Respondus Online Proctoring Tools

Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor are two tools new to UMS to increase fidelity of online assessments.  Faculty can use the LockDown Browser alone, or in conjunction with Respondus Monitor.

Respondus LockDown Browser:

  • Prevents students from printing, copying content, copy-paste, or screen capture while taking an assessment requiring LockDown.
  • Prevents students from accessing other applications while using the LockDown browser, such as class notes, the internet, email, instant messaging (access to specific resources can be delegated by the instructor).
  • Is integrated with the Brightspace Quizzes feature. (Note: Can ONLY be used with Brightspace; Google Classroom or Synapse are not integrated)
  • Requires students to install the browser on their own devices. Can be used on Windows, Mac and iPad devices.  (Note: Not available for Chromebooks, Android phones, or iPhones)

Respondus Monitor:

  • Records the student while taking the online exam.
  • Can require photo ID, facial recognition, environmental scan among other credentials.
  • Recordings are analyzed for irregular behavior, flagged, and presented back to the faculty for review.

A note about accessibility:

Respondus is a robust tool for preventing online cheating, but it has known issues with accessibility for your students. If you have any students with an accommodation request in your course and you are planning to use Respondus, please contact Student Accessibility Services to ensure your student’s accommodation requests are still being met.

Also keep in mind, all the general accessibility guidance for test making in Brightspace still applies. For example, if a student is allowed double the time due to an accommodation, the faculty still sets a timed test with test exceptions for that student. Respondus honors it.


Getting Started

  1. Generate your tests in LMS (Brightspace)- all the features of your LMS test carry over to the Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor
  2. Require the Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor for your exams
  3. Provide instructions for your students
  4. Provide alternatives for your students
  5. Evaluate your videos generated by the Respondus Monitor
  6. Do a practice quiz in your class

IT’s Guide to Respondus has additional instructions for students, and example syllabus language.

Have a question not covered here? Search their database for specific use cases.


What about unprotected assessments in your course? 

There are many strategies that you can take to design assessments that will not require proctoring of your students.  These strategies are also worth exploring to find out the best match for your course.