Respondus Lockdown Browser

Administer online tests where students are unable to open other software or browser windows.

About Respondus Lockdown Browser

LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment in Blackboard on UBlearns. When students use LockDown Browser to take a Blackboard test, they are unable to print, copy, go to other websites, access other applications, or close a test until it is submitted for grading. Tests created for use with LockDown Browser cannot be accessed with standard browsers, either. LockDown Browser functions much like a standard browser, but some options have been removed or work differently.

The “Respondus LockDown Browser Building Block” has been installed by the system administrators but it doesn’t automatically appear in your course. Follow these steps make the tool available.

  1. Log into your course and expand the Control Panel.
  2. Expand the Customization menu and click Tool Availability.
  3. Click the Available checkbox beside the Respondus LockDown Browser row.
  4. Click Submit to enable the Building Block for your course.
To set up a test in UBlearns that requires students to use LockDown Browser, follow these steps:  
  1. Make sure the test has been deployed in the Blackboard course.
  2. From the Control Panel in Blackboard, locate the Course Tools section and select the link Respondus LockDown Browser.
    • A list of deployed tests will be displayed.   
    • Tests labeled with “Required” require students to use LockDown Browser    
    • Tests labeled with “Not Required” don’t require LockDown Browser.
  3. To change the settings for the test, select Modify Settings from the context menu to the left of the test title and select the desired option.

Respondus LockDown Browser Campus Availability

The Respondus LockDown Browser™ can be used in the North Campus public computer labs, or it may be downloaded and installed on student systems.

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