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Respondus LockDown Browser

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Please review how to create a Secure Quiz in Canvas before you continue with Respondus. 

NOTE: As of July 18, 2020 - Classic Quizzes: When LockDown browser is enabled, students open the LockDown browser first and login to their account to navigate to their quiz. New Quizzes: When LockDown browser is enabled, however, the student workflow has been simplified where students begin using Canvas in their regular browser and LockDown browser will automatically launch when the exam begins. 

The following system versions are recommended for accessing LockDown Browser with New Quizzes:

  • Mac 2.0.6.06
  • Windows 2.0.6.07
  • iPad 8.2

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 https://techrentals.calpoly.edu/.


Any one of an array of events can disrupt faculty’s ability to teach courses via on-campus, in-class sessions. Cal Poly’s commitment to students includes making sure that we provide students an opportunity to complete courses despite disruptions, whenever possible.

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

NOTE: LockDown Browser cannot be used on DRC Testing Center (on campus) computers. Learn more

Enable LockDown Browser

Please read first about how you can use the LMS to Assess Student Learning 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 https://techrentals.calpoly.edu/.

 

Student Success: provide a practice quiz (way before a real one) so that students can download the LockDown Browser, test out their equipment and make sure everything works. The will help students prepare, reduce stress, and shows you they can successfully complete a Respondus quiz. 

The Respondus LockDown Browser tool must be added to the Navigation items so that you can use the tool to require quizzes to use LockDown. 

  1. Click on the Settings Course Menu link.
  2. Click on the Navigation tab.
  3. Drag the Respondus LockDown Browser item to the list above.
  4. Click on the Save button.

Adding LockDown Browser to a Quiz

Once you have created the quiz within Canvas, you can require students use the LockDown Browser for the quiz. 

NOTE: Make sure that your students have a Practice quiz multiple weeks before your exam to test out the tools and to confirm they can use the tools needed to take your exam. 

  1. Click on the Respondus LockDown Browser link in the Course Menu (left).
    NOTE: if you don't have the link, please see the instructions above to enable.
  2. Click on the Continue to LockDown Browser button (if you do not need to watch the introduction video).
  3. Click on the down arrow on the right of the quiz and choose Settings.
    lockdown settings
  4. Click on the Require Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam button. 
    Note: you can choose to allow students to see feedback via Safari, Chrome, Firefox Or LockDown.
    require lockdown
  5. Click on the Save + Close button.

Steps for Students who have already used LockDown Browser

  1. Log out of all apps.
  2. Open up Lockdown Browser
  3. Log into Canvas
  4. Go to the class Canvas Home page
  5. Click on the quiz
  6. Go through the webcam check 
  7. Go through other checks
  8. See the quiz questions and answers.

Steps for students who have NOT used LockDown Browser

  1. Log out of all apps.
  2. Log into Canvas
  3. Go to the class Canvas Home page
  4. Click on the quiz
  5. Download, install and open up Lockdown Browser
  6. Go through the webcam check 
  7. Go through other checks
  8. See the quiz questions and answers.

LockDown Monitor (Online Proctoring tool)

Monitor provides online proctoring via an AI that will record the students while taking their exams. It will provide a risk list for faculty. The Risk list will have clips and the full video for reviewing later. 

Respondus Support Site

DRC Testing Center Options

The LockDown Browser cannot be used on the DRC Testing Center computers.

Students would need to use their own laptop, with LockDown Browser installed, to take your quiz in the DRC Testing Center. The center is monitored by a person and the student will not be able to access other materials on their computer. 


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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