August 9

SIG Webinar Handouts & Presentations

SIG Learning Spaces and Instructional TechnologyD2L Brightspace: Free “Getting Started” webinars, presented to you by SIG members, offer a variety of topics. Click here to register for upcoming SIG webinars! Some of the upcoming events are listed below:


  • Introduction and Overview of D2L BrightspaceAugust 15, August 17, August 18
  • Organize Your ContentAugust 23, August 25
  • Using Respondus Quiz ToolAugust 11, August 30
  • D2L Brightspace Quiz ToolAugust 10, August 12,
  • Announcements (formerly News), Classlist and EmailAugust 23, August 24
  • D2L Brightspace Discussion Board ToolAugust 22, August 25
  • Points Based/ Weighted GradebookAugust 25, August 30
  • D2L Brightspace Assignments Tool (formerly Dropbox)August 11, August 30
  • Groups in D2L BrightspaceAugust 30, August 31
  • D2L Brightspace Rubric ToolAugust 23
  • Creating a Community: Using Brightspace to Welcome StudentsAugust 31


In case you cannot attend one of the webinars offered at those dates, here is a folder with resources and handouts from the presentations.

August 9


Respondus 4.0 News can be found here.

Instructors use Respondus 4.0 because it saves them time preparing online tests. Lots of time. Here are just five ways Respondus 4.0 accomplishes that.

1. Import Wizard
The feature with the greatest time-saving potential is the Import Wizard. Questions for an entire exam can be imported with Respondus 4.0 in minutes. For example, an exam already in MS Word format can be imported with images, equations, tables, and most types of formatting. This article explains how it works: Importing Questions from MS Word with Respondus 4

2. Respondus Test Bank Network
Publisher test banks typically include thousands of questions for a textbook, but using the questions to create online exams can be cumbersome — unless you use Respondus 4.0. Over 25 of the leading textbook publishers in higher education make their test banks available from the Respondus Test Bank Network. These ready-to-use questions make creating an online exam a breeze with Respondus 4.0. Learn more by watching this video: Using Publisher Test Banks with Respondus 4.0

3. Publish Wizard
The Publish Wizard is part of the “magic” of Respondus 4.0. Once an exam is created, it takes less than a minute to publish an assessment to one or more courses in a Learning Management System. When an institution has a campus-wide license, administrators can input “preconfigured server settings” so instructors only have to enter their user name and password for the LMS. This video shows how it can be set up: Using Preconfigured Server Settings

4. Moving Exams Between Learning Systems
Respondus 4.0 makes it easy to move exams from one learning system to another. This is useful when more than one LMS is used at an institution, or when an instructor moves to an institution using a different learning system.  Simply “retrieve” the original exam using Respondus 4.0 and then “publish” it to the new system. The entire process takes just a few minutes, as shown in this video: Moving Assessments Between Two Learning Systems

5. Working Offline
Sure, you usually have access to an Internet connection. But when you don’t, it’s nice to be able to get work done with Respondus 4.0 because most tasks can be done offline. The client-based interface for Respondus 4.0 is also faster than web-based applications because you don’t have to wait for web pages to load.

A few minutes here, a few hours there … it all adds up to tremendous time savings with Respondus 4.0. You won’t find a faster way to create online test.

(This post taken from Blog.)