How to Conduct Live Proctoring

The instructor and the students meet in the video conferencing application at a specified time. Set up your video conferencing as you would normally. Provide students with instructions to download and install LockDown Browser. It is intended for small classes where the instructor can view all students on the screen at once. Typically 25 or less students

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Best practice is to schedule a practice exam to be sure all instructors and students are prepared for the actual exam day. Convey to students, in advance, that LockDown Browser and a video conferencing system will be used with online exams. Distribute meeting information to students, prior to the exam.

Respondus Live Proctoring does not automatically record the session. If you would like to record, you will have to use the record method in the video conferencing that you chose. Nor does it alert the instructor of suspicious events. 

Step 1


Once the exam has been created in Blackboard, locate the LockDown Browser under Course Management and expand Course Tools

On the Respondus LockDown Browser Dashboard find the test and select the chevron and select settings.

Select Requires Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam

Note: if Lockdown Browser is enabled for the test, DO NOT change the password that appears on the Test Options page. This password is randomly generated when Lockdown Browser is enabled, and removing or modifying the password on the Test Options page will break the Lockdown Browser integration. 

Select Allow instructor live proctoring for this exam. Drop down to which web conferencing you want to use either Blackboard Collaborate, Microsoft Teams or Cisco Web Ex. Enter in a code in the Start Code box. Save and Close.


Step 2


You will provide the students this start code on the day of the exam. This prevents students from starting the exam early. The start code is not the same if you set a password, this is the code for the student to start the test.

Step 3


On the day of the exam, confirm you can see and hear all students in the video conferencing system. When ready, provide the start code to students to commence the exam. Remind students the video conference will continue to run in the background, enabling you to see and hear them during the exam. However, they will NOT be able to access the video conferencing system during the exam.