Unit evaluation

Unit Evaluation Project

The University of Bristol has recently awarded a contract to Explorance to use its Blue system of running unit evaluation. Explorance already works with 15 other UK universities and is well established internationally in higher education.

Implementation is underway and the Unit Evaluation Project team is working with Explorance to launch the new system from the mid-unit evaluation point in TB1.

For more information please see the following link:


‌‌‌‌Group of people having a discussionFor University policy and guidance on unit evaluation see Academic Quality and Policy Office Unit evaluation.

A number of other digital tools can be used to carry out mid or end of unit evaluation.

Blackboard Surveys

Hands typing on a keyboardBlackboard surveys are anonymous and are completed in the relevant Blackboard course. They can be run witihin a seminar or lecture or made available for a certain period and completed in students' own time. Surveys are best completed using a laptop or desktop computer (not the Blackboard app), so if planning to use them in a face-to-face session please ensure students are advised to bring a laptop. Results can be viewed in Blackboard or exported.

Blackboard templates available for download:

Guide to using Blackboard surveys for unit evaluation (PDF).

Mid Unit

You can view the questions of each set in section six of the University Policy on Unit Evaluation (PDF).


Person sat at desk with laptop holding a phoneTurningPoint allows students to respond to questions either by using a clicker keypad, or their mobile device. Surveys are run in a face-to-face session, and results can be seen immediately. These results can be shared with students if required, or downloaded for analysis later. TurningPoint requires a licence to run a polling session. If you are interested in acquiring a licence please contact digital-education@bristol.ac.uk

TurningPoint powerpoint templates available for download:

Guide to using TurningPoint for unit evaluation (PDF).

Mid Unit

You can view the questions of each set in section six of the University Policy on Unit Evaluation (PDF).


Mentimeter is another online polling software available at the University. It’s great for quick online polling, with students adding their responses through their mobile devices. This could be a useful tool for formative unit evaluation.

Blackboard Surveys, Turning Point, and Mentimeter are all supported by the Digital Education Office.

Other available tools

Yellow post it notes stuck up on wallThere are other available tools that can be used for unit evaluation. The links provided give information on these.

  • Microsoft Forms - part of the University-supported Office 365 suite. The "Office 365 tips" group on Yammer is a learning and support community of practice for users of Microsoft Office 365 tools, and a good place to ask questions about using Forms.
  • Online surveys (formerly BOS, now run by JISC). You will need an Online Surveys licence to use this. Check if your School or Department aleady has one. Contact for queries