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Respondus Tools for Canvas

Online Assessment Options   |  Requirements    |   How to enable LockDown Browser

Please review how to create a Secure Quiz in Canvas before you continue with Respondus. You can use Cal Poly's Learning Management System to Assess Student Learning (Canvas or PolyLearn) before you just jump into Test Proctoring. 

Please read first: You can use Cal Poly's Learning Management System to Assess Student Learning (Canvas or PolyLearn) before you just jump into Test Proctoring. 

Before you start - Your students will need:

  • They need a computer (not phone or IOS device like Chromebook).
  • They will need reliable internet.
  • They will need a web camera.
  • Antivirus or security software can prevent students from installing downloaded software.
  • Some students may not have admin access to the computer they are using to install software. 

Be aware that if the student has family or roommates living with them, there may be "false positives".   

If your students do NOT have the tools, you will need to provide accommodations. Students can also receive technical resources either by their departments or

Respondus Monitor is a video monitoring service that uses the Respondus Lockdown Browser. It serves as deterrent to students using secondary computers, phones, calculators, textbooks, or receiving assistance from other students.  After a student has taken an exam, instructors can review sessions to check for any suspect behavior.  Respondus Monitor is suitable for low or medium-stakes exams that require student monitoring. Students can use either an internal or external webcam with Respondus Monitor.
Please see our Instructional Continuity page to learn about other Exam options.  Also review the Canvas Quiz Settings to Maximize Security page.

LockDown Browser Acessability information


Using Respondus ON Campus

LockDown Browser is available to instructors using Canvas as a LTI (3rd party tool) by OCOB who purchased a license for this year ending in June 2020. LockDown Browser may not be available after June 2020. Students would need to install LockDown Browser on their own computers or use a lab computer which the lab technician has installed LockDown Browser onto. Currenlty only OCOB and some CAFES labs have the software. Please check with your students to see if they have their own computer or your department technician for department lab installation. 

Formative assessments in Canvas are low stakes, provide multiple attempts, can be open book, and provides timely feedback. 
LockDown Browser is not recommended for Formative Assessments.

Summative assessments is an evaluation of student learning at the end of a module or unit. If you are teaching an online course and need to provide a summative assessment within Canvas, then LockDown Browser can provide a controlled environment. LockDown Browser is a custom browser that increases the security of online summative assessments in Canvas. When students use LockDown Browser to access a quiz, they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, access other applications, or close a quiz until it is submitted for grading. Quizzes created for use with LockDown Browser cannot be accessed with standard browsers either. LockDown Browser works much like a standard browser, but some options have been removed or work differently.

NOTE: LockDown Browser cannot be used on the DRC Testing Center computers. Learn more

Courtesy of OCOB, Respondus LockDown Browser has been purchased for the academic year 2019-2020 (Summer 19 - Spring 20). There is a possibility that LockDown will not be available after Spring 2020.  

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