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Respondus Lockdown Browser (Student Guide)

Your instructor might require the use of Respondus LockDown Browser for certain quizzes in your course. LockDown Browser is a locked browser used specifically for taking quizzes in Cougar Courses. It prevents you from printing, copying, going to another URL, or accessing other applications (like Word) during a quiz. If a quiz requires that LockDown Browser be used, you will not be able to take the quiz with a standard web browser. Your instructor may also have enabled Respondus Monitor, which uses your webcam to record you while you take the quiz.

 

Before Downloading

 

Downloading

  1. Open Firefox (PC) or Safari (Mac).
  2. Navigate and log in to Cougar Courses.
  3. Go into the course and click on the quiz that requires LockDown Browser.
  4. Click on "Download LockDown Browser"

 LockDown Browser download and launch options

 

Before Using

  • Be sure you are not using AVAST anti-virus program. The latest version of AVAST blocks the LockDown Browser and it will interfere with using Lockdown Browser until you remove it.
  • Close all other programs, including Skype and other chat systems, which may be running in the background. You may need to disable third-party plug-ins or tools enabled in Firefox.
  • If Monitor is enabled, check your webcam setup to make sure your webcam and mic work.
  • Take a practice quiz, if your instructor has made one available, to ensure LockDown Browser is working correctly.
  • If there is no practice quiz, click on "Check your LockDown Browser Setup" before launching.

    LockDown Browser download and launch options

     

    Using LockDown Browser

    1. Open Firefox (PC) or Safari (Mac).
    2. Navigate and log in to Cougar Courses.
    3. Go into the course and click on the quiz that requires LockDown Browser.
    4. Click on "Launch LockDown Browser."

    LockDown Browser download and launch options

     

    Problems Before Entering the Quiz

    • When LockDown Browser does not start up or there are issues accessing a quiz, it is sometimes a security setting or another application interfering with LockDown Browser:
      • Ensure all applications are closed including background applications (except security).
      • Disable or remove third party apps or plug-ins from Firefox.
      • Make sure only one security application is running on your system.
    • Make sure your browser (Firefox or Safari), java, and flash are up to date. If they are not, update and then restart your computer.
    • If able, click the Help Center button at the top of the LockDown Browser window. Help Center contains three areas of support: webcam check, system check, and link to Knowledge Base.

    lockdown browser help center access

     Still Having Problems?

    1. Uninstall LockDown Browser
      • PC: Remove via Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel.
      • MAC: Find the LockDown Browser icon in the Applications folder and move it to trash. Empty trash to complete uninstall.
    2. Restart your computer.
    3. Download the Lockdown Browser (refer to Downloading steps above).
    4. If troubleshooting was unsuccessful, follow the steps in the Reporting Problems section below.

     

    Problems During the Quiz

    If you expereince problems after you have already started the quiz, keep in mind the quiz timer will continue to advance as you are trouble shooting. 

    1. Retry: Close LockDown Browser and all other applications. Follow the steps in the Using LockDown Browser section above.
    2. Restart: Restart your computer. Follow the steps in the Using LockDown Browser section above. Do not open any other programs.
    3. Review: Follow the troubleshooting steps in the Problems Before Entering Quiz section above.
    4. Reinstall: Follow the steps in the Still Having Problems section above.
    5. Report: Follow the steps in the Reporting Problems section below.

     

    Reporting Problems

    If troubleshooting was unsuccessful:

    1. Email cchelp@csusm.edu
      1. cc your instructor on the email.
      2. Include the course name and number, title of quiz, and due date.
      3. Explain the issue as clearly as possible. If possible, include a picture of the issue or error message.
      4. Describe the troubleshooting steps you have completed thus far and the results.
      5. Identify what version of Windows or OS your computer is running.
    1. Open a ticket with Respondus.