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Protect the Integrity of Exams with Respondus

Respondus
Respondus, Inc. is offering a series of free webinars on Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor.  Respondus LockDown Browser® is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard. Respondus Monitor® is a companion product for LockDown Browser that enables institutions to protect the integrity of non-proctored, online exams. Now is the perfect time to attend a session and prepare for the spring and summer terms.

To register, visit www.respondus.com/webinars. Each 45-minute webinar provides a live demo, as well tips that will help faculty to get started with these applications right away:

Introduction to LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor
This introductory webinar provides an overview of two applications: Respondus Monitor and LockDown Browser. It is intended for anyone interested in learning how to protect the integrity of online exams, in both proctored and non-proctored settings. The session is 45 minutes, plus a Q&A period at the end.

  • Tuesday, November 10 at 4 pm EST

Instructor Training for LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor: Prevent Cheating During Online Exams
This comprehensive training webinar is intended for instructors who plan to use LockDown Browser and/or Respondus Monitor with online exams. The session is 45 minutes, plus a Q&A period at the end.

  • Tuesday, November 17th at 1 pm EST
  • Tuesday, December 8th at 3 PM EST

To schedule a one-to-one consultation, please contact email utlv@utoledo.edu or call 419-530-8835.


Respondus Monitor: Instructor Training & Case Study

Wed, Oct 23, 2013 2:00 PM EDT (45 minutes)

Registration: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/484328720

This training will cover:

  • How to prepare your courses and your students for using Respondus Monitor and LockDown Browser
  • How to enable Respondus Monitor and LockDown Browser for tests
  • How to review the assessment data collected, including student videos
  • Best practices and tips for success

A recorded session about how leading strategies and technologies are being implemented at Jacksonville State University in Alabama is also available via this link http://sloanconsortium.org/node/412616


Respondus LockDown Browser – Mac/Java issue

If you use Mac OSX with the latest release of Java (version 1.6.0_29) Respondus LockDown Browser will crash when you take an exam containing essay questions.

The issue is that WebKit-based browsers running with Java 1.6.0_29 will crash if a Java applet is encountered. Respondus LockDown Browser relies on WebKit so it exhibits the same behavior. Respondus developer community anticipates that either WebKit or Apple will resolve this issue in quick order.

Academic Support has applied a patch for the Mac edition of LockDown Browser released by Respondus. The patch will detect, upon startup, whether a user is running Java 1.6.0_29. If this combination is found, users will receive this message:

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WARNING: Java version 1.6.0_29 detected.

This version of Java is known to be incompatible with your learning system and may cause this browser application to crash. We recommend that you do NOT continue. As a work-around, you may consider using a different computer.

    [Quit]  [Continue]

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If you see the warning message, click “Quit” and use another system such as Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard to take tests with LockDown Browser.  All main campus computers in the Information Commons and college labs should have a working copy of Respondus installed.


Lockdown Browser and Mac Lion OS X

Respondus Lockdown Browser, used by faculty to prevent online surfing or communication during online test sessions, is not yet updated for Mac OS 10.7, “Lion”.    Several institutions have reported the problem to Respondus. According to Respondus Tech Support, they have started the testing process with LockDown Browser on OS X Lion but no release date has been established for updates to LockDown Browser for Macintosh.  We will keep you updated as we learn about new releases.

A temporary solution for those who use OS X Lion is to use another system, such as  Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard to take tests with LockDown Browser.  All main campus computers in the Information Commons and college labs should have a working copy of Respondus installed.   Unfortunately, Lockdown Browser will not operate on the UT Virtual Lab.  

Click this link http://www.respondus.com/lockdown/information.pl?ID=213815819 to download the program.