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Respondus

Respondus is an application that lets instructors create exams and assessments offline and publish them directly to a BeachBoard course. In addition, over 2,000 publisher test banks are available to instructors who use Respondus.

Downloading and Installing 

Note: Respondus is not compatible with Apple operating systems.

System requirements

  1. Access the Software Depot with your MyCSULB campus ID and password.
  2. Click on Product Search and type Repondus in the white box.
  3. Follow instructions so that you can access the software.
  4. Download the software and license key.
  5. Close your web browser.
  6. Double-click on the Respondus35Campus.exe file to install Respondus to your computer. Follow the on-screen prompts. The Institution Name, Local Support Contact(s), and Installation Password can be found in the General_Respondus_License_Key_Info.doc file.

Once you have downloaded, installed, and registered Respondus, view the demo movies and manuals linked below for instructions on how to use Respondus and how to publish your Respondus assessments to BeachBoard.

Manuals and Guides

First-time BeachBoard Course Setup

  1. Go to BeachBoard and log in.
  2. Enter a course that you are teaching and copy the URL address.

    Beachboard Course URL

  3. In Respondus, make sure you have selected Desire2Learn as your current personality.
  4. Click Open if you have previously created quizzes in Respondus, or click Create to create a new quiz and give it a name and description.

    Desire2Learn Personality

  5. Click the Preview and Publish tab.
  6. Select the section labeled Publish from the menu on the left and then click the Publish Wizard button.

    Publish Wizard button

  7. Next to Desire2Learn Server, select Add New Server from the drop-down menu.

    Add New Server option

  8. Paste the URL address in step 2.
  9. Click Extract. Respondus will automatically fill in the fields in Step 3.
  10. In step 4
    • Enter a Description for your settings, so you may easily refer to it later (example: d2l csulb).
    • Enter your campus ID and BeachBoard password under login information. You may save this information on your computer so you don’t have to enter it every time you use Respondus, by selecting the checkbox.
  11. Click OK.

    Server Set Up information

The new Desire2Learn server has now been added to your Respondus.

Retrieving an Exam from BeachBoard

Respondus will "retrieve" an exam from BeachBoard, which then allows the file to be edited, published to another online course, or printed using Respondus. (Printing straight from BeachBoard yields an unattractive format.)

  1. Click the Retrieval tab.
  2. Click the Retrieve Questions button.

    Retrieve Questions button

  3. Choose the Desire2Learn (BeachBoard) server from the drop-down menu and then click Next.
  4. If you elected not to store your login information, type your Campus ID and BeachBoard password into the prompt and click OK.
  5. The Retrieve Questions Wizard window will appear
  6. Choose a course to retrieve from the drop-down menu.
  7. Choose the specific quiz, survey, self-assessment, or question library section.
  8. Enter a new name for the Respondus file you are creating.
  9. Click Next.

    Choose Course and Quiz to retrieve prompt

  10. The status window will update after each step in the retrieving process. When it says, “Completed successfully,” click Finish.

    Retrieval Completed Screen

  11. Click the Edit tab to edit the questions of the retrieved quiz.

Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor

  • Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within BeachBoard for securing online exams in classrooms or proctored environments.
  • Respondus Monitor is a companion tool to the LockDown Browser; it uses a webcam and algorithms to detect suspicious activity during exams. Recordings of student exams are only available within BeachBoard to the course instructor and BeachBoard system administrators.

How LockDown Browser Works

LockDown Browser has a variety of features to secure the exam environment within BeachBoard. It works by "locking" exams at full-screen while also preventing a student from accessing other applications including messaging, screen-sharing, virtual machines, and remote desktops. Browser menus and toolbar options are also removed, except for Back, Forward, Refresh and Stop. In addition, LockDown Browser will:

  • Disable printing and screen capture functions.
  • Prevent copying and pasting anything to or from an assessment.
  • Disable right-click menu options, function keys, keyboard shortcuts and task switching.
  • Prevent a student from exiting the exam until it is submtted for grading.
  • Prevent an assessment to be accessed using a browser that has not been set up for LockDown Browser

Faculty Instructions and Training 

Video:  How to Set Up Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor for Your Class

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Video:  Protecting the Integrity of Online Exams

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Video:  Preparing an Exam for Use with Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor

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System Requirements for Students

To use Respondus LockDown Browser with Monitor, students must have computers with the following system requirements:

PC

Mac

  • Mac: OS X 10.10 to 10.14:  Check Your macOS
    • LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor may continue to run in older operating systems that have reached “end-of-life” but students may encounter unexpected results. Students running OS X 10.13 (High Sierra) should use LockDown Browser version 2.0.3.03 or newer for best performance.
  • 512 MB RAM: Check your RAM
  • Webcam: Check our webcam with Photo Booth
  • LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor may continue to run in older operating systems that have reached “end-of-life” but students may encounter unexpected results. Students running OS X 10.13 (High Sierra) should use LockDown Browser version 2.0.3.03 or newer for best performance.

iPad 

All

  • Broadband Internet: There is not a specific required Internet speed because the webcam recording quality will automatically adjust to slower connections. However, students should ensure others on the same network connection are not using large-bandwidth services during the exam (gaming, movies, etc.). Test your Internet connection
  • Disable or remove incompatible programs. Use the LockDown Browser System Check
  • Screencastify and Google Remote Desktop must be uninstalled in order to use LockDown Browser

Installation Instructions for Students

Video:  Introduction to Respondus LockDown Browser for Students

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Video:  Taking a Quiz with Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor

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Common Technical Issues 

Determine Students' Readiness 

Some students may not have the time or resources to acquire the correct equipment before you begin using proctored testing. You may need to determine what your students' readiness is and also consider giving the affected students an alternative assignment to demonstrate what they have learned.

Survey Your Students 

To use Respondus Monitor, students will need the right equipment and will need to download the application.  However, some students may not have the correct operating system, or webcam, or some other technical limitation. We recommend you survey your students to see what technology they have. 

Possible Questions to Ask:

  • Do you have either a laptop or desktop computer available? 
  • Are you using Windows (10, 8, or 7) or Mac OS X (10.10 or higher)? 
  • Do you have a web camera (internal or external) and microphone? 
  • Do you have a broadband internet connection? 
  • Is your only device a Chromebook, iPad, or other device that does not use Windows or Mac OS X? 
  • Anything else you deem relevant for your course that you may need to know about your students

Using the Results to Adjust Your Course:

  • If some students do not have the necessary equipment to do proctored testing, you may want to consider giving these students an alternative assignment to demonstrate what they have learned.
  • Randomized quizzing is an option to help with academic integrity.
  • If they have the right kind of computer and operating system but no webcam,  you can use the Lockdown Browser with a randomized quiz.