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Respondus Lockdown Browser: Monitor

Setting Up Respondus Monitor

Respondus Monitor is a component of LockDown Browser that requires students to use a web camera while taking online exams. With Lockdown Browser, students cannot navigate to other sites, instant message, take screen captures, or send and receive emails. With Monitor, a student’s identity can be verified and their activity is video recorded during the exam. In short, Monitor can help fill the role of a proctor, deter cheating, and protect the integrity of online tests.

1. Make sure the test has been deployed in the Blackboard course.
2. From the Control Panel in Blackboard Learn, locate the Course Tools section and select the link Respondus LockDown Browser.

course tools menu and respondus lockdown browser option

3. A list of deployed tests will be displayed in the Respondus LockDown Browser Dashboard.

  • Tests labeled with “Required” require students to use LockDown Browser and/or Monitor.
  • Tests labeled with “Not Required” don’t require LockDown Browser and/or Monitor.

Lockdown browser Dashboard showing which assessments have it as required.

4. To change the setting for a test, click the ActionLink to the let of the title of the test.
5. Choose Modify Settings.
Options for the final exam with the option to modify settings.
6. Choose Require Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam.

  • Optionally you may choose passwords for the test.

7. Choose Require Respondus Monitor for this exam.
8. Check the boxes for any events you would like photographed or videoed during the Startup Sequence. These options help establish the identity of the student as the rightful test taker prior to the exam starting and include:

  • Student Photo
  • Show ID
  • Environment Check
  • Additional Instructions
9. Click the Save and Close button
Settings for Respondus Lockdown Browser.

10.Tests that require Lockdown Browser and/or Monitor will now reflect this in the Dashboard.

Respondus Lockdown Browser dashboard showing lockdown browser and respondus monitor are both required.

Reviewing Respondus Monitor Test Results

When students use Respondus Monitor to take an online exam, their activity is recorded by a webcam. Snapshots are taken intermittently giving you an overview of their activity during the test. You may review videos in their entirety, or choose to watch shorter segments based on thumbnails in a timeline.
1. From the Control Panel in Blackboard Learn, locate the Course Tools section and select the link Respondus LockDown Browser.

Access Respondus Lockdown Browser in the course tools menu.

2. Click the ActionLink to the let of the title of the test.
3. Click Video Review.

From the dashboard settings click on Video Review

4. A list of students’ names and test information will appear in the Respondus Monitor Dashboard.
5. If the student does not have an attempt to review, the Notes/Warnings column will say Exam not yet submitted.
6. If the student has an attempt to review, click the [ + ] link to the left of their name.
The video review dashboard shows the images and video clips of the student's attempt.

7. Clicking the [ + ] expands the thumbnails and details of the students’ activity for you to review.
8. Simply click a thumbnail image, and then click the play button in the preview pane to the right.
9. Once the video has been reviewed, you may check the Reviewed box.

  • This will place the word Yes beside the student’s name in the Reviewed column of the Respondus Monitor Dashboard.

The video selected will include whether it was reviewed or flagged with a checkbox.

10.If you notice any suspicious activity, like the student frequently looking to the side, you may check the Flagged box.

  • This will place the word Yes highlighted in red beside the student’s name in the Flag column of the Respondus Monitor Dashboard.

11.To create a note detailing the suspicious activity, click the Edit link next to Notes/Warnings.
Note: Notes will only be seen by you and can be recalled if a discussion about the test is

Checking the box will include mark the video clip as Reviewed or Flagged. 

12.Click the Close Video Review button to move on to the next student.

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