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Faculty and Students - What is Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor?


Faculty and Students - What is Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor?


Respondus LockDown Browser

Respondus LockDown Browser is a customized browser that increases the security of online testing in Blackboard. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser to take a Blackboard test, they are unable to print, copy, visit another website, access other applications or programs on their computer, or close a test until it is submitted for grading.

Respondus LockDown Browser functions much like a standard Internet browser, but some options have been removed or work differently. Below is a list of some of the differences.


  • Modified Toolbar - the condensed toolbar includes only Back, Forward, Stop, Refresh, Information, and Insert Symbol functions.

Respondus Lockdown Browser Toolbar 

  • Test Mode - tests are full-screen and cannot be minimized, resized, or exited until submitted for grading.
  • Disabled Controls - all printing, keyboard shortcuts, screen shots, function keys, and right-click menus have been disabled.
  • Links - links to other web servers open in a new, secure window and prevent students from browsing beyond that page.
  • Blocked Features & Applications - the Windows Start button, system tray, and menu bars are removed.




Respondus Monitor

Respondus Monitor is a webcam feature for Respondus LockDown Browser. Respondus Monitor records students while they are taking an online, non-proctored test. If this feature is enabled, students are required to use a webcam and microphone with Respondus LockDown Browser. Once the test is complete, the instructor can review the exam and the video recording for any discrepancies. 
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