Respondus Assessment Tools

Respondus tools can be used to deter cheating in non-proctored exams in UB Learns as well as create and manage test questions.

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Respondus LockDown Browser

LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment in UB Learns. When students use LockDown Browser to take a 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.

The link below, LockDown Browser Installer for Windows and Mac (includes Respondus Monitor), is the only link that should be given to students to download LockDown Browser. The installers are preconfigured to work with UB Learns.

The URL of the link is:

Additional resources

  • Includes LockDown Browser system requirements.
  • Includes Respondus Monitor system requirements.
  • Webinars offer the opportunity to ask questions.

Respondus Monitor—New for 2020

Respondus Monitor is included in the LockDown Browser installation.

Respondus Monitor, available in Respondus LockDown Browser, uses video analytics and a student’s webcam to deter cheating during non-proctored exams.

Respondus 4.0

Respondus 4.0 is a tool for creating and managing exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to UB Learns and other learning systems.

Use the instructions below to install and configure Respondus 4.0.

Installation Instructions and Required Password

Installing and Configuring Respondus 4.0

  1. Download the installer for the full version of Respondus 4.0 and run the installer.
  2. When the installer has finished, launch Respondus 4.0. If this is the first time you are running Respondus 4.0, you will be prompted for the following information:
    • Institution Name: University at Buffalo
    • Local Support Contact:
    • Installation Password:
    • Y2107I231516053Ra7fb57be8ef9d10e
      • Please note that the password is valid through July 2021.
    • Click License.
    • Click Close if you do not want to receive news from Respondus.
    • Select Blackboard from the LMS Personality dropdown menu.
    • Click OK.

Updating Respondus 4.0

  1. Select Check For Update from the Help menu.
  2. Select Get Update in the dialog window.
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions.
  4. After the update is complete, exit and relaunch Respondus. The update will not take effect until you exit and relaunch Respondus.

Configure Publish Wizard to connect with UB Learns

Complete these steps once to configure the Publish to Blackboard Wizard. You must create or open a Respondus file first.

  1. Click the Start tab, then Open or Create in the left navigation.
  2. Click Open or Create and fill in any required fields.
  3. Click the Preview + Publish tab, then Publish in the left navigation.
  4. Click the Publish Wizard icon.
  5. Select Publish to single course under Type of Publish.
  6. Select -add new server- from the Blackboard Server dropdown menu.
  7. Select Yes, check for preconfigured server settings and click Next.
  8. Select UBlearns Production v9 from the drop-down menu and click OK.
  9. Enter a name to describe this Blackboard Server (example UB Learns).
  10. Select Run connection test.
  11. Click Next.
  12. Click OK to log into UB Learns.
  13. Click OK to download the browser authentication helper tool.
  14. Wait for the UB Learns login page to appear and then log in using your UBITName and password.
  15. Click the Close After Login button in the upper right corner.
  16. Click OK and then click Next.
  17. Click Finish to close the wizard after the new server settings have been added.
  18. Click Cancel.

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