Respondus LockDown Browser is an optional security measure that can be enabled for any eConestoga quiz. When enabled, it restricts students' ability to use communication and recording software while they write the quiz.

Enabling Respondus LockDown Browser

There are a number of different ways you can configure Respondus LockDown Browser to work with your quizzes; this guide will walk you through setting up the most common configuration.

Note: Mac users may experience glitches when trying to follow these steps in the Safari browser. If Mac Safari fails to load the LockDown Browser control panel as expected, please switch to Firefox or Chrome and complete the process there.

  1. Go to Course Tools -> Quizzes.
  2. Open the LockDown Browser tab at the top of the screen.
    • Note: If this is the first time you're accessing the LockDown Browser tab, you will need to authorize Respondus to access your account information. Only your name and employee e-mail address will be passed to the vendor.
    • After the security authorization, you may also see a splash screen with support and reference documents for Respondus; if you don't wish to see this splash screen each time you open the tab, there is a checkbox at the bottom left which will prevent the screen from being displayed in the future.
  3. You should now see a screen which lists the Quizzes in your course. Click the drop-down arrow beside any quiz' title and choose "Settings".
  4. On the next screen:
    • Select the option to "Require Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam."
    • Uncheck the checkbox immediately underneath, labeled "Require LockDown Browser to view feedback and results."
    • Expand the "Advanced Settings" section, and check the first option, labeled "Lock students into the browser until exam is completed."
  5. Once you're done, click Save + Close at the bottom. You will be returned to the quiz listing, and the text "Requires Respondus LockDown Browser" will have been added to the title of the quiz.

Copying Respondus-Enabled Quizzes

When a Respondus-enabled quiz is set up in one course and then copied to a different course, there is a very quick process that must be followed in the new course before students will be able to write the quiz.

  1. Go to Course Tools -> Quizzes.
  2. Open the LockDown Browser tab at the top of the screen.
  3. Move past the security authorization and splash screens if you have not previously dismissed them
  4. Once you arrive on the screen that lists your quizzes, the system will quickly synchronize on its own; no further input is needed from you

If this procedure isn't completed after copying a Respondus-enabled quiz, students who attempt to launch the quiz will receive an error message.

What Students Will See

Important Note: Respondus LockDown Browser is a program that must be installed on the computer that a student is using BEFORE they write a quiz that requires it. All Conestoga lab computers have this software pre-installed, but students writing a quiz at home or on a laptop must download and install the software. A download link will be presented on the start screen of the quiz, and students can also pre-download the software by logging into eConestoga, clicking "Student Support" at the top of the screen, and searching for "Respondus".

When Respondus is enabled for a quiz, students who write that quiz will not see the normal "Start Quiz" button. Instead, they'll see a button labeled "Launch LockDown Browser". As long as the LockDown Browser has been installed on the computer that the student is using, clicking that button will immediately launch the browser.

Once the quiz launches, the LockDown Browser will do what its name implies-- the student's computer will be locked down for the duration of the quiz.

  • Screen-recording and communication software of all kinds will immediately be closed.
  • Students will be locked within the Quiz-- they will not be able to open the Content area of the course and view material posted there, nor will they be able to launch other software on their computer.
  • Students will be unable to print, take screenshots, or use copy and paste.