Respondus LockDown Browser A method for locking student testing
March 19, 2020
Author’s note: Respondus LockDown Browser allows instructors to lock down student devices during test-taking, but please note not all devices and programs support the browser. Specifically, Chromebooks and certain free programs for accessibility do not have the ability to use the LockDown Browser. Please review the Respondus LockDown system requirements and accessibility features; then, verify students have the appropriate devices and programs before implementing this technology. We recommend doing a no-stakes test to make sure all students can access and successfully use this browser.
One strategy for maintaining academic integrity during proctored online tests is to use a browser that locks students out of all other browser windows and applications on their computer during an exam. Although unproctored tests, meaning testing when no one is actually watching the students as they take their tests, won’t benefit quite as much from this service as a proctored test, Respondus LockDown Browser can still help students maintain the mental focus to not be tempted or distracted by browser windows, applications, or other items on their computers.
If an instructor would like to take advantage of this extra layer of mental protection for tests, it is available on our learning management systems (LMS). It is important that students download the browser, however, in order to access the test. Otherwise, a student will be locked out and unable to take the test. See the following information regarding how to add Respondus LockDown Browser to tests and how to help students download the appropriate browser:
How to add Respondus LockDown Browser to Canvas
Student instructions for downloading and using Respondus
Granted, the Respondus LockDown Browser will not ensure academic integrity in unproctored exams. If a faculty member is looking for other options for assessing students, we recommend referring to ideas from Remote Assessments: Alternatives to Face-to-Face Tests.