USRI Technology Refresh Project

Updating our course feedback system to better meet UCalgary's needs

The USRI technology refresh project will replace Class Climate (the current system) with Explorance Blue, a platform that supports advanced survey practices, data collection, management, and reporting for student feedback. This project will migrate the existing USRI questionnaire and faculty forms to a new platform over the next year in a phased approach, and will implement the platform for campus use.  

The technology refresh will help improve student and staff experience with course feedback, allow for more flexible survey design and customization, digitize feedback collection, streamline business processes, reduce our environmental impact, and give UCalgary course instructors access to a question bank developed by Canadian teaching and learning experts.

This new platform will help UCalgary get the most out of the course feedback surveys, amplify student voices and support faculty growth and development.

UToday, Dec. 2022

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Benefits of new technology

Better course feedback

Improve student and staff experience ​with course feedback 

Customized design

Allow for customization and flexible survey design for course feedback​, and access to question bank developed by teaching and learning experts

Digitization and reporting

Digitization and data collection that support accessibility

More efficiencies

Streamlining business processes and reducing environmental impact​, supporting UCalgary's commitment to sustainability


USRI Technology Steering Committee

The USRI Technology Steering Committee:

  • Provides strategic direction for the implementation of a new technology platform.
  • Consults with CFIWG as needed to meet actions of recommendation report and to coordinate communications around the technology change
  • Oversees the work of the USRI Technology Working Group

Leslie Reid (Chair)

Vice Provost, Teaching and Learning

Laura Forbes (Co-Chair)

Project Manager, IT

Adnan Ahmed

Director, Office of Institutional Analysis (OIA)

Jessica Ayala

Vice Dean, Faculty of Social Work

Dawn Johnston

 Associate Dean, Teaching, Learning and Student Engagement, Faculty of Arts

Leighton Wilks

Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning, Haskayne School of Business

Natasha Kenny

Senior Director, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning

D’Arcy Norman

Associate Director, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning

Mark Sly

Director, Information Technologies

Ken Lane

Director, IT Solutions and Service Delivery

Trevor Poffenroth

Chief Information Officer, Information Technologies

Robert Wensveen

Director, Continuing Education

Vanessa Wood

Deputy Registrar

Gillian Edwards

Manager, Communications and Programming, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning

Robin Arseneault

Teaching and Learning Project Coordinator