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Use Respondus 4.0 to streamline online exam creation

Respondus is one of several new and improved tools available to enhance online teaching and learning

From: Division of Information Technology

Respondus 4.0 assessment authoring software (Windows only) is now available for employee download. Respondus 4.0 allows instructors to convert their existing tests, quizzes, or exams (from Word, rich text, or CSV format) to a file format that can be imported into Canvas Classic Quizzes. The software also allows instructors to manage banks of test questions or create exams from official publisher test banks. For more information, check out the online user guide and video resources.

In addition to the Respondus 4.0 software, several new or improved tools are available to enhance Canvas:

  • New Quizzes offers new question types and allows instructors to create metadata or tags for questions in item banks (formerly called question banks). The Classic Quizzes option remains available through at least summer 2021 and can be used alongside New Quizzes. Instructors can compare the tools and choose the best one for specific tests, quizzes, or exams. To try it out, go to a Canvas course, select Settings, then select the Feature Options tab and toggle on New Quizzes. For support, select Help on any Canvas screen.
  • The New Rich Content Editor (RCE) update provides a condensed, intuitive toolbar that is grouped by common icons and interactions. RCE will be turned on for all courses in Dec. 2020. To use it now, go to a Canvas course, select Settings, then select the Feature Options tab and toggle on RCE Enhancements. For support select Help on any Canvas screen.
  • The Direct Share tool lets users share individual quizzes, assignments, discussions, and pages with another instructor or copy individual items to other Canvas courses. For support select Help on any Canvas screen.
  • Ally is available to scan uploaded instructor content within Canvas and gives suggestions to improve document accessibility. Students can use Ally to download alternate formats of documents. For support, go to 4help.vt.edu and select Get Help.

Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies, a unit of the Division of Information Technology, is the service provider for Canvas and other digital learning tools at Virginia Tech.