Blackboard (Faculty) - Require LockDown Browser for an Exam

This document provides an overview of how to set up an exam with LockDown Browser.

Note: Respondus (test authoring software) and Respondus LockDown Browser are two very different software programs, both made by the company Respondus. 

Faculty Tip: It is recommended to include a zero-point practice quiz using LockDown Browser before students take an actual exam in a course using LockDown Browser. Creating a practice quiz with unlimited attempts and leaving it open all semester will let students become familiar with the interface and run any necessary updates on their computers before taking an actual course assessment.
  1. From the Control Panel, click on Course Tools, then click on Respondus LockDown Browser.
  2. Select the test and click on the drop-down arrow to the left of the test name.
  3. Click on the Settings option.

    The Options Menu tab expanded with Settings option circled

  4. Click the radio button for "Require Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam."
  5. Put an optional Password in the box. This is the password that your student will need to know to log into LockDown Browser prior to taking the test.
  6. Click on Advanced Settings. Set any of the additional settings if desired, such as allowing students to print, use a calculator, or visit specific websites.
  7. Click the Save and Close button at the bottom of the window.

    The LockDown Browser settings page, with the "Required Respondus LckDownBrower for this exam", password texbox, Advnace Settings, and Save + Close options circled

  8. LockDown Browser is now required.

    Screenshot of an enabled LockDown Browser quiz
Warning: To preserve the settings used by LockDown Browser, do NOT modify these settings in Test Options: 1) Name 2) Open Test in a New Window, 3) Require a password, 4) Password. If these settings have been modified the test status will appear as an "Error."

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OwnerCenter I.GroupSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville
Created2016-03-25 14:29:41Updated2024-03-12 13:28:37
SitesSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville
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