Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Respondus 4.0 and Respondus LockDown Browser

Thousands of institutions are using Respondus 4.0 worldwide to create and manage assessments. The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) will add this software application its technology toolbox this fall. We have had LockDown Browser for two years already.

Respondus 4.0 is a powerful tool and easy to use. It will literally save faculty hours of time when creating assessments. The application allows faculty the ability to import exams from MS Word – including images, equations, and tables, access thousands if ready-to-use test banks (free of charge) from many of the leading textbooks in higher education, and publish assessments directly into Blackboard or print to paper. To learn more – watch this short YouTube video.

Respondus LockDown Browser - is a custom browser that works within Blackboard to lockdown the testing environment when deploying online assessments. It’s a great tool to deter cheating and to increase confidence in the results of online exams or quizzes. The application prevents students from navigating to other URLs, printing or copying the assessment, accessing any other application during the exam, and blocks instant messaging, screen sharing, and network monitoring applications. The application displays the assessment in full-screen (it cannot be minimized) and disables print screen, screen capture, function keys, and right-click menu options. The application is user-friendly and includes an installer for both Windows and Mac. Give them a try this fall! And as always, if you need assistance, do not hesitate to contact the Blackboard Help Desk.

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