Respondus LockDown Browser & Monitor

Chromebook Access

Respondus LockDown Browser is available now on Chromebooks. Under the settings for LockDown, make sure you check the box to allow Chromebook and iPad access.

If you are using (or thinking of using) LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor for remote exams, these resources will be helpful:

1) Rapid Rollout Guide for Instructors – Here is the essential information for using Respondus Monitor with online exams: 

2) Frequent Training Webinars with Live Q&A – These free, 45-minute trainings are the best way for instructors to learn how to use Respondus Monitor for online proctoring. Each session is followed by an extended Q/A period where questions are answered live. Register:

3) Practice Quiz – Require students to take a practice quiz with Respondus Monitor to ensure their computer, webcam and internet are working properly. Allow more than one attempt on the quiz, so students can try it whenever their device or networking environment changes.

4) 24/7 Live Chat – Remember, students can access built-in troubleshooting and live chat from within Respondus Monitor if they encounter a technical problem. You can find more resources for students, including how to access Live Chat, here:

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.