For Faculty: Using LockDown Browser for Online Exams


Respondus LockDown Browser supports instructors' use of Blackboard's Test tool for proctored exams that would otherwise require the use of hard copy Akindi exams. The following is a list of best practices for getting started with Respondus.

NOTE: Facial detection should not be checked for any student with SDS Testing accommodations. See → How do I disable facial detection student notifications in a Respondus Monitor?


Show Me

Tell Me

  • Review the resources provided by Respondus.

  • Poll your class to assess their access to a portable device that might be used for a Respondus assessment (i.e., Windows, Mac, or iOS).

    • Respondus is currently not compatible with Android OS or for use on Chromebooks. You must give specific permission in RLDB for students to use an iPad.

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."

Preparing Students for RLDB

  • Prior to implementation, add a version of this sample statement to your class syllabus and course shell, or send as an email to your students.

  • Have students download and install the software in advance of the first assessment from this linkThis link is unique for UMBC. It cannot be used by non-UMBC students or for another Blackboard or LMS outside of our campus. 

  • Set-up a practice Respondus exam for students in Blackboard. The assessment could include just one question (e.g., “T/F: You were able to access this question.”). This video provides step-by-step directions for setting up the Lockdown Browser for deploying an assessment.

Giving a Test

  • Emphasize the need for students to bring their device fully charged to take the assessment.

  • Identify power drops in the testing venue and consider contingency plans for students who deplete their devices’ batteries during the proctoring period.

  • Use a low-stakes assessment for the first implementation (e.g., a review session).

  • Have a paper back-up of assessment on hand as a back-up.

Getting Support

  • Attend a Respondus LDB training from Respondus or UMBC.

  • Contact Instructional Technology for additional support for your first implementation.