Baylor University provides Respondus LockDown Browser and the companion Respondus Monitor to facilitate online testing. Respondus LockDown Browser is a software application that can be downloaded and installed on a user's computer.
LockDown Browser is a custom web browser that locks down the testing environment within online courses. Students are unable to print, copy, or access other websites and applications. When an assessment is started, students are locked into it until they submit it for grading. LockDown Browser is available for both Windows and Mac.
NOTE: Respondus LockDown Browser can only be enabled by Instructors in a course. Teaching Assistants cannot enable LockDown Browser.
Monitor is a built-in companion for LockDown Browser that enables assessment sessions to be recorded with a webcam. Respondus Monitor is ideal for non-proctored environments where online tests pose unique challenges. Students use their own computer and a webcam to record assessment sessions, all without leaving the institution's learning management system. When an assessment requires Respondus Monitor, students start the LockDown Browser application, log into Canvas and complete a brief startup sequence prior to the exam.
The student and the surrounding environment are recorded during the entire exam. Powerful analytics are used to detect suspicious behaviors during an exam session. Video segments with potential exam violations are flagged for the instructor with an overall risk level assigned to the exam session. Instructors can quickly review details of the assessment, examine still images captured at random times during the assessment, and even watch the entire recorded video if necessary.
IMPORTANT: Before using Respondus Monitor, faculty must view this information and training resource.