was a time saver for our team.

Pros

UI improvements were prioritized by eXplorance.

Cons

They used a third party software (ABBYY) to generate forms, and no matter how meticulously our printer was calibrated, there were always problems in the scanning and upload into Blue.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Nancy Morello

Blue Course Evaluations

2019-03-04

Blue has assisted our PSI to reduce the number of survey platforms and move closer to automated survey processes.

Pros

As well, having the widget in the LMS for both students and instructors seems well used when reviewing the analytics in the response management tab.

Cons

Not having a test environment when integrating and installing the Data Sync Tool.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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GLORIA ECCLESTON

Exemplary Customer Service Supporting Impressive Software

2019-03-15

The Customer Service and Support are extraordinary and have taken a novice user to advanced with their comprehensive training, knowledge base, as well as ongoing engagement with the product and community of users.

Pros

The Blue Course Evaluation tool is mobile friendly and multi-platform, as well as very intuitive for end-users.

Cons

The admin. side can be clunky, with essential safeguards restricting auto-updates and often multi-step changes if project needs modification after publishing. These are avoidable if you do the work before you publish, but this is often not feasible.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Debra Schleef

the software has a steep learning curve; not intuitively obvious.

2018-04-17

it does everything I need it to do, and fairly conveniently.

Pros

It has many functionalities - supposedly, once set up, a "one touch" and it does everything for you, which is true. It is hard to accidentally make a mistake -- that is, it just won't work, rather than working incorrectly. Tech support is good, although their communication style is a bit hard to get used to.

Cons

I don't like the report , and I wish it could be more customizable. I am the only one who knows how to use it, and to show its quirks to another would be difficult.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Donaldo López

General features

2019-05-28

In general, the experience has been very good, we are an institute of higher education and it has solved us very well the subject of evaluations of courses and teachers.

Pros

The use of predesigned templates to generate evaluations, the use of question banks and data bases in an agile way, the generation of questionnaires in a simple way, the good quality of the generated reports, non complex administration.

Cons

Sometimes it is a little complicated to navigate between the options of the application, also sometimes it is not very intuitive.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Mohammed Logmani

Happy with the Blue 360 Review product

2018-02-14

Pros

Easy to use and customize, outstanding support services, and good value for the money.

Cons

The integration with other systems e.g.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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John VandeBrake

Great Survey Product for Higher Education!

2016-01-26

The software attaches to our student information system via Oracle views but we also upload some data via excel spreadsheets.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Customer support
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Ramzan Afzal

Blue Course Evaluation

2019-06-01

We have been conveniently deploying the course evaluation survey to the students and then successfully publishing the reports to the relevant faculty accessible online.

Pros

Report creating features using the survey response data are excellent and are sufficient enough to suffice the institutional reporting features.

Cons

There is nothing such as the least one. Instead, I believe that there is always a room for improvement, in this era of Business Intelligence. Explorance understands, knows and has always been continuously endeavouring to optimally improve its product to address the market and customer needs.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Sheila Anderson-Cousins

Great flexibility in a 360 tool

2016-01-27

The set up is a bit more complex than some 360 software, but that is because of the many options available for set up and reporting, which are very important to us.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Customer support
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Peter Baccile

Blue = Response Rates = Quality Data = Actionable Change

2017-03-27

We were challenged for years with the lack of responses for our end-of-term summative evaluations that resulted in zero actions due to the lack of both quantitative and qualitative data. After the first semester running Blue, the institution experienced a +200% increase in response data.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Oliver Giles

eXplorance took us to the next level with Blue!

2016-01-26

It is user friendly with ongoing (minor) enhancements made that reflect customer feedback, it is adaptable to a wide range of data collection, analytics and reporting needs, and we have a wide range of Fortune 500 stakeholders who appreciate the modern look, feel and logic of their new interface. We are very happy with this product - it has truly removed manual processes and enabled our time to be focused on the truly value adding post survey exercise of analysis discussions.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Customer support
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Karen Seach

The learning curve very minimal.

2018-02-14

Pros

We do not 360 as a Performance Evaluation tool but plan to use it more for other unique situations. eXplorance customer service and training representatives have provided excellent support and always answer our questions.

Cons

I cannot think of any cons at the moment. We initially purchased Blue Evaluations and then added 360. My only regret is that our HR department had strong feelings about using a product they utilize for the SIS system. Additional use cases for 360 would be nice.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Parrish Waters

great tool to engage with students

2018-04-23

Pros

It helps the class engage with me, and also helps me to understand my weaknesses in 'real-time' as opposed to at the end of the semester, when it is somewhat moot.

Cons

I have also found the UI a bit frustrating at times.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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