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Update on Respondus Monitor

Respondus Monitor will be discontinued on December 29, 2021. Respondus Monitor can only be used by 2021 fall semester courses that are pre-approved. Usage without pre-approval may incur charges to your department. If you wish to use Respondus Monitor, contact ASAP. Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus 4.0 will continue to be available in all courses.

Large courses that have been approved to have virtual component are strongly encouraged to develop a comprehensive assessment plan aligned to course learning objectives in preference to high stakes, online, proctored exams. However, if you do need online proctoring, please contact the Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology.

The Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology offers resources, including recorded videos, on assessments. You can also schedule a consultation with an OTLT staff member to help you evaluate your options.

What is Respondus?

Respondus is a vendor that provides assessment tools for learning management systems such as ICON. The University has license agreements for two Respondus products: Respondus 4.0 & Respondus LockDown Browser.

Respondus 4.0 is a Windows-based quiz authoring tool that makes it easy for instructors to create and manage exams that can be printed or published directly to ICON.

Respondus LockDown Browser (LDB) is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment in ICON. When students use LockDown Browser to access a quiz, they are 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.

If you are an instructor who would like to use Proctorio, please contact Distance and Online Education.

To learn more about Respondus 4.0, please visit this link. To learn more about Respondus Monitor, please visit this link. A comparison of Respondus LockDown Browser, Respondus Monitor, and Proctorio can be found here.

Getting Started with Respondus Lockdown Browser

The Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Canvas. 

How LockDown Browser Works:

  • Assessments are displayed full-screen and cannot be minimized
  • Browser menu and toolbar options are removed, except for Back, Forward, Refresh and Stop
  • Prevents access to other applications including messaging, screen-sharing, virtual machines, and remote desktops
  • Printing and screen capture functions are disabled
  • Copying and pasting anything to or from an assessment is prevented
  • Right-click menu options, function keys, keyboard shortcuts and task switching are disabled
  • Assessments that are set up for use with LockDown Browser cannot be accessed with other browsers

To learn more about getting started with Respondus Lockdown Browser, please visit our Getting Started page.



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