Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor

Respondus Lockdown Browser is a secure browser for taking tests in Canvas. For high stakes testing, Respondus can be used at home using Monitor, which is a video monitoring service that uses Respondus Lockdown Browser. It serves as a deterrent to students using secondary computers, phones, calculators, textbooks, or receiving assistance from other students.

Respondus Lockdown Browser offers the following benefits:

  • Prevent students from copying and pasting exam contents
  • Prevent students from taking screen captures
  • Prevent students from printing the exam
  • Prevent students from accessing instant messaging or email
  • Prevent students from accessing other applications
  • Preventing students from accessing other websites
  • Allows for linking to external content from within the exam (e.g. to show externally hosted photos or videos).  Links in external content are disabled.
  • Allows for test results to be displayed in a secure manner

Respondus has training webinars available on their website. You can register for the webinars at

If you have any questions after completing the webinars feel free to contact us 

Best Practices for Using Respondus Lockdown Browser

  • Communicate to students that your course requires Respondus Lockdown Browser for your course exams.
  • Provide documentation for students explaining how they access Lockdown Browser within your course.
  • Create a practice test using Respondus Lockdown Browser.

Respondus Monitor offers the following benefits for instructors:

  • Serves as a deterrent to students using unauthorized testing aids
  • Records both audio and video, allowing instructors to monitor student behavior, or use for oral exams.
  • Instructors can request students to check ID and their surroundings.
  • Instructors can view results of exam sessions within Canvas, and do not have to log into a separate website
  • Respondus provides thumbnails taken at random intervals, enabling instructors to quickly scan for any suspicious behavior
  • If an instructor spots suspicious behavior, they can watch the video and flag any suspicious activity.
  • Videos are available to instructors for at least a year.

For more information on setting up and using Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor select the following link. 

Enabling Respondus Lockdown Browser in Canvas

Taking a Test using Respondus LockDown Browser in Canvas with New Quizzes

Taking a Test using Respondus LockDown Browser in Canvas with Classic Quizzes

Considerations when Using Online Proctored Exams