LockDown Browser provides secure quiz environment

posted May 1, 2018, 11:35 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated May 1, 2018, 11:41 AM ]
LockDown Browser
To provide a more secure environment for taking Canvas quizzes, we have purchased the Respondus LockDown Browser.

When a Canvas quiz is set to use the LockDown Browser, students must reboot their Chromebooks into the secure LockDown Browser app to take the quiz, which locks them out of other areas of the internet. The advantage over our homegrown Bartlesville Canvas App is that a student can only take a quiz in the LockDown Browser when that setting is invoked. (The Bartlesville Canvas App locks them out of the rest of the internet, but cannot require a student to be in it to take a particular quiz.)

To set up the LockDown Browser to secure quizzes taken by students on district Chromebooks:

  1. Create a quiz in Canvas as you normally would do.
  2. Click the “LockDown Browser” link in the left sidebar navigation of the course.
  3. You can access various welcome screens, video tutorials, and more. But to get going, just click the Continue to LockDown Browser > button at the lower right.
  4. Click the down icon beside the quiz you created and want to LockDown.
  5. Select Modify Settings.
  6. Click the option Require Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam.
    1. You can optionally include an access code for the quiz students would have to know and type in to access it from within the LockDown Browser. You can also still do this in the regular quiz settings.
    2. By default, students will need to use the LockDown Browser to view quiz feedback and results, but you can turn that off if you wish.
    3. You can optionally click Advanced Settings for additional options. HOWEVER, I have never gotten the “Enable Calculator on the toolbar” to work on a Chromebook.
  7. Click the Save and Close button.


Your students would later take the quiz in much the same way they would using our own Bartlesville Canvas App. Complete instructions for students are on the district website via the “Using the LockDown Browser for Canvas Quizzes” link at BPSCANVAS.COM.

  1. The student will need to power down or sign out of the Chromebook to get to its initial login screen.
  2. Instead of entering their email address as they usually do, they would click on Apps at the bottom left of the initial login screen.
  3. They would click LockDown Browser on the pop-up Apps menu.
  4. If this is their first time to use the app, they will be asked for the name of their institution. They should type Bartlesville and then select Bartlesville Public Schools from the screen. They won’t have to do this step in the future.
  5. They will now be in the LockDown Browser, viewing the usual Canvas login screen. They should enter their Canvas username (not email address) and password.
  6. They should open your course in Canvas.
  7. They should click on Quizzes in the left sidebar navigation or use another link to access the appropriate quiz.
  8. They should take the quiz, and will be unable to exit Canvas to visit other websites (unless you allowed that in the optional settings).
  9. When finished with the quiz, they should Submit it.
  10. They will still be stuck in Canvas until they reboot their Chromebook by holding down the power button until the screen goes dark.
There is a version of the LockDown Browser which can be loaded onto lab desktop computers. It will be tested by Ms. Steele in lab 204. Once the kinks are worked out, it will be installed on the remaining business, non-dedicated, and library labs at BHS.