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What is Respondus?

Valdosta State University has obtained a campus-wide license for the Respondus 4.0 Respondus is a powerful tool that instructors can use to create and manage exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to your BlazeVIEW course. Exams can be created offline using a familiar Windows environment, or moved from one eLearning system to another. Whether you are a veteran of online testing or relatively new to it, Respondus will save you hours on each project.

Respondus Features


  • Includes distinct user environments (called "personalities") for ANGEL, Blackboard, eCollege, WebCT, and IMS QTI
  • 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 (inline images are retained), rich-text, QTI and tab delimited formats
  • Use the Exam Wizard to create an assessment in minutes
  • "Spell check" an entire exam file (includes dictionaries for American English, Canadian English, British English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Finnish, and a comprehensive medical dictionary)
  • 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 exams from the leading eLearning platforms, complete with media files*
  • 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

Also includes:

  • Full context-sensitive help
  • An incredibly easy-to-use interface that makes the online help and user guide woefully neglected by most users
  • Access to hundreds of publisher test banks in Respondus format -- FREE to instructors who adopt a participating textbook


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To Download Respondus:

  1. Login: to BlazeVIEW D2L
  2. Select: Faculty Course Tools
  3. Select: Respondus
  4. Select: Download and Install

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