Respondus LockDown Browser
Faculty can opt to use the Respondus LockDown Browser for secure testing in proctored environments. Respondus is not suitable for distance learning, only in-class assessments.
Once installed on a student machine, the LockDown Browser prevents any other applications from being used until the Canvas quiz is completed.
What are the limitations of Respondus?
- Students must use the Respondus LockDown Browser to complete any quiz requiring it. No other browser will work.
- Students should download the software and complete a practice quiz to verify that the software works on their machine. (Only Windows and Mac OS X are supported.)
- Many classrooms do not have a sufficient number of power outlets to allow all students to charge their laptops at the same time. Be mindful of battery consumption will administering your quiz.
- The Respondus LockDown Browser is not installed in the CETS computer labs, so students will need to use their personal machines. Most, but not all, students have personal laptops.
- Make sure to have a paper fallback in the event of a technical glitch. Students without personal laptops must also be allowed to take the quiz.
- You must manually enable Respondus for each quiz you want to use it for. It is not enabled by default, even after Respondus integration is added to your Canvas site.
How do I set it up?
Students will need to download the software for Penn's Canvas instance, available here. We strongly recommend you have students run through a practice exam before using the software on a graded assessment. It's important to verify a working setup for your students before using Respondus on an actual quiz.
Once you have the LockDown Browser tab available in your Canvas site navigation panel, follow these steps to use it for a quiz:
- Create a Quiz as normal in Canvas. At first the quiz will not be secured, so use availability dates to make sure students don't get immediate access to it.
- Click the LockDown Browser entry in the lefthand navigation panel.
- Click the drop-down menu beside the quiz you want to enable Respondus for,
then click Modify Settings.
- Check Require Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam.
- Check Require LockDown Browser to view feedback and results.
- Ignore Password Settings and Advanced Options.
After that, your quiz will now require Respondus LockDown Browser.
As of Fall 2014, Respondus is a pilot program for the University. Faculty who use it should be willing to provide feedback at the end of the term, in order to help courseware administrators determine its effectiveness in the classroom.