Blackboard (Faculty) - Respondus: Publish to Blackboard

This document provides an overview of how to publish your test from Respondus to Blackboard.

Respondus can upload questions directly into your Blackboard course(s) in two ways: 1) Publish test directly to a content area such as Coursework or a weekly folder. 2) Publish questions into the Tests, Surveys, and Pools area under Course Tools as a test or pool. Using either method is acceptable, it is a preference of whether you want to set the test settings inside of Respondus or Blackboard. 

Watch the Video Tutorial

Respondus Tutorial Video

Publish to Tests, Surveys, and Pools

  1. Open or import a test into Respondus.

  2. Click the Preview & Publish tab. 

    Preveiw and publish tab

  3. Click the Publish to Blackboard tab. 

  4. Click the Publish Wizard button. 

    Publish to blackboard

  5. If you are publishing the test to only one course, accept the default "Publish to single course." If you are publishing the same test to multiple courses, click the radio button for Batch Publish to multiple courses

    publish to single course

  6. If you have not yet set up a server connection to Blackboard, click on the  - add new server - drop-down box. If you have set up a server already, skip to step 9. 

    add new server

  7. A new box will pop up. Accept the default "Yes, check for preconfigured server settings." Click the Next button.

  8. Enter a name for the server. This server will be for all of your classes so you do not have to name it by the class. "SIUE" or "Blackboard" is a good name.

  9. Click on the Next button. (You will notice that the login information boxes are grayed out. If adding a new server.)

  10. A browser window with the Blackboard login will open up. Log in to Blackboard.

  11. Close the browser window after you have logged in. Click the Close After Login button in the upper right corner of the window. 

     Close Browser Window

  12. If you get an error message, click on the + below:
    • Error when Publishing to Blackboard from Respondus
        1. In Respondus, when setting up a server to publish to Blackboard, you may get the following error message.

          Error accessing course list; either the login failed or it has no access to any course.

        2. Click OK in the error window and then OK again in the next pop-up window.

        3. Open Internet Explorer and minimize the browser. You do not need to log into Blackboard. Internet Explorer just needs to be open in the background.

        4. Click the Next button in the "Publishing Wizard" window again.

        5. A browser window with the Blackboard login will open up. Log into Blackboard.

        6. Close the browser window after you have logged in. Click the "Close After Login" button in the upper right corner of the window.

          Close browser window

        7. Continue with the remaining instructions.


  13. When the browser window closes, you will be back at the "Publish Wizard" window. Choose your Blackboard course(s) in which to publish.

  14. If this is a new exam, accept the radio button for "Create new Exam." Give the exam a name. This is the name that will appear as the exam in Blackboard. 
    If you are replacing an exam, click on the radio button for "Replace existing Exam." From the drop-down list, select the exam you are replacing. 

  15. Uncheck the 3 boxes at the bottom of the window under number 3 (Additional options for Exam/Survey).

  16. Click the Next button. 
     
  17. Wait until "Completed successfully " appears in the status box. This may take a few minutes depending upon the length of your test. 

  18. Click Finish

  19. Open Blackboard and enter the content area where you want to place the exam (i.e. Coursework>Week 3).

  20. Deploy the test in the content area. Click the + below for instructions.
        
    • Deploy Test in Content Area    
              
      • Deploy Test in Content Area

        Once a test or survey is created, it must be deployed or linked within a content area or folder.

        1. Select the content area or folder you wish to deploy the test or survey.
        2. From the menu bar, click on Assessments, then click on Tests (or Survey).
        3. Select the test. The most recently created tests are at the bottom of the list. The tests are not in alphabetical order.
        4. Click Submit.

        You will be sent to the "Test Options" page. The test is not available until you make it available with settings.

        Test Options

        Test Information

        Name: The name originally given to the test is displayed. You may change that name here if you wish.

        Content Link Description: The description has also carried offer from when you created the test. This may also be changed here.

        Open test in a new window: This option is defaulted to no. Opening the test in a new window will allow student the option to search the course for materials or open other browser windows while the test is still open. If you do not want this, leave the option No.

        Test Availability

        Make link available: Set to Yes. This must be set to Yes even if you have adaptive release rules set (see below).

        Add a new announcement: Yes will send an announcement when the test opened.

        Multiple Attempts: Check this box if you wish to allow your student to take a test more than once. Once the box is check, determine if you want to allow

        • Unlimited attempts - useful if the quiz is for assessing if a chapter is read or if you want to use this test for student to self check their understanding.
        • Number of attempts - useful if students get kicked out of a test.

        Each attempt will be saved and you will be able to see the results of each attempt.

        Score attempts using: Select which attempt will be calculated into the Grade Center.

        Forced Completion: Once started, the test will have to be completed. It can not be saved and returned. If this option is selected, students will not be able to review the test questions, save the test, look up answers and return to the test. However, if students do get kicked out of a test with forced competition, you will have to go back and reset the test for them to retake it.

        Set Timer: This option is recommend to limit the time students spend on the test. Estimate how long it should take students to answer each question and give a little extra time. For example, if the test has 25 multiple choice questions, allow 30 minutes to take the test. This will help ensure that the students do not have time to look up answers online or from a text book.

        Auto-submit: When the auto submit is on, the test will save and automatically submit when the time has expired. With auto submit off, the user will be given the option to continue after the time expires.

        Display After and Display Until: This sets that adaptive release of the link to the test for a specific date and time. This does not determine how long a student can take the test (Set Time). For example, if the link to a test is set to display until 10pm and the students have 1 hour to take the test, the students can click on the test link as late as 9:59pm and have until 10:59pm (1 hour) to finish the test.

        Password: this is optional. A password typed in here must be given to the students or they will not be able to access the test. When using Respondus Lockdown Browser, do not put a password in this box.

        Test Availability Exception

        This area is used to override the above settings for individual students or groups. This is where you identify students who need extra time to take a test due to DSS polices, or for student that have to retake a test.

        Due Date

        The Due Date will trigger notifications in the Planner area and will mark submissions as "Late" in the Grade Center. This has nothing to do with the adaptive release dates and times in the "Test Availability" section. However, checking the box "Do not allow student to start Test..." will make the test unavailable no matter what settings are set in the "Test Availability" or "Test Availability Exception" sections.

        Self-Assessment Options

        Accept the defaults in this section.

        Show Test Results and Feedback to Students

        Set these setting for students to see the feedback after taking the test. To see what the students see as a result of the selected settings, see Test Setting from Student View knowledge base article.

        Test Presentation

        Choose between "All at Once" or "One at a Time." If you select "One at a Time" you have to option to select "Prohibit Backtracking." Note: if you are using Respondus Lockdown Browser, do not select "Prohibit Backtracking." There is a known issue with this combination.

        Randomize Questions: This option is suggested as a way to help discourage cheating.

        Click Submit when finished.

Publish to a Content Area

Settings

  1. Open or import a test into Respondus.

  2. Click on the Settings tab.

    settings tab

  3. Click on the Availability tab.

    Availability Tab

  4. Set the settings as you wish them to appear in Blackboard. Any of these settings can be changed or overridden once the test is in Blackboard. 

  5. Click on the Other Settings tab.

    Other Settings tab

  6. Set the settings as you wish them to appear in Blackboard. Any of these settings can be changed or overridden once the test is in Blackboard.

Preview & Publish

  1. Click the Preview & Publish tab. 

    Preveiw and publish tab

  2. Click the Publish to Blackboard tab. 

  3. Click the Publish Wizard button.

    Publish to blackboard

  4. If you are publishing the test to only one course, accept the default "Publish to single course." If you are publishing the same test to multiple courses, click the radio button for Batch Publish to multiple courses

    publish to single course

  5. If you have not yet set up a server connection to Blackboard, click on the  - add new server - drop-down box. If you have set up a server already, skip to step 9.

    add new server

  6. A new box will pop up. Accept the default "Yes, check for preconfigured server settings." Click the Next button.

  7. Enter a name for the server. This server will be for all of your classes so you do not have to name it by the class. "SIUE" or "Blackboard" is a good name.

  8. Click the Next button (You will notice that the login information boxes are grayed out. If adding a new server.)

  9. A browser window with the Blackboard login will open up. Log into Blackboard.

  10. Close the browser window after you have logged in. Click the "Close After Login" button in the upper right corner of the window.

     Close Browser Window

  11. If you get an error message, click on the + below:

    • Error when Publishing to Blackboard from Respondus
        1. In Respondus, when setting up a server to publish to Blackboard, you may get the following error message.

          Error accessing course list; either the login failed or it has no access to any course.

        2. Click OK in the error window and then OK again in the next pop-up window.

        3. Open Internet Explorer and minimize the browser. You do not need to log into Blackboard. Internet Explorer just needs to be open in the background.

        4. Click the Next button in the "Publishing Wizard" window again.

        5. A browser window with the Blackboard login will open up. Log into Blackboard.

        6. Close the browser window after you have logged in. Click the "Close After Login" button in the upper right corner of the window.

          Close browser window

        7. Continue with the remaining instructions.


  12. When the browser window closes, you will be back at the "Publish Wizard" window. Choose your Blackboard course(s) in which to publish.

  13. When the browser window closes, you will be back at the "Publish Wizard" window. Choose your Blackboard course(s) in which to publish.

  14. If this is a new exam, accept the radio button for "Create new Exam." Give the exam a name. This is the name that will appear as the exam in Blackboard. 

  15. If you are replacing an exam, click on the radio button for "Replace existing Exam." From the drop-down list, select the exam you are replacing.

  16. If you have set exam settings in the previous section, accept the default check box for "Apply Settings to Exam." Again, any settings that are set using Respondus can be changed or overridden in Blackboard. 

  17. If you wish for the exam to be linked in a content area, accept the default check box for "Link Exam to Content Area and make available."  (Note the availability will be dependent upon the setting from the previous set.)

  18. Click the Next button. 

    publish to course

  19. Select the Content Area or folder that you wish the exam to be linked in. This step will not appear if you unchecked the "Link Exam to Content Area and make available" box.  

  20. Click Next to continue. 

  21. Wait until "Completed successfully " appears in the status box. This may take a few minutes depending upon the length of your test. 

  22. Click Finish.

  23. Return to Blackboard and check your settings. 

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Keywords:blackboard, black board, bb, respondus, tests, test, surveys, survey, publish, publish to blackboard   Doc ID:62197
Owner:Laura M.Group:Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Created:2016-03-24 13:13 CSTUpdated:2017-09-13 12:52 CST
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