Using Respondus Lockdown Browser for Quizzes

Respondus Lockdown Browser

Respondus Lockdown Browser (LDB) is a custom browser that "locks down the testing environment in eLC and allows a quiz to be executed securely by restricting access to certain browser navigation capabilities. LDB replaces other browsers when students are taking a quiz or test in eLC.

Note: LDB must be installed on the computer being used to take the quiz. Students will have to install LDB on their computer for the initial use of the secure browser. See our documentation on student instructions for installing Respondus Lockdown Browser.


1. If the settings for a quiz require LDB to be used, the quiz cannot be accessed with a standard browser. If a student attempts to use a standard browser, a warning message will indicate that LDB is required for the execution of the quiz and the Start Quiz! link will not be available.

Respondus LDB must be downloaded.

2. LDB works much like a standard browser, but some options have been removed or work differently. When students use LDB to access a quiz or test, they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, access other applications, or close a quiz until it is submitting for grading. Also quizzes and tests created for use with LDB are restricted from being accessed by other browsers. The benefits of using Respondus LDB are included below:

  • Modified Toolbar - The condensed toolbar includes only Forward, Back, Refresh, and Stop functions.
  • Assessment Mode - Assessments are shown full-screen and cannot be minimized, resized, or exited until submitted for grading
  • Disabled Controls - All printing, keystroke combinations, screen grabs, function keys, and right-click menus have been disabled.
  • Links - Links to other web servers do not compormise the secure texting environment.
  • Blocked Features and Applications - The Start button (Windows), system tray, and menu bars have been removed.

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Preparing a Quiz for Respondus Lockdown Browser

After you have created your quiz in eLC, execute the following steps to require a student to use LDB when taking the quiz.

1. First, use a standard browser to login to eLC as an instructor.

Login to eLC as an instructor.

2. Select the course that houses the quiz you would like to prepare.

Choose the course in which the quiz is housed.

3. From the course navbar, select Tools, and then choose Quizzes.

From the course navbar, select tools and then quizzes.

4. Click the Lockdown Browser tab on the Quizzes navbar.

Click the Lockdown Browser tab on the Quizzes navbar.

5. Identify the quiz. From the quiz's dropdown menu, select Modify Settings.

From the quiz's dropdown menu, select Modify Settings.

6. Check the Require Respondus Lockdown Browser for this exam. If you don't want to require Lockdown Browser for viewing quiz results and feedback, uncheck that option. You can also add a password to access the exam on this screen.

Check the Require Respondus Lockdown Browser for this exam.

7. Click Advanced Settings to see more options. In this example, students will be given the ability to use an iPad to take the quiz, so that option will be selected.

Click Advanced Settings.

8. Once you've completed your configuration, click Save and Close.

Click Save and Close.

9. On the Manage Quizzes screen in eLC, the quiz that you configured will say Requires Respondus Lockdown Browser after the quiz title. This is also visible to students.

Require Respondus Lockdown Browser message

10. if you need to modify your Respondus Lockdown Browser settings, click on the Lockdown Browser tab on the Quizzes navbar to return to the Lockdown Browser configuration screen.

Click the Lockdown Browser tab.

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Respondus Quiz Creator

Respondus is a tool for creating and managing exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to eLC.


Faculty and staff can download Respondus at the EITS Software page. It is located under Download. You will be prompted to log in with your UGA MyID and password, and then you will be provided with installation instructions. Respondus will only work with Windows computers (View system requirements for Respondus.). If you have a Mac, you can log into UGA's vLab and access Respondus on a virtual Windows computer. (You will still need to go to the EITS Software page to obtain the necessary credentials to use Respondus.). 


Using Respondus to Create Exams

Once you've installed Respondus, the following resource will help you get started:


Using Respondus to Publish Exams to eLC

1. To begin the process of using Respondus to publish exams to eLC, first, open Respondus. Then, open your exam file by clicking Open

Open your exam file.

2. Select the exam file. Click Open

Select your file.

3. Select the Preview & Publish tab. Then, click Publish Wizard

Select Preview & Publish tab. Then, click Publish Wizard.

4. On the Publish Wizard Settings screen, choose Publish to a single course. From the Desire2Learn Server dropdown menu, choose add new server.

Choose Publish to a single course. Then, from the Desire2Learn server, choose add new server.

5. Choose Yes, check for preconfigured server settings. Click Next.

Select Yes, check for reconfigured server settings. Click Next.

6. Enter a name (e.g., eLC). Select Run connection text, if not already selected by default. Then, click Next to start a connection test. 

Enter a name. Click Next.

7. Login to eLC as normal, using ArchPass.

Login to eLC.

8. If any script errors appear, click Yes to dismiss them. The page will eventually load.

Click Yes to dismiss any script errors

9. After the connection test completes, click Next.

Click Next.

10. Then, click Finish

Click Finish.

11. Once you're connected, you must choose which course you want to publish the exam questions to. The dropdown will list all eLC courses in which you are an instructor.

12. Select a course, and then choose an assessment type.

  • If you choose Quiz, you will create a new quiz in your selected eLC course.
  • If you choose Question Library Section, the questions will be imported directly into the Question Library for your course. (This option is recommended if you plan to use the questions on multiple assessments or if you want to randomize the question order on your quiz.)
  • If you choose Self Assessment, you will create a new self assessment in your selected eLC course. (Self Assessments are providing immediate feedback to students and cannot be graded.)

13. Once you've made your selections, click Next.

Choose the course and assessment type. Click next.

14. Respondus will now connect to eLC and import your questions to your course. Once you see the "Completed Successfully message, click Finish to complete the import.

Click Finish.

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