How do I enable students with Chromebooks to use the beta release of Respondus Lockdown Browser?

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A “beta” release of a new Chromebook extension for LockDown Browser is currently available for exams delivered in Blackboard Learn (Original view). This version of the LockDown Browser Chromebook extension also supports Respondus Monitor. During the beta period, instructors will need to allow the use of LockDown Browser for Chromebook on a per exam basis.

Once you have created and deployed a test in your Blackboard course, you can configure it to require the Respondus LockDown Browser by going to Control Panel > Course Tools > Respondus LockDown Browser. This link will also lead you to the Respondus Monitor feature, which is optional, but must be used in conjunction with LockDown Browser.  Consult  How do I require Respondus Monitor for student testing?  for further information.


Enable the Beta release of Lockdown Browser

1. In the Control Panel, click on Course Tools > Respondus LockDown Browser.
2. Click on "Continue to LockDown Browser."
3. Locate your desired test and click on the contextualization menu (the caret).
4. Click on Settings.  
screenshot of settings option in dropdown
5. Click the radio button for Require Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam.
6. Expand “Advanced Settings” and select the option to “Allow students to use LockDown Browser for Chromebook”. 
7. Click Save+Close

Lockdown Browser Settings screen showing the options

Note: Students using a Chromebook will need to use the regular LockDown Browser installation link for UIC (they will NOT be able to search for the app directly from the Chrome web store).  The LockDown Browser installation link will direct the student to the Chrome web store, at which point they should select “Add to Chrome” to install the LockDown Browser Extension. If the instructor allows an exam to use the Chromebook version of LockDown Browser, it will automatically launch LockDown Browser at the appropriate time.


Limitations and/or known issues with LockDown Browser for Chromebook (beta): 


  • Quiz passwords (specified via the "optional password" field in the LockDown Browser Dashboard) aren’t currently supported

  • The “Early Exit” feature in LockDown Browser isn’t currently supported

  • LockDown Browser’s Calculator and Spreadsheet features aren’t currently supported

  • The extended keyboard functions (for adding symbols and special characters) isn’t currently available

  • LockDown Browser’s “Help Center” is currently unavailable

  •  "Allow access to specific external web domains" option is currently not supported



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