What is Respondus Test Manager?
Respondus Test manager is an easy-to use test management software that is used to create tests. You can also import tests from your publishers test bank. It enables faculty to create tests using a wizard and then administer these tests to students in Respondus Lockdown Browser.
For students, you direct them to the Current Students section on the main ASTATE website, where they can be download the Respondus LockDown Browser before taking their assessment.
What is Respondus LockDown Browser?
Respondus LockDown Browser is a customized browser that increases the security of online testing in the Blackboard Learning System. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser to access an assessment, they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. Students are locked into an assessment until it is submitted for grading.
When a test is created in Respondus test manager, it is uploaded into Blackboard. It is then made available in Blackboard by the faculty member. Students must download the lockdown browser and can ONLY take the test in the lockdown browser to create a locked down testing environment.
Respondus LockDown browser creates a locked down environment for test taking by making sure that:
- Print Screen and capturing functions are disabled
- Task switching or access to other applications is prevented
- Assessments are displayed full screen and cannot be minimized
- Assessments cannot be exited until submitted by users for grading
- Printing functions are disabled
- Copying and pasting anything to and from an assessment is prohibited
Windows: Vista, XP, ME, 2000, 98 / Mac: OS X 10.3.9 or higher
Windows: 128 MB RAM / Macintosh: 512 MB RAM
Hard Disk Space
Windows: 3 MB / Mac: 2 MB
Internet Explorer 6 or higher must be configured to the minimum requirements for the Course Management System being used (it does NOT have to be the default browser on the computer). If applicable, Internet Explorer must be able to pass the Course Management System's browser check.
The Safari browser must be configured to the minimum requirements for the Course Management System being used (it does NOT have to be the default browser for the computer).
Do not use wireless connections when taking tests in Respondus LockDown Browser. Students should use a computer that is connected to the Internet through a high-speed wired connection. It is not recommended that the student take tests on a computer with a wireless connection to the Internet because it is very possible that they will lose connection during their test.
Course Management Systems
Respondus LockDown Browser integrates with the following course management systems:
- Blackboard Learning System 6.3 or higher (Basic and Enterprise)
- WebCT CE 4.0 - 8.x
- WebCT Vista 3.0 - 8.x
- Desire2Learn Learning Environment 8.13 or higher
If you would like hands on training visit the Online Tutorials section for a short video or come by ITTC.
LockDown Browser vs. Test Manager
Respondus 3.5 Campus wide (Test Manager) is a test management software, used by faculty to create tests, quizzes, exams and surveys to administer to students.
Respondus Lockdown Browser is a web browser exclusively for Blackboard used by students to access and take tests created by their professors.
Respondus will only work with Blackboard 8.
There are three software applications involved that work together.
Respondus has a test manager and Blackboard 8 has a test manager. Both allow you to create/originate tests within their respective test manager application. The Respondus Lockdown browser is a real browser like internet explorer to connect users to the internet - except it is designed to work with Blackboard only. When using the Respondus test manager, there is an additional step that must be taken. The test must be "published" or loaded into the Blackboard course shell.
Regardless from which test manager a test originates from, when a test is loaded into a course and is to be taken by students it can also have Respondus enabled or disabled to work with it. You can set or reset enablement by going to the Control Panel, select the Respondus Lockdown Browser option and then by modifying the setting of the test selected to activate it or deactivate it. This process will automatically add "MUST BE TAKEN WITH RESPONDUS LOCKDOWN BROWSER" to the test title.
When Respondus is enabled and the test has the MUST TAKE WITH..... extension on the title, a student will not be allowed to take the test without the lockdown browser. The student must log off of Blackboard first and then start the Respondus lockdown browser. At that point the student would login to Blackboard to take the test.
In summary, the steps are as follows:
- Create the test in Bb8 test manager. Or create a test in Respondus 3.5 Campus wide (Test Manager) and publish it to Blackboard.
- Set up the test availability in Blackboard.
- The student then takes the test on the chosen day through Respondus Lockdown browser
Understanding Respondus (20 slide PowerPoint)
This powerpoint presentation is for first time users of Respondus and contains a basic overview of how to get started.
Preparing a Course (2 minute video)
This video covers preparing a course for use with Respondus Lockdown Browser. Source: Respondus.com
Introduction to Respondus Lockdown Browser (3 minute video)
This short video explains the benefits of using Lockdown Browser and additionally explains the steps that students will use to take a test in Respondus Lockdown Browser. Source: Respondus.com
The "Basics" (5 minute video)
This video covers Respondus Lockdown Browser and Blackboard Basics. Source: Respondus.com
Test Creation (handout)
This word document covers formatting,file importation, and other things to consider when creating tests in Respondus Test Manager.
Respondus Update (handout)
If you or your students are having trouble seeing their exams after they have taken them, it is probably necessary to download the newest update to the Respondus Lockdown Browser. This short document gives you the instructions for the download.
This handout will help you understand the difference in Respondus Test Manager and Respondus Lockdown Browser. It also clears up any confusion related to passwords set up by the instructor and/ or those generated by the system when a test is created using Test Manager.