LockDown Browser

What is a LockDown Browser?

Respondus LockDown Browser is a customized browser that increases the security of online testing in Canvas. It prevents students from printing, copying, going to another website, or accessing other applications during an Exam. If a Canvas exam requires that Respondus LockDown Browser be used, the exam will not be accessible with a standard Web browser.

Key Features

  • Modified Toolbar - the condensed toolbar includes only Forward, Back, Refresh and Stop functions.
  • Assessment Mode - assessments are shown full-screen and cannot be minimized, resized, or exited until submitted for grading.
  • Disabled Controls - all printing, keystroke combinations, screen grab, function keys, and right-click menus have been disabled.
  • Links - links to other web servers do not compromise the secure testing environment.
  • Blocked Features & Applications - the Start button (Windows), system tray, and menu bars have been removed. Hundreds of screen capture, messaging, screensharing and network monitoring applications are blocked.
  • Accessibility - the Mac version of LockDown Browser works with the VoiceOver screen reader. The Windows version works with screen readers like JAWS and NVDA. All Windows users should be using version or newer. ZoomText is compatible in regards to increasing text size, but the reader is not currently compatible.

Accessing LockDown Browser

  1. An instructor must first create and deploy an exam in their Canvas course.
  2. Set an exam for use with the Respondus LockDown Browser by clicking on the LockDown Browser course menu link and Modifying the Settings for that Exam to require Lock Down Browser. Refer to LockDown Browser Instructor Quick Guide Canvas Edition 
  3. Instructors may wish to add a link to the Respondus Lockdown Browser Installation page for students somewhere in the exam description or in the Module that houses the exam, so that students know where to go to get the software and what version they need for their computer.
  1. To avoid last-minute problems, it’s strongly recommended that Respondus LockDown Browser be installed and tested well before students are expected to use it for an exam. If students are installing Respondus LockDown Browser to their own computers, we suggest that you create a sample quiz where the sole purpose is to confirm whether students have successfully installed the Respondus LockDown Browser and understand how to use it for taking a test.

 Enabling LockDown Browser for an Exam in Canvas

How can I learn more about LockDown Browser?

How can I get more help?

Contact the Academic Technology Center for support: