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Respondus - Migrate Exams, Tests, Quizzes, and Surveys from Chalk to Canvas

This article explains how an instructor can use Respondus to download exams, tests, quizzes, and surveys from Chalk and upload them to Canvas.

For instructions on how to download and install Respondus, see the article Installing Respondus.

Respondus Overview

Respondus is a tool for creating, migrating, and publishing exams, tests, and quizzes across different learning management systems such as Chalk and Canvas. Respondus supports up to fifteen different types of question.

If you are unable to directly export or import exams in batches from Chalk to Canvas, for example, if your exams are too large, you can use Respondus to download from one system and upload them to the other one at a time.

Migrating tests, surveys, and other items from Chalk to Canvas consists of two steps:

  1. Use Respondus to download the tests from Chalk.
  2. Use Respondus to upload the downloaded tests into Canvas.

Download Your Tests and Surveys from Chalk

  1. Open Respondus.
    Start and Open Respondus file

  2. If you are a first-time user:
    1. Provide your Institution Name, Local Support Contact, and the Installation Password. You can find this information in the file ReadMe-LicenseInfo.txt located in the University of Chicago Software > Respondus Installation Program folder in UChicago Box.
      Campus-wide Respondus License Form
    2. You will see a message about the Respondus newsletter. Unless you wish to follow the newsletter, click Close.
      Respondus Newsletter Offer

    3. At the LMS Personality prompt, select Blackboard 7.x - 9.x and click OK.
      L M S Personality Prompt
  3. When Respondus launches, select the Retrieval & Reports tab.
    Respondus launch Tab

  4. Click Retrieve Questions.
    Retrieval and Reports Tab

  5. If you have not already set up a server:
    1. Select - add new server - from the Blackboard Server drop-down menu.
      Retrieve Questions Wizard for Blackboard Server

    2. Select No, I want to enter the server settings manually and click Next.
      Manual Server Settings Checkbox

    3. Complete the form as prompted:
      1. For 1., log in to Chalk with your CNetID and password. Copy and paste the URL of the landing page from your browser.
      2. For 2., go to one of the courses you are an instructor. Copy and paste the URL for the main page of your course from your browser.
      3. For 3., click Extract>>.
      4. For Description, provide a name like Chalk Server. Enter your CNetID and password. Leave the Remember my User Name and Password box unchecked. Click OK.
      5. <big>Blackboard Server and Course Form</big>
  6. For Blackboard Server, select your server and click Next. If prompted, enter your CNetID and password.
    Blackboard Server and Settings Form

  7. Select your course and the quiz you want to download, enter the name of the quiz, and click Next.
    Note: You can only select courses and exams for which you have instructor access.
    Course and Exam Selection Form

  8. When Respondus finishes retrieving the questions, click OK at the "File Saved." message.
    Respondus File Saved Popup

  9. Click Finish.
    Retrieve Questions Wizard Finish Screen
    Note: If you have more than one test, exam, or other items you want to migrate to Canvas, it is probably faster to download all of them from Chalk first, then upload all of them to Canvas, instead of downloading and uploading each test in succession.

Upload your Tests and Surveys to Canvas

  1. Click the Start tab.
    Respondus Launch Tab

  2. At Current Personality, select Instructure Canvas.
    Change Current Personality Dropbox

  3. Click Open to open a Respondus file.
    Respondus Open or Create Section on Start Tab

  4. Select the item you want to upload and click Open.
    Open Respondus File Tab

  5. Click OK to convert the file to the current LMS personality.
    Respondus File Conversion Prompt

  6. Type a name for the file and click Save As New File >>.
    L M S Personality Conversion Save File Tab
    Note: Be sure to use a descriptive file name so that it is easy to identify the test later and differentiate it from other course items.
  7. If you do not wish to edit your quiz, click the Preview & Publish tab.
    Mutliple Choice Section in Respondus Edit Tab

  8. Click Preview the file to check the document.
    Preview Section in Preview and Publish Tab

  9. When you are finsished reviewing the document, close the preview and click Publish to Canvas.
    Preview Section in Preview and Publish Tab

  10. Click Publish Wizard.
    Publish to Canvas Section in Preview and Publish Tab

  11. Select Publish to single course.
  12. If you have not already set up a server:
    1. Select - add new server - from the Canvas Server drop-down menu.
      Publish Wizard Server Selection

    2. Select No, I want to enter the server settings manually and click Next.
      Manual Server Settings Checkbox

    3. Complete the form as prompted:
      1. For 1., log in to Canvas with your CNetID and password. Copy and paste the URL of the landing page from your browser.
      2. For 2., go to one of the courses you are an instructor. Copy and paste the URL for the main page of your course from your browser.
      3. For 3., click Extract>>.
      4. For Description, provide a name like Canvas Server. Enter your CNetID and password. Leave the Remember my User Name and Password box unchecked. Click OK.
      5. Instructure Canvas Server Settings Form
  13. Select your server and click Next.
    Publish Wizard Server Selection Tab

  14. When prompted, log in to Canvas with your CNetID and password.
    UChicago Canvas Login Page

  15. Click Authorize to allow Respondus to access your Canvas courses.
    Respondus Quiz Builder Authorization Page

  16. Select the assessment type and any other options and click Next.
    Publish Wizard Assessment Type Selection Page

  17. Select the Canvas course into which you want to import the test. Then click Next.
    Publish Wizard Canvas Course Selection Page

  18. When the status window updates to "Publish Completed Successfully", click Finish.
    Publish Wizard Status Window Page

  19. Go to your course on Canvas to verify that the file has successfully migrated. Tests should appear under Quizzes on your Canvas course page.

See Also

Respondus - Installing Respondus




Keywords:lms, learning_management_system   Doc ID:68928
Owner:Cecilia L.Group:University of Chicago
Created:2016-11-21 16:04 CDTUpdated:2017-05-22 09:46 CDT
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