Preventing Cheating with Respondus LockDown Browser

Last Updated: Nov 18, 2014 08:15AM PST
Respondus LockDown Browser is a software used to help prevent cheating and test crashes during online exams and quizzes. Students must download the software from this site (http://its.sdsu.edu/services/respondus.html) in order for the software to work properly and integrate with our SDSU version of Blackboard. 

Respondus is particularly useful in high enrollment classes and classes that, by nature, involve a significant amount of objective testing, including multiple choice and true/false etc.; when cheating could be easy, and crash rates become cumbersome for faculty. Respondus offers two distinct tools that can be used together or separately.

  • Respondus Lockdown Browser - This tool is a stand-alone internet browser that students download in order to take tests in Blackboard. The browser prevents students from opening new pages or tabs, taking screenshots, or navigating away from the test. It also helps mitigate common errors from browser issues.
  • Respondus Monitor - This tool is a companion application that records students' audio and video using a webcam and microphone as a safeguard against cheating. Faculty can then review and playback a student's test attempt if there is reason to believe cheating has occurred, or for spot checking. Students could theoretically use a mobile device if only Lockdown Browser is being used, so Respondus Monitor provides a level of security beyond what single web browser can offer.

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