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Respondus Software

While you can create assessment questions directly in Blackboard, it is often more efficient to use Respondus software to create your exams offline, then upload them directly into your Blackboard course. Kent State University has a campus-wide license for Respondus, which may be downloaded and installed on your work and/or home computer.

With Respondus, you can create tests & pools, import questions from Word or text files, retrieve tests from Blackboard, print tests, and more.  Respondus integrates with Blackboard Learn for easy uploading and downloading of your tests.

Downloading Respondus

Kent State University offers a campus-wide license for Respondus for faculty use.  All faculty should be enrolled in a Blackboard Learn course named "DOWNLOAD -Respondus Lockdown Browser and StudyMate" which contains the download instructions and licensing information for Respondus.  It also includes download information for the Lockdown Browser, a web browser made for online testing; and StudyMate Author, a flash-based web activity creation tool. 

To download Respondus on your work or home computer, please follow these instructions:

  1. Log into Blackboard Learn through Flashline or directly at
  2. In your list of courses, locate the "DOWNLOAD -Respondus Lockdown Browser and StudyMate" course under "Courses Where You Are: Student" (this is probably toward the bottom of your course list).
  3. Click the Respondus Download & Help link in the navigation menu on the left.
  4. Follow the instructions on that page to install and activate Respondus on your computer.  The installation code for Respondus is listed on this page as well -- you'll need it to activate your copy of Respondus each year.

Respondus Installation Password

The Respondus installation password is only good for one year (expires on July 31).  Each year, you will need to enter the new license code to continue using Respondus.  This license code is always available in the DOWNLOAD -Respondus Lockdown Browser and StudyMate course.

Instructions for Using Respondus with Blackboard Learn

For step-by-step instructions on using Respondus with Blackboard Learn at Kent State University, please check out the following PDF document:

Using Respondus with Blackboard Learn

Standard Formatting for Importing Questions Into Respondus

Respondus Lockdown Browser

Please see this page for information about the Respondus Lockdown Browser and where to download it.

Need Help?

If you have questions about downloading, installing, and activating Respondus on your computer or need assistance/training in using Respondus, please contact:

Katie Baer
Educational Technology Designer
Kent State University at Stark
447 Main Hall
330-244-3447 (x53447)

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