screenshot of Respondus Lockdown Browser icon

Lockdown Browser for Students

Respondus LockDown Browser creates a restricted test-taking environment. The Respondus LockDown Browser does not allow other windows to be opened during the quiz and helps mitigate cheating. As a student, Respondus LockDown Browser prevents you from printing, copying text, going to another URL, or accessing other applications.

Students can access LockDown Browser by installing it on their PC, Mac, or iPad (access via iPad requires additional setup by instructors). Loaner laptops are available on campus for students who do not have access to compatible devices.

Downloading Respondus Lockdown Browser
Respondus Lockdown Browser on iPad

The iPad option for LockDown Browser can be enabled on a quiz-by-quiz basis by your instructor. By default, the setting is not enabled. Instructions for both faculty and students are listed below:

Note: LockDown Browser is not compatible with other mobile devices.

Respondus Monitor (Lockdown Browser + Webcam)

Respondus Monitor is an extension to LockDown Browser that uses students’ webcams and analytics to generate automated reports assessing any possibility of cheating for each user.  Additional documentation, including Quick Start Guides, are available on the Respondus Web Site.

Taking an Assessment with Respondus Monitor

Launching a quiz with Monitor is an identical process to launching a regular LockDown Browser Assessment

  1. Launch LockDown Browser on your device (install LockDown Browser beforehand)
  2. On launch, you should see a dropdown menu next to “connect to:” YOU MUST select “Montclair State University Canvas” or you will not be able to sign in
  3. Log into Canvas as you normally would
  4. Navigate to your course’s quiz and begin the quiz
  5. Proceed through the Monitor Startup Sequence (note that the number of steps may vary depending on your instructor’s settings)
    The Respondus Monitor startup sequence for students taking an exam
  6. Take your assessment
Student Tips
  • Remember, any alerts from Monitor will be reviewed by your professor, so as long as you honestly take the assessment as is intended, there should be absolutely no issue
  • Try to focus your gaze as much as possible on your computer screen so that the webcam can maintain facial recognition