Welcome to Respondus 4.0 Instructional Series

Introduction to Respondus 4.0

Part 1: Starting and Configuring Responsdus

Part 2: Formatting Multiple Choice and True/False Type Questions


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Note: A course link for a test can only be created after the test has been deployed. See the Deploy a Test tutorial.

Step 1: Go to the content area in which the test course link needs to appear

Step 2: Click on the “Build Content” Bouild content button

Step 3: Select “Course Link”

Step 4: Click on the “Browse…” button to choose an item to link to Choose item option

Step 5: Select the appropriate item

Step 6: Name the link

Step 7: Create brief link description if needed

Step 8: Select “Standard Options” as necessary

Step 9: Click on the “Submit” button

Note: A test can only be deployed once. If students need to have many points of access for the test, create a Course Link for each additional access point.

Step 1: Go to a content area in which the test needs deployed

Step 2: Click on the “Assessments” button and select “Test”

"Test" option selected underneath the "Assessments" button


Option 1: Create a Test

Step A: Click on the “Create” button

Step B: Give the test canvas a name, as well as a description and instructions as necessary

Step C: Click on the “Submit” button

Step D: Click on the “Create Question” or “Reuse Question” button

Note: Questions sets can not be exported or imported

Step E: Click on the “OK” button after adding questions to the test canvas

Ok button

Step F: Click on the “Submit” button

Option 2: Add an Existing Test

Step A: Select the name of the test in the “Add an Existing Test” box

Add test screen with "Testing" test highlighted underneath "Add an Existing Test" box

Step B: Click on the “Submit” button

Step 3: Apply the appropriate Test Options including availability, timer, attempts, exceptions, presentation, etc.

Step 4: Click on the “Submit” button.



Step 1: Go to the area in which the test is deployed

Step 2: Hover over the title of the test and click on the action link item (circle) that appears to the right

Step 3: Select “Edit test options” Edit the Test Options selection

Step 4: Scroll down to the “Test Availability Exceptions” section

Step 5: Click on the “Add User or Group” button add User or Group Button

Step 6: Place a check mark next to the student(s) who need an exception and click on the “Submit” button

Check box checked next to user's name

Step 7: Make the necessary changes to each user.

Note: In order for a change in options to be available for the individual user, that option itself must be in use for the entire test. For example, if a student required 30 minutes for a test, the “Timer” option must be selected for the rest of the students taking the test.

Note:  If the student has already attempted the test, you will need to give them an additional attempt by clicking on Multiple Attempts (under test exceptions) and enter the number of attempts.  For instance, if the test is setup with 1 attempt, make sure you specify 2 attempts for the student with exception.

Step 8: If the due date is past the date range in which the students with exceptions have availability to take the test, make sure the “Do not allow students to start the Test if the due date has passed.” option is NOT checked.

Image showing the "Do not allow students to start the test if the due date has passed" option is unselected in section 4 Due Dates underneath the Due date selection.

Step 9: Click on the “Submit” button Graphic of submit button

Blackboard Quick Start Orientation for Faculty

This orientation briefly covers logging in, course to course navigation, navigation within your course, some tool overviews, and a couple how to’s within Blackboard Learn. This is an overview that will get you started in Blackboard, but not necessarily build expertise yet. We encourage you to view other tutorials on this site, as well as make use of the following resources available:

The 7 Training Courses you have already been enrolled in within Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Training Courses

Blackboard Embanet Support (24 hours/day, 7 days/week): 1-888-915-9535 or visit the online support site.

MSUD Educational Technology Center


When you export tests from Blackboard Learn to a Mac computer using OS, the zip files will be automatically opened and unzipped. The Safari browser has a setting that you can enable or disable to prevent files from opening after they have been downloaded.

Step 1. Bring up Safari’s Preferences Menu: click on Safari in the main menu, located in the top left hand corner of your screen. When the drop-down list appear, choose Preferences.

safari browser's file drop-down menu

Step 2. Select “General” from the Preferences Menu.

Step 3. Select a folder for your downloaded files to be saved to. The default folder is Downloads.

Step 4. Remove the check mark from the box Open “safe” files after downloading.

safari browser's general preferences window