Respondus LockDown Browser


Responders lockdown browser – a secure
testing environment for blackboard learn assessments Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom
browser that locks down the testing environment within blackboard Learn. When students use Respondus LockDown
Browser to access an assessment they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL or access other applications. Students are locked into an assessment until
it is submitted for grading Respondus LockDown Browser is a client
application that is installed to a local computer. It provides a custom interface for the Internet
Explorer (Windows) or Safari (Mac) Software that is already installed on the computer. It does not modify an existing copy of Internet
Explorer or Safari but rather installs a separate program that
will display the custom browser when it is started. Respondus LockDown Browser uses the same
security features and service packs that are currently installed for Internet Explorer
or Safari. Installing Respondus LockDown Browser will
not modify the current version of Internet Explorer
or Safari in any way. Respondus LockDown Browser creates a locked
testing environment for Blackboard assessments and includes the following features Assessments are displayed full-screen and
cannot be minimized. Assessments cannot be exited until submitted
by users for grading. Task switching or access to other applications
is prevented. Printing functions are disabled. Print Screen and capturing functions are
disabled. Copying and pasting anything to and from an
assessment is prohibited. Right-click menu options are disabled in
Windows, key-plus-click options are disabled in
Mac. Browser menu and toolbar options are disabled
except Back, Forward, Refresh and Stop. Function keys (F1 through F12) are disabled.
Source code for the HTML page cannot be viewed. URLs cannot be typed by the user. Hundreds of screen capture, messaging, screen
sharing and network monitoring applications are
blocked from running. The browser automatically starts at the
institution’s login page for blackboard. Links and questions that point to other servers
don’t compromise the locked testing environment. Pages from the assessment aren’t cached or
stored in the browser’s history listing – and many
other features. Respondus LockDown Browser is not intended
to replace the browser used by faculty or students for normal work within blackboard. Respondus LockDown Browser is only intended
for use by students while taking assessments that have been prepared for use with Respondus
LockDown Browser. Respondus LockDown Browser has not been
tested for use in other areas of blackboard learn. Also, since LockDown Browser blocks other
applications from running, your students will not
be able to use other programs to do projects that they then submit
through the Blackboard Assessments. LockDown Browser does not have an
“exceptions list” to allow other programs to
function – it is just for exams in Blackboard. To use Respondus LockDown Browser, you first
have to enable it in your Blackboard course. In the Course Management Panel, click on Customization,
then click on Tool Availability. Scroll down, all the way to the Rs, until you find “Respondus LockDown Browser”. Click the checkbox to the right of it, then
click the Submit button. And now, Respondus LockDown Browser is enabled
in your course. Setting a Blackboard Learn assessment to
require Respondus LockDown Browser is remarkably easy! First, create your assessment in Blackboard
as you normally would. Next, in the course management panel, expand the course tools area, scroll down, and choose Respondus LockDown
Browser. Click the pull down box next to your
assessment and choose Modify Settings. Next, choose “Require Respondus LockDown
Browser” for this exam. You have additional options to require students
to enter a password to access the exam, or enter a password that will allow them to close the browser and exit the exam
early and return at a later time. Use this latter option if you want students
to have the ability to work on the exam over
multiple sessions. Choose Save and Close, and you will note now that your exam is set
to require Respondus LockDown Browser. Now you’re ready to go! In the labs the easiest way for students to
access LockDown Browser is to click on the Start Button and then enter LockDown Browser
or simply lockdown in the search box. The Respondus LockDown Browser icon will
appear in the search results. They will double- click this icon to open the application. Respondus LockDown Browser is similar to a
standard web browser but several features have
been removed. These include the menu bar, the address field for entering URLs, the Start
Button in Windows and the system tray. Only the Back, Forward, Stop and Refresh
buttons have been retained. The right mouse button has also been disabled
along with keyboard functions such as function keys and task switching keystrokes. The source code for the web page cannot be
viewed either. Once the student enters the Blackboard course
he or she then locates the assessment. If the assessment is set to require LockDown
Browser, and if the student is using LockDown Browser, then everything will function as normal. However, if the student attempts to use a
regular browser, as shown here, the screen will display a message saying that the assessment can
only be taken with Respondus LockDown Browser. Once the assessment begins, the student is
prevented from exiting LockDown Browser until the assessment is submitted for grading or upon entering the instructor supplied exit
password. Not only are students prevented from going
to other web sites or using other applications, they are also prevented from accessing other
areas in Blackboard while taking the assessment. Test questions can include images, Flash files
or PDF files just as with a standard browser. The equation editor and other exam tools will
work as normal. If a question contains links to another URL
it will open the link in a locked window that will
not allow navigation beyond that initial page. If the content in the new browser window
happens to include a search engine, students will be unable to use the search feature in that page. When ready, the student will submit the test
for grading. It is now possible to exit LockDown Browser. All other applications available to the student
before opening LockDown Browser will now be available for use.

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