Best Practices for Respondus Lockdown Browser

Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within a learning management system. It is used by instructors to ensure the integrity of student exams. We want to ensure that students have a seamless experience when taking exams using Respondus LockDown Browser, so below you will find the best practices for using Respondus Lockdown Browser as a student.


Download Respondus Lockdown Browser

You must use the OU specific version of Respondus Lockdown Browser. Download it here.


Keep both your device and Respondus Lockdown Browser updated

You must keep both your device and Respondus Lockdown Browser updated for a successful exam environment. Not keeping up with updates can jeopardize your exam experience and leave you vulnerable to security issues.

How to update Windows devices

How to update Mac laptop/desktop

How to update iPads

How to update Respondus Lockdown Browser on laptop/desktop

How to manually update apps on iPad


Use the best wifi connection

When using Wifi on campus, please ensure that you are connecting to WIFI@OU and not the Guest Wireless.

How to connect to WIFI@OU


Taking an exam in Respondus Lockdown Browser

Turn off your device notifications and disable sleep before you take an exam. Both of these can interfere with your exam experience with Respondus Lockdown Browser.

If using a laptop, turn off the trackpad gestures.

Where to find trackpad settings on Windows devices.

Where to find trackpad settings on Apple devices.

From D2L: Navigate to the exam in your regular browser and click Launch Lockdown Browser.

Canvas has two exam engines: Canvas Classic Quizzes and Canvas New Quizzes. To determine which one you're taking, please reference the graphic below.

A picture of the icons for Canvas Quizzes. The Canvas Classic Quiz icon is a white rocket with a green outline. The Canvas New Quiz icon is a solid green rocket.

1) For Canvas Classic Quizzes (white rocket with green outline): Launch Respondus Lockdown Browser, scroll down the landing page, and click the Canvas link. You will then log into Canvas within Respondus Lockdown Browser and navigate to the exam.

2) For Canvas New Quizzes (solid green rocket): Navigate to the exam in your regular browser and launch Lockdown Browser.


Save your answers frequently!


Respondus Technical Support:

If Respondus Lockdown Browser freezes, there is very little you can do other than give your device a hard restart. Immediately notify your instructor you are having an issue. If you are still within the time allotted for the exam you should be able to enter after restarting your device without issue as long as you have not submitted your exam.

Please note that while OU IT can provide general support regarding setting up Respondus LockDown Browser, questions beyond the initial technical setup of Respondus LDB should be handled by Respondus Support directly.

  1. Respondus Support is available here:
  2. A support ticket to Respondus can be submitted here
  3. Respondus Email Support is available through

For more information about Respondus, please visit this article.

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