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Respondus LockDown Browser

Description: A custom browser that locks down the testing environment within the learning management system (i.e. Canvas.)

This is a downloadable application that is installed on your local computer and provides a customized user interface within your internet browser. It does not modify existing browser(s), but installs a separate program that will display a custom browser when the RLB application is launched. Respondus LockDown Browser uses the same security features and service packs for the internet browser(s) already installed on your local computer.

This software is not intended to replace the browser used by faculty or students with Canvas. It is only intended for use by students while taking assessments that have been prepared for use with Respondus LockDown Browser.

How LockDown Browser Works

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

Respondus Monitor

Description: Builds upon the power of lockdown browser, using a student's webcam and industry-leading video analytics to prevent cheating during non-proctored exams.

How Respondus Monitor Works

  • Builds upon LockDown Browser
  • Integrates seamlessly with your LMS (i.e. Canvas) - Students access exams within the LMS as they normally would. Instructors do everything within the LMS too, including the post-exam review of proctoring results.
  • No Scheduling or Registration - Exams can be taken with Respondus Monitor without advanced scheduling and without additional registration by the student

Platform: Windows & Mac
Cost: No Charge