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Respondus Lockdown Browser

  • What is Respondus LockDown Browser?

    Respondus LockDown Browser is a program that is used to prevent students from opening other browser windows or copying and pasting text while completing an online test in Blackboard.  The program is installed on UOIT-issued computers for students and can also be installed by students in BYOD programs.  If a test is set to require Respondus LockDown Browser, students need to open this program on their computer first, with all other programs closed, in order to access their test in Blackboard.

    Note: Respondus LockDown Browser is not the same as Respondus 4.0 Campus-wide which is used for authoring tests.

  • Why would I use it?

    You might use Respondus LockDown Browser if you plan to facilitate a 'closed book' online test through Blackboard which you intend for students to complete in class.

  • How do I get started?

    After you have added your test to a content folder in Blackboard, you can apply the Respondus LockDown Browser to the test in the Course Tools section of your course.  This will mean that students will require the Respondus LockDown Browser in order to complete the test. 

    It is recommended to give students a practice test to complete using Respondus LockDown Browser in order to determine if they have an updated version of the software and know how to use it before a test or exam.  Exam support can be requested through IT Services, if you will be facilitating a test in class.

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  • Where do I get help?

    The Teaching and Learning Centre can provide instructors with training on how to apply Respondus LockDown Browser to a test.  Email teachingandlearning@uoit.ca to set up an appointment. 

    Exam support can be requested for tests or exams that will be facilitated in class. This support includes having technical support analysts (TSAs) who are familiar with Respondus LockDown Browser attending your class at the time of the test or exam with spare laptops.  Contact the IT Service Desk or complete the Exam Support Request form to make this request at least ten days prior to your test. 


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