Respondus Monitor Best Practices

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Using Respondus Monitor

The Center for eLearning at FAU now provides faculty with a way to improve the integrity of online assessments that are delivered through Canvas in a non-proctored setting with the use of Respondus Monitor. Through Respondus Monitor, students use their own computer and webcam to record assessment sessions, all without leaving Canvas. The software captures video during the student’s assessment period and then allows the instructor to review the video.

Why use Respondus Monitor:

  • Cheating is deterred with a low-hassle, easy-to-use system
  • Students appreciate a level playing field and the ability to take exams anytime
  • Administrators ensure student identity and exam integrity in distance learning environments

Respondus Monitor Best Practices

Below is a list of best practices for integrating Respondus Monitor into your online course assessments:

  • Inform your students through several communication methods (syllabus, course announcement, text in the course) that you are using a Lockdown browser and video monitoring system
  • Include at least one practice tests at the beginning of the semester to allow students to get used to using Respondus Monitor. Create a short quiz (or two) with the Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor. Make this a low/no stakes quiz so that test anxiety is not a factor in accessing this tool.
  • Remind students that they are required to access Canvas through a special browser in order to take an exam using the Respondus Monitor system. Direct your students to go to to download and install the software.
  • Include technical requirements in your syllabus and add student best practices for using Respondus Monitor in your Canvas course.
  • Emphasize in a course announcement that students should dress the same way they would if they were taking a test in class. Students should also be guided to prepare their test taking environment to remove any materials that are not appropriate for their instructor to see.
  • Inform students that they should contact the FAU helpdesk if they encounter technical difficulties


***Language for your syllabus when using Respondus Monitoring*** 

[[Copy the text below for your syllabus]]

Using LockDown Browser and a Webcam for Online Exams

This course requires the use of LockDown Browser and a webcam for online exams. The webcam can be built into your computer or can be the type that plugs in with a USB cable. Watch this short video to get a basic understanding of LockDown Browser and the webcam feature.

Then download and install LockDown Browser from this link:

To take an online test, start LockDown Browser and navigate to the exam. (You won’t be able to access the exam with a standard web browser.) For additional details on using LockDown Browser, review this Student Quick Start Guide (PDF).

Finally, when taking an online exam, follow these guidelines:

  • Ensure you’re in a location where you won’t be interrupted
  • Turn off all mobile devices, phones, etc.
  • Clear your desk of all external materials — books, papers, other computers, or devices
  • Remain at your desk or workstation for the duration of the test
  • If a webcam is required, make sure it is plugged in or enabled before starting LockDown Browser
  • LockDown Browser will prevent you from accessing other websites or applications; you will be unable to exit the test until all questions are completed and submitted
  • If a webcam is required, you will be recorded during the test to ensure you’re using only permitted resources