Respondus LockDown Browser: How to enable LockDown Browser for a quiz in D2L Brightspace

How To


  • Can I use Respondus LockDown Browser for my quizzes in D2L Brightspace?


Yes. While Respondus LockDown Browser (LDB) is not turned on automatically, it is available. It is intended for use in a setting with a live proctor. If remote proctoring is required, LDB should be used with Monitor (learn how to get started with Respondus Monitor).

Steps to enable LockDown Browser:

  1. Contact us through the Service Portal and request LDB be enabled for your new course.
  2. Go to Assessments > Quizzes. Note the new LockDown Browser tab in your Quizzes tool:

  1. After launching the LDB tab from Quizzes, set up your quizzes on the dashboard tab. Consult this Quick Start guide to set up an existing quiz quickly:

Instructor Quick Start Guide for LDB Set Up

  1. Apply any advanced settings (such as letting students use a built-in calculator or an iPad).
  2. Save any changes.
  3. Students on their own devices will take their quizzes the same way they always do. When they start a quiz, they will be able to download the LDB software if they have not before. For students taking quizzes in Metro State labs and classrooms, the software is already installed.
  4. Respondus also provides excellent guides to the tool right inside D2L. Next to the Dashboard tab find: Getting Started, Video Tutorials, Guides and Support, and Other Systems. They also offer frequent webinars.

tabs inside the Respondus tool for getting started, video tutorials, guides and support, and other systems



  • Respondus states that LockDown Browser works with Chromebooks but student success might vary. LDB does not work on phones or most tablets. Students have to use a computer or an iPad.
  • The LDB Dashboard can be very slow to load. It can also take a long time for settings to be saved while one looks at the “Please wait…” message. Eventually, this view may refresh to a simple white screen without a confirmation message. Despite this, when one goes back in to the dashboard, settings will have been saved.


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