About Monitor

Respondus Monitor is an extension of the LockDown Browser that enables automated proctoring for online exams. Monitor uses a student's webcam, microphone, and AI-driven video analytics to ensure the identity of students and protect the integrity of online exams by automatically flagging incidents of potential cheating for instructor review. 

Monitor Overview

Please watch this short introduction video to Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor.


System Requirements

  • Windows: 10, 8, 7.
  • Mac: OS X 10.12 or higher.
  • iOS: 10.0+ (iPad only).
  • Chromebook
  • Web camera (internal or external) & microphone
  • A broadband internet connection

Monitor FAQs

  • Where should I take my exam?
    It is recommended that you take your exam in a quiet location with minimum distractions. You should take your exam in a seat position with your device on a solid surface. Make sure your face has adequate lighting so the webcam will be able to detect your face. Low lighting environments, or sitting with a window behind you, will causes face detection errors.
  • What is recorded?
    During the exam, your webcam and microphone will be recorded.
  • How are flags determined?
    The automated video analytics will flag events such as other individuals in the room, loss of face in the webcam, and talking.

Tips for a Successful Exam in Monitor

  1. Avoid wearing baseball caps or hats that extend beyond the forehead.

  2. If using a notebook computer, place it on a firm surface like a desk or table, not your lap.

  3. If the webcam is built into the screen, avoid making screen adjustments after the exam starts. A common mistake is to push the screen back, resulting in only the top portion of the face being recorded.

  4. Don't lie down on a couch or bed while taking an exam. There is a greater chance you'll move out of the video frame or change your relative position to the webcam.

  5. Don't take an exam in a dark room. If the details of your face don't show clearly during the webcam check, the automated video analysis is more likely to flag you as missing.

  6. Avoid backlighting situations, such as sitting with your back to a window. The general rule is to have light in front of your face, not behind your head.

  7. Select a distraction-free environment for the exam. Televisions and other people in the room can draw your attention away from the screen. Other people that come into view of the webcam may also trigger flags by the automated system.

Steps for Taking an Exam with Monitor

Step 1: Access the Exam in your default browser.

Navigate to your course in your default browser (Chrome, Firefox, Edge, etc.) and find your quiz or exam.


  1. If this is the first time you are taking a quiz using Respondus LockDown Browser (or Monitor), you’ll need to first download the browser. Important: Use only the link provided on the quiz page.

  2. If you already have LockDown Browser installed on your device, click the “Launch LockDown Browser” button.



  1. You may be asked to approve opening the LockDown Browser application. Choose “Open LockDown Browser.”


  1. Once the LockDown Browser opens, click “Start Quiz.”



Important: Respondus Monitor requires access to your device’s webcam and microphone. If prompted, sure to allow access to both.





Step 2: Follow the On-Screen Steps for Exam Pre-Setup

  1. Continue through the available steps to prepare for your exam. Be sure to carefully read all instructions and information. Your professor has determined that the included steps are critical to your success on the exam.



  1. When you reach the last step, you’ll be ready to start the exam. When you are ready to begin, click “Begin Exam.” Remember, once you start the exam, you will not be able to exit the browser or use your device for any other tasks until the exam has been submitted.



Things to consider during the exam:

  • If you need to exit the exam early due to a technical issue or other emergency, you will be prompted before exiting and will be required to enter a reason for your early exit. Be as specific as possible in your reason. This message will be available to your instructor and may be used to determine future access to the exam.



  • If the webcam is unable to detect your face during the exam, you will be notified. If you are notified that your face cannot be seen in the video, it’s important to correct the issue before continuing and to remain in front of the webcam at all times.



Step 3: Complete the Exam

  1. After completing your exam, be sure to click “Submit.” After submitting your exam and reviewing any available scores and feedback, you can close the LockDown Browser. Remember, this browser is only intended for taking quizzes. You cannot use it to navigate to other areas of D2L.