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Respondus Publishing Partners: Frequently Asked Questions


Why should a publisher distribute test banks in Respondus format?

What if instructors don't have Respondus? Can they still use test banks available through the Respondus Test Bank Network (TBN)?

How does a publisher create a test bank for use with the Respondus TBN?

Can test bank authors create Respondus files themselves?

Which version of Respondus does a publisher (or a test bank author) use to create test banks that are compatible with Respondus applications?

How secure is the Respondus Test Bank Network?

When a test bank is made available through the Respondus Test Bank Network, is the test bank file itself stored on a Respondus server?

Can test banks in Respondus format be converted to other test bank formats, or vice versa?

Why shouldn't a publisher just make test banks available in LMS-specific formats (e.g., Blackboard, ANGEL, Desire2Learn, eCollege, Instructure, Moodle, etc.)?

Why does Respondus provide all these services to publishers for free?

What if our publishing company is happy with its current test bank software?

Are publishers permitted to redistribute Respondus LE (the free version of Respondus) directly to customers?

We currently make test banks available only as rich-text or Word files. If we make test banks additionally available in Respondus format, is there a way to keep the production effort to a minimum?

What does a publishing company receive when it becomes a Respondus Publishing Partner?

How do you become a Respondus Publishing Partner?

Who do I contact at Respondus if I have additional questions?

Why should a publisher distribute test banks in Respondus format?

There are many different reasons, but here are a few key ones:

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What if instructors don't have Respondus? Can they still use test banks available through the Respondus Test Bank Network (TBN)?

Yes. A free version of our software, Respondus LE, can be downloaded from Respondus.com. This is a limited-task version that provides full printing capabilities and the ability to access test banks through the Respondus Test Bank Network.

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How does a publisher create a test bank for use with the Respondus TBN?

There are essentially three steps: 1) Create the test bank in Respondus or import the test bank questions; 2) Use the Publisher Archive Wizard [an add-on module available to Respondus publishing partners] to encrypt and password-protect the test bank; and 3) e-mail the archived file to Respondus and fill out an online form to register the file with the Respondus TBN.

The document "Creating Respondus Test Banks: A Guide for Publishers" is available to all Respondus Publishing Partners. It provides step-by-step instructions for each of the above-mentioned items.

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Can test bank authors create Respondus files themselves?

Absolutely. One reason Respondus is so popular with instructors is because it is so easy to use. The ideal situation is to have test bank authors create the test banks in Respondus itself and then provide the finished test banks to the publisher.

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Which version of Respondus does a publisher (or a test bank author) use to create test banks that are compatible with Respondus applications?

While it is possible for publishers and test bank authors to use the free version of Respondus (Respondus LE) to create test banks in Respondus format, we strongly recommend that the full version of Respondus be used. The free version of Respondus doesn't include numerous tasks (e.g., inserting images, equation editor, importing, etc.) and doesn't allow the author to see how the final materials will look when published to a learning management system. In addition, the full version of Respondus has a "platform-neutral personality" that is specifically designed for creating publisher test banks. For instance, the platform-neutral personality prevents test bank authors from selecting question types and options that are not supported by each of the leading course management systems.

That being said, it is possible to create simple test banks with Respondus LE that can be used with the full version of Respondus. Conversely, if a test bank is created in the full version of Respondus, the files can be accessed by users of Respondus LE. In addition, both versions of Respondus are designed to work with the Respondus Test Bank Network, which allows instructors to register and access publisher test banks from the Internet. Test Banks available through the Respondus Test Bank Network can also be accessed with the StudyMate applications. [StudyMate allows instructors to create learning activities and games that students can access from online courses, the web, smartphones, and tablets. For more information, visit www.respondus.com/products/studymate]

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How secure is the Respondus Test Bank Network?

The Respondus TBN offers multiple layers of security, making it the most secure way to distribute test banks using the Internet.

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When a test bank is made available through the Respondus Test Bank Network, is the test bank file itself stored on a Respondus server?

Yes. The test bank file is stored on a Respondus server. When an instructor using Respondus enters the File Code and password for the test bank, the software will make a secure connection to the Respondus Test Bank Network to determine the location of server where the test bank is actually stored.

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Can test banks in Respondus format be converted to other test bank formats, or vice versa?

Yes. There are several ways to convert files to/from Respondus format. First, Respondus lets you import or export questions in Word format (as well as text and rich text) - the Respondus User Guide explains this process. Second, Respondus can retrieve exams or question pools that may already be available in a Blackboard Learn, Brightspace, Canvas, Moodle, ANGEL, Pearson LearningStudio, or IMS-QTI 1.2 compatible format.

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Why shouldn't a publisher just make test banks available in LMS-specific formats (e.g., Blackboard Learn, ANGEL, Brightspace, Pearson LearningStudio, Canvas, Moodle, etc.)?

There are many reasons:

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Why does Respondus provide all these services to publishers for free?

It's very simple. Our business model is geared toward selling software to educational institutions, not publishing houses. Educational institutions are more inclined to obtain a site license of the Respondus software if publisher test banks are available for use with Respondus applications. Hence, we encourage publishers to distribute test banks through the Respondus Test Bank Network by providing the tools and technology publishers need to make it possible.

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What if our publishing company is happy with its current test bank software?

We're not suggesting that you stop using your current test bank software or exclusively distribute test banks in through the Respondus Test Bank Network. But by making your test banks additionally available in Respondus format, you increase the marketability of your textbooks and decrease the expense of trying to support a variety of learning management systems and file formats.

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Are publishers permitted to redistribute Respondus LE (the free version of Respondus) directly to customers?

No. Even though Respondus LE is made available for free from Respondus.com, publishers are not allowed to redistribute the software itself. Publishers can, however, provide links to the Respondus LE web page (not the download links themselves) from which instructors can download the software.

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>We currently make test banks available only as rich-text or Word files. If we make test banks additionally available in Respondus format, is there a way to keep the production effort to a minimum?

Yes. If test banks are created using Respondus, you can easily save the files to Word, rich-text (.rtf), or text (.txt) format. Conversely, if you already have test banks in Word or rich-text format, you can import the questions into Respondus, although you have to follow specific formatting guidelines provided in the Respondus User Guide.

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What does a publishing company receive when it becomes a Respondus Publishing Partner?

Respondus Publishing Partners receive:

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How do you become a Respondus Publishing Partner?

If you have not already done so, submit the form located at www.respondus.com/partners/publishers.shtml. A Respondus representative will contact you within a few days to discuss your interest. If you choose to become a Respondus Publishing Partner, we will send you an e-mail containing the "Respondus Publishing Partner Agreement." Once you sign and return the agreement, you will promptly receive the partnership materials.

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Who do I contact at Respondus if I have additional questions?

If you have been provided the name of a contact person at Respondus, go to that person first. You can also send questions to pubpartner@respondus.com.

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