Use Respondus LockDown Browser at IU

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Respondus LockDown Browser is a secure browser tool that prevents students from accessing external resources during proctored assessments administered in testing centers and computer labs (it is installed on Windows computers in the STCs). While taking assessments using LockDown Browser, students are unable to print, copy, go to other web pages, or access other applications. Once students start their assessments, they are locked into them until they submit them for grading. LockDown Browser is available for use in Canvas.

For information about proctoring fully online assessments, see About online proctoring at IU.

IU's contract for Respondus Monitor has expired as of August 20, 2021. Remote proctoring is reserved for fully online programs as outlined in About online proctoring at IU. Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus 4.0 are still available, but the Monitor option in Respondus LockDown Browser is no longer available.

LockDown Browser displays assessments in full-screen windows; students cannot exit or minimize their assessment windows, switch tasks, or access other applications until they submit their assessments for grading. Additionally, LockDown Browser blocks or disables:

  • Print, Print Screen, and capturing functions
  • Copying and pasting content to and from assessments
  • Messaging, screen-sharing, virtual machine, and network monitoring applications
  • Right-click menu options and function keys
  • Browser menus and toolbar options (except for Back, Forward, Refresh, and Stop)
Instructors need to edit the exam settings to allow iPads to access Respondus LockDown Browser. (Chromebooks can now access LockDown Browser with no instructor intervention.) Android tablets cannot use Respondus LockDown Browser.

Instructors: Set up LockDown Browser for use with a quiz in Canvas

  • These instructions assume your courses use Classic Quizzes. For courses using New Quizzes, students will start their exam in a standard browser instead.
  • If you have copied a course from a previous semester, and the course contains quizzes that require the LockDown Browser, you must open the Respondus LockDown Browser dashboard at least once before students attempt to take the exams. If you don't open the dashboard, students won't be able to access the exams.
  1. Create a quiz in Canvas. For more about quizzes in Canvas, see the Quizzes documentation in the Canvas Instructor Guide.
    If your quiz includes many high-resolution images and you are delivering it in a lab environment, choose Show one question at a time when setting up your quiz in Canvas. LockDown Browser does not cache images, and may fail to display images if many students request the same quiz at the same time on the same network subnet.
  2. In the course navigation on the left, choose LockDown Browser. (If you don't see LockDown Browser, it may be hidden; to display it, use the instructions in How do I manage Course Navigation links?)
  3. Next to the quiz title, choose the menu icon ( Respondus LockDown Browser menu button), and then select Modify Settings.
  4. Select Require Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam.
  5. If students will be using their own devices, under "Advanced Settings", choose Allow students to take this exam with an iPad (using the "LockDown Browser" app from the Apple App Store).
  6. Set other options, if desired.
  7. Choose Save & Close.
    Do not enable Respondus Monitor for your quiz; enabling Respondus Monitor will make your quiz inaccessible to your students. Although Respondus Monitor options appear on the LockDown Browser settings page, this companion service is not included as part of IU's institution-wide license for Respondus LockDown Browser.

Students: Use LockDown Browser for a quiz in Canvas

If you have problems launching LockDown Browser, be sure you have signed the Acceptable Use Agreement(s), and have completed any IU Verify prompts.
  1. Download and install LockDown Browser from the Respondus Download LockDown Browser page.
  2. When installation is complete, launch LockDown Browser. It should redirect automatically to the IU Canvas home page.
  3. If prompted, log in with your IU username and passphrase.

    Navigate to the appropriate quiz, and then select Take the Quiz.

  4. When you are finished and ready to submit the quiz for grading, choose Submit Quiz.

Get help

For more about LockDown Browser, see Respondus Instructor Resources.

At IU, if you need help setting up or using LockDown Browser, contact your campus Support Center.

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