Beginning with Summer 2015, the DEC will roll out a new set of tools that instructors can use to help create online assessments and ensure the integrity of online testing. All faculty members now have access to the online proctoring tools Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor, in addition to the assessment creation software Respondus 4.
Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor
The Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor are a suite of tools that work together to ensure the integrity of online assessments. The LockDown Browser is a web browser that instructors can require for tests or quizzes that essentially blocks out all content other than the exam, meaning no additional tabs or windows, no screenshots or recordings. Once the exam is started in Canvas using LDB, the student is locked into that view until they finish the assessment.
Respondus Monitor is an optional add-on that can be used in conjunction with Respondus LockDown Browser. When an instructor requires Monitor for an exam, the student must go through an additional set-up process that activates the webcam on their computer to perform an environment check and other steps that can be required at the discretion of the instructor. Once the student begins the exam, Respondus Monitor records the entirety of the exam from the student’s webcam. Instructors then have the option of reviewing footage from the “LockDown Browser” tab in their Canvas course.
**It is important to note that Respondus Monitor will not analyze the footage for behavior that may indicate cheating. It is billed mainly as a deterrent with the option for the instructor to review footage for any student believed to have violated testing protocol.
Getting Started with Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor
Faculty interested in using either Respondus LockDown Browser or Monitor should get in touch with the DEC at (434) 395-4332 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The DEC has pre-made Canvas resources that can be copied into your Canvas course. These resources include a download page for the LockDown Browser, a troubleshooting section to help students with common issues, and a practice quiz so that students can test the technology to make sure their personal computers support the software before taking a high-stakes assessment.
**It is highly recommended that instructors schedule a short consultation with a DEC staff member before using LockDown Browser and/or Monitor. Our pilot data indicate that improper implementation of these technologies can result in high test anxiety for the students, increased instructor workload, and increased support calls to the DEC and ITS.
Respondus 4 is a software that enables the easy creation of Canvas assessments. Using specific formatting guidelines, instructors can use Respondus 4 to upload publisher or self-created MS Word test banks into Canvas.Faculty interested in using either Respondus 4 should get in touch with the DEC at (434) 395-4332 or by email at email@example.com.