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What is Respondus LockDown Browser?

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LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment in Canvas. 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. 

LockDown Browser works much like a standard browser, but some options have been removed or work differently. The list below highlights some of these differences.

1. ModifiedToolbar - the condensed toolbar includes only Forward, Back, Refresh, and Stop functions. 

2. Assessment Mode - assessments are shown fullscreen and cannot be minimized, resized, or exited until submitted for grading. 

3.  Disabled Controls - all printing, keystroke combinations, screen grab, function keys, and right-click menus have been disabled. 

4. Links - links to other web servers do not compromise the secure testing environment. 

5. Blocked Features and Applications - the Start button (Windows), system tray, and menu bars have been removed. Hundreds of screen capture, messaging, screen-sharing and network monitoring applications are blocked.

Video Tutorial: Introduction to Lockdown Browser

Video Tutorial: Introduction to Respondus LockDown Browser for Students

More information, including guides and videos for students and instructors can be found at

Respondus also provides demonstration webinars for Faculty on using Lockdown Browser and Monitor. 


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