Remote Proctoring: Getting Started with Respondus Monitor in D2L Brightspace

Article Type: How To


  • How do I get started with remote proctoring tool Respondus Monitor in D2L Brightspace?


Respondus Monitor is a remote proctoring tool that conveniently integrates with D2L. It uses the student’s webcam and microphone to record testing sessions for later review. No one watches live while a student takes a test. It also monitors and flags events that an instructor might want to review, such as a student not being detected or the webcam being unplugged. This software contributes to academic integrity in two important ways: by providing a way to verify student identity and by providing a deterrent to cheating. Learn more about it from this brief video:

Respondus Monitor introduction (video)

How do I turn on Respondus Monitor for my class?

Respondus Monitor is installed as an addition to Respondus LockDown Browser. LockDown Browser is available for any course at the instructor’s request and is useful for administering exams in a classroom with a proctor present. Monitor, however, should only be used in courses that have indicated in the class schedule that remote proctoring would be required. Work with your department chair or dean who can ask an academic program coordinator to apply the right message code (8989) and additional required special message language. 

Next, contact the Academic Technology Services to have LockDown Browser and Monitor enabled for your course in D2L. A new tab will then be available in your D2L Quiz tool. Monitor works with your existing quizzes. Each can be configured independently. Set up is relatively simple and Academic Technology Services staff will gladly assist. Learn more from this concise guide:

Respondus Monitor Quick Start Guide

How do I review Respondus Monitor results?

Recorded test sessions can be reviewed right in D2L through the same LockDown browser tab in the quiz section of D2L. Learn more about reviewing results from this introductory guide:

Understanding Proctoring Results

Are there alternatives to remote proctoring?

If remote proctoring is not the right fit for a given class, consider alternatives such as those listed here:

Instructor live remote proctoring using Zoom and Respondus LockDown Browser

Alternatives to Traditional Testing

Where can I get more help?

Respondus includes several resources directly within D2L Brightspace after it is enabled for a course. These resources, including videos and suggested syllabus language, are also available here:

Respondus Monitor Resources

Contact Academic Technology Services with questions about Respondus LockDown Browser, Monitor, or alternative methods of assessment:



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