Using Respondus Lockdown Browser with Bruinlearn

Bruin Learn - Respondus Lockdown Browser

What is Respondus

The Respondus suite of tools includes a lock down browser that is useful for online tests and assessments.

Respondus is fully integrated into Bruin Learn, so students can take your Bruin Learn based assessment within the Respondus environment. 

Respondus does not replace an in-person proctor, but it does provide a secure interface and a full audio and video recording of the test attempt. 

Best Practices

Respondus requires students to download and install the LockDown browser prior to use.  It’s effectiveness is dependent upon the student's device and their internet connection.

NOTE: To use Respondus Lockdown Browser in CCLE Moodle or Bruin Learn New Quiz, use a browser of your choice, log into the chosen Learning Management System (LMS), and take the quiz that has Respondus enabled. However, if you are using Bruin Learn Classic Quiz, then you need to launch Respondus Lockdown Browser manually from your desktop. After launching the application, you are correctly shown a prompt asking you to select which server you are using. The two servers are Bruin Learn (Canvas) PROD which is the live instance of Bruin Learn or Bruin Learn (Canvas) Test which is a beta version of Bruin Learn and is not live. For students taking an assessment on Bruin Learn with Respondus enabled, they should select “Canvas PROD”.

  • Respondus is currently only available for Mac, iPad, Windows, and Chromebook. You have to enable use on iPads within the Respondus settings in your Bruin Learn course site for students to be able to use the application on them.

  • It is strongly recommended to create a zero stakes practice quiz with Respondus enabled for students to ensure that their equipment is functioning properly prior to the actual graded quiz. 

  • For the highest quiz integrity, pair Respondus with a quiz that uses random question banks and a time limit.

  • Please reach out to your local support unit if using Respondus for the first time in your class.

For full information on using Respondus with Bruin Learn, see the Respondus Quick Start Guide

Live Proctoring (Using Zoom) with Respondus

Some instructors may wish to monitor their students over Zoom while an exam is happening in addition to using Respondus. There are two ways to proctor assessments using Zoom and Respondus. 

Method 1

The first and simplest is built into Respondus and allows you to use a variety of teleconferencing tools to live proctor. You simply create a Zoom meeting for students and they will only be able to start the exam once you provide them with a start code.

It's important to note that audio is the biggest concern when using Zoom as a proctoring tool. Students are unable to access the Zoom controls once they enter the lockdown browser, which means that if their audio is on, everyone will hear what is said or played, which is not ideal for listening comprehension or voice recording activities. As the host, you may mute everyone from the onset, but students may not be able to speak to you if they need to. As such, we recommend using this method for smaller classes (<25 students).

To enable:

  1. Click on “Respondus Lockdown Browser” in your Bruin Learn course navigation menu (left hand of screen), then “Continue to Lockdown Browser.”

  2. Click the arrow next to the quiz you wish to enable Respondus for, then select Settings from the context menu to bring up the options. Once Require Lockdown Browser has been selected, you will see a Proctoring option. Choose Allow instructor live proctoring for this exam….

Under Select your video conferencing system, select Zoom.

Set a Start code for the exam.

Then, distribute the Zoom meeting information to your class, and the start code once everyone is in the meeting.

Method 2

This alternative way allows the use of an external URL in the Respondus settings.

In this method, students are not able to use their desktop version of Zoom while in the LockDown Browser, nor can they open new tabs in the browser, so instructors will have to take a few steps when configuring Respondus for a given exam in order for this to work. This does, however, preserve their access to the sound controls in Zoom.

  1. In “Advanced Settings” for “LockDown Browser Settings,” check the option “Allow access to specific external web domains” (see above for instructions on how to access these settings).

  2. In the box that appears, enter “ ” or, if the Zoom meeting you will be using for proctoring is for some reason not created from a UCLA-affiliated zoom account, “ .”

  3. Click the blue “Save and close” button at the bottom of the advanced settings.

  4. Create a meeting in Zoom that you will be using to proctor the exam. Include the link to this meeting at the beginning of the quiz. This is the only way students will be able to access Zoom once they enter the LockDown Browser.

  5. Instruct students to click on this link once they have gone through the initial startup sequence. This will open the Zoom meeting in a different tab. However, students will need to join the meeting from the browser instead of from their desktop Zoom app, which is most likely how they are familiar with joining a Zoom meeting. In order to do this, they will need to disallow the browser from opening the Zoom app (by clicking “Cancel” in the pop up window) and clicking on “join from your browser.”

  6. Once they have entered a name for the meeting, the student will be in the proctoring Zoom meeting and can navigate back to the other tab to take the exam.

Using a non-US Keyboard

If you need to have students use a non-US keyboard, Respondus allows this by having the students pre-set their keyboard choices. 


Students can also type specific characters (such as for French or Spanish online exams) while in the Respondus Lockdown Browser by selecting the icon showing a sheet of paper with an “A” on it, located in the upper left hand corner of the Browser. 

Additional helpful documentation:

Bruin Learn Quizzes