Respondus LockDown Browser
Respondus LockDown Browser is a web browser that lets students take tests in Canvas using their own computers, but restricts access to other programs and websites while testing is in progress.
A few days before your first test:
- Download and install the LockDown Browser on the computer you will use when taking tests in class ONLY from the link below.
No Linux, iPad, Chromebook, or Android support at this time. Check with your instructor if you don’t have a Mac or Windows laptop.
Mac Users: if you’re asked to update the LockDown Browser, ignore this request and reinstall from the link above instead.
2. Faculty will create a sample quiz for you to complete. You MUST complete this sample quiz on the laptop you plan to use to take the actual test. You will not be able to take the actual test until you have completed this step. If this sample quiz is not available in your Canvas course, talk to your instructor.
Want your Canvas course enabled for Respondus? Follow these steps:
1. Contact the ITS Service Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll enable Respondus for your course.
3. Create a ungraded, practice quiz for students. Make sure the quiz is accessible for the length of the course so students can test the LockDown Browser again if they need to use a different computer.
4. Put the following sample text in your syllabus to prepare students to take exams using the Lockdown Browser:
Using LockDown Browser for Online Exams
This course requires the use of LockDown Browser for online exams. Watch this short video to get a basic understanding of LockDown Browser and the optional webcam feature (which may be required for some exams).
Then download and install LockDown Browser from this link:
To take an online test, start LockDown Browser and navigate to the exam. (You won’t be able to access the exam with a standard web browser.) For additional details on using LockDown Browser, review this Student Quick Start Guide (PDF).
Finally, when taking an online exam, follow these guidelines: