Respondus information

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Quick Info

Respondus is a powerful tool for instructors for creating and managing exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to Blackboard. Exams can be created offline using a familiar Windows environment, or moved from one eLearning system to another. Access to over 1,000 publisher test banks in Respondus format is also FREE to instructors who adopt a participating textbook.

Please note, WSU is currently using Blackboard 9.1. Respondus authoring tool is only available for PC users.



Respondus Features:



  • Create exams and assessments offline using a Windows interface
  • Supports up to 15 question types, including calculated and algorithmic formats.
  • Import questions from MS Word (including embedded images), rich-text, QTI and tab/comma delimited formats
  • Use the Exam Wizard to create an assessment in minutes
  • "Spell check" an entire exam file (includes dictionaries for American English, a comprehensive medical dictionary, and more)
  • Add tables, bulleted lists, font changes, and enhanced formatting (e.g. bold, italics) just like in a word processor
  • Insert mathematical and scientific symbols using the Respondus Equation Editor or MathType
  • Embed graphics, audio, and video without writing or viewing the underlying HTML
  • Resize graphics and convert them to JPEG format with one click
  • Add links to multimedia content on other servers with the Web Links tool
  • Create random sets of questions in seconds with a one-step wizard


Preview, Publish, and Printing

  • Preview questions before publishing them to the server
  • Publish exams and assessments directly to an online course (media files are automatically uploaded)
  • A batch publish feature allows assessments and surveys to be published to multiple courses in a single step
  • Determine point values and exam settings offline
  • Print exams/surveys directly from Respondus, or save files to MS Word or rich-text format


Retrieval, Reports, and Tools

  • Retrieve custom reports, such as student scores, summary statistics, and answer distributions
  • Download answer databases for quizzes or surveys and save them in an Excel-compatible format
  • Archive and restore exam/survey projects (including media content) with one click ideal for providing a colleague with a ready-to-use exam
  • Quickly locate questions using keyword searches   

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