Completed project: Respondus LockDown Browser/Monitor pilot

Primary UITS contact: Kevin Brokamp

Last update: January 5, 2016

Description: UITS has purchased a license for all Indiana University campuses to pilot Respondus LockDown Browser. This pilot will run June 1, 2014, through July 31, 2015, and includes unlimited installations of LockDown Browser software. Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Canvas. When students use LockDown Browser, they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. When an assessment is started, students are locked into it until they submit it for grading. This is an ideal solution for students taking a proctored assessment where use of external resources is prohibited.

Outcome:

  • Provide instructors with a way to monitor students taking computer-based quizzes and exams, both in proctored lab environments and in unproctored settings
  • Provide students with a level playing field in taking computer-based quizzes and exams, both within the IUPUI Testing Center, using LockDown Browser, and from remote locations, using both LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor

Milestones and status:

  • June 1, 2014: Deployed client to all Testing Center machines, published a link to the client via IUware, and began testing on the Canvas test server
  • August 1, 2014: IU entered a one-year pilot agreement with Respondus, Inc., which includes licensing for both LockDown Browser and its companion product, Respondus Monitor.
  • Fall semester 2014: The IUPUI Testing Center has five faculty members currently using LockDown Browser in the Testing Center to deliver Canvas assessments. Feedback has been very positive. LockDown Browser has also been deployed in the ET 224 lab and additional labs at IUSE.
  • Spring semester 2015: Faculty interest continues to grow, and the number of deployments/pilot users is expected to increase during the spring 2015 semester.
  • August 1, 2015: The project will enter production status. Due to lack of interest/low utilization numbers, the license for the Respondus Monitor product will expire on July 31, 2015 and will not be renewed. UITS will continue to fund the licensing fee for the system-wide implementation of Respondus LockDown Browser in the IUPUI Testing Center and for any other units interested in using the product. Inquiries should be directed to ldbpilot@iu.edu.

Comment process: Email ldbpilot@iu.edu.

Benefits: Additional security for delivering proctored assessments within the IUPUI Testing Center and the ability to use webcams to monitor students taking assessments in a non-proctored environment

Related information: For more, see:

Supplemental information: For more, contact ldbpilot@iu.edu.

Primary client: IUPUI Testing Center, for proctored assessments, and anyone who uses computer-based testing in Canvas, for unproctored assessments

Project team:

  • Kevin Brokamp
  • John Gosney
  • Matt Gunkel
  • Maggie Ricci
  • Mark Russell
  • Julie Bohnenkamp
  • Randy Newbrough
  • Tom Janke
  • Kent Stoelting

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