Respondus LockDown Browser: The Student Experience
In recent newsletter article, we provided advice for having a successful rollout of Respondus LockDown Browser at an institution. Here, we focus on this process from a student’s perspective — from software installation to taking a test. You’ll see, it’s all pretty easy.
1) Download & Install
If students are required to install Respondus LockDown Browser themselves, they’ll receive a download URL unique to that institution. From that link, the student selects whether to install the Windows or Mac version of the application.
The installation process is fast and it creates an icon for Respondus LockDown Browser on the desktop. (Note, the browser is about 4 MB and needs to be installed only once to a computer.)
2) Start the Browser
To start Respondus LockDown Browser, locate the “LockDown Browser” icon on the desktop and double-click it. (Mac users can find it in their Applications folder.)
Alternatively, Windows users can go to “Start”, locate “All Programs,” select “Respondus,” and click “Respondus LockDown Browser.”
3) Login to Course, Select Exam
At start-up, Respondus LockDown Browser will automatically go to the login page for the institution’s learning management system. Students simply log in and navigate to the exam, just as they would in a regular browser.
Note: If a student tries to access the exam using a regular browser, they will encounter a message indicating that they must instead use Respondus LockDown Browser, as shown here.
4) Taking an Exam
Once the exam has started, students are locked into the exam until it is submitted for grading. They’re unable to print, copy, go to other web addresses, or access other applications on the computer. Web searches, instant messaging, minimizing the browser, and hundreds of other functions are also prevented. Once the exam is completed, students are permitted to exit the browser and their computer will return to its normal state.
Two Additional Tips
To make the student experience go smoothly, we recommend that instructors create a brief, non-graded exam that requires the use of Respondus LockDown Browser. The practice exam will familiarize students with the software and ensure that it has been installed properly.
Another helpful tool is the student version of the Respondus LockDown Browser Quick Start Guide. It’s just one page and can be easily distributed from the online course.
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