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What is Respondus LockDown Browser?

Respondus LockDown Browser is a customized browser that increases the security of online testing in Desire2Learn. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser to access a quiz, they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, access other applications, or close a quiz until it is submitted for grading.

Respondus LockDown Browser works much like a standard browser, but some options have been removed or work differently. The list below highlights some of these differences.

  1. Modified Toolbar - the condensed toolbar includes only Forward, Back, Refresh and Stop functions.
  2. Assessment Mode - assessments are shown full-screen and cannot be minimized, resized, or exited until submitted for grading.
  3. Disabled Controls - all printing, keystroke combinations, screen grab, function keys, and right-click menus have been disabled.
  4. Links - links to other web servers do not compromise the secure testing environment.
  5. Blocked Features & Applications - the Start button (Windows), system tray, and menu bars have been removed. Hundreds of screen capture, messaging, screen-sharing and network monitoring applications are blocked.

Preparing a Quiz for LockDown Browser

In D2L, you must follow these steps to enable the "Require Respondus LockDown Browser" setting for your quizzes:

  1. Log in to D2L as an instructor.
  2. Select Quizzes.
  3. Click the LockDown Browser dashboard.
  4. Click the menu icon next to a quiz title, and select Modify Settings.
  5. Click Require Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam. 
    1. You can also choose to Require LockDown Browser to view feedback and results.
  6. Under Password Settings, you can input a password students are required to enter to access the quiz.
  7. Under Advanced Settings, you can

    • Lock students into the browser until the exam is completed
    • Allow students to complete the exam with an iPad
    • Allow specific students to access the exam with screen reade

  8. Click Save and Close when you are finished adjusting your settings. 
  9. Inform your students that your quiz requires the use of the LDB browser. Give them the Students Quick Start Guide as reference.

Taking a Quiz with the LockDown Browser

Students MUST use the LDB to take a quiz.

The LDB browser is already installed on the computers in all General Access Labs on campus, including the McGraw Hall General Access Lab and the Andersen General Access Lab. However, the LDB can also be downloaded and used on personal computers.

Ask your students to follow the instructions in the LockDown Browser Student Guide to take the quiz in the LDB environment. They will not be able to take the quiz in a regular browser once the quiz is set to use LDB.

You can revert the LDB requirement at any time. If you do revert the requirement, you should notify your students so that they are aware of the change, especially if the quiz has already been active.

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