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Respondus LockDown Browser - Instructor



LockDown Browser

Respondus LockDown Browser is a special browser designed for online test security. It locks students into a test so that no other websites or applications can be accessed. You can set any deployed test to require the use of the Respondus Lockdown Browser. (See Deploying Tests)

  1. Go to Course Tools on the left side menu and select Respondus LockDown Browser
  2. The dashboard will display your deployed tests. Click the menu button to the left of the test name and choose Settings.
  3. Select the option for Require Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam.
  4. If you would like to enable webcam monitoring, jump to Respondus Monitor. Otherwise, click Save + Close.
  5. Return to the content area where the test is deployed. You will see that the phrase, "Requires Respondus LockDown Browser" has been appened to the test name. This indicates that the test has been successfully setup to require the LockDown Browser.

Important Note:

Enabling the LockDown Browser will add a random password to the test settings. Do not change the password, remove it, or provide it to students.

  • Removing or changing the password will break the settings, preventing students from accessing the test. Providing the password to students allows them to circumvent the LockDown Browser requirement.
  • Students will not be prompted for that password if they are using the LockDown Browser. If a student states that they are being asked for a password to access the test, it means they are not using the LockDown Browser.

Respondus Monitor

Monitor works in conjunction with the LockDown browser and provides webcam monitoring of a student's test session. The entire test session is recorded for instructor review. Using facial detection, Respondus Monitor will flag videos as higher priority if it detects that the student was out of the video frame.

To enable Respondus Monitor

  1. Once LockDown Browser is enabled for a test, Monitor Webcam Settings are displayed.
  2. Choose "Require Respondus Monitor for this exam".
  3. Additional options will then appear for pre-test checks to verify webcam functionality. It is recommended to leave those options selected.
  4. Respondus Monitor settings

Reviewing Recorded Attempts

To review a recording:

  1. Go to Course Tools on the left side menu and select Respondus LockDown Browser
  2. Click the arrow next to the name of the test you want to review and choose Class Results
  3. All completed attempts will be listed, ranked by Review Priority. Click the + button to the left of a student's name to review their session.
  4. To view the video recording, Flash Player needs to be allowed on the page. Click on the video and choose "Allow" when prompted to give permission to run Flash.