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Respondus: What is it?

Respondus is a Windows program which lets you create and manage tests

  • Create tests in Word (you can even insert pictures in the questions!)
  • Tests can be easily uploaded to Blackboard
  • Tests can also be printed
  • Use Respondus to export tests and reports

Where do you get it?

UAS has an annual site license for Respondus. Download and licensing information is found on the site below.  The license renews in July - you will need to return and get a new installation password each year.  Update - if you have the pre-configured server installed and a recent update then you shouldn't have to re-install the license each year.

Getting Started

The information below will help you get started. 

More help (from Respondus)

Alternatives for Mac users

An alternative way to generate a file for importing tests is to use this Online Blackboard Test Generator from BYU-Idaho.

Patch for Respondus - allows connection to UAS Blackboard (needed in some cases).

Installing this patch will let you connect to Blackboard and upload or download tests and pools.

  • You must first Download and Install Respondus.  Follow directions on this page and enter the license number.
  • Download and run the patch (.msi file).
  • After the patch has been installed you should NOT install any further updates - they will "break" the patch and you'll have to re-install it again.
  • A longer term solution is in the works.

Work-Around - upload a test to Blackboard by saving as a zip file (does not require patch)

There is a work-around where you can save your test as a zip file then load that to Blackboard. Use this method when you can't connect directly to Blackboard.


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