Respondus LockDown Browser (LDB)
Respondus LockDown Browser is a tool that can be used to enhance academic integrity while completing an exam.
When required on an exam, it prevents:
- Navigating to websites other than the exam
- Copying or printing anything on the exam screen
- Accessing other applications on the computer
LockDown Browser must be installed on the computer used to complete the exam.
When used in a controlled Ryerson lab environment, it is one of a handful of tools that are used to ensure academic integrity.
Please keep in mind that In a home setting, the use of other devices (such as smart phones, second computers, etc.) cannot be limited.
Normally, the use of LockDown browser outside of a lab situation is not advised. At this time, some instructors are selecting to use it for at-home tests. Use with your own discretion, and be sure to carefully review the disclaimer below.
When instructors ask students to download and install Respondus LockDown Browser (LDB) on personally owned devices to take D2L online tests, they will have to provide this disclaimer to students:
1) The use of Respondus LockDown Browser (LDB) is intended for tests which are being proctored, such as in a lab or classroom. If the students are taking the online test in their own spaces (unproctored), the Respondus LDB does not help in ensuring academic integrity, since unlike in a proctored lab/classroom, students can use other devices to aid them during the test.
2) The Respondus LDB is installed on the TRSM lab computers. TRSM lab computers are managed and monitored by CCS for any malicious activities (i.e. viruses, malware, etc.). If you require students to install the Respondus LDB on their personal computers, students will be running the software at their own risk. While we believe this risk is minimal, CCS is unable to monitor student devices for malicious activity. It is recommended that instructors inform students about this risk and that students need to run Respondus LDB’s latest version. (If a newer version is available, students will be prompted to update it and they will not be able to use the Respondus LDB without updating it.)
3) If any student is uncomfortable or unable to download and install Respondus LDB, instructors must provide an alternative way of taking the test. For example, by allowing the student to do it in a proctored lab or using a loaner laptop. In TRSM, a small number of loaner laptops are available at the TRSM Student Technology Help Desk.
If you have any questions/concerns, please contact the D2L Brightspace support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Create your quiz in Brightspace before you enable Respondus LockDown browser.
Ensure your first exam using Respondus LockDown Browser runs smoothly! Have students take an ungraded practice quiz that requires the use of LockDown Browser, before taking a graded exam.
Important: Leave the practice quiz available for the duration of the course, with unlimited attempts, so students can check their setup from a different computer.
Student computer requirements
Respondus LockDown Browser requires that students download software on their own personal computers. Please share the following computer requirements with them prior to the sample test.
Please note that the latest version of Respondus LockDown Browser will be required, so if the student had previously downloaded it, an update may be required before beginning a test.
- Windows: 10, 8, 7.
- Mac: OS X 10.10 or higher.
- Administrative privileges on your computer.