Respondus for Instructors
Respondus offers Gadsden State faculty members a full suite of software to conduct online exams in Blackboard. You have access to 3 products:
► Respondus LockDown Browser™ is a secure browser for taking exams in Blackboard. It prevents students from printing, copying, going to another URL, or accessing other applications during an assessment. If a Blackboard exam requires that Respondus LockDown Browser be used, the exam will not be accessible with a standard web browser.
► Respondus Monitor™ is a companion product for LockDown Browser that enables institutions to protect the integrity of non-proctored, online exams. Students use their own computer and a webcam to record assessment sessions, all without leaving the institution's learning management system. Faculty can go back and review the videos of students while taking the exam to ensure that they are not cheating. The videos are in full color and include audio so that you can hear if they are talking to anyone. Finally, the software flags any suspicious movement so that you don't have to review the entire video of each and every student.
► Respondus 4.0 Test Generator is a powerful tool for creating and managing exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to Blackboard. Exams can be created offline using a familiar Windows environment. Whether you are a veteran of online testing or relatively new to it, Respondus will save you hours on each project.
Watch this short 3 minute video to learn what Respondus Lockdown Browser will be like for your students:
Why use Respondus LockDown Browser? Here are what some faculty members at other colleges have to say about it and its why the Gadsden State TLC recommends it for online testing.
Prevents students from exiting tests early
“Professors were frustrated over technical failures that would occur during online assessments. Once instructors began having students use Respondus LockDown Browser, the submission failure rate of online tests dropped to almost zero. This alone was worth the price of LockDown Browser.” (Gary Friesen, Taylor University)
Online testing saves paper, and money
“The cost savings of LockDown Browser was entirely unexpected.” (Linda Young, Fanshawe College)
Easy for faculty to start using
“Respondus LockDown Browser is easy to roll out to faculty. All we need to do is show them where the setting is in Blackboard to turn it on or off. That’s it.” (Steve Chestnut, Drexel University)
Piece of mind
“If we didn’t have Respondus LockDown Browser, we wouldn’t have online testing in the School of Nursing. It’s as simple as that.” (Anita Kinser Maradiaga, Riverside City College)
Still not sold on Respondus? Watch this short video giving you an explanation of the software from an Instructor's point of view:
Are you ready to get started using the Respondus Products?
First: Be sure to give students the link to download the software - http://www.respondus.com/lockdown/information.pl?ID=276915224. Students MUST use this link. They will not be able to download the software. We recommend placing this link in both your syllabus and in your Blackboard course.
Second: Enable the settings for Respondus Lockdown Browser and/or Respondus Monitor in Blackboard. Here are a couple of videos that shows you how to do that:
Video 1: Just Enabling Respondus LockDown Browser
Video 2: Enabling Respondus LockdownBrowser and Monitor
And that's it! It is super easy to implement into your courses!
Here are a few instructional guides that will be helpful for you:
Respondus Test Generator
You're probably not aware that you have access to an awesome piece of software! Respondus 4.0 Test Generator is a powerful tool for creating and managing exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to Blackboard. Exams can be created offline using a familiar Windows environment, or moved from one LMS to another. Whether you are a veteran of online testing or relatively new to it, Respondus will save you hours on each project. Also, you have access to Respondus's massive test bank with questions connected to pretty much all of the major textbooks!
If you're interested in trying it out, click here!
Here are the Top 10 Reasons you should consider using Respondus 4.0 Test Generator: