We recently released a Blackboard Building Block for Respondus LockDown Browser. This Building Block, which works with Blackboard Enterprise 6.3 - 8.0, is available free to institutions that have a license for Respondus LockDown Browser.
You probably already know that Respondus LockDown Browser locks down the quizzing environment in Blackboard, preventing students from printing, copying, going to another URL, or accessing other applications during a quiz. Students are essentially locked into the quiz until they submit it for grading. The browser that’s used by students hasn’t changed. What the new Building Block offers is an easier way for instructors to set up a test for use with Respondus LockDown Browser. It now takes just a few clicks, and it all occurs within Blackboard’s Control Panel.
Using the Building Block
Until now, institutions using the Blackboard Learning System needed to use the separate Respondus 3.5 application to set up a quiz for use with Respondus LockDown Browser. This approach wasn’t terribly difficult (and it can still be used), but the new Building Block allows an instructor to set up the test within the Blackboard system itself, thus removing the reliance on Respondus 3.5.
Once the Building Block has been installed by your Blackboard system administrator, an instructor can follow these steps to enable a test for use with Respondus LockDown Browser:
Within the Control Panel, locate the Course Tools section, and click the link “Respondus LockDown Browser”
Locate the test in the list and click “Modify Settings”
Select “Require Respondus LockDown Browser for this test”
The test is now enabled for use with Respondus LockDown Browser. It’s that easy!
We think you’ll enjoy the new Building Block for Respondus LockDown Browser. If it hasn’t already been installed to your Blackboard server, contact your Blackboard administrator.
The following resources provide step-by-step instructions on how to use the Building Block for Respondus LockDown Browser.
Do Your Students Use Wikipedia & Google During Tests?
Respondus LockDown Browser - Final Release Available
Source: Respondus, Inc. (www.respondus.com)
Originally Published: February 4, 2008
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