LockDown Browser is a customized web browser that prevents students from printing, copying, going to another URL, or accessing other applications during an assessment. If an instructor has set up online exams or assessments in Blackboard to require that LockDown Browser be used, the exam won't be accessible with a standard web browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari. Instead, students must use a computer that has the LockDown Browser software installed, and when they launch it they will be taken directly to FAU's Blackboard login page to access and complete the test. Once students begin the assessment they will be locked into it until the student submits it for grading.
The LockDown Browser software has been installed in most FAU instructional and open labs. Students wishing to take an assessment requiring LockDown Browser from their own computer must first install the software (see installation links below).
Lock Down Browser provides a custom interface for the Internet Explorer (Windows) or Safari
Note: LockDown Browser should only be used for taking online exams and assessments. It shouldn't be used to access other areas of Blackboard.(Macintosh) software that is already installed on a computer. It does not modify an existing copy of Internet Explorer or Safari, but rather, installs a separate program that displays a custom interface and set of features. LockDown Browser uses the same security features and service packs that are currently installed for Internet Explorer or Safari. Installing LockDown Browser won't modify your current version of Internet Explorer or Safari in any way.
On Tuesday, September 2, 2014, FAU High School will be joining the ranks of those who use Respondus Lockdown Browser. As a result, FAU students will notice some changes when opening LockDown Browser. Students will no longer go directly into Blackboard; instead, FAU students must use a drop-down menu to select “Florida Atlantic University.” After doing so, the students will be directed into Blackboard where they can log in as before and take their exam.
If you have any questions, please contact the FAU helpdesk at helpdesk.fau.edu.
Respondus Monitor is an add-on feature for LockDown Browser that enables students to use a webcam to record themselves during a non-proctored exam. Before using this product we highly recommend that you submit a helpdesk ticket (https://helpdesk.fau.edu) to request access to great resources to assist you in implementing online proctoring in your class.
To get additional information please visit:
LockDown Browser Installation
Click on the logo of the operating system where LockDown Browser will be installed (or, click here for more information on this product).
SELECT ONE: Please click on the logo of the Operating System where LockDown Browser will be installed
NEW: Respondus has now introduced a beta version of a Chrome based Lockdown Browser. It can be installed along with the regular version.
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Internet Explorer 7 or higher (configured to the minimum requirements for the Blackboard platform)
4 MB of permanent space on the hard drive
128 MB RAM
OS X 10.5 or higher
Safari browser (configured to the minimum requirements for the Blackboard platform)
2 MB of permanent hard drive space
512 MB RAM
A knowledgebase is available at http://www.respondus.com/support. If you cannot resolve your problem, a support ticket can be submitted from this same area.
To update to the latest version of the LockDown Browser, start the browser, click the "information" ( i ) button on the toolbar, then the "Check for Newer Version" button. If an update is available, information about the update and a "Get Update" button will be displayed (unless administrator access isn't available on a Windows computer). Click the button, wait for the download to complete, and then exit the browser to complete the update.