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Respondus 4.0 - Troubleshooting Tips
Problems Uploading (Publishing) to Blackboard Learn Original
You will see this Respondus message box when you start to publish a test - this is not an error message!
Keep Respondus 4.0 up-to-date to avoid the majority of issues
- Open Respondus.
- Click Help > Check For Update > Get Update.
- Follow the prompts displayed until you see a message that you have the latest version available.
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- If "Check For Update" says no updates are needed, download the latest update directly from Respondus. Choose the Campus-wide Version patch link to download/install the correct patch version.
Common Warning Messages
"duplicate question" warnings can almost always be ignored. Respondus reads the first few words of each question to create a question title. If you have multiple questions that begin with the same words, such as "Which of the following . . ." Respondus flags these questions as duplicates.
A "missing answer" or "unreadable" warning cannot be ignored. There is a formatting issue in your Word document, OR you neglected to mark the correct answer for the question. The most common issues are:
- You have question types other than Multiple Choice or True/False, but they are not marked with the required "Type" code - Respondus does not know how to handle the question (Example: Type MA for multiple answer questions; Type E for Essay questions, etc.). The Type code must be placed in a line by itself above the question number for all question types other than Multiple Choice or True/False.
There is a heading or description in your test in the Word document. Respondus cannot read these - they should be deleted.
There is a table or chart in your test, bullets or numbering, or other formatting Respondus can't understand - these should be deleted in the Word document. This formatting can be added to your questions in Blackboard Learn Original after uploading them.
There is a missing 'return' (blank line) - Respondus cannot tell where a new question begins.
There is a missing 'correct answer' or too many answers are marked correct depending on the question type.
There is a missing period after the question number or answer choice indicator (Example: 3 Question, or B Example answer).
There is an extra space between the asterisk (*) and the answer choice indicator (Example: * B. Note the extra space in this example).