Skip to main content
Banner Image

Book A Study RoomBook A Study Room Book EquipmentBook Equipment My AccountMy Account Library HoursLibrary Hours Ask Us!Ask Us!

Blackboard @ RDC

This guide will help you use Blackboard for your courses.

About Respondus LockDown Browser

Respondus LockDown BrowserRespondus LockDown Browser is a locked browser for taking tests in Blackboard Learn. It prevents you from printing, copying, going to another URL, or accessing other applications during a test.

If a Blackboard test requires that Respondus LockDown Browser be used, you will not be able to take the test with a standard web browser. 

Get LockDown Browser

Please follow these steps to install Lockdown Browser on your device: 

1. Watch the video: Introduction to Respondus LockDown Browser  

2. Review the Computer System Requirements (Note: PC/Mac only; Lockdown Browser cannot be installed on a Chromebook)

3. Download and Install LockDown Browser

Taking a Test with LockDown Browser

1. Close all programs, unless one is used to connect you to the Internet.

2. Locate the “LockDown Browser” shortcut on the desktop and double-click it.
(For Mac users, launch “LockDown Browser” from the Applications folder)

LockDown Browser Shortcuts

3. If prompted, either close a blocked program (e.g. screen capture, instant messaging) by choosing Yes. Or, close LockDown Browser and close the blocked program before restarting. 

4. Login to your Blackboard course. 

5. Navigate to the test and select it. 

6. If the instructor requires a test password, a new window will appear asking for the Exam Password. Enter the password and click Begin Exam. 

7. The test will then start. (Note, once a test has been started with Respondus LockDown Browser, you cannot exit until the Submit button is clicked.) 

Important Tip

Whenever you are taking a test that needs LockDown Browser, you must get out of your normal browser and use the LockDown Browser found on your desktop. If you forget and try and access the test in your normal browser you will get this error message: 

LockDown Browser Error Message

Respondus Monitor

Respondus Monitor is a companion application for LockDown Browser that uses your webcam. 

Some online RDC courses require the use of both the LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor. 

You can use the webcam built into your computer or a webcam that plugs in with a USB cable.

Watch this short video to get a basic understanding of LockDown Browser and the webcam features.
A Student Quick Start Guide (PDF) is also available.