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Respondus Lockdown Browser: What You Need To Know


The Respondus Lockdown Browser (LDB) is a locked web browser for taking online assessments and prevents students from printing, copying, going to another URL, or accessing other applications during an assessment. Beginning this semester, students may be required to use two different versions of Respondus LDB.

Students use the UTK Canvas version called Respondus when LDB is required for course work for most courses. For courses using WebAssign, typically Math courses, a unique version of LDB is required called Respondus OEM. Both versions of LDB can be installed simultaneously if needed.

UT is also finalizing an agreement for our next generation of online proctoring. We expect to make Proctorio available soon for early adopters this semester.

Key differences between these two versions of Respondus LDB:

Respondus (UTK Canvas)

  • Support provided by OIT
  • Accessing your assessment via Respondus LDB is dependent on how your instructor configures the assessment.
    • Option 1 – Launch Respondus LDB directly and sign in to Canvas to access your assessment.
    • Option 2 – Sign in to Canvas through your normal web browser to access the assessment. Respondus will launch automatically upon assessment launch.
  • Compatible version available for use with Chromebooks

Respondus OEM (WebAssign)

  • Support provided by Cengage
  • Cengage Support: 1-800-354-9706 Respondus OEM assessments must be launched from a normal web browser. Log in to WebAssign through a normal web browser and click the assessment to launch Respondus OEM LDB automatically
  • Not Compatible with Chromebooks

For complete information on how to install and use both versions of Respondus Lockdown Browser, view the OIT Knowledge Base article.