Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor is a specialized web browser launched from within iCollege to increase security of online assessments and discourage academic dishonesty during online exams. When Respondus LockDown Browser is launched to access an exam, it limits the computer's functionality, disabling features like copy-paste, screen capture, printing and accessing other applications or websites. Students cannot easily access unauthorized resources while taking the exam. Respondus LockDown Browser also includes the option of webcam and microphone monitoring to further monitor student behavior during exams.
Respondus LockDown Browser is available to the entire GSU community through an institutional license. To enable LockDown Browser on a quiz, please see the GSU Knowledge Base Article, Set Up a Quiz with LockDown Browswer and Respondus Monitor.
- Secure Browser Environment
- Disables external functions
- Disables copy and paste
- Customizable settings
- Webcam monitoring
- Microphone monitoring
- Environment Scan
- Prevent Online Searching: LockDown Browser restricts students from accessing external websites or resources during an online exam.
- Disable Copy-Paste function, making it difficult for students to copy and paste text from the exam into external applications.
- Limit Application Access to prevent students from opening other applications or windows while taking the exam, minimizing distractions and unauthorized help.
- Monitor students experience with LockDown monitoring to record the student while they are in the exam.
Lockdown Browser + Monitor does not detect cheating and is best thought of as a deterrent to academic dishonesty. It flags on-camera behavior for review and blocks access to other applications while the exam is open. For more information about automatic proctoring results in Respondus Monitor, please visit their page, Understanding Proctoring Results.
Lockdown Browser and Monitor runs on Windows and Mac; however, some anti-virus and VPN software can occasionally block Lockdown Browser and Monitor from opening properly. We suggest that the student use one of the GSU computer labs or contact their instructor to work out an alternative.
You can insert links in the iCollege quiz, which will open new tabs in the LockDown browser, but students cannot type in URLs. Please note: it is possible for a student to exploit the link to access Google or other resources.
If you enable monitoring in LockDown Browser, the student cannot proceed without passing the webcam check. For students who do not have a webcam, suggest that they find another device or plan to use an on-campus computer lab.
Yes, LockDown quiz and settings are copied when using the Import/Export/Copy function in iCollege. You will have to open your LockDown settings on the Quiz page in the new course in order to make the quizzes accessible to students.
Workshops and Webinars
Throughout the year, CETLOE offers instructor workshops on LockDown Browser and other learning tools. Please check the workshop schedule for instructor workshops.
If you’d like to request a custom workshop for your class on using LockDown Browser, please fill out the Custom Workshop Set-up form.
Georgia State Faculty can request help from our CETLOE Learning Technologists for assistance with any of the GSU Supported Digital Learning Tools.
By submitting a help ticket, you can be sure that your questions are directed to the appropriate team members, ensuring that you get the help you need, when you need it.
For help using the LockDown Browser to support your teaching, request a Digital teaching tool consultation.
Please share this with your students. Who may have question with taking a quiz in iCollege:
- How to Take a Quiz With LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor
- Download and Install Respondus LockDown Browser for Windows
- Download and Install Respondus LockDown Browser for Mac
Respondus LockDown Browser also offers guides for student users: