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Digital Learning Environment - Computer LockDown and Proctoring Software Options

This document provides a detailed comparison of the lockdown browser and proctoring software options offered at UWM.

Instructors have the following software options available to discourage cheating on exams:

  • Proctorio
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser with Live Proctoring Enabled
  • Respondus Monitor 

Proctorio

Proctorio is an online proctoring solution that has lockdown browser capabilities.

Typical Use Case

Intended for online assessments delivered through Canvas Classic Quizzes or Canvas New Quizzes. Proctorio locks students’ browsers and can record students’ webcams audio/video & screen activity, IP address, system performance, web traffic, and more.

Instructors cannot use Proctorio to monitor test takers’ activity in real time. Instead, after the exam, Proctorio flags suspicious test-taking activity. When Proctorio flags a suspicious text attempt, the instructor can review a recording of the student’s screen, webcam, and other data associated with the flagged attempt.  

What Proctorio Does

  • Locks down the browser of the text taker:
    • Prevents student from opening additional files
    • Prevent student from opening additional browser windows & tabs
    • Prevents student from leaving quiz once student starts quiz
    • Prevents printing
    • Prevents use of clipboard
    • Prevents multiple monitor use
  • Can record the following:
    • Test taker’s screen activity
    • Test taker’s webcam (audio/video) activity
    • Picture of test taker and their identification card (request ID check)
  • Records web traffic
  • Records test taker’s IP address
  • Monitors & records test taker’s computer and internet performance
  • Flags suspicious test-taking activity - Instructor can then review students’ screen & webcam recording, IP address, etc.

What Proctorio Doesn’t Do

Does not allow instructors to proctor online exams live.

Proctorio Cost

$22 per student per test. Contact CETL for additional pricing information.

Support Information

Refer to the Proctorio Support Documentation Index for assistance with Proctorio.


Respondus LockDown Browser (LDB)

Respondus LDB is a custom browser that locks down the computer desktop for assessments delivered through Canvas Classic Quizzes or Canvas New Quizzes.

Typical Use Case

Respondus LockDown Browser is typically used to lock down students’ computers when they are taking exams in-person in testing centers and computer labs by preventing students from opening additional files, windows, browser tabs, and more, while they are taking a Canvas quiz. 

What Respondus LDB Does

Locks down the browser of the text taker:

  • Prevents student from opening additional files
  • Prevent student from opening additional browser windows & tabs
  • Prevents student from leaving quiz once student starts quiz
  • Prevents printing
  • Prevents use of clipboard
  • Prevents multiple monitor use

What Respondus LDB Doesn’t Do

  • Does not allow instructors to proctor online exams live via Zoom or Teams.
  • Does not monitor webcam or screen
  • Does not record webcam or screen
  • Does not allow ID verification of test taker
  • Does not monitor or flag suspicious behavior of test takers
  • Does not monitor or record test taker’s IP address
  • Does not monitor or record test taker’s computer and internet performance

Respondus LDB Cost

At most, the cost is $7 per student per semester. In some instances, the cost may be reduced. Contact CETL for additional pricing information. 

Support Information

More information and resources on Respondus LDB

Respondus LDB training videos

Respondus LDB support.

Respondus LDB with Canvas Student Quickstart Guide for Classic Quizzes and New Quizzes

Respondus LDB Student Resources


Respondus LockDown Browser (LDB) - Live Proctoring via Zoom Enabled

In addition to locking down test-takers' browsers when they are taking assessments delivered through Canvas Classic Quizzes or Canvas New Quizzes, instructors who have Respondus LockDown Browser (LDB) enabled in their Canvas class can also configure Respondus LDB to allow instructors to monitor their students live over Zoom while students are taking an online exam. 

When you enable Respondus LDB for a Canvas class, select the “Allow instructor live proctoring for this exam...” setting in order to enable live proctoring via Zoom with Respondus LDB.

select the “Allow instructor live proctoring for this exam...” setting in order to enable live proctoring via Zoom with Respondus LDB

Typical Use Case

Respondus Live Proctoring with LockDown Browser is typically used for online assessments delivered through Canvas Classic Quizzes or Canvas New Quizzes where the instructor wants to lock down students’ browsers and monitor the exam takers live over Zoom.

The Respondus Live Proctoring solution is intended for small classes (under 25 students) with synchronous online assessments where all test-takers start and submit their Canvas quiz within the same timeframe.

Note that Respondus Live Proctoring requires the use of Respondus LockDown Browser.

What Respondus LockDown Browser (LDB) - Live Proctoring with Zoom Enabled Does

  • Locks down the browser of the text taker:
    • Prevents student from opening additional files
    • Prevent student from opening additional browser windows & tabs
    • Prevents student from leaving quiz once student starts quiz
    • Prevents printing
    • Prevents use of clipboard
    • Prevents multiple monitor use
  • Allows instructor to monitor students’ webcams live via Zoom.

What Respondus LockDown Browser (LDB) - Live Proctoring with Zoom Enabled Doesn’t Do

  • The Respondus Live Proctoring solution is not intended for use with:
    • Classes of over 25 students
    • In-person classes
    • Asynchronous assessments, where students have a longer time frame (often days) to take the assessment
  • Once a student starts taking the assessment in Canvas, the student cannot change the Zoom microphone and camera controls because the student’s computer is locked down. In other words, if a student is muted when they start the Canvas quiz, they cannot unmute themselves until they have submitted the quiz, and vice versa.
  • Instructors cannot view activity on students’ computer screens.
  • Respondus Live Proctoring with LDB does not record students’ webcams – Respondus Monitor records webcam audio/video.
  • Respondus Live Proctoring cannot be used with Respondus Monitor.
  • iPads cannot be used with Live Proctoring.
  • Does not record webcam or screen
  • Does not provide automated ID verification of test taker
  • Does not monitor or flag suspicious behavior of test takers
  • Does not monitor or record test taker’s IP address
  • Does not monitor or record test taker’s computer and internet performance

Cost

At most, the cost is $7 per student per semester. In some instances, the cost may be reduced. Contact CETL for additional pricing information. 

