If you determine that remote proctoring is required to assess student learning in your course, the Respondus Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor tools provide a method for securing online exams. This document provides an overview of the features of Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor, along with a step-by-step guide for how to activate these systems for your assessments in D2L. It also includes a quick start guide for students on taking a test with Respondus LockDown Browser and/or Monitor enabled.
Before choosing to use Respondus tools, you will want to:
Respondus Lockdown Browser has limitations when it comes to accessibility and being accessed with assistive technology:
Respondus Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor are a custom browser and an automated proctoring tool that locks down the testing environment within D2L. Note that these are two separate, but integrated tools with a range of monitoring functions. Instructors at Michigan State University may use Respondus Lockdown Browser and/or Monitor in order to assist with the administration of online assessments. Descriptions of these tools and their distinctions are provided below:
Respondus LockDown Browser
LockDown Browser® is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within D2L, preventing students from using outside resources. It can be used independently of Respondus Monitor.
Respondus Monitor® builds upon the power of LockDown Browser, using a student's webcam and video analytics to monitor their test during non-proctored exams. You must have enabled LockDown Browser for your assessment in order to enable Monitor features.
You use LockDown Browser when you need to ensure students do not use outside or online resources on their computer while taking a test.
You can use Respondus Monitor in conjunction with Respondus LockDown Browser when you want to have your students monitored using their webcams during their exam.