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LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Canvas. Respondus is installed on students' personally owned laptops, eliminating the need to take your class to a specific lab for secure testing.

When students use LockDown Browser to access an assessment in Canvas, they are unable to print, copy, visit other websites, or access other applications. Once an assessment is started, students are locked into it until it’s submitted for grading. For a complete list of features, visit the Respondus website

Instructor Quick Start Guides for LockDown Browser are available. Our license with Respondus, Inc. does NOT permit instructors or students to obtain support directly from Respondus, Inc. If CIT is unable to solve a particular question or problem, we will contact Respondus, Inc. on your behalf. Respondus offers Instructor Training via webinars. They’re free and are a great way to get up to speed on their applications. The schedule of current trainings is posted at Respondus Webinars.

Create a Quiz in Canvas

Best Practices

  • Always have a practice low stakes trial assignment using LockDown Browser with students for the first time.
  • For in-class testing with LockDown Browser, we recommend you have a few paper copies available for students with last-minute technical emergencies.
  1. Create the quiz in your Canvas Course with the following best practice recommendations:
    1. Allow multiple attempts (at minimum 2 in the event of connection issues)
    2. Deliver only one question at a time (allows for question answers to be saved as students progress through the quiz)
    3. If you are optionally using an access code (Password) - do not use any special characters (!#$%-_*) - alpha and numeric only
    4. Do not make changes to the quiz after you have connected it to LockDown Browser - always double check the LockDown browser connection via the LockDown link to see the green required indication for the quiz
  2. After your quiz is created and published, click on the "LockDown Browser" in the left course menu.
  3. Click on the small box with an arrow to the left of the quiz to which you want to add LockDown browser requirements.  LockDown browser requirements icon
    1. Select "Modify Settings" from the drop down menu.
  4. Modify the quiz settings to match your needs. An example is offered below. click on the picture to see it larger

    Quiz Example
    1. "Save and Close" the settings window.
  5. Always have a paper copy of the exam on hand in the event of a technology failure.


Access to the quiz is controlled by Canvas, not by LockDown Browser. LockDown Browser does not have any availability or time limits of its own apart from those set by Canvas, and for the most part connects directly to Canvas the same way that a regular web browser does.

The one caveat is that if a student leaves an in-progress attempt or is disconnected for any reason, they cannot re-enter it without shutting down and restarting LockDown Browser. This requirement is to ensure that LockDown Browser is in the same state each time an attempt is started/restarted.

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Respondus hosted a Webinar in April 2018 with information about LockDown Browser's advanced settings. View the webinar recording here.

More Help

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