What is Respondus Lockdown Browser?
Respondus Lockdown Browser is a specially-designed web browser for taking tests in Blackboard. Respondus Lockdown Browser prevents students from copying, pasting, taking screen captures, using instant messaging programs, accessing other applications, or accessing other websites. More information, including guides and videos for students and instructors can be found at http://respondus.com/products/lockdown-browser/
About Respondus Lockdown Browser
Respondus Lockdown Browser is a secure browser for taking tests in Blackboard. The lockdown browser is suited for taking tests in a proctored environment, such as in-class exams or in testing centers. In order to take an exam using Lockdown Browser, students would need to install Lockdown Browser on their own computers.
Respondus Lockdown Browser offers the following benefits:
- Prevent students from copying and pasting exam contents
- Prevent students from taking screen captures
- Prevent students from printing the exam
- Prevent students from accessing instant messaging or email
- Prevent students from accessing other applications
- Preventing students from accessing other websites
- Allows for linking to external content from within the exam (e.g. to show externally hosted photos or videos). Links in external content are disabled.
- Allows for test results to be displayed in a secure manner
Using Respondus Lockdown Browser
Best Practices for Using Respondus Lockdown Browser
- Communicate to students that your course requires Respondus Lockdown Browser for your course exams.
- Provide a link for students to download Lockdown Browser within your course
- Create a practice test using Respondus Lockdown Browser
- Advise students to clear their browsing history in Internet Explorer (Windows) or Safari (Mac) prior to starting an exam. In addition, students should modify the security level in Internet Explorer to Medium. Respondus Lockdown Browser is based off Internet Explorer for Windows and Safari for Mac, and uses those browsers to render web pages.