#TechTipThursday: Getting to know Respondus 4.0

Faculty often need a quick and easy way to add quizzes, tests, and exams to Canvas from publisher content or that were originally in a Word document format. The Digital Education Collaborative  offers faculty a solution for this need through the use of Respondus 4.0.

Respondus 4.0 is a powerful tool used to create, edit and manage assessments. Questions and tests can be created directly in Respondus or they can be imported. Once the assessment has been created, faculty can publish the exam directly to a Canvas course or print the exam for use in face-to-face classes.

Why Use Respondus 4.0?

Respondus 4.0 provides a fast and and easy way for faculty to create exams and publish them to Canvas. The program also offers faculty the ability to convert publisher created quizzes or Word-based quizzes and easily import them into Canvas. Respondus includes various tools for faculty to use including an equation editor, which is ideal for math and science faculty and the ability to support special characters which would be beneficial for foreign language courses. 

Things to Know:

  • Respondus 4.0 is only compatible with Windows (10, 8 7) machines and the software must be downloaded and installed on the computer
  • Each user has a distinct user environment
  • Respondus supports 15 question types
  • Questions can be imported from MS Word documents, rich-text files, QTI files, and several more
  • Assessments can be previewed before publishing to Canvas
  • Assessments can be published directly to a single online course or the “batch publish” feature allows assessments to be published to multiple courses in a single step
  • Faculty can set question point values and additional exam settings directly in Respondus 4.0
  • Exams can be printed or saved as a Word document

When importing questions and exams into Respondus 4.0, there is a required format the files must follow. Our office has these guidelines available and will be more than happy to share them with you and help you navigate the various requirements. 

If you would like to learn more about Respondus 4.0, please visit the Digital Education Collaborative (136 Ruffner Hall) or contact us directly if you have additional questions.

*This post was drafted by Ashley, an Instructional Designer

This information was adapted from Respondus 4.0.

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