Respondus and StudyMate Author Software

Faculty can use Respondus to build an archive of questions that can be reused, shared and exported in many formats. StudyMate lets you create ten Flash-based activities and games using three simple templates.

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Respondus and StudyMate Author Licenses are available to faculty associated with the MSU system (Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern). Instructors who wish to use the Respondus and/or StudyMate software must download and run the software installation file(s) to install it on their local machine.

To install Respondus and/or StudyMate select the link directly below:

Respondus and StudyMate installation guide - authenticate using NetID and NetID password combination

The link will open in a new page or tab dependent upon your setup. After selecting the link you will be required to authenticate - use your NetID and NetID password.

Read the "Respondus and StudyMate Installation Guide" which provides the information and links to the software necessary to install Respondus and/or StudyMate on your local machine.

Keep the Institution name, Local Support Contact(s), and Installation Password information at hand as it will be used during the licensing process.

Select the installation file link(s):

"Respondus installation file" is for installing Respondus software. "StudyMate installation file" is for installing the StudyMate software. Download the file(s) to your computer and follow the prompts to install the software.

Annual requirement for a new password:

The Respondus/StudyMate Campus licenses are renewed on an annual basis. You may be prompted for a new "activation password" when trying to use a version of Respondus/StudyMate that was installed during a prior timeframe. When prompted that your license has expired, enter this area again and use the "Installation Password:" listed in the installation guide. This information is typically updated during the summer when the campus license is renewed.

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About Respondus

Faculty can use Respondus to build an archive of questions that can be reused, shared and exported in many formats.

Used properly it is a solid tool for creating and managing question and answer formats that can be printed to paper or published directly to D2L. Exams, surveys, self-assessments can be created on a local computer (not connected to the internet) and Respondus behaves/looks like a regular document generating software product in a regular Windows environment. With some tweaking, questions that a faculty member has written in MS Word, Rich Text Format, or created in a text file can be imported to Respondus for upload into D2L.

Respondus Test Bank Network:

Respondus Test Bank Network gives access to online exams and learning activities from official publisher test banks.

MSU-Bozeman tutorial on Test Bank Network - go here

Respondus Updates:

Check for  Respondus updates by following these steps:

  • Start Respondus 4.0
  • Select "Help" from the menu bar
  • Click "Check for Update"
  • Click "Get Update"
  • Upon exiting the Respondus software, the update will automatically be applied

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About StudyMate Author 2.5

StudyMate lets you create ten Flash-based activities and games using three simple templates. StudyMate will import items from MS Word files and publisher test banks, making it easy to create interesting, interactive activities from existing content. Faculty don't have to know Flash programming or HTML to use StudyMate but there is a learning curve attached.

Three simple templates for entering content, such as facts (from a lecture), glossary terms (from a textbook), or multiple choice questions. Several activities parallel each template, with 11 different activities in all: Fact Cards, Fact Cards Plus, Flash Cards, Pick a Letter, Fill in the Blank, Glossary, Matching, Crosswords, Quiz, Challenge, and Show All.

StudyMate Author doesn’t offer publish option for uploading Flash activities directly to a D2L course, but they can be uploaded manually using certain steps.

StudyMate Author Updates:

Check for StudyMate Author updates by following these steps:

  • Start StudyMate Author
  • Select "Help" from the menu bar
  • Click "Check for Update"
  • Click "Get Update"
  • Upon exiting the StudyMate Author software, the update will automatically be applied

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Support Documents:

Respondus 4.0 Quick Start Guide
Respondus 4.0 User Guide

StudyMate Author 2.5 Quick Start Guide
StudyMate Author 2.5 User Guide

For the most up to date videos: Respondus 4.0 Videos

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Mac (Apple) not supported:

Note that Respondus and StudyMate Author are for PC based systems only - Mac is not supported.

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