LockDown Browser

Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that prevents students from accessing external resources during a quiz within Canvas. When students use LockDown Browser to access a quiz, they will be 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 such as Firefox, Chrome, Safari, etc.

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Faculty examples How are faculty using this tool?

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Getting started How do I get started?

As an instructor, you can enable Lockdown Browser within your Canvas course:

Enable Lockdown Browser in course settings
  1. Navigate to your Course Settings
  2. Select the Navigation tab
  3. Find the Lockdown Browser menu option
    1. Drag to the active menu items section or choose the more options button (three dots) and choose Enable
    2. Save your changes
  4. You will now see the Lockdown Browser option within your Course Navigation menu

Instructors: Set-up a quiz


Figure 1

*Login to Canvas: Make sure you have a quiz prepared and deployed in Canvas that you would like to use with LockDown Browser.

  • In the Course Navigation, select LockDown Browser
  • You should see a list of all quizzes created in your course (see Figure 1)
  • Click the menu item on the left next to the quiz in which you would like to enable LockDown browser
  • Click on Modify Settings
    • Toggle "Require Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam"
    • Optional: Require LockDown Browser to view feedback and results (Grade and Comments are still visible to students within the Grades tab)
    • Required for FIPPA Compliance: Click on Advanced Settings and check off "Lock students into the browser until exam is completed"

See more Settings below in Figure 2: LockDown Browser Settings including allowing student to take an exam on an iPad.

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  • If a Canvas quiz requires the use of LockDown Browser, you will see "Requires Respondus LockDown browser" next to the quiz name in Quizzes (see Figure 3)
  • If you attempt to begin a quiz that requires LockDown Browser in an external browser such as Chrome, Safari, or Firefox, you will be prompted with a message indicating you need to download LockDown Browser (see Figure 4)
  • Using the download link provided in your Canvas course (see Figure 4) download and install LockDown Browser

Available support What support is available?

Support is provided by the Learning Technology Hub and individual instructional support units.