Lockdown Browser

LockDown Browser and Monitor

LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within a learning management system. It is useful if you want students to complete a secure online exam in a classroom or proctored environment. If needed, it can be used in conjunction with Respondus Monitor, which adds “digital proctoring” during a test. 

Respondus Browser

  • Integrates with Blackboard Learn
  • Blackboard Assessments are displayed full-screen and cannot be minimized
  • Access to other applications and functions is blocked
  • Copying and pasting anything to or from an assessment is prevented
  • An assessment cannot be exited until the student submits it for grading
  • Localized for multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese
  • Supports screen readers

Respondus Monitor

  • When this feature is enabled for a test, students are required to use a webcam and microphone with LockDown Browser.
  • Uses student’s webcam and microphone to record testing environment during online, non-proctored tests
  • Automated software analyzes and identifies activities that require instructor’s attention
  • After the exam is complete, an instructor can review details of
    the assessment, even the recorded videos.

Installation: LockDown browser is preinstalled on all laptops provided by Bryant University. For students or faculty who wish to install or update LockDown browser on their machine,  Bryant’s configured installer can be found at the link below. The Student Version of LockDown Browser uses a standard Windows or Mac installer. This download link is unique to Bryant and can be used by faculty or students:

Installation Link: Lockdown Browser (Bryant University)

Best Practices:

  • Prepare the assessment as you normally would in Blackboard, deploy the test, set the test options, THEN turn on Respondus
  • Students need to have a stable network connection throughout the test; interruptions in network access could result in a failed test session
  • Have students take an ungraded practice quiz that requires the use of LockDown Browser and/or Monitor, before the graded exam occurs. Leave this quiz available for the duration of the course, with unlimited attempts, so students can access it again if they use a different computer.

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