Respondus LockDown Browser Instructor Guide

What is LockDown Browser? #

LockDown Browser is a browser tool from Respondus that locks down the testing environment in Quercus. The primary application for LockDown Browser at Rotman is to uphold academic integrity during in-person computer-based exams delivered via Quercus Quizzes. When students use LockDown Browser to access a quiz, they are unable to print, copy, visit other websites, access other applications, or close a quiz until it is submitted for grading. Quizzes created for use with LockDown Browser cannot be accessed with standard browsers.

Setting Up a Quiz with LockDown Browser #

Follow these steps to set up a quiz in Quercus that requires students to use LockDown Browser. Note that LockDown Browser needs to be enabled for your course. Contact for assistance. We strongly recommend setting up a Mock Exam so students can troubleshoot any potential issues before exam day.

Step 1: Create a Quiz in Quercus #

Ensure that the quiz has been created and is available in the Quercus course.

Step 2: Access LockDown Browser Settings #

  1. From the Course Navigation in Quercus, select LockDown Browser.
  2. A list of quizzes in the course will be displayed.

Step 3: Configure LockDown Browser #

  1. Quizzes labeled with Required require students to use LockDown Browser.
  2. Quizzes labeled with Not Required do not require students to use LockDown Browser.
  3. To enable LockDown Browser for your desired quiz, select Settings from the context menu to the left of the quiz title and select Require LockDown Browser for this Exam and add a passcode if necessary.

Step 4: Advanced Settings #

Several advanced settings are available:

  1. Prevent Students from Exiting the Browser: This setting prevents students from exiting the browser until the exam is completed. This is useful in testing centers where a proctor can enter a password to exit an exam early.
  2. Allow iPad Use: This setting allows students to take the exam with an iPad using the free LockDown Browser app.
  3. Whitelist Web Domains: This setting allows students to access a list of specified web domains during the test. You MUST contact Rotman Digital for assistance if you would like to allow web domains in your quiz. Setup is not intuitive.
  4. Provide Tools: These settings allow instructors to provide students with a calculator or print function in the LockDown Browser toolbar.

Step 5: Save and Close #

Click Save and Close to apply the settings.

Installing LockDown Browser on Student Devices #

LockDown Browser must be installed on each computer (Windows or Mac) used to take a quiz.

  • Rotman Digital will provide the link for downloading and installing LockDown Browser for your students.
  • Students will follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
  • It is important to note that administrative access to your machine is required to launch LockDown Browser. Students with work-managed devices (e.g. EMBA, GEMBA, EP, etc.) may need administrative access from their employers or a secondary device.

Student Perspective: Using LockDown Browser #

From a student’s perspective, this is how LockDown Browser is used to take a Quercus quiz:

  1. First, install the LockDown Browser using the link provided by Rotman Digital.
  2. Locate the “LockDown Browser” shortcut on the desktop and double-click. (For Mac users, launch “LockDown Browser” from the Applications folder.)
  3. If prompted to close a blocked program (e.g., screen capture, instant messaging), choose Yes.
  4. Log into Quercus.
  5. Navigate to the quiz and click Take a Quiz.
  6. Once a quiz has been started with LockDown Browser, students cannot exit until the Submit Quiz button is clicked.

Using Spreadsheets with LockDown Browser #

LockDown Browser supports basic spreadsheet functionality, allowing blank or pre-populated .xls/.xlsx files to be viewed and manipulated during an exam session on Windows, Mac, and iPad.

Steps for Instructors: #

  1. Upload the Spreadsheet: Upload a blank or pre-populated .xls/.xlsx file to a content area in your Quercus course page.
  2. Link the Spreadsheet: Right-click on the spreadsheet title, choose “copy link location,” and paste the link into the quiz question. Alternatively, use the document uploading tool in the essay question toolbar if available.
  3. Guide Students: Provide clear instructions in the question wording on how students should access and use the spreadsheet.

Example Use Cases: #

  1. Multiple Choice Questions: Include a link to a pre-populated spreadsheet for students to use in their calculations.
  2. Essay Questions: Require students to create or modify a spreadsheet and submit it via a unique URL generated by the LockDown Browser tool. Rotman Digital can demonstrate this functionality.

Important Notes: #

  • The .csv file type is not supported; convert it to .xls/.xlsx before use.
  • The spreadsheet tool is not available for McGraw-Hill ALEKS or Pearson MyLab integrations.

For more detailed information, please refer to the Respondus Support page.

Additional Resources #