Respondus LockDown Browser

Respondus LockDown Browser™ is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard. It prevents students from accessing an exam within a regular browser. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. When an assessment is started, students are locked into it until they submit it for grading.

For technical support, contact CLEAR's Blackboard and Canvas Faculty Helpdesk. Students who encounter problems taking a test with LockDown Browser should immediately contact their instructor or instructor-assigned proctor. 

Email: clearhelp@unt.edu
Phone: 940-369-7394

Click on the options below to learn how Respondus LockDown Browser is used within Blackboard Learn and Canvas!

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Getting Started

Before setting up an exam in Blackboard Learn to require Respondus LockDown Browser (LDB), be sure that it is installed on the machines in the computer-based testing facility that you plan to use. Respondus LockDown Browser (LDB) is installed on the 160 machines in the Sage Hall Testing Center (http://it.unt.edu/test). You can find more information about the testing center and make a reservation for your class to take an exam there at http://it.unt.edu/test.  

When completing the reservation form for the exam, you must enter Respondus LockDown Browser within the Software Restrictions and/or Requests blank.

Enabling the LockDown Browser Building Block in Blackboard

If LockDown Browser does not appear in your course toolset, follow the instructions below to make it available:

  1. Log in to your course and expand the Control Panel.
  2.  Expand the Customization menu and click Tool Availability.
  3.  Click the Available checkbox beside the Respondus LockDown Browser row.
  4.  Click Submit to enable the Building Block for your course.

Configuring an Exam to Use LockDown Browser

To set up a test in Blackboard that requires students to use Respondus LockDown Browser, follow these steps:

  1.  Make sure the test has been deployed in the Blackboard course.
  2.  From the Control Panel in Blackboard, locate the Course Tools section and select the link Respondus LockDown Browser.
  3.  A list of deployed tests will be displayed.
  4.  Tests labeled with “Required” require students to use LockDown Browser
  5. Tests labeled with “Not Required” don’t require LockDown Browser
  6. To change the settings for the test, select "Modify Settings" from the context menu to the left of the test title and select the desired option. (Optionally you may enter a test password that students must enter to start the test. The Respondus LockDown Browser will prompt students to enter the instructor-provided password before proceeding with the test.)
  7. You may also enter an optional exit password that can be used to close the LockDown Browser during a test.
  8. Click Save and Close to apply settings.

Respondus LockDown Browser Passwords

Respondus LockDown Browser within Blackboard Learn relies on its “password” feature for Blackboard tests. Please note the following details:

  1. The Respondus LockDown Browser Building Block publishes a special password to the “password” field in “Test Options” for the Blackboard test. This special password, which is used by Respondus LockDown Browser, should not be edited by the instructor. Editing this password will prevent the test from working within LockDown Browser.modify settings page in respondus lockdown browser
  2. If the instructor wants students to enter a password before a test is started in Respondus LockDown Browser, the password must be entered in "Modify Settings" as outlined in the “Configuring an Exam” instructions described above.
  3. Do not change the name of the test within Blackboard once it has been set up for use with Respondus LockDown Browser.

Tip: If students indicate that they are unable to access a test because they are being prompted for a password (or that the password provided to them doesn’t work), it usually indicates that they are trying to access the test with a standard browser instead of Respondus LockDown Browser.

Guides, Manuals, and Tutorials for Blackboard

Respondus Monitor in Blackboard

Respondus Monitor is a webcam feature for LockDown Browser that records students during their exam. By using Respondus Monitor, instructors can require a student to use a webcam and microphone with LockDown Browser. After the student has completed the exam, an instructor can review the details of the exam and watch the recorded videos.

Enabling Respondus Monitor for an Exam

If you choose to use Respondus Monitor, additional settings will appear in the LockDown Browser Dashboard. To require all students to use a webcam during the exam, select "Require Respondus Monitor for this exam."

Tip: To ensure your first exam using Respondus Monitor runs smoothly, have students take an ungraded practice quiz that requires the use of LockDown Browser and a webcam before taking a graded exam.

Reviewing Webcam Videos

To review student videos:

  1. Return to the Blackboard Control Panel, select “Course Tools,” then “Respondus LockDown Browser.”
  2. Select the drop-down arrow to the left of the exam title, then select “Video Review.”
  3. A class roster will be shown, along with the date, time, duration of the test, and grade (if applicable).
  4. You may then click the “+” to the left of the student’s name to review the exam details.

Accessibility

The Mac and the iPad version of LockDown Browser work with VoiceOver (the standard screen reader that comes with the Mac OS and iOS) and requires no additional effort by the user. The Windows version of LockDown Browser requires the user to change the shortcut name (i.e. a command line flag) in order to enable the accessibility features at startup.

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Getting Started

To set up a quiz in Canvas that requires students to use LockDown Browser, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure the quiz has been created in the Canvas course.
  2. From the Course Navigation in Canvas, select LockDown Browser.
  3. A list of quizzes in the course will be displayed. Quizzes labeled with “Required” require students to use LockDown Browser. Quizzes labeled with “Not Required” do not require students to use LockDown Browser.
  4. To change the settings, select "Modify Settings" from the context menu to the left of the quiz title and select the desired option. You may additionally require that LockDown Browser be used to view quiz feedback and results. Optionally you may create an access code that students must enter to start the quiz. LockDown Browser will prompt students to enter the instructor-provided code before proceeding with the quiz.

Guides, Manuals, and Tutorials for Canvas

Respondus Monitor Feature in Canvas

Respondus Monitor is a webcam feature for LockDown Browser that records students during their exam. By using Respondus Monitor, instructors can require students to use a webcam and microphone with LockDown Browser. After the student has completed the exam, an instructor can review the details of the exam and watch the recorded videos.

Enabling Respondus Monitor for an Exam

If you choose to use Respondus Monitor, additional settings will appear in the LockDown Browser Dashboard. To require all students use a webcam during the exam, select “Require Respondus Monitor for this exam.”

Tip: To ensure your first exam using Respondus Monitor runs smoothly, have students take an ungraded practice quiz that requires the use of LockDown Browser and a webcam before taking a graded exam.

Reviewing Webcam videos

If students were required to use Respondus Monitor, instructors can access information about the exam sessions and review the recorded videos.

  1. Return to Canvas and select "Lockdown Browser" from the left-hand navigation bar.
  2. Select the drop-down arrow to the left of the exam title, then select Video Review.
  3. A class roster will be shown, along with the date, time, duration of the test, and grade (if applicable).
  4. You may then click the "+" to the left of the student's name to review the exam details.