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Using Respondus LockDown Browser (RLB)

Student Quick Start Guide
The Respondus LockDown Browser (RLB) is a secure browser for taking assessments in Blackboard. It prevents the user from printing, copying, going to another URL, or accessing other applications during an assessment.

Your first step is to run the Check Browser before you proceed further.

Once you pass the Check Browser test, proceed with these instructions.

Using the steps below, download the RLB tool to your computer. When you do this, it will place a RLB icon on your desktop.

You will continue to access your courses using Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox, but when it comes time to take a test protected by RLB, your standard browser will NOT work.

If you attempt to open an RLB protected test, you will be informed that "You must complete this assessment in the Respondus Lockdown Browser" and the Begin Assessment button will be turned off.

So, to take a protected exam, you must download the RLB tool to your desktop (see the download instructions below)

NOTE: You DO NOT use RLB to take self-tests. If you do, it will lock your computer. The only way to get out of a self test is to shut down your computer and reboot the system.

Download Instructions for Windows:
To download and install Respondus LockDown Browser, follow these steps:

    Step 1: Windows computers:
    • Ensure that you are using a valid version of Internet Explorer by navigating to your institution's Blackboard login page and selecting the Check Browser link
    • Download Respondus LockDown Browser.
    • Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the install.
    • If you are prompted to REPLACE an existing version of Respondus Lockdown or select another school’s download, select REPLACE and it will overwrite older versions of the program.
    • During the installation, select Yes if prompted to accept programs from Macrovision and Respondus.

Download Instructions for MACs:

  • Be sure that OSX 10.3.9 or higher is being used (512K RAM minimum).
  • Download Respondus LockDown Browser.
  • Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the install.
  • During the installation, select Yes when prompted to run the Java application.

Instruction to access your Assessments after the lockdown browser has been installed:

  • When the installation is complete, you will see the Respondus Lockdown icon on your desktop
  • Click on LockDown Browser shortcut icon that is now located on your computer's desktop.
    • If you are operating a MAC, launch LockDown Browser from the Applications folder.
  • If prompted to close a blocked program (e.g. screen capture, instant messaging), choose Yes when prompted.
    • If you refuse to close down programs, the software will not launch and you will not have access to the courses testing materials.
  • The link will take you to the MSU Online login page
  • Login using your standard Blackboard User ID and Password
  • Select the Blackboard course you wish to take the assessment in.
  • Select the Assessments tool
  • Find and select the desired test, quiz, or exam.
  • Then select the Begin Assessment button. (If the user attempts to take the assessment outside the Respondus Lockdown Browser, the test will be blocked)
  • Once an assessment has been started with Respondus LockDown Browser, you cannot exit until the Finish button is clicked.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you already have RLB on your computer and this is a reinstall due to an upgrade watch the short video on download procedures.

If you have problems downloading, installing, or taking an assessment with Respondus LockDown Browser, contact your instructor.