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- News about Respondus at SLU (Updated 8/15/2016)
- How to Get the Respondus Software
- How to Configure Respondus to Connect to SLU's Blackboard Learn Server
- Training and Tutorials
- Need Help? Support for Respondus
- 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. When you attempt to publish the test using the Publish Wizard, create a new server connection that will automatically give you the new license key each year. Follow the instructions on how to use the Pre-configured Server Settings option to configure Respondus to connect to Blackboard Learn. 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: You will need to copy and enter the license key for Respondus from the ITS Software Downloads Page (SLU authentication required).
- For a University-owned computer: Contact the IT Service Desk to request Respondus.
- For a personal computer: Follow the instructions on the ITS Software Downloads page.
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.
- When you have Respondus installed on your computer, the connection settings to the SLU Blackboard server are not 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.
- As of July, 2017, you need to open Internet Explorer before you attempt to upload a test via Respondus. If you don't have IE open you will get an error when attempting to send your test to Blackboard.
- Open Respondus and create or import a Test.
- Click on the Preview & Publish tab at the top of the Respondus screen.
- Click the "Publish to Blackboard" tab on the left navigation panel.
- Click the "Publish Wizard" button on the "Preview and Publish" page. The Publish Wizard will appear in a popup window.
- On item #2 of the Wizard there will be no server selected. Click the down arrow and click "add new server."
- The "Add New Server Settings" popup window will appear and the "Yes, check for preconfigured server settings" will be selected. Click the "Next button."
- 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."
- 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).
- Check the box for "Save my User Name and Password on this computer." if you do not want to login to every time you publish a test.
- In the section 3, "Run connection test" is selected."
- Click the "Next" button. A new popup box will appear and the last thing listed should be "Connection Test: Completed Successfully.
- Click the "Next" button.
- Open Respondus and create or import a Test.
A step-by-step video on how to set up the configure server settings in Respondus is available.
- Creating and Formatting Questions with Respondus
Learn how to create and format questions with Respondus, including how to add images and equations.
- Importing Questions from Word with Respondus
This video shows how to import assessment questions from a word processor document.
- Publishing an Assessment to a Blackboard Course
See how to publish an assessment directly to the Blackboard Learn course management system using Respondus.
- Randomizing Exam Questions
Learn how to randomize questions in online exams, or to have questions randomly selected from larger groups of questions.
- Using the Respondus Exam Wizard
The Wizard makes it easy to create exams using a publisher test bank or other Respondus files.
- Using Publisher Test Banks with Respondus
The leading textbooks in higher education have test banks available for use with Respondus 4.0. Learn how to request and access a test bank.
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.
Updated: 3/15/2018 TCR