Requiring students to use the LockDown Browser for a quiz will prevent them from opening any other programs on their computer, switching between open applications, or printing out the quiz. Information Technology has installed the LockDown Browser in all computer labs. It is also available for students to download onto their own laptops at the following address: http://www.respondus.com/lockdown/download.php?id=492849860 . (Note: this is only valid for Dominican students and faculty.) We encourage faculty to download this software, as well, since once the quiz is published, the Student View in Canvas WILL allow you to try it out within the LockDown Browser.
Note that LockDown Browser is intended for use in a proctored/lab environment and not for online/blended courses.
It is strongly recommended that you create a Graded quiz worth zero points requiring the LockDown Browser for practice before having students take an actual graded quiz using their own laptops. This way, you can ensure that they have correctly downloaded and installed the LockDown browser on their laptops before a higher stakes, for-credit quiz. More information on recommended settings is at the end of this article.
Setting Up the LockDown Browser Options
Create an online quiz in Canvas as you normally would. Any options that you usually use will work. If you require an access code, however, you should set that code in the Respondus options, described below.
Once you create the quiz, click the LockDown Browser menu item in your Canvas course site. (Students do NOT see this menu item). Once there, you will see a list of all quizzes in your course site--both published as well as unpublished. Note that you do NOT have to publish a quiz in order to create the LockDown Browser settings ahead of time. Click the context menu to the left of the quiz name, and select Modify Settings:
The ensuing screen will look like the one below. Be sure to click the Advanced Settings icon (circled below) to see additional settings:
These settings above show the best place to type in an access code for your quiz rather than in the Canvas quiz options. Additionally--especially for quizzes where you require the entire quiz be taken at once--you may wish to consider enabling the first checkbox, which (in turn) will prompt you to input a password that you or a proctor must type in if the student closes the browser before completion. (For timed quizzes in Canvas, even if a browser is closed, the timer will continue to run for that student.)
Note the explain links next to each item, which offer context-sensitive help. If you enable a calculator, it will be located on the top toolbar of the LockDown Browser.
Additional information on settings can be found in the QuickStart PDF that is linked at the bottom of this article. (Note that we do NOT have licenses for the Respondus Monitor webcam program for non-proctored exams.)
Sample Wording for Syllabus
The following wording is suggested to place on your syllabus if you plan to use the LockDown Browser:
Using LockDown Browser for Online Exams
This course requires the use of LockDown Browser for online exams. Watch this short video to get a basic understanding of LockDown Browser. (We do not have the optional webcam feature covered in this video--only LockDown Browser.)
Then download and install LockDown Browser from this link:
To take an online test, start LockDown Browser and navigate to the exam. (You won't be able to access the exam with a standard web browser.) For additional details on using LockDown Browser, review this Student Quick Start Guide (PDF).
Finally, when taking an online exam, follow these guidelines:
- Ensure you're in a location where you won't be interrupted
- Turn off all mobile devices, phones, etc.
- Clear your desk of all external materials — books, papers, other computers, or devices
- Remain at your desk or workstation for the duration of the test
- LockDown Browser will prevent you from accessing other websites or applications; you will be unable to exit the test until all questions are completed and submitted
Creating a Practice Quiz
As stated above, if you are having students take a quiz with LockDown Browser in the classroom on their own laptops, we highly recommend you create a sample quiz first with the LockDown Browser enabled. For one thing, a download link will be automatically generated for students to download the LockDown Browser ahead of time before taking the quiz. Additionally, you can be assured that they have the browser correctly installed IF you take the following precautions when creating the quiz in Canvas:
- Allow multiple attempts on the quiz
- Make it a Graded Quiz (not Practice Quiz!!) so that you can see they took it in the Gradebook with a score reflected.
- Create but one question of your choice, making it worth 0 points.
This way, every student who successfully took your practice quiz will register a score of 0 for the quiz in your Canvas Gradebook; those who did not take it will not show anything.
Need More Help?
Additional information is available on the Respondus web site. Overall, however, we think you (and your students) will find the LockDown Browser very easy to use.