Digi Know – Reducing cheating during on online Blackboard test.

The University has a license to use the Respondus Secure Browser. This is a specialised web browser that will “close down” all other applications and Windows services like the “Start button”. This will therefore provide a secure environment for undertaking Blackboard Tests as students are unable to access unauthorised material during an exam such as instant messenger programs, files and web pages to name but a few.

For those of you reading who have used in in the past and had issues with it, we now have version 2. This is a much improved version and with a more carefully managed deployment we belive that your experience will be greatly enhanced.

Setting up a test to use the secure browser is a straight forward process and does not require any specialised help form TEL. Simply create and deploy your test in the normal way and then follow the simple instructions below.

  • Log into Course Resources and select the relevant module.
  • On the left hand menu under Module Management select Module Tools


  • On the resulting menu select Respondus LockDown Browser


  • Locate the desired test and select the xx button before the test name.


  • Select Modify Settings from the resulting menu


  • The LockDown Browser Settings will appear under the test name.


  • Select “Require Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam”



  • If you want to set a password, you can do so here as well.


  • Click on the ‘+’ to view the Advanced Settings



  • If you wish to set the test so that students cannot leave until they have submitted the test, select the option “Lock students into the browser until exam is completed”
  • If you have students who require assistive technology then select “Allow specific students to access this exam with screen readers (e.g. JAWS, Window-Eyes)”. You will then be required to enter their usernames.
  • If you wish to allow access to an on-screen calculator then select “Enable Calculator on the toolbar”

Warning: To preserve the settings used by LockDown Browser, do NOT modify 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.”

Testing / Student Access

The PC labs will have the Lockdown browser already installed so ultimately these will be the best place to test. If you are unable to do this then you can install it on your desktop. You can install this from Run Advertised Programs from the Control Panel. Contact IT services for assistance. Once installed followed the instructions below.

  • Double Click the Secure Browser icon on the desktop


  • Select “Course Resources” from the drop down list that appears.
  • Login to Course Resources/Blackboard as normal
  • The Secure Browser will now “take over” the PC and prevent anything else running except access to course resources
  • Continue to access Course Resources as normal.
  • Access the test in the normal way. You will notice that once the test is started, if you try and access anything other than Course Resources it will not work

If you or your students try and access the test in a normal browser, an error message informing users that the test must be done in the secure browser will appear.

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