Lockdown Browser is a tool integrated within LIVE/D2L to that prevents students from launching other applications once they start their quiz inside LIVE. They cannot open another browser (or tab) to search for an answer, nor can they pull up electronic notes, take screen captures, print pages, etc. Keep in mind this can also be useful for LIVE quizzes that you administer during a face-to-face classes.
Here's a short video showing how the software works: https://www.respondus.com/products/lockdown-browser/demos.shtml#
One important consideration is that students must have the ability to install the software on the computer they will use to take the quiz.
Respondus highly recommends an ungraded practice quiz using the software be offered to ensure students work through any technical issues before taking their first quiz. They also suggest leaving the quiz available for the duration of the course so students can access it again if they use a different computer. Good advice!
Lockdown Browser is not compatible with Chromebooks so if you have any students using
them for their classes this tool will not work. If a student is using an ipad there
are additional settings that the instructor must follow in order for it to work on
that device type (see http://support.respondus.com/support/index.php?/default_import/Knowledgebase/Article/View/186/0/can-an-ipad-be-used-with-lockdown-browser ) and the student follows a slightly different process – info in the referenced article.
Quick Start Guides
Lockdown Browser System Requirements
Windows: 10, 8, 7
Mac: OS X 10.10 to 10.13
iOS: 7.0+ (iPad only). Must be configured by the instructor to use on an iPad. Not supported on iPhone.
Chromebook: Not supported.
Windows: 75 MB permanent space on the hard drive
Mac: 120 MB permanent space on the hard drive
LockDown Browser is a client application that is installed to a local computer. Both the Windows edition and the Mac edition of the browser are based on Chromium, Google's open source framework. Students do NOT need Google's Chrome browser installed; nor will this version affect a Chrome browser that's already installed.
LockDown Browser Recommended Text for Syllabus
Consider placing the following in your course syllabus on D2L/LIVE:
This course requires the use of LockDown Browser for online exams. Watch this short video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuX8WoeAycs) to get a basic understanding of LockDown Browser.
The first time you take an online test using Lockdown Browser log into LIVE/D2L, navigate to your course and quiz. The quiz opening page will provide a download link for Lockdown Browser. You only need to do this step once. Follow any prompts during the install and then using the launch Lockdown Browser link back on the quiz opening page, take your quiz. Once a quiz has been started, you cannot exit the quiz until the Submit button is clicked.
For additional details on using LockDown Browser, review the LockDown Browser Student Quick Start Guide found on the home page of LIVE in Helpful Resources.
Finally, when taking an online exam, follow these guidelines:
- Select a location where you won't be interrupted
- Before starting the test, know how much time is available for it, and that you've allotted sufficient time to complete it
- Turn off all mobile devices, phones, etc. and don't have them within reach
- Clear your area of all external materials — books, papers, other computers, or devices. Remain at your desk or workstation for the duration of the test
- LockDown Browser will prevent you from accessing other websites or applications; you will be unable to exit the test until all questions are completed and submitted
- Consider rebooting your pc or laptop and logging directly into LIVE to take your quiz (before doing anything else with the computer).