Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor

Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor (change from Respondus LockDown Browser)

What is Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor?

For Faculty: Respondus Lockdown Browser (LDB) is a secure browser for taking tests in Canvas. The lockdown browser is suited for taking tests in a proctored environment, such as in-class exams or in testing center. Respondus Monitor is a companion application for LockDown Browser that uses a student’s webcam to record them while they are taking a test. Once enabled, instructors can access the Respondus Monitor settings through the LockDown Browser Dashboard (available within Canvas). In order to take an exam using Lockdown Browser (and Monitor), students would need to install Lockdown Browser on their personal computers.

Respondus Lockdown Browser offers the following benefits:

  • Prevent students from copying and pasting exam contents
  • Prevent students from taking screen captures
  • Prevent students from printing the exam
  • Prevent students from accessing other applications or websites
  • Allows for linking to external content from within the exam (e.g. externally hosted photos/videos).
  • Allows for test results to be displayed in a secure manner

Respondus Monitor offers the following benefits:

  • Can serve as a deterrent to students using unauthorized testing aids
  • Records both audio and video, allowing instructors to monitor student behavior, or use for oral exams.
  • Instructors can request students to check ID and their surroundings.
  • Instructors can view results of exam sessions within Canvas
  • Respondus provides thumbnails taken at random intervals, enabling instructors to quickly scan for any suspicious behavior
  • If instructor spots suspicious behavior, they can watch the video and flag any suspicious activity.

Faculty can add the Respondus LDB and Monitor Dashboard to their course by:

  1. Clicking on Settings, then Navigation.
  2. Scrolling to the bottom of the page, they will see the LockDown Browser Drag that box to the top column, scroll to the bottom of the page, and hit Save. Alternatively, they can also click the three dots on the right side of the LockDown Browserbox, click on Enable, then scroll to the bottom of the page and hit Save.

Once that is done, instructors can then access the dashboard from the course navigation and designate the quizzes/exams that will require LockDown Browser/Monitor and make changes to those settings.

For Students: Respondus LockDown Browser is a secure browser used for taking online exams and quizzes within your Canvas course(s). Respondus Monitor allows you to take an exam with a webcam. They are not required for all quizzes, only those where the instructor specifically requires their use. If Lockdown Browser is required for your class, you will need to install it on your computer (if you haven’t already). If a Canvas quiz requires that Respondus LockDown Browser be used, the exam won’t be accessible with a standard web browser, you will need to have the Respondus Lockdown Browser installed.

Technical Specifications

  • Windows: 10, 8, 7
  • Mac: OS X 10.10 or higher
  • iOS: 10.0+ (iPad only). Must have a compatible LMS integration.
  • Web camera (internal or external) & microphone (if using Monitor)
  • A broadband internet connection

Note: Respondus LockDown Browser is not compatible with personal Chromebooks or mobile devices.

How to download/install Respondus Lockdown Browser

There are two ways to download the LockDown Browser software:

  • The Download Respondus Lockdown Browser link will appear when accessing a quiz that requires LockDown Browser. Students will only need to install the LockDown Browser once on their device. It can be installed more if they would like to confirm they have the latest version of the software. If using multiple devices (desktop, laptop, etc.), the LockDown browser will need to be installed on each.
  • Direct link to install Respondus Lockdown Browser on a personal computer:

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