Respondus LockDown Browser & Monitor

Quicklinks for Instructors

Student Guides

Things to remember before choosing to use Respondus tools

  • Assess if all of your students have access to a webcam: Instructors who want to use the LockDown Browser in with Respondus Monitor should check with their students to ensure that each student has a webcam. Without a webcam, Respondus Monitor settings will not work, and students will be unable to open or take any quizzes with Monitor settings enabled.
  • Consider creating a practice quiz for students to test out the Respondus systems: Creating a practice quiz with LockDown Browser and/or Monitor settings enabled allows students the opportunity to download the software in advance. This gives them a sense of what to expect on the day of their actual quiz.
  • Consider accessibility and assistive technology needs for your students:  Remember to consider the accessibility needs of your students and review the accessibility guide for LockDown Browser or Monitor for any students with accommodations.
  • Chromebook: If your student has a Chromebook then you need to contact eLearning for options.

What does Respondus LockDown Browser do?

  • Assessments are displayed full-screen and cannot be minimized or exited until the student submits it for grading
  • Removes the web browser menu and toolbar options, except for Back, Forward, Refresh and Stop
  • Prevents access to other applications including messaging, screen-sharing, virtual machines, and remote desktops
  • Disables printing and screen capture functions
  • Prevents copying and pasting anything to or from an assessment
  • Disables right-click menu options, function keys, keyboard shortcuts and task switching
  • Assessments that are set up for use with LockDown Browser cannot be accessed with other browsers

What does Respondus Monitor do?

  • All Lockdown Browser capabilities
  • Uses a student’s webcam to record and analyze student exam sessions
  • It can require students to show ID, do an Environment Check, and/or facial detection before and during the exam
  • Exams can be taken without advanced scheduling and without additional registration by the student
  • Flag instances of behaviors such as a student leaving the room, someone entering the room, and looking down at a book or a table, for the instructor to review. Once the exam session is complete, instructors are able to view flagged segments.