LockDown Browser

​LockDown Browser is a custom browser that prevents students from accessing other applications during a Canvas quiz.

What is Lockdown Browser?

​​Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser for use with quizzes in Canvas. It prevents students from printing, copying, going to another URL, or accessing other applications during an assessment. If a Canvas quiz requires that LockDown Browser be used, they will not be able to take the quiz with a standard web browser. LockDown Browser should only be used for taking Canvas quizzes. It should not be used in other areas of Canvas.

Teaching and learning applications

​As part of the Digital-In-Place Exams project, the Exams Office trialed this tool in Summer Semester 2023. Lockdown Browser has several advantages including:

  1. Locks down the testing environment. LockDown Browser prevents digital cheating during online tests. Students cannot print, copy, or go to another website - everything is locked down until the exam is submitted for grading.
  2. Blocks application switching. Students cannot access other applications when using LockDown Browser. This prevents them from viewing class notes, searching the internet, accessing email, using instant messaging, and more.
  3. Protects exams questions. LockDown Browser protects exam questions by blocking print functions, copy-and-paste, and screen-capture software.
  4. Facilitates student accessibility. LockDown Browser allow students to use their own devices while ensuring academic integrity.

Access and licensing

The University of Melbourne has a licence for LockDown Browser. It is available in all subjects in the LMS.

Getting started

To download and install LockDown Browser, students must use this unique access link provided for the University of Melbourne. Other download links will not work with the LMS.

Support and resources

Please submit a support request to Learning Environments with any questions about this tool.

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