Overview of Respondus Lockdown Browser

Faculty - How2 Use Respondus Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor

By the end of this tutorial, you will be able to...

  • Locate the Respondus Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor settings in D2L.
  • Adjust the settings for the Respondus products.

1. From Quizzes, select the "Lockdown Browser" tab to access the LockDown Browser dashboard. (Please note that your quiz needs to have been created in D2L before you can enable LockDown Browser for it.)

2. Choose the assessment you would like to use Respondus Lockdown Browser and/or Respondus Monitor for, and select "Modify Settings".

3. Choose the settings you prefer, and select "Save and Close".

Special Note about Read Speaker and Accessibility:

From Respondus:

LockDown Browser

The Mac and the iPad version of LockDown Browser works with VoiceOver (the standard screen reader that comes with the Mac OS and iOS) and requires no additional effort by the user.

The Windows version of LockDown Browser allows a student to use some screen reader programs, such as JAWS and Windows-Eyes. Zoom Text is compatible in regards to increasing the text size, but the reader is not currently compatible. As of LockDown Browser for Windows, accessibility is enabled for all users.

It's important to recognize that LockDown Browser is simply a browser used to take exams within a Learning Management System. The Learning Management System itself is responsible for making its tools and content accessible.

Respondus Monitor

When an exam requires the use of Respondus Monitor, LockDown Browser will access the Respondus Monitor web application prior to the start of an exam. It's important to note that from an end-user's standpoint (and hence, from an accessibility standpoint), the technology behind LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor are the same. Respondus Monitor simply inserts a few HTML pages along the way (called the "Startup Sequence"). In the Startup Sequence, the student performs a webcam check and other options as determined by the instructor. The Startup Sequence web pages are HTML and are supportive of assistive technologies compatible with web browsers, including input, magnification and screen reader technologies.