Using LockDown Browser for ‘in-class’ tests

LockDown Browser® (LDB) is a custom browser that locks down the environment within a Moodle Quiz. 

This year, IT Services have simplified the process of setting up and running quizzes and exams using LockDown Browser. It is currently being used to run ‘alternative provision’ exams. Jon White from the Pathways team has also been using LockDown Browser successfully to run ‘in-class’ tests for groups of 10-15 students.

When a student takes a quiz: 

  • Browser menu and toolbar options are removed, except for Back, Forward, Refresh and Stop
  • Prevents access to other applications including email, messaging, search engines.
  • Printing and screen capture functions are disabled
  • Copying and pasting anything to or from an assessment is prevented

Typically, an ‘in-class’ test will take place in a computer room on campus and the quiz must be launched from the Chrome browser.

If your ‘in-class’ test requires students to write an essay or report then you simply set up your Moodle quiz with a single ‘Essay’ type question. But you can also create traditional quizzes with multiple choice and short answer questions.

We have a TEL Support article which explains the process for you and your students: 

How can I create ‘in-class’ tests using LockDown Browser?

If you would like help setting up an ‘in-class’ test please email our DMeLD address: bslearntechs. Jon White is also very happy to discuss his use of the LockDown Browser for assignments, contact him by email.

LDB Dashboard showing option to 'require LDB for this exam'
LDB Dashboard showing option to ‘require LDB for this exam’

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