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LockDown Browser / Respondus Monitor

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LockDown Browser / Respondus Monitor

Getting Started with LockDown Browser / Respondus Monitor

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LockDown Browser is a secure browser for taking online tests in Canvas. It prevents you from printing, copying, going to another URL, or accessing other applications during a test. If a Canvas test requires that the LockDown Browser be used, you will not be able to take the test with a standard web browser. Respondus Monitor is an additional option that requires you to use a webcam while taking a test.

Watch this short (2:24min) video to learn more about the LockDown Browser/Respondus Monitor.

Downloading the LockDown Browser / Respondus Monitor

If an exam requires the LockDown Browser / Respondus Monitor, download the LockDown Browser application for either Mac or PC computer and install the program. You will need to close all other applications to take the exam. Lauch the LockDown Browser and navigate to Canvas and take your test.


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Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is a web-conferencing program available within Canvas. The program requires users to first download the Blackboard Collaborate Launcher. Additionally, participants need java and flash to be up-to-date. Below are guides on how to use Blackboard Collaborate.

Collaborate Tech Support 24/7 call 1-877-382-2293

Moderator Tools:

Blackboard Ultra

Blackboard Ultra is the newest web-conferencing tool available in Canvas. It opens right in the browser so it does not require downloading of java to join the session. It works best when using the Google Chrome browser.

Guides for launching Blackboard Ultra sessions:

Launching Blackboard Ultra from Canvas


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Conferences are the native web-conferencing tool available in Canvas. Students can create their own Conference within a Canvas course or Group.

How do I use Conferences in a Course as a Student?


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Panopto is a lecture capture system that allows instructors to record lectures for you to playback in Canvas.

How to view a Panopto recording (PDF)
Get help with Panopto - Submit a ticket


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