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Using LockDown Browser and a Webcam for Online Exams
This course requires the use of LockDown Browser and a webcam for online exams. The webcam can be built into your computer or can be the type that plugs in with a USB cable. Watch this short video to get a basic understanding of LockDown Browser and the webcam feature.
Follow this link for instructions for downloading and installing LockDown Browser
- Close all programs, unless one is used to connect you to the Internet.
- Log into eLearning (https://elearning.uwf.edu/) select your course and navigate to the quiz.
- Click the “Launch LockDown Browser” button to open LockDown Browser and start the quiz.
- If prompted, either close a blocked program (e.g. screen capture, instant messaging) by choosing Yes. Or, close LockDown Browser and close the blocked program before restarting.
- If the instructor requires a test password, a new window will appear asking for the Exam Password. Enter the password and click Begin Exam.
- The test will then start. (Note, once a test has been started with Respondus LockDown Browser, you cannot exit until the Submit button is clicked
Finally, when taking an online exam, follow these guidelines:
- Ensure you're in a location where you won't be interrupted
- Turn off all mobile devices, phones, etc.
- Clear your desk of all external materials — books, papers, other computers, or devices
- Remain at your desk or workstation for the duration of the test
- If a webcam is required, make sure it is plugged in or enabled before starting LockDown Browser
- LockDown Browser will prevent you from accessing other websites or applications; you will be unable to exit the test until all questions are completed and submitted
- If a webcam is required, you will be recorded during the test to ensure you're using only permitted resources
Best Practices for Students:
Below is a listing of events that may flag the video when you are taking the test as potential misconduct. Please read below and try to avoid:
- Missing from Frame — the student could not be detected in the video frame for a period of time
- Different person in Frame — a different person from whom started the exam may have been detected in the video frame for a period of time
- Multiple persons in Frame — multiple faces are detected in the video for a period of time
- An Internet interruption occurred — a video interruption occurred as a result of an internet failure
- Video frame rate lowered due to quality of internet connection — if a poor upload speed is detected with the internet connection, the frame rate is automatically lowered for the webcam video
- Student exited LockDown Browser early — the student used a manual process to terminate the exam session early; the reason provided by the student is shown
- A webcam was disconnected — the web camera was disconnected from the computing device during the exam
- A webcam was connected — a web camera was connected to the computing device during the exam
- An attempt was made to switch to another screen or application — indicates an application-switching swipe or keystroke combination was attempted
- Video session terminated early — indicates the video session terminated unexpectedly, and that it didn't automatically reconnect before the exam was completed by the student