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There are three different Repsondus tools in use at the college: Respondus Exam Software, Respondus Lockdown Browser, and Respondus Monitor.

Respondus Exam Software

Respondus is a program for creating, managing, and publishing exams. You can create your exams using Microsoft Word, import tham into Respondus, and then publish them directly to your Blackboard courses. This can result in significant time savings over copying and pasting each question and answer directly into Blackboard.

New Users

If you are new to Respondus, you can download and install the software using the following link:

Download and Install Respondus Software

If prompted, you will need to enter your Blackboard account information to access the above document. After installing the software, make sure to "Check For Update" from the Help menu before you begin using the software.

The next two links will help you get started using the Respondus software:

Respondus Quick Start Guide

How to Format Items in Word for Use in Respondus

Older Versions

You need to be using at least version of Respondus in order for it to work with our current version of Blackboard. To check your version, go to the Help menu and select "About Respondus". If you are not up to at least version, follow the directions above for downloading and installing the software. You cannot use the "Check For Update" link on the Help menu, as that will not update you to version

New Password

Every year, we obtain a new “activation password" that must be entered to continue using the software past July 31 of the year. The new password can be found by clicking the "Download and Install Respondus Software" link above.

Please note the following:

  • Prior to August 1, you can enter the new password by selecting File > Update License (if “Update License” isn’t shown, first upgrade to the latest version of the software).
  • After August 1, upon startup, the software will automatically prompt you for the new password.

Respondus Lockdown Browser

Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard and other learning systems. Students are locked into the assessment and are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. Review the Quick Start Guide for instructors to find out how to set up a test in Respondus LockDown Browser.

JCHS students download the Respondus LockDown Browser by clicking on the JCHS Helpdesk tab and then the Respondus LockDown Browser link. VTC students download the browser by navigating to the VTC Helpdesk tab, clicking on VTCSoM Student Software and Support Options, and then clicking on the Respondus LockDown Browser link.

Respondus Monitor

Respondus Monitor is a companion application for LockDown Browser that uses webcam, microphone, and video technology to prevent cheating during online exams. Respondus Monitor integrates seamlessly with Blackboard, and is ideal for non-proctored testing environments, such as online courses.  For more information and/or training on Respondus Monitor, please submit an Academic Services Request.