Respondus Lock Down Browser
The following information comes directly from the
Respondus website. Some of the features listed below may not be
available with the TTUHSC version of the Respondus software.
Respondus LockDown Browser ™ is a customized browser that
increases the security of online testing in WebCT. When students use Respondus
LockDown Browser to access an assessment, they are unable to print, copy, go to
another URL, or access other applications. Students are locked into an
assessment until it is submitted for grading.
Updating Respondus LockDown Browser
To update to the latest version of the Respondus LockDown Browser, start the browser, click the
“information” ( i ) button on the toolbar, then the "Check for Newer Version" button. If an update
is available, information about the update will be displayed. If the current Windows account has
administrator access a "Get Update" button will be displayed. Press the button, wait for the download
to complete, and then exit the browser.
Overview of Browser Application
Respondus LockDown Browser is a client application that is installed to a local
computer. It provides a custom interface for the Internet Explorer (Windows) or
Safari (Macintosh) software that is already installed on the computer. It does
not modify an existing copy of Internet Explorer or Safari, but
rather, installs a separate program that will display a custom browser when it
is started.Respondus LockDown Browser uses the same security features and
service packs that are currently installed for Internet Explorer or Safari.
Installing Respondus LockDown Browser won’t modify the current version of
Internet Explorer or Safari in any way.
Respondus LockDown Browser creates a “locked” testing environment for WebCT and
includes the following features:
Assessments are displayed full-screen and cannot be minimized
Assessments cannot be exited until submitted by users for grading
Task switching or access to other applications is prevented
Printing functions are disabled
Print Screen and capturing functions are disabled
Copying and pasting anything to and from an assessment is prohibited
Right-click menu options are disabled (Windows); key+click options are disabled
Browser menu and toolbar options are disabled except Back, Forward, Refresh and
Function keys (F1-F12) are disabled
Source code for the HTML page cannot be viewed
URLs cannot be typed by the user
Hundreds of screen capture, messaging, screen sharing and network monitoring
applications are blocked from running
The browser automatically starts at the institutions login page for WebCT
Links in questions that point to other servers don't compromise the "locked"
Pages from the assessment aren't cached or stored in the browser's history
And many other features...
Respondus LockDown Browser is not intended to replace the
browser used by faculty or students within WebCT. Respondus LockDown Browser is
only intended for use by students while taking assessments that have been
prepared for use with Respondus LockDown Browser. This browser has not been
tested for use in other areas of WebCT.
Help Desk Information
Help Desk technicians are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to answer any
technical or computer-related questions or concerns you may have. Help Desk contact information is
(806) 743-1234 ITSolutions@ttuhsc.edu