Features and benefits of using the Respondus lockdown browser
The Respondus Lockdown Browser is an internet browser that locks down the testing processes of ANGEL, Blackboard, Canvas, Desire2Learn, Sakai and Moodle educational software.
The browser raises the security of online tests. When using this browser, students are not able to copy, print, or visit other URLs or use unapproved applications when an assessment is going on, and before inspections are submitted for grading. Students remain locked into the testing site.
Features of the browser:
The Respondus lockdown browser is getting progressively more appreciated at schools where digital cheating is a tremendous issue.
The traits of Respondus which make it able to prevent digital cheating are as follows:
The testing page is locked. Copying, pasting, opening another browser, viewing class records, checking emails, using proxies, playing video games, opening instant messenger applications and screen monitoring applications are all blocked.
Respondus prevents any students from obtaining answers to test questions on saved files, printed pages, copying off other student’s screens or sent via email from student to student.
Function and control commands and right-click menu options are disabled.
Toolbar and browser menu options are disabled, except for Refresh, End, Back and Forward.
The browser locks the students into the online evaluation web page until they complete all of the questions. Locking also eliminates the deliberate or accidental interference with the browser window in order to leave the test early.
Benefits of using the browser:
One of the most important benefits of using the Respondus lockdown browser, is that it is fairly easy to setup. Less than 4mb of memory is needed to run the browser. The control panel allows the instructors and test proctors to control exactly what entry methods and browser capabilities students are allowed to use.
Stopping and preventing all forms of cheating is almost impossible, in either paper-based tests or with online tests. But the Respondus lockdown browser offers a vital layer of cheating protection, by eliminating the most common digital cheating methods that are used during online assessments. The Respondus Lockdown browser has less glitches during tests than the competition. The browser operates without any toolbar add-on thus providing a protected environment for all online assessments. After the assessment is finished, all configurations and programs return to the same default position they were in before the assessment began. The browser is hacker proof and school recognized.
It works on both Macintosh and Windows computers. As a result, there’s nothing that requires anyone to use a special operating system. In situations where online cheating is common a tremendous headache, many schools will just avoid online testing altogether. The security given by the browser increases the self-confidence of instructors during online tests. By using a “Campus-wide Permit,” a school has permission to download the browser for every computer they have. This way there are no issues that can arise between the school and the makers of the browser.
Disadvantages of using the Respondus Web Browser:
When using this browser, the use of the Control (ctrl), Function (F1-12), Alt, and Delete Keys is limited. This means that many handicap devices used by students with disabilities are restricted. Therefore, Respondus has proposed that teachers avoid using the Respondus lockdown browser when students with disabilities need to use special equipment to take tests online.