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What is Respondus LockDown Browser?

LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within the Quizzes tool in TCU Online. It deters cheating during online exams: students are unable to copy, print, access other applications and programs, or visit other websites while taking an assessment using the Quizzes tool.

Faculty Introduction to LockDown Browser

How does Respondus Lockdown Browser improve the security of the TCU Online Quizzes tool?

When enabled, Respondus LockDown Browser

  • Displays assessments in full-screen mode; assessments cannot be minimized
  • Prevents access to other applications, including messaging, screen-sharing, virtual machines, and network-monitoring applications
  • Disables Print, Print Screen, and screen capture functions
  • Prevents copying and pasting anything to or from an assessment
  • Disables right-click menu options, function keys, keyboard shortcuts, and task switching
  • Prevents a student from exiting an assessment until it has been submitted for grading
  • Removes browser menu and toolbar options except for Back, Forward, Refresh, and Stop
  • Prevents students from using other browsers if an assessment has been set up for use with LockDown Browser

Respondus LockDown Browser supports screen readers and is available for Windows, Mac, iOS, and other systems.

What is Respondus Monitor?

Respondus Monitor is a companion application for LockDown Browser that uses webcam and video technology to deter cheating during within the Quizzes tool in TCU Online, and is useful for non-proctored testing environments. Monitor is a fully automated solution for online proctoring because it records student exam sessions with a webcam and flags suspicious behavior automatically.

TCU has a limited number of licenses, which are are primarily reserved for distance learning courses. This is not a solution to avoid in-class online exams. If you feel your course has a need for a Respondus Monitor license please contact the Koehler Center at elearning@tcu.edu.  If you enable Respondus Monitor without prior approval from the Koehler Center your department may be charged for the licenses you use.

Note: Faculty can utilize LockDown Browser without Monitor, but you must have LockDown Browser enabled to use Monitor. They appear on the same tab in TCU Online Quizzes setup.


Get Started

  • Download and install the Lockdown Browser
  • Enable your settings
  • Add information for students to your syllabus and TCU Online course: LockDown Browser information for your syllabus
  • Share the Introduction to LockDown Browser video with your students.
  • Set-up a practice exam in your course: Ensure your first exam using Respondus Lockdown Browser runs smoothly. Have students take an ungraded practice quiz that requires the use of LockDown Browser before taking a graded exam. Direct students to use the Help Center prior to their first exam.
    • With LockDown Browser open, log into the course and select the Help Center button the toolbar.
    • From there, run the System & Network Check to make sure everything is working properly.
    • If a problem is indicated, students can search for a solution in the Knowledge Base. Troubleshooting information can also be emailed to your institution’s help desk. Leave the practice quiz available for the duration of the course, with unlimited attempts, so students can check their setup from each different computer they want to use.

Getting Help

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