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Respondus

Respondus 4.0 is a powerful tool for creating and managing exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to Blackboard and other learning systems. Exams can be created offline using a familiar Windows environment or moved between different learning systems. 

Respondus Publishing Workaround

Download Respondus 4.0 - SharePoint site.  If accessing off-campus, you will need to log in using  mdcc\username and password.

Please note the Respondus 4.0 tool is only available for Windows platforms not for MACs.

Important Note: Please run the app update at the start of each term. Respondus does not push updates to PCs and laptops. How? Launch the Respondus software. Click on "Help" then click on "Check for Update". View the how to video tutorial. 

Movies/Tutorials

1) Importing Word Files - The import feature is a fast way to bring exam questions from Microsoft Word into the Respondus 4.0 application. From there it takes only a few clicks to publish the exam to your online course.

4-Minute training video

Read an article with step-by-step instructions

2) Respondus Test Bank Network - The leading textbook publishers make their test banks available in Respondus 4 format. This service is available for free to instructors who use Respondus 4. Simply search for the textbook being used in the course and request access to the test bank. Once the publisher grants access, instructors can use Respondus 4 and the test bank to easily create online exams. Here are several resources you can share:

Test Bank Search

4-Minute Training Video 

Full training webinar

Demo Movies - including Creating Questions, Importing Questions, Publishing to LMS, Moving Exams from one LMS to another    

Articles

Respondus Test Bank  

Downloading Publisher Test Banks: The leading textbooks in higher education have test banks available in Respondus format. Learn how to request and download a test bank.

Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within a learning management system. It locks down student computers to prevent cheating during exams.

USAGE: Faculty may want to have students in a classroom or lab take exams with the LockDown Browser. If Respondus Lockdown Browser is not installed in the Lab, please check with the Lab personnel to install the student version of the Respondus LockDown Browser for the Lab.

Respondus Monitor builds upon the power of Respondus LockDown Browser, using a student’s webcam and industry-leading video analytics to prevent cheating during non-proctored exams. It integrates seamlessly with Blackboard. Students access exams within the LMS as they normally would. Instructors do everything within the LMS too, including the post-exam review of proctoring results. After a quick one-time installation, Respondus Monitor will auto-launch from the student's browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, IE) whenever the exam settings require it. Students are then guided through a pre-exam sequence, including a webcam check. Students love the auto-launch capability, which is now available for most learning systems. Exams can be taken with Respondus Monitor without advanced scheduling and without additional registration by the student.

INSTRUCTOR RESOURCES are available for the information listed below.

  • Training webinars
  • Getting started videos
  • Resources for Instructors
  • Instructor Quick Start Guide
  • Information to add to your syllabus
  • Require a practice exam
  • Faculty resources for students

Rapid Rollout of LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor for Instructors

These resources will help instructors quickly learn how to use Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor.

  • Training Webinars
  • In-App Training Resources
  • LockDown Browser Dashboard
  • What learning systems are supported?
  • What do students install?
  • System Requirements for Students
  • Technical Support Resources and Live Chat
  • Create a practice quiz
  • Where are the proctoring results?
  • Can instructors watch students live or communicate with students during a proctored exam?
  • What about student privacy concerns?
  • Can students use scratch paper or notes during an exam?
  • Resources for License Administrators

Student version of the Respondus LockDown Browser

Respondus LockDown Browser uses a standard Windows or Mac installer that can be downloaded by faculty or students from the following links:

It functions the same as the Testing Center version, but can be used on non-testing center computers.

The "Student Version" of Respondus LockDown Browser can be used for institution-owned computers.

The "Lab Edition" should be used on all computers in labs, test centers, and electronic classrooms since automatic updates are not enforced with this version. It allows managers the convenience of updating the browser on their own schedule. The lab edition is available via http://virtual.mdc.edu/respondus/lab.

Contact Silvio Rodriguez for the password.

Important Note Regarding the Use of Notepads and Tablets

Respondus LockDown Browser is only supported on iPad tablets. The iPad app is called “LockDown Browser” and is provided by Respondus only.

For it to work, instructors need to apply the setting to allow students to use iPads in the Respondus LockDown Browser test settings. Please read an article that explains this set up in more detail, and be sure to review technical requirements.

Review Miami Dade College Respondus Monitor Pre-recorded Training

Additional Resources

Respondus Monitor Pilot at Miami Dade College

Respondus Monitor was implemented as a small pilot in Fall 2020. Faculty members who were interested in participating were encouraged to contact Hanadi Saleh or Silvio Rodriguez.

The purpose of the pilot was to determine the feasibility of making the Respondus Monitor tool widely available for faculty who choose to utilize it for non-MDC Online classes. The small pilot continued into March 2020 until the transition to 100% remote learning for MDC students, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is now widely used in hundreds of courses and by thousands of students. See usage data below.

Respondus Monitor Usage at MDC
Respondus Monitor2019-2020*Fall 2020*
Active Courses with Respondus Monitor deployed 713 743
Respondus Monitor sessions (exams) completed 63,596 56,924
Respondus Monitor seats activated by students 15,567 15,943

Respondus Monitor Usage at MDC

Active Courses with Respondus Monitor deployed

2019-2020*: 713

Fall 2020*: 743

Respondus Monitor sessions (exams) completed

2019-2020*: 63,596

Fall 2020*: 56,924

Respondus Monitor seats activated by students

2019-2020*: 15,567

Fall 2020*: 15,943

*2019-2020 primarily Spring Term finals and Summer Term. Fall 2020 is through 11/16/2020.
Usage includes ALEKS data via Blackboard.

How is a seat defined?

A "seat" is one student per course where Respondus Monitor is used.
If a course has four exams that use Respondus Monitor, only one seat is counted per student.
If a student uses Respondus Monitor in two courses, it is counted as two seats.

For more information or support regarding Respondus Monitor at MDC, please contact Silvio Rodriguez or a campus testing and assessment director.

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