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Respondus - Saas Setup

Step 1: Respondus license information

  • Before you get started, open up Blackboard
  • Navigate to the "Support" link at the top menu
  • Click on "Technical Support" tab
  • Scroll down to the "Respondus License Key"
  • Copy and paste the Institution Name, Local Support Contact, and Installation Password as you may need that if you need to get the update

Step 2: Turn off SmartScreen filter in Windows 10

  • Open Internet Explorer Image of Internet Explorer icon
    • Note: Don't be fooled by Microsoft Edge as the icon does not have a yellow halo around it. 
  • In Internet Explorer, click on the "Tools" icon.  It looks like a gear as shown in the following image (1). Click on "Safety" (2) Click on "Turn off SmartScreen Filters" (3) Image to show location of SmartScreen filters

Step 3: Clear Browser Cache from Internet Explorer

Step 4: Setup Respondus

  • Make sure you have Internet Explorer open before opening Respondus, as recommended by the vendor. 
  • Run Respondus application as an administrator
    • Search for Respondus in my Start Menu
    • Right-Click on Respondus
    • Select “Run as Administrator”

Step 5: Check for Respondus updates

  • Click on the “Help” from the top menu in Respondus
  • Click on “Check for Update”
    Image of update option
  • If it gets an update, it will prompt you with a Respondus License Key information which is found in Blackboard, Support link, Technical Support. You should have copied that information from Step 1.
  • Open up or create a new Respondus file
  • After you have opened or created the Respondus file
  • Click on the “Preview & Publish” tab (1)
  • Click on “Publish to Blackboard” (2)
  • Click on “Publish Wizard” (3)
    Image of Publish Wizard
  • Click on "Next"

  • On the next page, check "Yes, check for preconfigured server settings (1)
  • Click on the “Next” button (3)
    Image of add new server 
  • Choose to “add new server” (2)
  • Click on the drop-down menu (1)
  • The Publish Wizard dialog box opens up.
  • Enter a name such as Blackboard Saas (1)
  • Optional, don’t check that box if it is a shared computer (2)
  • Check the radio button to “Run connection test” (3)
  • Click on “Next” to continue (4)
    Image of server settings wizard
  • A Blackboard login page appears.
  • Click on the drop-down menu “Sign in with third party id” to expand the menu (1)
  • Click on the URL, https://fsulearn.ferris.edu (2)
    Image of Bb third party login
  • That will open up a MyFSU login page.
  • Enter your MyFSU username (1)
  • Enter your MyFSU password (2)
  • Click on the “Login” button (3)
    Image of MyFSU login
  • The Blackboard page opens, click on “Close after Login” button located on the top navigation.
    Image of Close After Login
  • The following dialog page should appear.
  • Choose a Course to publish to
  • Uncheck the box next to “Link Exam to Content Area and make available”
  • Click on “Next” and this should post the quiz in your course.
    Image of course settings