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Take a quiz with Respondus Monitor and LockDown Browser

Take a quiz with Respondus Monitor and LockDown Browser

If you will be writing an exam in D2L Brightspace, your instructor may be using Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor, to ensure a fair and secure environment for all students who are writing the exam. This is the online equivalent of a proctored exam room.

Respondus LockDown Browser prevents you from printing, copying, going to another website, or accessing other applications during the test. This is often used in conjunction with Respondus Monitor to record you during the exam.

You will need to install this software on your computer before taking the test - we recommend that you install the software and make sure it is running the latest version before you need to take the test.

Note that you must login to D2L Brightspace and initiate the quiz from a regular web browser. The quiz will open the LockDown Browser application and allow you to complete the quiz there.

Try a sample quiz in the Brightspace sample shell for students.

For technical issues using Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor, visit the Respondus help website., external link

NOTE: We recommend that you use a desktop or laptop computer when writing an online quiz or test.

You should be aware that if you are logged into Brightspace, and leave it unattended for a while, and then try to perform an important or deadline-dependent task, such as submitting a quiz, you may encounter an error message, as your login has timed out. Try logging out and then back in to Brightspace before performing any important tasks, to ensure that you have an active connection.

Install Respondus in advance

Download and install Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor before the day of the test. You must have administrator access on your computer to install this software.

Prior to installing Respondus LockDown Browser, students are encouraged to read and understand the google docNotice of Collection., external link

Technical requirements

  • Computer: A computer running Windows (10, 8, 7) or Mac (OS X 10.12 or higher). Ensure you have administrator access on your computer to install Respondus Monitor.
  • iOS: 10.0+ (iPad only). Must have a compatible LMS integration.
  • Web browser: Ensure that you are using the latest version of either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. 
  • Web camera (internal or external) & microphone.
  • A smartphone or mobile device with camera and internet connection (for handwritten exam components, where applicable)
  • A broadband internet connection.
  • Good lighting.

If possible, it’s recommended that you use a hardwired network connection, instead of wifi, to ensure a reliable internet connection throughout the exam.

  • Choose a private, quiet location, with no background noise, such as people talking, TV or music playing.
  • Do not wear hats, sunglasses, or anything that obscures your face.
  • Do not wear headphones, earbuds, wireless pods, etc. You cannot be connected to any other devices during the exam.
  • Make sure that there are no other devices near your computer, such as tablets or phones. You will be asked to show the area around your computer, and you may be flagged if it appears that you may be accessing other devices.
  • Make sure that there is nothing in your immediate area that you do not wish to appear on camera, such as personal photos or other private information.
  • You will be recorded via your webcam for the duration of your exam. You cannot leave your computer to take breaks. Make sure your face stays in the camera frame for the entire time. Do not wander off-screen, or you will be flagged.
  • No other people should appear on your camera (or in the audio recording) at any time during the exam.

Videos captured will include you and the environment you are in, consider covering personal details in the background or move to an area you are comfortable showing on camera.

  1. Go to the D2L course and open the D2L Quiz where the exam is delivered.
  2. If you need to install Respondus Lockdown Browser on your computer, click on the link and follow the instructions. 
  3. Click “Launch LockDown Browser”.
  4. As part of the setup process, you may need to disable certain browser plug-ins or close particular applications. If a pop-up occurs, click “Close Applications” to continue with LockDown Browser.
  5. For Respondus Monitor, you will be prompted to follow a sequence of instructions to complete a webcam check. Proceed by following the simple on-screen instructions.
    • You will be asked to show your Ryerson OneCard, to confirm your identity. Do not use government-issued ID instead.
    • If you have any trouble with the setup, click “It’s not working” to go through the troubleshooting.
  6. The quiz will begin in Lockdown Browser.
  7. To complete the exam and exit, click Submit. You will exit LockDown browser.

Student demo on using Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor

  1. Go to the D2L course and open the D2L Quiz where the exam is delivered.
  2. If you need to install Respondus Lockdown Browser on your computer, click on the link and follow the instructions. 
  3. Click “Launch LockDown Browser”.
  4. As part of the setup process, you may need to disable certain browser plug-ins or close particular applications. If a pop-up occurs, click “Close Applications” to continue with LockDown Browser.
  5. For Respondus Monitor, you will be prompted to follow a sequence of instructions to complete a webcam check. Proceed by following the simple on-screen instructions.
    • You will be asked to show your Ryerson OneCard, to confirm your identity. Do not use government-issued ID instead.
    • If you have any trouble with the setup, click “It’s not working” to go through the troubleshooting.
  6. The quiz will begin in Lockdown Browser. and you will see the exam questions.
  7. Record the answers on paper.
  8. Use a mobile device/smartphone to take photos of your handwritten answers.
  9. Open D2L Brightspace on their your device/smartphone.
  10. Go to the Brightspace Assignment where the exam answers are to be submitted, as indicated by your instructor.
  11. In the Assignment, click "Add File" and select the photo of your exam response. Do this as many times as needed to submit all responses.
  12. Return to the computer where the Brightspace Quiz was opened (and is still running).
  13. To complete the exam and exit, click Submit. You will exit LockDown browser.

Taking a Handwritten Examination using Respondus LockDown Browser + Monitor 

  • Ryerson has agreements with Repondus that confirm IT security and privacy of the software.
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser does not collect any personal information from users. The only cases where personal information may be processed is if you troubleshoot technical issues through Respondus Help Center or if you exit an exam early and is required to provide a reason for terminating the session which will be provided to the instructor.
  • Respondus Monitor processes the information collected and Ryerson is the licensed controller. The data is automatically processed and includes webcam recordings, session details, and technical activities. Respondus Monitor only displays the information collected through D2L to authorized instructors and is covered by Ryerson’s Information Protection and Access Policy.
  • For more information, please visit the Notice of Collection, external link.
  • Screen Readers: The function and security of LockDown Browser will remain the same with screen readers in use. Respondus LockDown Browser conforms to WCAG 2.0 and will likely work with most screen readers. 
  • Text-to-Speech: These programs are not blocked but some functionality may be limited while using LockDown Browser.
  • Speech-to-Text (Dictation): Nuance Dragon software is not blocked by LockDown Browser but some functionality may be limited during the exam.
  • Text Magnification: Zoom Text feature works to magnify text during an exam in LockDown Browser

For more information, visit LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor Accessibility, external link.

If you encounter issues with the course or exam within D2L, please contact your instructor

If you have technical issues using Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor, please refer to the Respondus help website., external link