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Respondus Exam Software

Respondus allows you to create exams in a standard word proces sing program, which can then be quickly and easily published directly into Desire2Learn. Respondus may also be used for the creation of tests or quizzes directly in Respondus. It is a helpful tool when creating exams with large test banks, importing pre-existing exams in D2L, or importing test banks from publishers.

ETSU faculty may download and use the Respondus software for free. You may install the software on any computer you are using but may not share the software outside the university.

The software and instructions for downloading are available from Academic Technology Support. Download Respondus. You will be required to provide your ETSU username and password to access the information. You can contact Myra Jones ( , 9-8614) with specific questions.

Respondus LockDown Browser

Respondus LockDown Browser is a third party product from the Respondus company, which is used with testing in our Desire2Learn Course Management System. 

When a student uses Respondus LockDown Browser to take a test on D2L they are unable to print, copy, go to another website, or open other applications on their computer.  You also have the option to require that students use the Browser when viewing their assessment results and feedback, prohibiting the printing of those screens. 

Some of the things that Respondus LockDown Browser does:

  • Assessments are displayed in full screen and cannot be minimized
  • Assessments cannot be exited until submitted by the student
  • Print functions are disabled on the student's computer
  • Copying and pasting to and from an assessment is prohibited
  • Student is unable to access any right-click options
  • Function keys are disabled
  • Over 400 screen capture, messaging, screen-sharing, and network monitoring applications are blocked from running
  • Student cannot go out to external website while taking assessment
  • Assessment cannot be accessed from another browser, assessment must be taken in Respondus LockDown Browser

Using Respondus LockDown Browser in your D2L Course

  1. While making your assessment go to the Restrictions tab

  1. Scroll down to "Security Options"

  1. Check the box that says, "Required to take this quiz", this will require the student to be in Respondus LockDown Browser to access your Assessment.

  1. Check the box that says, "Required to view quiz feedback and results", if you want the student to have to be in Respondus LockDown Browser to view their quiz submission information.

If your students try to access your assessment in another browser they will see the following screen.  They will be unable to begin the assessment until they install the Respondus LockDown Browser and access the assessment using Respondus LockDown Browser.  The LockDown Browser is already installed on computers in the computer labs and ETSU libraries.

For more information or instructor help using Respondus LockDown Browser please contact Myra Jones at 423.439.8614 or

Students who are having difficulty using the Respondus LockDown Browser to take an exam should contact the Information Technology Services Help Desk at or 423.439.4648.

Scanning Services

If you have images or documents that you would like to include in your online or web-enhanced course we can scan those items for you and either provide them to you on a portable storage device, or we can even put them into your D2L site for you. ATS does not procure copyright permissions.

Streaming Media

Since January 2006, Academic Technology has operated a streaming media server for the ETSU community. It currently serves over 64 different campus units.

Materials submitted must conform to the university's goals, mission, and values, and comply with ETSU's acceptable use policy.

The media server is an excellent resource for online courses. Once we receive a video or audio file from an instructor and load it on the server, we send the link for accessing the file back to the instructor who then enters it into their online course. D2L's term for this is a "QuickLink". When students click on the link, the server then streams the audio or video content to their computer.

If you're interested in taking advantage of the media server, you can send us files by using the campus dropbox utility which you can launch by clicking here. The campus dropbox utility requires that you specify the recipient's email address. It's usually a good idea to send files to both Academic Technology Support ( ) and Daniel Gibson ( ).

Of course, we're always glad to have people drop by our office in the Sherrod Library, so feel free to come by and drop off your files on a CD or DVD.

The media server is a Windows server, which limits the types of files that it can work with. However, we understand that everyone can't typically send us files only in specific formats, so we commonly convert the files that we receive into the formats that the server will accept.

Most people send us audio files in .WMA, .WAV, or .MP3 format. The server wants to see audio files only in .WMA format, so we can convert the file into that format. Similarly, the server wants to see video files only in .WMV format, so if we receive .AVI or .MPG files, we can usually convert them as well.

Incidentally, many instructors use PowerPoint presentations in their classes, and they're very useful teaching tools. The server can't accept a typical PPT file, but we can convert either a narrated or un-narrated PowerPoint presentation into a video file that can be used in an online class, so this type of file can be used as well.

For people with Mac computers, you can usually access files on the media server with no difficulty by installing the Mac version of Windows Media Player.

Copyright Information

With virtual classrooms, D2L and all the technology at our disposal, it's easier than ever to copy and distribute materials. However, the question of what we are allowed to copy and share is not as easy to answer.Technology changes quickly and laws change slowly. How does a law that allows you to make one xerox copy of a handout translate to today's digital age of audio and video? It can be very hard to know.The Sherrod Library has set up a website with information, answers, and examples to help you understand what you can copy and how you can distribute it to your students.

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