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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.

Show Me

 

Video - 3:16

Tell Me

  • 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 OS or for use on Chromebooks. You must give specific permission in RLDB for students to use an iPad.
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."

Preparing Students for RLDB

  • Prior to implementation, add a version of this sample statement to your class syllabus and course shell, or send as an email to your students.
  • Have students download and install the software in advance of the first assessment from this linkThis link is unique for UMBC. It cannot be used by non-UMBC students or for another Blackboard or LMS outside of our campus. 
  • 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.

Giving a Test

  • 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.

Getting Support

  • Attend a Respondus LDB training from Respondus or UMBC.
  • Contact Instructional Technology for additional support for your first implementation.



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