Publishing Partnerships: How It Works

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> Introduction
> How it Works (from the publisher's standpoint)
> How it Works (from the instructor's standpoint)
> How to Become a Respondus Publishing Partner


Respondus, Inc. develops assessment applications for the e-Learning market. Thousands of instructors at over 2,000 colleges, universities, and secondary schools in over 50 countries use Respondus software to enhance the capabilities of their learning management systems. Our most popular application, Respondus 4, is a powerful tool for creating and managing exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to ANGEL, Blackboard Learn, Brightspace, Canvas, Moodle, Pearson LearningStudio, and other eLearning systems. Over 1,000 educational institutions have obtained a Respondus 4 Campus-wide License, which makes the software accessible to all instructors at that institution. In addition, Respondus LE (a "print-only" version of Respondus) can be downloaded for free from the Respondus website, which enables any instructor to access publisher test banks designed specifically for Respondus applications.

How it Works (from the Publisher's standpoint)

Respondus Publishing Partners are provided with a user guide that explains the process of creating a test bank in Respondus. Once a test bank is formatted for Respondus applications, a special tool is provided to the publishing partners to create a "master" of the test bank file. This is how the test bank is encrypted, compressed into a single file, and password-protected. To have the file added to the Respondus Test Bank Network (TBN), the file is sent to Respondus via e-mail or FTP. A File Code is generated at the time the test bank file is added, which, along with an optional password, will allow an instructor to register and access the test bank using a Respondus application.

How it Works (from the instructor's standpoint)

The most common method for distributing test banks formatted for use with Respondus applications is through the Respondus Test Bank Network (TBN). This is the easiest and most secure way for an instructor to obtain a publisher test bank over the Internet. The publisher provides the instructor a 16-digit File Code and Password for the test bank. Within Respondus 4, the instructor selects the Test Bank Network option and follows the on-screen instructions to register and access the test bank, using the File Code and password. The instructor can then select items from the test bank and publish the exam to an online course in minutes.

To see how this works, view the demo movie, "Respondus 4.0 & the Respondus Test Bank Network" at

The publisher can also distribute the test bank directly to instructors (i.e. via e-mail) in a file format compatible with Respondus applications. The instructor would save the file to their computer, browse to it in Respondus 4 and then simply open the file (and enter a password if one was applied by the publisher). The test bank is then extracted, decrypted, and restored to the projects folder in Respondus.

Publisher test bank files made available through the Respondus Test Bank Network can also be accessed using our StudyMate applications. StudyMate helps students "master the basics" of course material through engaging learning activities and self-assessments. More information on StudyMate can be found at

How to Become a Respondus Publishing Partner

There is no cost to become a Respondus Publishing Partner, nor is there a cost to distribute test banks through the Respondus Test Bank Network.

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