Introduction to LockDown Browser for Moodle (manual launch)


LockDown Browser is a custom browser
for Windows or Mac computers that locks down the testing environment within Moodle courses. When students use LockDown Browser they are
unable to print, capture screen content, go to other URLs, or access other applications.
This prevents students from using instant messaging programs, search engines, or any
other digital resource during a quiz. Upon startup, LockDown Browser goes directly
to the institution’s login page for Moodle. Students then login by entering their user
name and password. LockDown Browser is similar to a standard
web browser but several features have been removed, such as the menu bar … the address
field for entering URLs … the start button in Windows … and the system tray. Only the back …. forward …. stop …. and
refresh buttons are retained. The right mouse button has also been disabled along with keyboard
operations such as function keys and task-switching keystrokes. The source code for the webpage
can’t be viewed either. Once logged into Moodle, the course is selected,
then, the quiz is located and selected. If the settings for the quiz require that
LockDown Browser be used, and if the student is using LockDown Browser, then everything
will appear as normal. However, if a student attempts to start the quiz using a browser
other than LockDown Browser … as is now being shown … the screen will display a
message indicating that the quiz can only be taken with LockDown Browser. Notice also that the “Attempt Quiz Now” button
does not appear, preventing students using a standard web browser from continuing. Once the quiz begins, students using LockDown
Browser are prevented from exiting the exam until it is submitted for grading. Not only are students prevented from going
to other websites or switching to other applications, they are also prevented from accessing other
areas in Moodle while taking the quiz. Quiz questions can include images, videos,
or PDF files, just as with a standard browser. If a question contains a link to another URL,
it will open a new secure window that won’t allow navigation beyond that initial page. So, for example, if the content in the new
browser window happens to include a link to a search engine, the student will be unable
to access the search link from that new page. When ready, the student will submit the quiz
for grading. It is now possible to exit the browser. All
other applications that were running prior to the start of LockDown Browser will be available
at this time. Thanks for watching. To learn more about LockDown
Browser, please contact your Respondus representative or go to www.respondus.com.

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