Respondus 4 - How to Install Respondus

Learn how to install and setup Respondus 4.


To use Respondus 4, it must be installed on your computer. After installation, Respondus 4 will provide a Purchase ID. The business unit purchasing the software (your department, your IT support or yourself) will need the Purchase ID so Respondus will work on your computer. After installation, some minor settings should be set to ensure Respondus 4 works as expected.

Getting Respondus 4

Respondus 4 must be downloaded from the Respondus website, and installed on your computer. Once it is installed,
  • First, download the installation program.
  • Second, install the application
    • Find the installation file that was downloaded to your hard drive (eg. Respondus4.exe)
    • Double-click the file, and follow the on-screen instructions.
Once Respondus 4 is installed, the product must be purchased and registered.

How to Start or Launch Respondus 4

Do one of the following:
  1. Double-click the Respondus 4 icon on your desktop
  2. (For older versions of Windows) Click the Start Menu, then click Programs, then look for the Respondus folder. Then click the Respondus 4 icon.
  3. (For newer versions of Windows) Click the Windows icon, Then click Search. Type "Respondus". Once the Respondus icon appears, click it to launch.

Purchasing and Activating Respondus 4

Until Respondus 4 is registered, you will be presented with a screen that provides the Product ID#. The Product ID# is used to obtain the Activation Password which is needed to activate the software on your computer.

NOTE: If you are not purchasing Respondus 4, these instructions should be shared with the business unit or person making the purchase so they understand the activation process.

To obtain an Activation Password from Respondus, do the following:

  • Note the “Product ID#”.
  • Go to the Respondus Download page to purchase Respondus, or get a 30-day trial. 
    • A valid UWM email address is required.
    • The Product ID# will be needed for a 30-day trial, or to complete a purchase.
    • The Activation Password will be sent via email.
  • Enter the Activation Password into Respondus 4. 
Do you need assistance completing the registration or installation process? Contact Respondus Support.

Choose a Personality

Once Respondus 4 is activated, you are prompted to select a Learning management system (LMS) “personality.” Respondus 4 offers various user environments (called “personalities”) that parallel the features and terminology used by specific learning management systems, such as Blackboard, eCollege and Desire2Learn. You can change the “personality” at any time in Respondus 4 from the Start menu. 

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Owner:David D.Group:UW-Milwaukee Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Created:2016-09-29 12:55 CDTUpdated:2016-10-10 13:54 CDT
Sites:UW-Milwaukee Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
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