Respondus Assessment
Respondus Browser
Respondus Monitor

Faculty Resources

Respondus & Blackboard (faculty)
Preparing an Exam for Respondus (Video)
Preparing an Exam for Respondus (PDF)

Setting an exam to allow students to use the iPad Edition of LockDown Browser

An instructor should follow these steps to allow students to access an exam with the iPad Edition of LockDown Browser:

  1. Login to the online course using an instructor account.
  2. Select the Respondus LockDown Browser tool (dashboard) and select “Modify Settings” for the exam.
  3. Select “Require Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam”.
  4. Expand “[+] Advanced Settings” and select “Allow students to take this exam with an iPad”.
  5. Save the settings.

Respondus Online Exam Tools

Respondus tools can be used to deter cheating in non-proctored exams in LIU Learns as well as create and manage test questions.

Respondus LockDown Browser

LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment in Blackboard on LIU Learns. When students use LockDown Browser to take a test, they are unable to print, copy, go to other websites, access other applications or close a test until it is submitted for grading.

Tests created for use with LockDown Browser cannot be accessed with standard browsers.

Respondus Monitor

Respondus Monitor, available in Respondus LockDown Browser, uses video analytics and a student’s webcam to deter cheating during non-proctored exams.

LockDown Browser System Requirements:

Operating Systems

Windows: 10, 8, 7

Mac: MacOS 10.15 to 10.12, OS X 10.11, OSX 10.10

iOS: 11.0+ (iPad only). Must have a compatible LMS integration. Details.

Respondus Monitor System Requirements:

System Requirements (Students)

Windows: 10, 8, 7

Mac: OS X 10.10 or higher

iOS: 10.0+ (iPad only). Must have a compatible LMS integration. Details.

Web camera (internal or external) & microphone

A broadband internet connection​

Open Respondus and click on the “i” located on the upper left hand side corner. On the new window that pops up click on “check for updates.” Click on “Get Updates” and install.

After taking the quiz, there is close sign on right hand side corner of the screen. Click on that and then sign out using your LIU student id and password.

To retake a quiz on respondus, students should confirm with their instructor whether they are allowed to take multiple attempts of a quiz or not. If multiple attempts are allowed, then after the first attempt, close the browser and log out using your LIU student id and password. Go to Blackboard and click on ‘take quiz’  again then log into respondus lockdown browser to attempt the quiz.

When the LockDown Browser appears to “freeze”, it is commonly due to a dialog box from other applications running in the background and appearing underneath the secure LockDown Browser layer or there are corrupted web links, which are blocked. (LockDown Browser is a client web browser based on the same system components and settings that also make up IE on Windows and Safari on Macs.)

If the “Student Early Exit” feature is not available, no proctor is available to enter the “Proctor Exit Password” to close LockDown Browser, or the system is not responsive to the proctor exit password, the only option is a power down.

Because many systems put the computer into suspension when pressing the power button once, it will likely be necessary for you to force a power down by holding down the power button for 5 to 20 seconds or longer. Usually there is a small “chirp”, “click” or “beep” as the local drive heads are locked into transport position and the display discharges during the power down. Keep holding down the power button until the computer completely turns off. Ignore any messages that may appear on your screen during this process.

We recommend the following steps to restore any default settings after a power down. Please _do not_ attempt to remove LockDown Browser or perform any other restore methods before doing the following steps.

To restore the default settings on a Windows system:

1. Start the system from a power down (not suspension).

2. Start LockDown Browser

3. Immediately quit LockDown Browser

4. Log out of the Windows user account (do not use Windows Restart)

5. Log back into the Windows user account

To restore the default settings on a Macintosh system:

1. Start the system from a power down (not suspension).

2. Start LockDown Browser

3. Immediately quit LockDown Browser

If the student loses Internet connectivity in the middle of an exam, they can in most situations, use the “Student Early Exit” to close the browser with a valid reasons, resolve the underlying connection issue, restart the browser and continue the exam.

However, if the instructor enabled the option “Lock students into the browser until exam is completed ” when enabling the LockDown Browser requirement in the LockDown Browser Dashboard, the instructor or proctor will need to use an “exit password” under the “i” button or “About” button in the LockDown Browser toolbar to close the browser.

At the end of the message, we’ve included steps to restore with LockDown Browser if the system encounters a serious system error.

If you encounter any “spinning wheel” errors (and blanked out frame where your webcam image should be), it’s occurring because another program, background process, or privacy setting on your computer is preventing LockDown Browser from activating your camera. See this guide from Respondus for more.

https://support.respondus.com/support/index.php?/default_import/Knowledgebase/Article/View/570/0/spinning-wheel-during-webcam-check

See also:

macOS 10.14.x (and newer) Camera and Microphone Permissions

This error indicates your computer and/or network is blocking access to Respondus servers hosted on AWS (Amazon Web Services). Until the block is removed, you will not be permitted to proceed. See this guide from Respondus for more.

https://support.respondus.com/support/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/557/25/01-aws-xxx-unable-to-connect-to-respondus-server-aws

The iPad Edition of “LockDown Browser” available from the Apple App Store enables a student to use an iPad to take exams that require LockDown Browser. However, your instructor must first select a setting that permits the use of iPads for the exam and your school’s learning management system must be compatible.

See this Guide from Respondus for more information:

http://support.respondus.com/support/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/219/0/can-an-ipad-be-used-to-take-a-lockdown-browser-exam-instructions-for-students

Student Resources

Download the lockdown browser
Lockdown browser for iPad

The iPad Edition of “LockDown Browser” available from the Apple App Store enables a student to use an iPad to take exams that require LockDown Browser. However, your instructor must first select a setting that permits the use of iPads for the exam and your school’s learning management system must be compatible.

See this Guide from Respondus for more information on this topic:

http://support.respondus.com/support/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/219/0/can-an-ipad-be-used-to-take-a-lockdown-browser-exam-instructions-for-students