KICK THE TIRES
November 10, 2015
Not that long ago instructional technologists could “kick the tires” of software applications without much effort.
Today, the piloting of software can be laden with institutional policies like “funding must be secured before piloting” or “pilots can’t end in the middle of a term.” Then comes the 100-page RFP, legal review, accessibility testing, security analysis, liability insurance — all of which must be navigated with the software vendor. Somewhere during this Everest-like climb you find yourself asking, “Can someone remind me what this software actually does?”
We hear you. [Read more]
ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE: 10 POINTS FOR CHEATING
September 22, 2015
When you hear the words “anecdotal evidence” do you think someone is trying to turn a single data point into a theory? We share your skepticism.
But hear us out on this, because this is something we keep hearing from customers. Put simply: when students take online exams in non-proctored environments (e.g. at home) using a standard browser, their average score is 10 percentage points higher than when LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor are used with the exam. For instance, if the class average for a non-proctored online exam is 85%, the score will drop to [Read more]
A NETWORK OF 7,000 PUBLISHER TEST BANKS
September 10, 2015
The name we gave to the “Respondus Test Bank Network” is, admittedly, a bit staid. Our marketing team has wanted to rebrand it for years – something more clever and modern.
But the basic definition of a “network” – a system of interconnected things that leverages its resources – is precisely what the Respondus Test Bank Network represents. It brings together 30 educational publishers, 7,000 test banks, 7 Learning Management Systems, and faculty from over 1,500 universities [Read more]
A NEW LOCKDOWN BROWSER (ie. IT’S NOT IE)
August 13, 2015
For the past 10 years the Windows version of LockDown Browser relied on Internet Explorer as its underlying engine. Nearly 100 million online exams have been taken with this version of the browser, so it’s served us well.
But we aren’t a nostalgic bunch at Respondus. When we saw that a better browser experience could be created with Chromium – the open source framework for Google Chrome — we decided to make the jump. [Read more]