Retrieve a Quiz from D2L

Respondus allows for the retrieval of a quiz or question library from D2L so that it can be modified in Respondus, published to another course, or archived.

If you have not installed Respondus 4.0 Campuswide see Installing or Updating Respondus 4.0 & StudyMate Author.

Retrieving a Quiz from D2L

Respondus allows the retrieval of quizzes from a D2L course.

  1. To begin, go to the Retrieval tab in Respondus. Click on the Retrieve Questions button.
    Identifies the Retrieval tab and the Retrieve Questions button.
  2. Select the server that you have previously configured.
    Shows the server selector.

    If there is no server created yet, follow steps A-D. Otherwise, skip this section.
    1.  Select -add new server- from the dropdown menu.
       Shows 'add new server' selection
    2. Respondus may be preconfiqured to connect to D2L. Select "Yes, check for preconfigured server settings." Click Next.
      Displays selection for preconfiured server settings
    3. Enter a name for the server, your LSC system username, and your Respondus password. See Installing or Updating Respondus 4.0 & StudyMate Author if you do not have the Respondus/D2L password. If Respondus is installed on your computer, and not used by others, you may check "Save my User Name and Password."  Choose whether to Run or Skip the connection test. Click Next.
      Server Login Settings
    4. Click Finish.
      Displays completed server setup
  3. Click Next to begin the connection to the server.
     NOTE: If the connection fails, contact VTAC Chat through the VTAC Support link in D2L or email vtac@lonestar.edu.
  4. Select the Course that contains your questions.
    Shows course list.
  5. Choose the specific quiz, survey, self assessment or question library section you want to retrieve.
    Shows Assessment Type options.
  6. Enter a name for the quiz or question library.
    Shows the name field.
  7. Click the Next button.
    NOTE: The retrieval process will take between 15 seconds and several minutes, depending on several factors: the speed of your connection, the load on the server, the size of the media elements that are being retrieved, and so forth.
    You will know that the retrieval is successful by the statement “Completed successfully” that appears in the status box.


When a file is being retrieved, Respondus will detect if media objects are associated with it and will automatically download these objects if they are stored within your D2L course. (Respondus does NOT attempt to download media elements if they are stored on a different server (linked).)

NOTE: If Respondus cannot retrieve the questions, check to see if they are located in the quiz in a section (folder). Questions must be at the root level of the quiz to be retrieved by Respondus.
Contact your on-campus Instructional Technologist /Designer for help if you still have trouble. The questions can be previewed, then copied and pasted into a text file and edited for import.


If you created and uploaded math symbols or equations to D2L using Respondus, see Respondus 4.0 Guides & Videos to download the full Guide for details.