How to Make Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor Required for Tests in Blackboard


Worried a few students don’t have a webcam?

Respondus LockDown Browser with Monitor is an additional measure of security that records webcam audio and video of a student taking a test. This ensures student identity and that the student is following the instructor’s requirements (such as closed book or working alone). Instructors see a list of all recordings, ranked by priority of those needing review.

Students are required to:

Student instructions and the link to down LockDown Browser are students’ Courses page on myMason.

Please note: We strongly recommend you set up and require a one question practice test with Lockdown Browser and Monitor. This will allow students to make sure they can install the software and use their webcam before taking a test.

Step 1

After you have created your test as you normally would in your course and added it to a Content Area such as Assessments, select Course Tools from your course’s Control Panel, then select Respondus LockDown Browser.

Step 2

Click on the Settings button next to the test and choose Modify Settings.

Select the Require Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam option. If you would like to, you can enter a password students will need to enter to begin the test. Choose Require Respondus Monitor for this exam. More options will open. Uncheck any of the Startup Steps your students do not need to complete. Click Save and Close.

Step 3

You should now see the status of your exam with the required LockDown Browser and webcam monitoring. The test name is appended to notify students LockDown Browser is required.



Remind your students they must download, install, and open the LockDown Browser application to take this test. If you entered a password on the Respondus options page, give that password out to students or to the testing center. If you did not enter a password on the Respondus options page, you do not need to give students or testing center any password.

Once students have completed tests, see How to Review Respondus Monitor Footage in Blackboard

Please Note

  • To preserve the settings used by LockDown Browser do NOT modify any of these settings in Test Options:
    1. Name
    2. Open Test in a New Window
    3. Require a password
    4. Password

    If these settings have been modified the test status will appear as an Error unless you return to the LockDown Tools page and click the Fix it! button next to the test.

  • Blackboard question type File Response is not supported in LockDown Browser as it could lead to potential exploit through the dialog box.
  • Once students begin the test, if they have to stop the test mid way through they will be prompted to enter a reason they are leaving and that note will be visible to the instructor.

Settings to Allow Students Without a Webcam

Instructions on how to adjust settings to allow one or more students without a webcam to take the Lockdown Browser and Monitor test, while the rest of students do use Monitor/webcam.

Step 1

Set a password in Respondus settings and choose Either Respondus Monitor or a proctored lab can be used to take this exam under Monitor.

Step 2

Give the password to that one student and they will enter it on the screen you sent. Make sure you tell all other students to click the first option (use a webcam Respondus/Monitor).

Note: While that student could share the password with others, you will be able to determine if anyone else completed the test without using Monitor by checking the Respondus Dashboard. If other students completed the test (as seen in the Blackboard Grade Center) but don’t have video in Respondus, then they received the password from the one student you gave it to.