Respondus LockDown Browser is an alternative web browser that may be used by students to take online quizzes and exams. Respondus LockDown Browser:
- Prevents students from accessing websites, email, or other materials or applications on their computer while taking an exam
- Secures an exam by preventing screen captures or printing of the exam by students
- Can be easily applied to any quiz or test by a faculty member in Brightspace
You can view more information on how Respondus LockDown Browser works by
viewing this helpful video.
- Who can use this software?
- Where can I find Quick Start Guides for Respondus LockDown Browser?
- How do I enable Respondus LockDown Browser for an exam in my course?
- What are the Respondus LockDown Browser system requirements?
- Does anything need to be installed on a computer for Respondus LockDown Browser to be used for an online exam?
- How will students use Respondus LockDown Browser to take their exams?
- How can I allow students to access specific external web domains during an exam?
- Can spreadsheets be used with Respondus LockDown Browser?
- Is Respondus LockDown Browser accessible to students with disabilities?
- Should students take a practice test?
- Can I use my computer on a wireless network to take an exam with Respondus LockDown Browser?
- Can an iPad be used with LockDown Browser?
- XULA is not one of the institutions listed in the LockDown Browser iPad app.
- Where can students find a computer with Respondus LockDown Browser installed on campus?
- I expected Respondus LockDown Browser to automatically launch when I clicked on the exam.
- Students receive an error message that they should notify their instructor to access the Respondus LockDown Browser Dashboard once in the new course in order to fix a problem.
- I need to close "Dell Dock", "Google Desktop" and "Skype."
- I want to adjust the font size while inside the Respondus LockDown Browser program.
- How can students view test results and feedback for a test where Respondus LockDown Browser is required?
- Is Respondus LockDown Browser training available?
- Where can I find additional information (FAQs) for Respondus LockDown Browser?
Students who are required to use the LockDown browser must have access to the software by either locating a computer with the LockDown Browser installed already, or student must download and install the LockDown Browser to their personal computer.
Additionally, viruses on the computer can affect Respondus LockDown Browser behavior. Always use antivirus software to keep your computer safe.
Does anything need to be installed on a computer for Respondus LockDown Browser to be used for an online exam?
Once installed, students MUST use their regular browser to log in to their course, start the exam, and then click on the Launch LockDown Browser link in order to take any exam which requires the use of LockDown Browser. If LockDown Browser was not installed before starting the exam, you can click on the link to install it from inside the exam instructions screen.
Students should also review the general online test taking guide before taking their first online exam.
Additionally, instructors should provide students with unlimited attempts to take a practice quiz. The practice quiz should be available for the entire semester. The practice quiz should have enough questions in it so that students can get an idea of what to expect when they take a test that requires Respondus LockDown Browser. Every student, even those who will be using a computer in Xavier's computer lab, should be required to take the practice quiz before their first test that requires the use of Respondus LockDown Browser.
The Mac version of LockDown Browser works with VoiceOver (the standard screen reader that comes with the Mac OS). LockDown Browser's functions and security remain the same when VoiceOver is used.
The Windows version of LockDown Browser (version 188.8.131.52 and newer) allows a student to use screen reader accessibility programs, such as JAWS and Windows-Eyes. However, the security level of LockDown Browser is lowered when screen readers are used. To address this, the instructor must enable a setting that permits specific students to use a screen reader application with LockDown Browser.
For more information on accessibility settings view this accessibility knowledgebase article.
Every student, even those who will be using a computer in Xavier's computer lab, should be required to take the practice test before their first test that requires the use of Respondus LockDown Browser/Respondus Monitor.
If you lose your Internet connection during the exam, it can lock up the browser and not allow you to save answers, move on to other questions, submit or exit the exam. Ethernet connections are the most stable connection to the Brightspace server. If you have a router, plugging directly into it when taking exams will reduce the chances of connection interruptions.
NOTE: You must login to your Brightspace course using a standard browser (e.g. Chrome or Safari), start the quiz, and then launch LockDown Browser from the quiz page.
You must do the following to take a test using an iPad:
- Use mobile Safari or Chrome to login to Brightspace.
- Navigate to your course, then quiz.
- On the quiz summary page, click on the "Launch LockDown Browser" button. if the LockDown Browser for iPad app has already been installed, our institution will automatically be detected, and LockDown Browser should open. If you haven't yet installed the app, you can find it in the Apple app store.
Students receive an error message that they should notify their instructor to access the Respondus LockDown Browser Dashboard once in the new course in order to fix a problem.
Solution: If the program indicated is not actually used on this computer, you can uninstall it from Start > Control Panel. To keep the program, change the program's settings so it does not run automatically when Windows starts up, or use Task Manager to stop the program before running Respondus LockDown Browser. Below are instructions for specific programs.
Dell Dock is a utility included with many Dell computers. Follow one of the steps below when encountering issues with the "Dell Dock" and Respondus LockDown Browser:
- If the program is not needed, uninstall the Dell Dock from Windows -> Start -> Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).
- Or, to block Dell Dock from running at startup:
- Press the 'Windows logo' key and the 'R' key simultaneously on the keyboard.
- Type "msconfig" (without quotes) in the box that comes up, and then press Enter.
- In the next box that comes up, navigate to the start-up tab, then un-check the box next to "delldock".
- Click "Apply" then "OK".
- Restart the computer.
- Or, to disable the utility from within Dell Dock, see: http://www.ehow.com/how_4773983_remove-dell-dock.html
Google Desktop is a utility that allows users to search files on the computer and to use a Sidebar gadget bar to display applets on top of other programs. Follow one of the steps below when encountering issues with Google Desktop and Respondus LockDown Browser:
- If the Google Desktop is not being used on the computer, the best option is to remove it from the system through Windows -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).
- Or, manually stop Google Desktop before starting LockDown Browser by starting Task Manager and using End Process to stop all Google processes.
Skype is a program that allows conferencing and phone calls over the internet. Follow one of the steps below when encountering issues with Skype and Respondus LockDown Browser:
- If Skype is not being used on the computer, the best option is to remove it from the system through Windows -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).
- Or, close any browsers that are open, since Skype will attach itself to those browsers. Then, manually stop Skype before starting LockDown Browser by starting Task Manager and using End Process to stop all Skype processes.
How can students view test results and feedback for a test where Respondus LockDown Browser is required?
Students can get help by viewing this introduction to Respondus LockDown Browser/Respondus Monitor video and/or Student Quick Start Guide. If students still have questions they should contact their instructor.