Support Information

Resources and more information on Respondus LDB with Live Proctoring

Respondus LDB training videos

Support for Respondus LDB with Live Proctoring

Respondus LDB with Canvas Student Quickstart Guide

Respondus LDB Student Resources


Respondus Monitor

Respondus Monitor is a companion application instructors can use with Respondus LockDown Browser (at an additional cost).  As with Respondus LDB, students’ browsers are locked as they take their online assessments through Canvas Classic Quizzes or Canvas New Quizzes. Additionally, Respondus Monitor records the webcam audio and video of students and (optionally) records their computer screen activity as they take the assessment. Respondus Monitor subsequently uses computer vision technology to flag suspicious events that the instructor can review after the assessment.

Respondus Monitor is intended for use with remote test-takers or for hybrid situations.

Hybrid situations - Note that if you have some students taking the assessment in a proctored lab and other students taking the exam at a remote location, you can enable Respondus Monitor and check Allow This Exam to Additionally Be Delivered in a Proctored Lab.When a student begins a test with this setting applied, they will see an initial screen that allows them to select if they have a webcam or if they are at a proctored location.

What Respondus Monitor Does

  • Locks down the browser of the text taker:
    • Prevents student from opening additional files
    • Prevents student from opening additional browser windows & tabs
    • Prevents student from leaving quiz once student starts quiz
    • Prevents printing
    • Prevents use of clipboard
    • Prevents multiple monitor use
  • Records webcam activity of test takers. (Note that there is no way to deselect webcam recording.)
  • Optionally records computer screen activity of test takers
  • Flags suspicious webcam activity so instructor can review webcam recording
  • Indicates things like internet interruption 
  • Optionally performs ID check
  • Optionally prompts students to show and submit a picture of their written work at the end of the exam. The instructor can then view the submitted images in the Class Results section of the LockDown Browser dashboard.

What Respondus Monitor Doesn’t Do

  • Cannot be used with Respondus Live Proctoring (i.e., cannot monitor online exams live via Zoom.)
  • Cannot track student IP address.
  • Cannot track student's computer performance.

Cost

At most, the cost is $12 per student per semester. In some instances, the cost may be reduced. Contact CETL for additional pricing information. 

Support Information

Resources and more information on Respondus Monitor

Support for Respondus Monitor here.

Respondus Monitor Student Resources

Respondus Monitor Student Quickstart Guide

Respondus Monitor Live Chat Support for students


Comparison Chart

Tool Comparison Chart

Functionality

Respondus LDB Live Proctoring with Respondus LDB Respondus Monitor Proctorio
Typical use-case scenario Used for locking down students’ computers when they are taking exams in person in testing centers and computer labs.

-Allows live webcam proctoring via Zoom for remote students.  
-Locks browser down for online exams.

Only recommend for classes < 25 students.

Used in conjunction with Respondus LDB for no additional cost. 

Cannot be used with Respondus Monitor

Used in conjunction with Respondus LDB.

-Records test-takers’ webcams & screens. 
-Flags suspicious behavior for instructors to review.
-Locks browser down for online exams.

Cannot be used with Respondus Live Proctoring.

Used for asynchronous proctoring & browser lockdown for online exams
For in-person or online proctoring? In-person  Online Intended for Online students, but can also be used for classes with some students online and others in person. Online
Cost Maximum of $7 per student per semester. Maximum of $7 per student per semester. Maximum of $12 per student per semester. $22 per student per test.
Instructor can see & hear test takers’ webcams live No Yes No No
Instructor can see test takers’ computer screens live No No No No
System monitors & records test takers’ screens No No Yes Yes
System monitors & records webcam activity (audio & video) No No Yes Yes
Prevents students from opening additional files Yes Yes Yes Yes
Prevents opening additional browser windows & tabs Yes Yes Yes Yes
Prevents students from leaving quiz once they starts quiz Yes Yes Yes Yes
Prevents printing Yes Yes Yes Yes
Prevents use of clipboard Yes Yes Yes Yes
Prevents multiple monitor use Yes Yes Yes Yes
Records web traffic No No No Yes
Monitors & records student’s IP address No No No Yes
Monitors & records test taker’s computer and internet performance No No Partial - Indicates if internet interruption occurred Yes
Allows test-taker ID check No No Yes Yes
Indicates suspicious test taker behavior No No Yes Yes
Runs through Canvas Classic & New quizzes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Prevents student from uploading a file to a Canvas assignment Yes Yes Yes Yes
Accommodates paper exams (e.g., math classes where students write out and submit their work to a Canvas Assignment)  No No No No
Allows student to upload file to Canvas assignment before Canvas quiz is submitted. No No No No

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KeywordsRespondus lockdown browser proctoring LDB Proctorio   Doc ID129840
OwnerKatherine P.GroupCETL
Created2023-07-19 11:55:47Updated2024-02-28 17:31:42
SitesUW-Milwaukee Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
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