What is Respondus LockDown Browser?

Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within a learning management system, such as Canvas. It is used for securing online exams in classrooms or proctored environments. Once installed on a student device, the LockDown Browser prevents any other applications from being used until the exam or quiz is completed.

Respondus is not suitable for distance learning, only in-class assessments. Some remote learning classes may use this tool for timed assessments.

How do students install Respondus LockDown Browser?

Students must download Respondus LockDown Browser using a link that is unique to the University of Pennsylvania:

Respondus LockDown Browser is currently only available for Windows or macOS computers.

How do instructors configure Respondus LockDown Browser in Canvas?

Respondus LockDown Browser is currently only available to Canvas courses and is not available by default. Faculty should contact CETS to request activation for a course.

We strongly recommend having students run through a practice exam before using the software on a graded assessment. It's important to verify a working configuration for students before using Respondus on an actual exam.

Once activated, the LockDown Browser tab will be available in the Canvas course site navigation panel. Follow these steps for each desired quiz in order to use it:

  1. Create a Quiz in Canvas and immediately set availability dates to prevent students from accessing it before it is secured.
  2. Click the LockDown Browser entry in the lefthand navigation panel and authorize Respondus to access your account if asked.
  3. Click the Continue to LockDown Browser button.
  4. Select Settings from the dropdown menu next to the desired quiz.
  5. Check Require Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam.
  6. Check Require LockDown Browser to view feedback and results.
  7. Adjust optional Password Settings and Advanced Options, if desired.

After following these steps, the quiz will now require Respondus LockDown Browser. These steps must be repeated for each quiz that requires it.

What are the limitations of Respondus LockDown Browser?

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