Use Respondus LockDown Browser at IU

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. 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 the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, Respondus LockDown Browser with Monitor is available to all IU faculty and students. Monitor extends the capabilities of LockDown Browser by recording students' testing sessions using their webcams, and noting behaviors that may indicate cheating. For more, see Administer tests and quizzes using Respondus Monitor with LockDown Browser.

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)

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

  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 (computer classroom or the IUPUI Testing Center), 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, click 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, click the menu icon ( Respondus LockDown Browser menu button), and then select Modify Settings.
  4. Select Require Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam (and other options, as needed), and then click Save and 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.

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Students: Use LockDown Browser for a quiz in Canvas

If you are required to use LockDown Browser and Monitor to take your quiz, see Take a quiz using Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor.
  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 click Take the Quiz.
  4. When you are finished and ready to submit the quiz for grading, click Submit Quiz.

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Get help

For more about LockDown Browser, see:

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

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Last modified on 2020-03-26 16:59:05.

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