Downloading and Using Respondus LDB on Your PC

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If you are being asked to take a test using Respondus Lockdown Browser, with or without Monitor, you will need to download the program before you take your test. Allow at least 15 minutes to download and install the Respondus program, or plan to do it a day or two before you take the test. These instructions walk you through downloading Respondus Lockdown Browser for a PC. If you have an iPad or a Mac, you need to follow a different instructions.

Downloading Respondus LDB:

  1. Go to the Respondus download website via this link, or using the link provided to you in your class. Do not use any other link to download Respondus as each link is specific to a particular university. In order to install software from the Internet, you must have "admin" control on your computer.
  2. If you would like, watch the short video that Respondus provides in the "Before You Install." This is an optional step.
  3. Click the button that reads "Install Now." 
  4. Your computer will begin to download the package.  You can see the progress of the download in the file located in the lower-left corner of your screen.
  5. Once the download is complete, double click the file "LockDown Browser.exe" to start the installation wizard. You can also find the package by going to your "Downloads" folder in file explorer and double-clicking on the file.
  6. A pop-up asking "Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?" should open. Click "Yes."
  7. You will now need to choose a setup language. "English (United States)" is chosen by default. Select "Next."
  8. Wait while Respondus LockDown Browser prepares for installation. A progress bar will display while you wait.
  9. Select "I accept the terms of the license agreement," and click "Next." If you do not accept the terms, you will not be able to download the software.
  10. Wait while the software is installed. A progress bar will display while you wait.
  11. The "Install Sheild Wizard" window will appear. Click "Finish."
  12. Your Respondus LockDown Browser app should now appear on your desktop.
  13. Double click the LockDown Browser app to launch it. Respondus LockDown Browser can only be used to go to Wichita State's Blackboard environment. You will be asked if you want to allow this app to make changes to your device. Select "Yes."
  14. You may be asked to quit other applications on your system before it can launch. For the rest of the applications, the program will offer to close them for you, so go ahead and authorize that by selecting "Close Process," unless you have unsaved work you need to tend to before they are closed. You must close these applications before you will be allowed to launch LockDown browser.

Taking a Test Using Respondus LDB (only) on Your PC

  1. In order to take a test using Respondus LockDown Browser, you will need to close out the programs you have running on your computer and start up the browser. If you are unsure about that step, return to step 13 above in the downloading instructions.
  2. Each time you open Respondus LockDown Browser, you will be prompted to accept cookies.  You will have to click "Agree & Continue" in order to access your test.
  3. Enter your WSUid and password into Blackboard to login. 
  4. Go to "My Courses" and find your class. Open the class and find your test.
  5. Once you click the title of the test you will be taken to the "Instructions" screen where you can read about the limitations of your test.  When you are ready, click "Begin" and take your test.
  6. While using Respondus LockDown Browser, you will not be able to use your computer to go to websites or communicate with the outside world.
  7. When you complete your test, choose "Save and Submit" and then "OK" on the popup window. Click "OK" again to view your score, if it has been released yet. You can also check your grade in "My Grades." When you are finished, exit Blackboard and Respondus LockDown Browser.
  8. You can only use Respondus LockDown Browser to take one test at a time. If you have other tests, or if you would like to re-take the test you just submitted, you will be required to close Respondus LockDown Browser and start the process over at step 1. 

Taking a Test Using Respondus LDB with Monitor on Your PC

The addition of the "Monitor" step to the regular LockDown Browser expereince adds a few more actions you need to take before you can login to your test. You should account for an additional 10 minutes to take care of these steps. In order to use Monitor, you must have a webcam attached to the computer you are using. 

  1. Monitor is a feature of some tests, and it requires you to be in Respondus LockDown Broswer to enter it. Begin by completing "Taking Test" steps 1-5 above.
  2. Step 1Terms of Use: Once you click "Begin" you will be taken to a new window where you will need to click "Agree" to the Respondus Monitor Student Terms of Use, this is the first of nine steps to start Monitor.
  3. Step 2 Webcam Check: you will need to check your webcam's functionality. You need to be able to see your image here. If you can't, make sure your camera is not covered. If you still can't, you will need to exit Respondus LockDown Browser and check to ensure your webcam is properly selected. To access the camera privacy settings, first open the main Windows 10 Settings screen by selecting the Start Menu (Windows) button and clicking the Settings icon. Click on "Privacy, then on "Camera." Scroll down to "Allow desktop apps to access your camera, and make sure "On" is selected.
  4. Once you see your picture in the window, click "Yes."
  5. You will be asked to record a 5 second video. Click "Record 5 second video" and read the additional instructions in the new popup box, and choose "Continue."
  6. Step 3 is Additional Instructions.Read through and click "Continue."
  7. Step 4 is five Guidelines and Tips. Read through one at a time, by clicking "Next."
  8. Step 5 Student Photo askes you to take a picture. Face the camera and click "Take Picture" and then "Continue."
  9. Step 6 Show Identification asks you to tak a picture of an identification. Unless your professor asks for something else, your WSU ID is fine for this step. Click "Take Picture" and then "Continue."
  10. Step 7 Environment Check asks your to use your camera to record your surrounding environment. If you can move your camera, go ahead and video your workspace by clicking "Start Recording," and then after a few moments, a new button called "Stop Recording" will appear. Click it. The system will then play your video for you and you can choose "Continue."
  11. Step 8 is Facial Detection Check. Look at the camera and you should get a "Success!" notification. If not, try removing your glasses, hat, etc. and try again. Click "Continue.
  12. Step 9 Begin Exam allows you to begin your exam. Click "Begin Exam." You will be taken directly to your exam in Blackboard, and if there is a timer, it will begin. From here on out, the experience is identical to Respondus LockDown Browser. See "Taking Test" steps 6-8 above.

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