Computerized Assessment

Please review the provided information in effort to ensure a positive experience for students, staff, and faculty when utilizing Blackboard,  Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor in conjunction with Blackboard.

Use of any of these technologies, in any combination, does not necessarily prevent all forms of student misconduct.

Students may engage in activities that undermine exam security, and so it is the course director’s responsibility to understand how the technology available at UNMC functions and to consistently monitor student activity to identify potential threats to security. Each department, school, or college is solely responsible for preventing, investigating, documenting, and providing governance regarding student misconduct. Examination policies may require updates due to this change in available technologies.

Blackboard Testing Tools

Blackboard Issues & Recommendation

Respondus LockDown Browser™ is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard.

When students use Respondus LockDown Browser they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. When an assessment is started, students are locked into it until they submit it for grading. Available for both Windows and Mac. Other features include:

  • Integrates with Blackboard
  • Assessments are displayed full-screen and cannot be minimized
  • Assessments cannot be exited until submitted by users for grading
  • Task switching or access to other applications is prevented
  • Print, Print Screen and capturing functions are disabled
  • Copying and pasting anything to and from an assessment is prohibited
  • Screen capture, messaging, screen-sharing, virtual machine, and network monitoring applications are blocked from running
  • Right-click menu options and function keys are disabled
  • Browser menu and toolbar options are disabled, except for Back, Forward, Refresh and Stop
  • Source code for the HTML page cannot be viewed
  • The browser automatically starts at the login page for the institution’s learning management system
  • URLs cannot be typed by the user
  • External links don’t compromise the locked testing environment
  • Pages from the assessment are not stored on the computer after exiting
  • Assessments that are set up for use with Respondus LockDown Browser cannot be accessed with other browsers
  • Available for both Windows and Mac computers

Recommendations to prepare to utilize Respondus LockDown Browser:

UNMC Locations of Installation:

  • MSC1010
  • MSC1012
  • CON5025
  • CON-Kearney Learning Resource Center
  • CON - Scottsbluff 20 Learning Resource Center computer and 56 UNMC CON Laptops

Please contact Melissa Diers if you are interested in the installation of campus controlled computers or distributing Respondus LockDown browser to off–campus computers

Respondus Monitor™ is a companion product for LockDown Browser that enables institutions to protect the integrity of non-proctored, online exams.

Students use their own computer and a webcam to record assessment sessions, all without leaving the institution's learning management system.

How It Works

  • Students start LockDown Browser, log into the LMS and complete a brief startup sequence prior to the exam
  • The student and the surrounding environment are recorded during the entire exam
  • Instructors can quickly review details of the assessment, and even watch the recorded video

Getting Started

200 Free Seats – UNMC has a campus license Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor until July 31, 2014.
A campus-wide license of LockDown Browser receive 200 free seats of Respondus Monitor each year
A seat = one seat per student / Blackboard course / semester.

Please contact Melissa Diers if you are interested in piloting Respondus Monitor

Recommendations to prepare to utilize Respondus Monitor: