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Respondus Lockdown Browser

The Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser for use with proctored quizzes and exams delivered through D2L. When the LockDown Browser is set as required, students must use the LockDown Browser to access the quiz and will, as a result, be unable to copy, screen capture, print, or open other programs or browser windows until the quiz is submitted. The full list of features is available on the Respondus website.

NOTE: A pilot for the LockDown Browser will take place during the Spring 2015 semester. If you are interested in more information or participating in the pilot, please contact CETL (; 715-836-2385).

This page contains the following information for faculty participating in the Spring 2015 pilot:

Tips and Considerations for use of the LockDown Browser

The LockDown Browser is best suited for testing in a face-to-face setting or in an ITV environment in which the quiz or exam is being proctored. While the LockDown Browser can be enabled for any D2L quiz, it is unable to prevent students from using other devices (e.g., cell phone, digital camera, laptop) when completing a quiz in an unproctored environment.

Make sure that students know well in advance that they must use LockDown Browser to complete a D2L quiz and/or view a submitted D2L quiz. One way to accomplish this is to create an ungraded practice quiz requiring the LockDown Browser prior to requiring LockDown Browser on a graded quiz or exam. This will provide students with the opportunity to install LockDown Browser and verify that it is working properly.

It is good practice for instructors to verify LockDown Browser settings before students attempt the quiz or exam. To confirm that a D2L quiz requiring LockDown Browser has been set up correctly:

  1. Open a standard web browser and log in to D2L.

  2. Select “Preview” from the drop-down menu associated with the quiz.

  3. Uncheck the box next to Bypass Restrictions.


  4. You should be unable to start the quiz within the standard web browser if everything is set correctly.

  5. Next, open LockDown Browser, log in to D2L, and repeat steps 2 & 3. If everything is set correctly, you should be able to start the quiz with the LockDown Browser.

    NOTE: If you access a quiz with LockDown Browser, you must submit the quiz before the browser will allow you to exit.

It is possible to include access to a calculator, spreadsheet viewer, and printing capabilities within LockDown Browser (Windows only); please contact CETL (; 715-836-2385) for more information.

Requiring the LockDown Browser for a D2L Quiz

The LockDown Browser can be set as required for students to access a quiz and/or view quiz submissions.

  1. Navigate to Course Home.

  2. Locate the Respondus LockDown Browser box (widget) in the lower right-hand side and click on the LockDown Browser Dashboard link.

    NOTE: The LockDown Browser Dashboard described here is only available on select versions of the Course Homepage. If you are interested in more information, please contact CETL (; 715-836-2385).

  3. In the window that opens, select the dropdown arrow next to the quiz.


  4. Select Modify Settings.

  5. Click the radio button next to "Require LockDown Browser for this exam."

Respondus LockDown Browser dashboard

  1. Press Save and Close to retain your changes.

  2. For information on accessing advanced settings in the Lockdown Browser, please see the Advanced Settings section below.

If students attempt to access a quiz (or a quiz submission view) that requires the LockDown Browser, they will receive a message stating that the LockDown Browser must be used and are provided with a link to download and install the LockDown Browser.


Students will not have the ability to begin the quiz if attempting to access the quiz with a different browser when the LockDown Browser is required.

Advanced Settings in the LockDown Browser Dashboard

The LockDown Browser Dashboard has three advanced settings available to the instructor. To access the dashboard and the advanced settings:

  1. Navigate to the Respondus LockDown Browser box (widget) in the lower right-hand side of Course Home and click on the LockDown Browser Dashboard link.

  2. In the window that opens, select the dropdown arrow next to the quiz.


  3. Select Modify Settings.

  4. Click the [ + ] next to Advanced Settings.


  1. Press Save and Close.

Lock Students into the Browser

The first option can be selected to prevent students from exiting the LockDown Browser before a quiz or exam is submitted for grading. If selected, a student will be unable to exit the browser if their Internet connection fails or there is an emergency. Optionally, a password can be entered to enable a proctor to close the browser during an exam. Respondus does not recommend selecting this setting outside of a proctored environment.

If the checkbox is left unselected (which is the default option), a student will be warned twice before being able to close the browser. The student will also be prompted to enter their reason for exiting the exam early. The student's response will be available to the instructor from the LockDown Browser Dashboard.

iPad Edition of the LockDown Browser

See this Respondus Knowledgebase article for information about the iPad Edition of the LockDown Browser.

Accessibility Mode for the LockDown Browser

See this Respondus Knowledgebase article for information on how the LockDown Browser can be used in accessibility mode for those with disabilities.

Help Desk

For more information or to request a service, contact the LTS Help Desk:
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