Respondus LockDown Browser, or simply LockDown Browser, is a special web browser that allows you to block cheating while students take their online exam. This solid program developed by Respondus does exactly what its name implies and locks down your browser usage . It disables copying, printing, accessing other programs, and visiting other websites when your test is not yet finished. Restrictions will only be removed after you submit your grades for grading.
What is Respondus Lockdown Browser?
Respondus Lockdown Browser is a tool that allows students to take exams in a managed environment on their own device. Below are some tips for downloading and using Respondus Lockdown Browser for your course.
Taking a Quiz or Exam in Respondus Lockdown Browser
Please be sure you have downloaded Respondus Lockdown Browser and are on a compatible device with a stable internet connection. Once you’re ready to take the exam, follow the instructions below:
1. Close all programs, unless one is 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, either close a blocked program (e.g. screen capture, instant messaging) by choosing Yes. Or, close LockDown Browser and close the blocked program before restarting.
4. A pop-up for “Choose Server” (pictured below) will appear that says “More than one e-learning system is used at your institution. Please select the appropriate system from the list below.” If you are at UNT Denton must choose “UNT Denton Canvas”. If you are at another institution, select the appropriate option. Then, click “Continue”
Focus on answering
This scanner is designed to override digital cheating attempts when your exams need to be online. First, your window will be displayed in full screen and cannot be minimized until you’re done, forcing you to focus only on your test. With it, the browser menu and toolbar options are also removed, except for the Back, Forward, Refresh and Stop functions. Copying and pasting is turned off immediately. Even the right-click menu options, function keys, keyboard shortcuts, and task switching are disabled.
However, these simply cannot be used while the browser is running. In addition, the use of Virtual Machines can also block more advanced cheating methods such as remote desktop software, screen sharing, screen capture, screen recorders, instant messengers, programs with schedulers or alerts, and exploiting the browser cache . Also, online evaluation sessions set up for use with this browser can not be opened with other browsers , which mainly discourages those who access the tests with a less secure browser.
For school use
Another great feature is that it integrates seamlessly with software such as Blackboard , Brightspace , Canvas , Moodle , Sakai, and Schoology . It is a recommended third-party tool to be paired with learning management systems (LMS), as it helps reduce paper waste and slow down processing time for classes and results. If students are allowed to take home tests, they can download it to their personal computers via the link provided by the school . However, that doesn’t mean it replaces your school’s default web browser just because it doesn’t have all the functionality it has the most.
The browser has a free trial version for 2 months . It offers annual licenses with pricing, unlimited usage and 200 free seats of Respondus Monitor . This program is common with the LockDown browser. It is also a fully automatic online proctor that adds webcam feature . This is great for in-home exams that can be taken at any time of the day. Students will need to set up the webcam for this, but it will function like any webcam app and will automatically turn off once it’s done.
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Not always reliable
All in all, the Respondus LockDown Scanner is a useful tool for schools, whether for major exams or online assessments. However, at times there are some issues like platform incompatibility – the browser can be used on both PC and tablet – and the user interface looks bland and dull . Along with Respondus Monitor, the whole setup can feel like an invasion of privacy with the need to do an environment check using your webcam.
- Disables unnecessary functions in the exam
- Locks your online test window
- Has LMS integration
- Respondus Monitored Couples
- Bland interface
- Incompatibility issues