Creating Quizzes with Respondus®
Respondus, available for free to all MnSCU faculty, is a user-friendly program designed for quiz and survey creation. Respondus can be used as standalone programs to create paper quizzes, or it can be seamlessly integrated into D2L.
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Respondus is a Windows program designed to aid instructors in creating and maintaining a database of reusable questions for quizzes, tests, and surveys.
Respondus offers the ability to create the nine different question types
- multiple choice
- short answer
- multiple response
- fill in the blank
Questions can be printed out for in-class use, or they can be integrated into an online environment, such as D2L or Moodle. If instructors use Respondus as a standalone program, questions for print quizzes or tests can be randomized, ensuring that students are given unique exams (which is especially helpful if students are working side by side in a large lecture room).* Moreover, instructors can import questions directly from text files such as Microsoft Word, without having to cut and paste individual questions and answers into the program or worry about formatting.
Another feature of Respondus is that instructors don't have to be online to add questions to their question database. This means that instructors can work from their local computer, using the Internet only if they wish to upload questions into Desire to Learn. For instructors who choose to import questions from Respondus into their Desire to Learn course site(s), only a few simple steps are required.
Before using Respondus, read the introduction and watch the tutorials provided. If you want to import questions from a rich text, plain text, or word document, they should be in one of the following formats (may vary, depending upon the type of question):
1) What year is it?
1. What year is it?
Respondus sponsors a free Test Bank Network, which hosts a bank of test questions provided by participating textbook publishers. Users can download test questions from adopted textbooks if the publisher is represented in the test bank network. Check to see if your textbook is listed!
*Randomizing questions within Desire to Learn does not require using Respondus.