Canvas: Enable Respondus Lockdown Browser for a Quiz

Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that ensures a student's desktop can only access a Canvas Quiz. It is based on the same system components and settings that make up Internet Explorer (Windows) and Safari (Mac) browsers already installed on computers. Respondus LockDown Browser is both Windows and Macintosh compatible.

When enabled for a quiz, the student receives a prompt to download the Respondus LockDown Browser application and install it before they can access the quiz. When the student begins taking the quiz, the student is locked into the quiz until it is submitted for grading.

Respondus LockDown Browser prevents the student from:

  • Opening additional browser windows
  • Using other browsers
  • Accessing other websites
  • Opening additional applications or files
  • Using a printer
Note: We strongly recommend that instructors inform students to use an Ethernet (wired) Internet connection while taking an exam in Respondus Lockdown Browser. They are more likely to run into problems due to dropped/interrupted WiFi connections than when using a wired connection. If they do lose their Internet connection during the exam, it will lock up the browser and not allow them to save answers, move on to other questions, submit or exit the exam.
We also recommend that instructors have a practice quiz so that students can be sure that there won't be any issues with Respondus LockDown Browser during a graded exam.

Adding Respondus LockDown Browser to Course Navigation

  1. Go to the Course menu and click Settings at the bottom.
  2. Click the Navigation tab.
  3. In the listing at the bottom of the screen, find LockDownBrowser and select the Edit Course Navigation (gear) icon.
  4. Select Enable. Respondus LockDown Browser moves to the upper listing.
  5. Drag LockDown Browser to where you want it to appear in the Course Navigation.

Selecting the quizzes to use Respondus LockDown Browser

  1. Go to Course menu and click LockDown Browser.
  2. Find the quiz in the listing and click the icon to the left of the quiz name.
  3. Select Modify Settings or Settings.
  4. Select Require Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam.
  5. Click Advanced Settings to expand other options
  6. IMPORTANT: Uncheck Require LockDown Browser to view feedback and results.
    Canvas will not allow students to view their results "Immediately after completing the quiz" with this setting selected.

    Lockdown Browser settings window with expanded Advanced Settings section and Require LockDownBrowser to view post-exam feedback and results unchecked.
  7. Select Save + Close. The LockDown Browser column will now show Required for the quiz.

Removing Respondus LockDown Browser from a Quiz

When importing course content from a previous semester the Respondus Lockdown quiz setting will be imported.

To disable Respondus Lockdown Browser for a quiz:

  1. Go to Lockdown Browser on your Course navigation menu.
  2. Find the quiz in the list. It will say "Required" in the LockDown Browser column on the right.
  3. Click the down arrow for the quiz and choose Settings.
  4. Select the Don't require Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam radio button and click the Save + Close button.

The quiz will now show "Not Required" on the right.


Canvas for Students: Download and Install Respondus LockDown Browser

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