What is LockDown Browser?
Respondus LockDown Browser (LDB) is a customized browser that increases the security of online testing in Blackboard. LDB functions much like a standard browser; however, some options have been removed or behave differently. For example, in the exam environment, the exams are shown in full screen and cannot be minimized, resized, or exited until submitted for grading.
How do I install LockDown Browser on my local computer?
It is a quick install and does not take up much room on your computer.
In anticipation of downloading LDB on my local computer, or if I have difficulty with using LDB once installed, what can I do?
- Make sure your Java is updated by going to http://www.java.com/en/download/installed.jsp
- Clear out your Java cache: Windows > Control Panel > Java > General > Settings.
- If you are prompted to make Blackboard a “trusted site” on your computer, click Yes.
- If you are trying to download LDB at your workplace, there may be some restrictions (firewall or otherwise) for loading software. In that case, you will have to check with the system administrator.
How do I take a test in Blackboard using LockDown Browser?
Once you have installed LDB, click the LDB icon on your desktop to get to ECU Blackboard from the LDB browser. You will be prompted to close all other programs down, such as Outlook, iTunes, Facebook, Dell Dock, etc. Once you are logged in, go to your course and the content area where the exam is located. Take the exam like you normally would, and click Submit when you are finished.
Do I need a password to take the exam?
Generally, no. Most instructors do not assign a password to an exam in LDB.
Is LockDown Browser Mac friendly?
Do the computer labs on campus have LockDown Browser installed on the computers?
Yes they do. Here is the list of labs that have computers with LDB:
If I have questions or issues with LockDown Browser, who do I call?
Why are instructors using Respondus LockDown Browser for giving exams in Blackboard?
Respondus LockDown Browser is a customized browser that increases the security of online testing in Blackboard. When students use Respondus LockDownBrowser to take a Blackboard test, they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, access other applications, or close a test until is it submitted for grading.
Do I have to install LockDown Browser?
No. It is a building block/tool in your Blackboard course. (Students do an LDB install.)
How do I find LDB in my Blackboard course?
Control Panel > Course Tools > Respondus LockDown Browser. [If you do not see it there at the beginning of the semester, to Control Panel > Customization > Tool Availability > Respondus LockDown Browser > check the box to make it available in your Tools.]
How do I associate my exams with LDB?
- Go to Course Tools in the Control Panel.
- Click Respondus LockDown Browser.
- You will see your list of exams; choose the exam
- Click Modify Settings, then “Require LockDown Browser…”
Should I provide a link to students to install LDB?
Yes; please add it to a content area or an announcement. Here’s the link:
Should I create a practice quiz for students to try LDB?
General questions? Send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org