CTIDE - Respondus LockDown Browser

Secure Testing Using Respondus Lockdown Browser

Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom web browser designed to prevent students from accessing unauthorized resources during online assessments. It is primarily used in educational institutions, particularly in online or blended learning environments, to maintain exam integrity and ensure a level playing field for all students.

Quick Start Guides

Introduction to Respondus LockDown Browser for Students

Tool Overview

Respondus LockDown Browser

When using Respondus LockDown Browser, students are required to launch their exams or assessments within the secure browser instead of a regular web browser like Chrome or Firefox.

Types of Restrictions

Once the browser is launched, it restricts students from performing various actions that could compromise the integrity of the assessment. These restrictions may:

  1. Disable copying and pasting: Students are unable to copy and paste text within or outside the browser, preventing them from copying questions, answers, or any other unauthorized content.
  2. Disable printing: Printing options are disabled to prevent students from printing exam questions or other materials.
  3. Disable access to other applications: The browser restricts access to other applications or programs on the computer, preventing students from opening external resources or communication tools.
  4. Disable navigation to external websites: Students are unable to navigate to external websites or search for information online during the exam.
  5. Lock down browser features: The browser may disable right-clicking, bookmarking, or accessing browser settings to prevent students from accessing unauthorized functions or resources.
Canvas Integration & Maintaining Integrity

Respondus LockDown Browser integrates with Canvas and while it helps deter cheating during exams, it is not foolproof and may not completely eliminate all possibilities of academic dishonesty. Instructors should consider a combination of strategies – including clear exam instructions, diverse question types and proctoring methods – to maintain the integrity of online assessments.

LockDown Browser: The Student Experience
Related Resources

For even more information on Respondus LockDown Browser, visit the Respondus website at https://web.respondus.com/he/lockdownbrowser.