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Respondus NEWS!


Respondus License Renewed on August 1, 2015.

  • Existing users who have already updated their Blackboard server settings: You have automatically received the latest license key and will not see a notice.
  • Existing users who have not updated their Blackboard server settings: You will see a notice that the license is expired. Click 'Renew Later' to bypass that screen and use Respondus. Note: this option will be available until August 31, 2015 (see below). When you attempt to publish the test using the Publish Wizard, you will be required to update the Blackboard server settings. Follow this link for detailed instructions on how to do this. Once you have completed this step the license will be updated and you will not see license prompts in the future.
  • Existing users who do not update their Blackboard server settings by August 31 and new users: You will need to copy and enter the license key for Respondus from the ITS Software Downloads Page (SLU authentication required).

Respondus Software Upgrade to Version - May 2015

In order to be able to publish tests to Blackboard after the update of Blackboard to the Oct. 2014 version on May 30, 2015, Respondus users will need to upgrade to a new version of the Respondus software - v4.0.5.14.

If you use Respondus on a SLU-managed computer:

  • ITS has pushed the upgrade to your computer. You will know that Respondus has been upgraded when you see the Respondus icon on your desktop change to say v4.0.5.14.
  • If you have any problems with the upgrade, please contact your IT Service Desk for assistance.

If you have installed Respondus on a personal computer you will need to:

  • Visit the ITS Software Downloads page to download the installation file for version Enter your SLU Net ID and password to access the downloads site.
  • Download and install the Respondus4Campusv40514.exe.
  • Once the installation is complete, launch Respondus and publish a test to a course in Blackboard to confirm Respondus is working as expected.
  • If you have any problems with the upgrade, please contact your IT Service Desk for assistance.

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How to Get the Respondus Software

  • For a University-owned computer: Contact the IT Service Desk to request Respondus.
  • When you have Respondus installed on your SLU Managed computer, the connection settings to the SLU Blackboard server will not be included.  The first time you publish a test, you will need to add these settings.  Following are instructions on how to use the "Preconfigure Server Settings" option in Respondus to find the SLU Blackboard server.

        1. Open Respondus and create or import a Test.

        2. Click on the Preview & Publish tab at the top of the Respondus screen.

        3. Click the "Publish to Blackboard" tab on the left navigation panel.

        4. Click the "Publish Wizard" button on the "Preview and Publish" page.  The Publish Wizard will appear in a popup window.

        5. On item #2 of the Wizard there will be no server selected.  Click the down arrow and click "add new server."

        6. The "Add New Server Settings" popup window will appear and the "Yes, check for preconfigured server settings" will be selected.  Click the "Next button."

        7. The "Preconfigured Server Setting Wizard" popup box will appear.  In the "1. Enter a name to describe this Blackboard server" box, add a name like "SLU Blackboard."|

        8. In the "2. Enter your login information for the Blackboard server" section, enter your SLU Net ID and password (the same one you use to log into mySLU).

        9. Check the box for "Save my User Name and Password on this computer." if you do not want to login to the SLU Server every time you publish a test.

        10. In the section 3, "Run connection test" is selected."

        11. Click the "Next" button.  A new popup box will appear and the last thing listed should be "Connection Test:  Completed Successfully.

        12. Click the "Next" button.

    Click here for a step-by-step video on how to set up the configure server settings in Respondus

    System Requirements
    Operating System: Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP*
    Memory: 32 MB RAM minimum
    Hard Disk Space: 10 MB of free hard disk space for program files
    Monitor: 1024x768 or 1280x720 minimum resolution
    Blackboard Access: Instructor or TA access to each Blackboard course you wish to create tests in.
    *Mac OS X users can run Respondus using Windows emulation software.

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    Training and Tutorials

    • Randomizing Exam Questions
      Learn how to randomize questions in online exams, or to have questions randomly selected from larger groups of questions.

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    Need Help? Support for Respondus 

    The ITS Academic Technology team provides Respondus support and training for SLU faculty. Please contact the IT Service Desk at 314-977-4000 or visit the IT Service Desk page or a complete listing of service desk locations and contact information.

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    Updated: 10/13/2015 TCR

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