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Respondus LockDown Browser is a secure browser for taking tests in Blackboard. It prevents the user from printing, copying, or going to another application or URL. If your instructor has indicated you will need to use Respondus LockDown Browser to take a test, you will need to download the application and follow the instructions before beginning the test.
You will need to download/install the Respondus LockDown Browser (Windows or Mac). Use the link and follow the steps. Once you have installed the Respondus LockDown Browser you will need to close all other running applications, including any other browsers in order to continue with the test.
Respondus Monitor enhances LockDown Browser by using webcam and video technology to prevent cheating during online exams. Respondus Monitor integrates seamlessly with Blackboard, and is ideal for non-proctored testing environments.
Students use a webcam to record themselves during an exam. A "startup sequence" includes a webcam check and other requirements set by the instructor, such as showing identification or making a short video of the exam environment. Only the instructor can review video recordings or data from the exam session.
Respondus Monitor automatically flags students for suspicious behavior, such as leaving the computer during the exam, or a different person entering the video frame. This, along with other data, provides useful information to the instructor about the exam session.
Reported Issue: Some students get an error when LockDown Browser is performing the environment check. We have found out that some antivirus applications that are installed on the computer prevent the final check to complete. More information on that topic can be found on the Respondus website.