External Tools & Apps

LockDown Browser (LDB)

LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment for Schoology Quizzes and Tests. 

Best Practices for Using the LockDown Browser

  1. Make sure that your students have restarted their device. In fact, if they haven't regularly completely shut down and restarted their device, they may need to do so more than once to get all of the updates.
  2. If you have used the Link Existing Section feature in Schoology, make sure that you go into each section and open the LockDown browser before your students use it.
  3. Students may get a warning message prompting them to close other programs. These include screen capture, messaging, screen-sharing, network monitors, and several other types of applications. These applications can be shut down prior to the start of Respondus LockDown Browser, or you can let the browser close them automatically when it is launched.
  4. Not specifically a requirement of the LDB, but for general testing security they recommend the following Schoology Quiz/Test settings:     
    • Attempt Limit: 1 time
    • Randomize Order: Yes
    • Paging: One question per page
    • Resumable: No
  • Features

    The LDB works on BOTH Schoology Tests & Quizzes and Assessments.

    icon for LockDown Browser with lock image

    • Integrates with Blackboard Learn, Brightspace, Canvas, Moodle, Schoology and Sakai
    • Assessments are displayed full-screen and cannot be minimized
    • Prevents access to other applications including messaging, screen-sharing, virtual machines, and network monitoring applications
    • Print, Print Screen and screen capture functions are disabled
    • Copying and pasting anything to or from an assessment is prevented
    • Right-click menu options, function keys, keyboard shortcuts and task switching are disabled
    • An assessment cannot be exited until the student submits it for grading
    • Browser menu and toolbar options are removed, except for Back, Forward, Refresh and Stop
    • Assessments that are set up for use with LockDown Browser cannot be accessed with other browsers
    • Localized for multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese
  • Videos

    Stay tuned for some tutorial videos!

  • Troubleshooting Tips
    • There is a problem with the LockDown Browser settings for this exam

      Ocassionally a LockDown Browser error window will appear that looks like this:There is a problem with the LockDown Browser Settings for this exam.

      The above error typically occurs because of one of the following:

      1. The course is a copy, and the instructor did not open the LDB Dashboard once before students began taking exams
      2. The course is not a copy, but the quiz in question was migrated into the course from an old course, and the instructor did not open the LDB Dashboard once before students began taking that exam.

      Opening the LDB Dashboard once for the course (and all others) should resolve these errors. This LTI requirement is always necessary for course copies, and also when a quiz is migrated in from an older course. Once you open the Dashboard, look for any errors and click the "Fix it" button. You may not see any errors, and this if fine. But the opening of the Dashboard itself will activate the LDB settings for the copy. It is not necessary to re-save each individual quiz's settings. Once you do this, the errors will typically cease for all students who subsequently take their exams.

    • When I start Respondus LockDown Browser a warning message states “You must close the following program before starting the browser...” Why does this occur?

      Many types of applications are blocked from running at the same time as Respondus LockDown Browser. These include screen capture, messaging, screen-sharing, network monitors, and several other types of applications. These applications can be shut down prior to the start of Respondus LockDown Browser, or you can let the browser close them automatically when it is launched.

OneDrive Integration into Schoology

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