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Respondus LockDown Browser for Mac

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Respondus LockDown Browser for Mac

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  • Latest Version

    Respondus LockDown Browser LATEST

  • Review by

    Juan Garcia

  • Operating System

    macOS 13.0 Ventura or later

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  • Author / Product

    Respondus, Inc. / External Link

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Respondus LockDown Browser for Mac is a secure web browser designed to stop students from cheating while taking their tests online. It restricts their ability to browse the internet and access most programs and computer functions, such as copy and print. All of the restrictions are removed as soon as a student submits their test to get graded.

The LockDown Browser window remains in full-screen mode and only displays the online test. Students won’t be able to browse anywhere else or minimize the window during their test. There are no toolbar options or browser menus either. The only browser functions available are Stop, Refresh, Back, and Forward. There is no copying, pasting, keyboard shortcuts, or right-clicking allowed.

Creative students cannot try to use third-party software either. The browser will stop students from using remote desktop programs, virtual machines, screen capturing software, screen sharing software, instant messaging programs, timer programs, screen recorders, and other less secure browsers.

It integrates with popular third-party learning management systems like Canvas, Brightspace, Schoology, Blackboard, and Moodle. This reduces the use of physical paper and speeds up the grading and testing results for students. If the school wants to let students take their tests at home, they can send them a special link to redirect them to the secure testing page.

Schools should not replace their main web browsers with the LockDown Browser for macOS because it doesn’t have the functions of regular browsers. Respondus offers a two-month free trial period to new users. After that, the school must purchase an annual license for unlimited student use. The license also comes with Respondus Monitor, which is an automated virtual proctor program. It allows students with webcams to take proctored tests at their homes. Proctors can remotely watch the students through their webcams without having to be physically present.

LockDown Browser is an essential tool that every modern school should embrace in the 21st century. It is the most secure way to conduct online tests and assessments of students in school or at their homes. The browser is compatible with tablets and personal computers.

  • Secure Browser Environment: It locks down the computer's environment, preventing students from accessing other applications or websites during an exam.
  • Webcam and Microphone Monitoring: It can monitor and record students' webcam and microphone feeds during the exam to deter cheating.
  • Customizable Settings: Instructors can configure settings like password protection, time limits, and access codes for exams.
  • Compatibility: It is compatible with various learning management systems (LMS) such as Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, and more.
  • Analytics and Reporting: Instructors can access detailed reports and analytics to track student activity during exams.
User Interface

The user interface of the program is intuitive and straightforward. When students launch the browser, it opens in full-screen mode, and they can only access the exam through their LMS. The interface is designed to minimize distractions and ensure a focused exam-taking experience.

Installation and Setup

Installing the app is typically a straightforward process. It can be downloaded and installed from the official website or via links provided by instructors within their respective LMS. The setup involves following on-screen instructions, and it is compatible with both Windows and macOS.

How to Use

For Instructors:
  • Install and configure the Browser within your LMS.
  • Set up the exam and select the program as the required browser.
  • Customize settings for the exam, such as webcam requirements and access codes.
  • Publish the exam, and it will be accessible only through the Browser.
For Students:
  • Download and install the app on their computer.
  • Launch the Browser and log in to their LMS.
  • Access the exam and follow any instructions provided by the instructor.
  • Complete the exam within the secure browser environment.

What if my internet connection drops during the exam?
LockDown Browser is designed to handle brief internet interruptions. If connectivity is lost, it will attempt to reconnect. It's essential to have a stable internet connection for the best experience.

Can I exit LockDown Browser once I start the exam?
No, exiting LockDown Browser during an exam will result in the exam being submitted or locked, depending on the settings configured by your instructor.

Does LockDown Browser record audio during the exam?
It can be configured to record audio, but this setting is determined by your instructor. Not all exams will have audio recording enabled.

How do I uninstall LockDown Browser from my computer after the exam?
You can uninstall the program like any other application on your computer. Simply go to your system's control panel or settings, find the application, and uninstall it.


Free Trial

A free, 2-month trial of the software is available to institutions that use Blackboard Learn, Brightspace, Canvas, Moodle, Schoology, or Sakai. This is the best way for an institution to try all features and functionality with their learning management system. See details below on “Getting Started with a Free Trial.”

The pricing for the LockDown Browser varies depending on the educational institution's size and requirements. Typically, institutions purchase licenses for their students, and pricing can be obtained by contacting Respondus directly.

  • Enhances exam security and integrity.
  • Easy installation and setup.
  • Customizable exam settings.
  • Compatible with popular learning management systems.
  • Provides detailed exam analytics.
  • Some students may find the strict lockdown environment restrictive.
  • Requires additional software for webcam and microphone monitoring.
Note: 60 days trial version.

Also Available: Respondus LockDown Browser for Windows

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