What is LockDown Browser? 

LockDown Browser® is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within a learning management system. LockDown browser is used in conjunction with assessments delivered in your Canvas course. LockDown browser prevents access to other applications and assessments are displayed full-screen while the browser menu and other toolbar options are disabled. Tulane’s instance of LockDown Browser is not compatible with mobile devices or tablets. LockDown browser is available to all faculty, staff and students at Tulane. 


You can learn more about LockDown Browser by visiting the ILC Resource Hub: Monitoring, Surveying, and Proctoring – Respondus LockDown Browser. Click the link to access the ILC Training Library for additional topics related to LockDown Browser. You may be prompted to login to Canvas to access the course. 

To access LockDown Browser quick start guides and videos, please select from the links below. 

Tulane Students: How do I setup Respondus LockDown Browser to take my exam online?


Respondus Frequently Asked Questions

How do I setup Respondus LockDown Browseer to take my exam online? 

How do we install LockDown browser? 

In most cases, students will download and install LockDown Browser on their own machines. The initial install can take several minutes depending on the user’s computer. If an assessment is setup to use LockDown Browser, the student will be prompted to install this software before they can take the exam. 

If you are an IT manager and need to deploy LockDown Browser to an entire room of computers in a lab or classroom setting, please contact ilc@tulane.edu to obtain the lab install files. 

When should students install Respondus LockDown Browser? 

Make sure students know well in advance that they must use Respondus LockDown Browser to take an online exam. This is especially important if students are required to install Respondus LockDown Browser on their own computer. Students can download and install Respondus at any time during the semester and in preparation for any future online exams. 

Can I edit the name of the assessment after it’s been set up to use LockDown browser? 

If it is necessary to change the name of the assessment after it has been set up to use LockDown Browser, you can simply disable the LockDown Browser requirement, edit the test name, and then re-enable the LockDown Browser requirement. Or, if you edit the name of the test inadvertently, you will see a button in the LockDown Browser Dashboard that reads, ERROR or FIX IT. Simply click that button to restore the LockDown Browser setting. Visit Respondus Resources website for more details. 

I don’t see LockDown browser on my course menu. How can I enable LockDown Browser on my course menu?

Respondus LockDown Browser is enabled by default in your Canvas course navigation. Select LockDown Browser from the course menu and apply the desired settings for your assessment. You can enable/disable this tool at any time by editing the course Settings > Navigation tab in your course. 

How do I know if the LockDown browser settings are set correctly?

To confirm that an assessment will require students to use Respondus LockDown browser:
Log in to your Canvas course > click Settings from course menu > select the Student View button > navigate to your assessment in the course and attempt to begin the assessment. You should be unable to begin the assessment if everything is set correctly.

Is there a cost associated with Respondus LockDown Browser?

Tulane is licensed to use Respondus LockDown browser for use in areas of activity related to teaching, research, and public service. Tulane also is also licensed for Respondus Monitor to secure identification and environment information from remote users in a non-proctored environment. Licensed Respondus Monitor seats are limited to one student each per course. 

Respondus, Inc. offers instructor training’s throughout the year. The webinar provides a good introduction to Respondus. An up-to-date webinar schedule can be found at www.respondus.com/webinars