Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor in Canvas

Respondus LockDown Browser is a software application that must be installed on the workstation or laptop before attempting to complete an online Canvas assessment. The application serves as a virtual proctor by preventing printing, capturing the screen to copy assessment questions, disabling messaging and screen-sharing, disabling function keys, and disabling access to other applications and Internet content.


Respondus LockDown Browser is an optional tool where instructors may require students to install and use the software while taking online assessments. Respondus LockDown Browser functions like a standard browser, but some options have been removed or work differently.


Respondus Monitor is an additional proctoring application that works in conjunction with Respondus LockDown Browser. Respondus Monitor has students use a web camera  during an online, non-proctored exam that is taken from home and not in TWU computer lab.


Respondus LockDown Browser should ONLY be used for taking Canvas assessments and review assessment feedback. It should NOT be used for any other activities in Canvas.


For any course you are teaching and using Respondus Monitor the Schedule of Classes must be updated by the instructor. In the Section Comment include that students are required to have a web camera, microphone, and internet connection to participate in the course. If you need assistance with this step, please contact University Scheduling.


Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor resources include:

  1. Instructor Quick Start Guide - Canvas
  2. Student Quick Start Guide - Canvas

As the instructor, a Teaching and Learning with Technology 45-minute workshop needs to be completed if you are interested in using Respondus LockDown Browser and/or Respondus Monitor in your course. Please submit a ticket to the Technology Service Desk (Request Help) to get started.

Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor Instructor Guide for Canvas

The procedure for instructors that want to use Respondus LockDown Browser in their Canvas courses is as follows:

  1. Partner with your instructional designer and set-up an initial meeting: Denton- Amanda Hinson-Enslin (, Dallas- Laura Brown (, Houston- Valerie Shapko (
  2. During the meeting Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor will be configured for Quizzes, a practice Respondus LockDown Browser practice quiz can be added to the course, and instructions for students will be made available in your Canvas course.
  3. Students will click on the Download and Install Respondus LockDown Browser for Canvas knowledge base article link from your Canvas course. They will be redirected to log into the knowledge base using their TWU username and password. After authentication is complete, instructions and the file to download and install Respondus LockDown Browser will be available.

NOTE: Teaching and Learning with Technology will continue to update the Download and Install Respondus LockDown Browser for Canvas knowledge base article, this will keep the information continually updated in Canvas for students.


For additional support, please contact the Technology Service Desk.


External Links:

  1. TWU University Scheduling:
  2. Instructor Quick Start Guide - Canvas:
  3. Student Quick Start Guide - Canvas:
  4. Technology Service Desk :
  5. Respondus LockDown Browser Canvas Course:
  6. Partner with your Instructional Designer:
  7. Download and Install Respondus LockDown Browser for Canvas:


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