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Respondus LockDown Browser supports instructors' use of Blackboard's Test tool for proctored exams that would otherwise require the use of hard copy Scantrons. The following is a list of best practices for getting started with Respondus.

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  • Review the resources provided by Respondus
  • Poll your class to assess their access to a portable device that might be used for a Respondus assessment (i.e., Windows, Mac, or iOS). Respondus is currently not compatible with Android OSs or for use on Chromebooks.
  • Have students download and install the software in advance of the first assessment from this link; iPad can download the LockDown Browser app free from the iTunes app store.
  • Set-up a practice Respondus exam for students in Blackboard. The assessment could include just one question (e.g., “T/F: You were able to access this question.”). This video provides step-by-step directions for setting up the Lockdown Browser for deploying an assessment.
  • Emphasize the need for students to bring their device fully charged to take the assessment
  • Identify power drops in the testing venue and consider contingency plans for students who deplete their devices’ batteries during the proctoring period
  • Use a low-stakes assessment for the first implementation (e.g., a review session)
  • Have a paper back-up of assessment on hand as a back-up
  • Contact Instructional Technology for additional support for your first implementation
  • Prior to implementation, add a version of the following text to your class syllabus, or send as an email to your students:

This course requires the use of LockDown Browser for online exams. Watch this short video to get a basic understanding of LockDown Browser and the optional webcam feature (which may be required for some exams), then download and install LockDown Browser from this link. Students using an iPad can download the LockDown Browser app free from the iTunes app store. To take an online test, start LockDown Browser and navigate to the exam. (You won't be able to access the exam with a standard web browser.) For additional details on using LockDown Browser, review this Student Quick Start Guide (PDF). Finally, when taking an online exam, follow these guidelines:

  • Ensure you're in a location where you won't be interrupted
  • Turn off all mobile devices, phones, etc.
  • Clear your desk of all external materials — books, papers, other computers, or devices
  • Remain at your desk or workstation for the duration of the test
  • LockDown Browser will prevent you from accessing other websites or applications; you will be unable to exit the test until all questions are completed and submitted
Warning: To preserve the settings used by LockDown Browser, do NOT modify these settings in Test Options: 1) Name 2) Open Test in a New Window, 3) Require a password, 4) Password. If these settings have been modified the test status will appear as an "Error."

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