Remote Assessments

Blackboard tools like Assessments and Tests allow instructors to easily create online assessments.  

  • Review your courses’ learning objectives; think outside the box to remotely assess student achievement of these goals
  • Consider a variety of alternatives; to address concerns about test security, online exam options could include a final project; open-book/open-notes exam; shorter, more frequent, lower stakes assessments using Blackboard’s test feature; or an oral exam through Collaborate Ultra or Google Meet—scheduled in individual 20–30 minute appointments
  • Collaborative projects create a more student-centered learning environment and give students an opportunity to practice and demonstrate teamwork skills
  • Conduct authentic assessments (i.e., assessment involving real-world tasks that demonstrate meaningful application of essential knowledge and skills) to achieve the course learning goals
  • Work with the Center for Disability Resources to ensure that all accommodation requests are addressed appropriately
  • With or without a formal accommodations request on file, make sure that your exams are inclusive and accessible for all students by using principles of universal design for learning; one example is giving an extended time period for all students in which to complete an exam

Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom web browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard. After a one-time download, Respondus LockDown Browser will launch directly from Blackboard. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser, they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications (unless the instructor has allowed these functions when setting up the exam in Blackboard). When an assessment is started, students are locked into it until they submit it for grading.

It is highly recommended to hold a practice session in advance of the actual assessment.

The process of requiring Respondus Lockdown Browser starts with the Blackboard Test feature.  After the instructor creates the test, they should follow the instructions below, depending on whether the course is in Original or Ultra view:

Student information

Share this webpage with students to provide more information about the tool as well as the download links:

NOTE: There is not a version of Respondus Lockdown Browser that is compatible with Chromebooks at this time, however, students may borrow a laptop from the Galvin Library if needed.

Respondus Support

Chuck Scott
Student Services Manager
Center for Learning Innovation