What is the Respondus LockDown Browser?
The Respondus LockDown Browser (LDB) is a custom web browser for taking quizzes in eLearning. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser, they cannot print, copy, go to other web sites, or access other applications. Once they start a quiz in the Respondus LockDown Browser,they must finish it in the same session. If you require that students use Respondus, they will not be able to take the quiz with a standard web browser.
Enabling Respondus LDB on a Quiz
Go to the Quizzes tool and select the quiz
In the next window, select the Restrictions tab
- Scroll down to Security Options
- Select the Checkbox next to" Required to take this quiz"
- You may also select the checkbox "required to view quiz feedback and results"
- This helps prevent printing and/or copying the test results
- Click Save Quiz
Do not use the Respondus LockDown Browser in conjunction with ProctorU!
To ensure that your students are ready to use the Respondus LockDown Browser on their first "significant" quiz attempt, give your students a simple quiz (2, or 3 questions) very early in the course and REQUIRE that the Respondus LockDown Browser be used to complete it.
This will allow issues, if any, to be resolved well before they attempt any "significant" exam with the Respondus LockDown Browser.
- If only one or two of your students experience a problem with the Respondus LockDown Browser, it is a problem with their computer settings (not the Respondus LockDown Browser) and they should contact the ITS Helpdesk (850-474-2075, email@example.com) immediately.
- Other, incredibly helpful, suggestions: Respondus LockDown Browser Suggestions
The following information for downloading and installing the Respondus LockDown Browser is very helpful.
The link you MUST use to access the version of the Respondus LockDown Browser intended for the University of West Florida is found on the eLearning sign-in page.
Once there, look under Support for Students and select the Respondus LockDown Browser link (Or, use this link).
Be sure to select the version intended for your computer's operating system (Mac, or PC).
How do I install the Respondus LockDown Browser?
The Respondus LockDown Browser is very easy to install. But sometimes it’s nice to have a brief video to walk you through the easy things in life.
- Two videos are available at the above link:
- One for PC installations, and
- One for Mac installations.
Student Frequently Asked Questions
I rebooted my computer while Respondus LockDown Browser was running. Now the Windows Task Manager is grayed out and can’t be used. What do I do?
If a computer is powered down while Respondus LockDown Browser is running, the Windows Task Manager will continue to be blocked when the computer is restarted. To remove the blocking, restart Respondus LockDown Browser and exit the program properly (click the "X" in the top right corner).
When I start LDB a warning message states “You must close the following programs before starting the browser: “program name”.
Over 300 applications, such as screen capture and chat programs, are "blacklisted." This means that you cannot start Respondus LockDown Browser until the blocked application is exited. When this warning message appears, Respondus LockDown Browser will offer to close the blacklisted program for you, which is the easiest way to continue.
Where do students get the Respondus LockDown Browser?