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Oklahoma State University

Respondus LockDown Browser

Oklahoma State University licenses several services and pieces of software from Respondus Inc., most notably the Respondus LockDown Browser. Additionally, OSU licenses the Respondus Monitor online proctoring service and the Respondus 4 Campus test creation software.

Respondus LockDown Browser

Respondus LockDown Browser is a customized web browser that increases the security of the testing environment. The browser only allows students to access OSU's Brightspace website, it prevents printing or copying the quiz contents, visiting other websites, accessing other applications on the computer, or closing a quiz until it has been submitted for grading.

OSU students and faculty can download the LockDown Browser from Downloads from this link are free and requires no activation key.

When launching the LockDown Browser, if prompted to choose a server, please choose "Brightspace @ OSU".

For details on how to enable LockDown, check out the videos in the Quizzes section of the Brightspace webpage.

Attaching Files and using Web Links on LockDown quizzes

External web and attached media can be used in quizzes taken with the LockDown Browser. See comments below for specific issues.

  • External Web Pages

    If an exam contains a link to an external website, LockDown Browser will open the link in a new window. However, students cannot navigate any further. Any links or search functions included on the linked page will be disabled.
  • Audio & Video Media

    If an exam includes audio or video files, LockDown Browser will allow students to listen or view the file just as with a normal browser. Many services, such as YouTube, offer code for "embedding" their content. An embedded media file will appear in a small window, including control buttons such as play and stop, within the test question.
  • Attached Files

    Instructors can include attached files with an online test. Simply make the file available via a link and it will open in a new window during the exam. Note: Most PDF viewers include functions to save and print a PDF. If you want to prevent this, create the PDF using security settings that prohibit printing and saving in Adobe Acrobat.

Available On-Campus Locations

Oklahoma State has installed the Respondus LockDown Browser in several computer labs around campus for use by students who do not have access to a private computer.

  • Ag Hall 266
  • Bennett 019
  • Business Building public computer lab
  • Colvin 192 (Only available on 5 computers)
  • Gundersen public computer lab
  • Kerr Drummond Mezzanine
  • Willard 002 (Only available on 5 computers)
  • Willard 007a (Only available on 5 computers)
  • All CEAT Labs

The following labs can be reserved for instructors to proctor in class online quizzes, including use of the LockDown Browser.

  • Classroom Building 407 (25 computers available)
  • Classroom Building 408 (22 computers available)
  • Math Sciences 108 (62 computers available)

LockDown Browser Resources

Respondus 4.0 Campus

Respondus 4.0 is software for creating and managing exams. It is possible for an instructor to create exams directly in the software, convert formatted Word documents into digital exams, convert exams to Word documents, publish exams to Brightspace, copy exams from Brightspace, or print them to paper.

Installing Respondus 4.0

  1. Install the latest version
  2. Email for an activation key.

Respondus 4.0 Resources

For questions regarding any Respondus software contact ITLE at (405)744-1000.