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Respondus LockDown Browser is a customized web browser that increases the security of online testing in Blackboard. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser to access a test, they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, access other applications, or close a test or quiz until it is submitted for grading. Respondus LockDown Browser works much like a standard browser, but many options have been removed or work differently. Once a test has started, students are locked into it until they submit it for grading.

Extended Features:

  • The browser automatically starts at the UARK Blackboard Learn login page.
  • URLs cannot be typed by the user.
  • External links don’t compromise the “locked” testing environment.
  • Pages from the assessment aren’t cached or stored in the browser’s history listing.
  • Assessments that are set up for use with Respondus LockDown Browser cannot be accessed with other browsers.
  • Actions and functions that are disabled include:
    • Printing
    • Print screen and screen capture
    • Copy and paste
    • Right-click menu options
    • Browser menu and toolbar options except for Back, Forward, Refresh, and Stop
    • Function keys
    • Assessments are displayed full-screen and cannot be minimized.
    • Assessments cannot be exited until submitted by users for grading.
    • Task switching or access to other applications is prevented.
    • Source code for the HTML page cannot be viewed.
    • Screen capture, messaging, screen-sharing and network monitoring applications are blocked from running.

Respondus LockDown Browser™ is only intended for use by students while taking assessments that are configured to use Respondus LockDown Browser™. This browser has not been tested for use in other areas of Blackboard Learn.