Respondus LockDown Browser Student Guide

What is Respondus LockDown Browser?

LockDown Browser is a locked browser for taking quizzes in Canvas. It prevents you from printing, copying, going to another URL, or accessing other applications during an assessment. If a Canvas quiz requires that LockDown Browser be used, you will not be able to take the quiz with a standard web browser.

Video Tutorial: How to Install Respondus LockDown Browser  

Video Tutorial: How to Take A Quiz with Respondus

LockDown Browser works like a standard internet browser but some options have been removed or work differently. The following image highlights some of these differences:

  1. Modified Toolbar: the condensed toolbar includes only Forward, Back, Refresh, and Stop functions.

  2. Assessment Mode: assessments are shown full-screen and cannot be minimized, resized, or exited until submitted for grading.

  3. Disabled Controls: all printing, keystroke combinations, screen grab, function keys, and right-click menus have been disabled.

  4. Links: links to other web servers do not compromise the secure testing environment.

  5. Blocked Features and Applications: the Start button (for Windows systems), system tray, and menu bars have been removed. Hundreds of screen capture, messaging, screen-sharing, and network monitoring applications are blocked.

How to Get Started

Installing LockDown Browser

You will need to follow this procedure for each and every device (Windows or Mac) you plan to use to take quizzes with Respondus LockDown Browser.

  1. Use the Stevens link to download and install LockDown Browser.

  2. Repeat for every device that will be used to take assessments.

Running a Systems Check

It is a good idea to run a systems check prior to taking a quiz (well beforehand if possible).

  1. Close all programs, unless one is to be used to connect you to the internet.

  2. Locate the “LockDown Browser” shortcut on the desktop and double-click it. (For Mac users, launch “LockDown Browser” from the Applications folder)

  3. If prompted to close a blocked program (e.g. screen capture, instant messaging, etc.) choose Kill Applications when prompted.

  4. Log into Canvas

  5. Click on theHelp Center” link to run the systems check

  6. Run the Webcam Check and, if necessary, resolve any issues.

  7. Run the System & Network Check. If a problem is indicated, see if a solution is provided in the Knowledge Base. Troubleshooting information can also be emailed to our institution's help desk.

Taking an Assessment

  1. Close all programs, unless one is to be used to connect you to the internet.

  2. Locate the “LockDown Browser” shortcut on the desktop and double-click it. (For Mac users, launch “LockDown Browser” from the Applications folder)

  3. If prompted to close a blocked program (e.g. screen capture, instant messaging, etc.) choose Kill Applications when prompted.

  4. Navigate to the appropriate Canvas course.

  5. Navigate to the quiz and select the Start Quiz link.

  6. Once a quiz has been started with LockDown Browser, you cannot exit until the Submit Answers button is clicked.

Do you have a question or an issue? Contact us using the Service Desk! 

Details

Article ID: 54752
Created
Thu 5/31/18 3:45 PM
Modified
Wed 2/3/21 2:35 PM