Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor (Instructors)

LockDown Browser Overview

What is Respondus LockDown Browser?

It is a software proctoring application used for online exams that restricts students from accessing websites and applications.

What is Respondus LockDown Browser with Monitor?

It is an additional feature within LockDown Browser that records and analyzes a student's webcam to detect cheating.

Respondus Live Webinars

This comprehensive training is intended for instructors who plan to use LockDown Browser and/or Respondus Monitor with online exams. The training will cover:

  • How to use LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor to protect integrity and ensure student identity.
  • The instructor and student perspective using each application.
  • How to analyze proctoring results, including a feature that ranks exam sessions by risk.
  • Best practices and tips for success with both applications.

Register for a Live Respondus Webinar

Respondus Instructor Resources

Instructor Overview Video
Lockdown Browser Quick Start Guide
Rapid Rollout Guide
Pre-recorded webinar

LockDown Browser FAQ

Where do I download Respondus LockDown Browser?

  • University machine (Windows only): You MUST download from the Software Center.
  • Personal machine: You MUST download from within Canvas (Onetime download and install) before you take the exam.

How can prepare my students for a quiz using Respondus LockDown Browser?

Give your students a practice quiz using Lock Down Browser.

  • In the Quiz settings ensure the Quiz type is "Practice Quiz", in Options select "Allow Multiple Attempts". Doing this will give students ample opportunity in accessing it again should any technical issues arise.

How do students view their feedback after submitting a online exam using Respondus LockDown Browser?

There are several options available in the LockDown Browser settings, depending on how you want students to receive feedback.

  • You can "Require LockDown Browser to view feedback and results".
    • IMPORTANT NOTE: Students will not be able to view the quiz results if "Only Once After Each Attempt" is checked and if you are requiring Respondus LockDown Browser to view feedback and results. We suggest using the setting "Let Students See The Correct Answers" and show/hide dates of availability.

How do I use Respondus Monitor to give online exams to students both on and off campus simultaneously?

Can students take the exam using an iPad?

Can students take the exam using a Chromebook?

  • Yes, there is a Google Chrome extension that allows students to complete quizzes on their Chromebooks.
    • To use the Lockdown Browser extension students should follow these instructions:
    • Use Google Chrome to launch the Canvas quiz
    • Click the link to download LockDown Browser application file 
    • The LockDown Browser installation link will direct students to the Chrome web store, at which point they should select “Add to Chrome” to install the LockDown Browser Extension.  Students will NOT be able to search for the app directly from the Chrome web store.
    • Close Google Chrome and reopen it.
    • Launch the Canvas quiz again and the LockDown Browser extension is utilized.

LockDown Browser FAQ Accessibility

Does Respondus LockDown Browser allow for accessibility?

Yes, Respondus LockDown Browser conforms to WCAG 2.0 and does not block screen readers. It works with NVDA, JAWS, and MS-Windows Narrator (Windows) and Voiceover (Mac OS). Functions of LockDown Browser and security remain. Learn more about Respondus Accessibility.

How do I address accessibility when using Respondus LockDown Browser?

We recommend creating a duplicate of the same quiz you are giving to the rest of your students.

Duplicate a Quiz Within a Canvas Course

  1. Go to Quizzes in your Canvas course, select options menu   
  2. Choose Copy To… from the dropdown menu, search for the course that you want to your duplicated quiz to appear in. Choose the same course or a different course/section. If you have a module to place it in, select the name of the Module from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click Copy to duplicate the quiz, (it may take 1-2 minutes). If you are copying to the same course, refresh your browser window to see the duplicated quiz. See article on How to copy a quiz to a Canvas course or another course.

Disable Respondus LockDown Browser for Accessibility

  1. Click the LockDown Browser tab (left-menu)
  2. Click Continue to LockDown Browser
  3. On the LockDown Browser Dashboard locate the duplicated quiz.
  4. Expand the chevron, click Settings and select “Don't require Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam”.
  5. Click Save + Close (your quiz is saved with LockDown Browser disabled).

Assign the quiz without LockDown Browser to the Individual Student(s)

  1. Return to Quizzes to edit the quiz (pencil icon) not using LockDown Browser scroll to the Assign section.
  2. Change Everyone to the individual student name. Repeat if you have more than 1 student that need LockDown Browser disabled. (For the quiz that you are requiring to use Respondus LDB, we would recommend editing to not include Everyone in the Assign section.) See article on How to assign a quiz to an individual student
  3. You would have two columns in your Gradebook.

Add additional time to the quiz (if needed) by moderating the quiz

Computer Requirements

Respondus LockDown Browser is a client application installed on the local computer.

Operating Systems

Windows: 10 (Windows 10S is not a compatible operating system it cannot be installed.)
Mac OSX 10.12+
iOS: 11.0+ (iPad only). Must have a compatible LMS integration


Windows: 2 GB RAM
Mac: 512 MB RAM

Hard Disk Space

Windows: 75 MB of free hard disk space
Mac: 3 MB of free hard disk space


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