Reduce Cheating with Respondus 4.0

When you think of Respondus, what comes to mind? From my discussions with professors, the first thing that comes to mind is Respondus Monitor and LockDown Browser. Respondus Monitor and LockDown Browser are very useful programs that allows for better online testing. They deter students cheating efforts. If your course runs LockDown Browser, it prevents students from visiting other sites or programs on their computer while they are attempting an exam. Respondus Monitor acts as an online proctor of sorts, allowing instructors to watch a recording of the student while the exam was attempted. While these are great tools, they do not always deter the student that is determined to cheat. To further inhibit students from cheating, there is another option to add to your arsenal. Respondus 4.0.

On the surface, 4.0 formats online exam questions for Canvas deployment with ease. Basically, you will format the questions as required in a Word document or Text file and import this information into 4.0. After checking through the file, you can upload it directly to your Canvas course. Then, within the course, you would use this file to create your exam. Simple. Respondus 4.0 is not just for true or false or multiple choice questions either. You can create a variety of question types: fill-in-the-blank, essay, long answer, short-answer, text only (no answer), numerical answer, answer keys, and surveys.  In addition to this, regularly revising exam content and structure is the most effective cheating deterrent strategy and this tool makes it manageable

An advantage to using Respondus 4.0 is the ability to create test banks, and this is where you will find one of the greatest assets of 4.0. For example, you can create a test bank of 40 questions for a 10-question quiz and you can use this test bank, randomize your questions, and randomize the answers in each instance. Therefore, 10 students sitting next to each other should have 10 completely different exams.

Besides creating your own test questions, it is very possible that the textbook you are working with is part of the Test Bank Network. With the Test Bank Network, you can find publisher-created test questions and import them into a test bank to use for your exams. You can download the entire bank or select specific questions from the Test Bank Network to create your test banks.

The variety in question type and question sets will greatly diversify your tests and quizzes within Canvas. And because the tests are housed in Canvas, they will auto-grade (unless you have a fillable option like essay or fill-in-the-blank) and post to the gradebook as soon as the student hits submit. This will not only save you time, but will guarantee students work is graded quickly and accurately.

One small caveat: Respondus 4.0 works for PC only, but don’t worry, the DEC has many computers available to borrow. If you have a PC and would like to try to create test banks on your own, you can contact the ITS Help Desk and they would be happy to add Respondus 4.0 to your machine.

If you would like to learn more, please contact the DEC and we will help you take your testing to the next level.

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