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Respondus Monitor FAQ

Respondus Monitor

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Used By:
Faculty and Students

Required Software:
Respondus LockDown Browser

Hardware Required:
Webcam and Microphone

Respondus Monitor is a tool that will allow for proctored, or supervised, exams that students will take online. Respondus Monitor can help ensure exam integrity for students taking their tests online outside of a testing center. Respondus Monitor is an option that can be used in conjunction with Respondus LockDown Browser. 

Respondus Monitor is currently in pilot at Purdue and there are a limited number of seats available.

How is Respondus Monitor Used by Faculty?

Faculty can utilize Respondus Monitor to help protect the integrity of online exams delivered via Blackboard Learn. Monitor is already installed within Blackboard Learn as part of the Respondus LockDown Browser tool.

You can view more information on how Respondus Monitor works by viewing this helpful video.

The benefits of using Respondus Monitor include:

  • Video and audio recording of students while they take their exams
  • Students will be able to take their exams whereever they are without needing to schedule exams with a testing center, or pay additional fees to a test proctor
  • Students can take their exams when they are ready, at any time of day.

Does Respondus Monitor Require the Use of Any Additional Software?

For students to use Respondus Monitor, they must have Respondus LockDown Browser installed on their computers. Instructions on how to install and use the LockDown Browser, in addition to installation files for Windows and Macintosh computer are located on our Respondus LockDown Browser Information Page.

Will Users Need to Obtain any Additional Hardware?

Students taking exams using Respondus Monitor must have a microphone and webcam installed. On some computers, webcams and microphones may be integrated into the system already; in other cases students may have to purchase the devices. It is the student's responsibility to locate and purchase webcams and microphones that will be compatible with their computer.

How Do I Enable Respondus Monitor in My Course?

Respondus Monitor is installed on Blackboard Learn; however, you may need to enable it in your course. For information on enabling Respondus Monitor and setting up exams/quizzes to use Monitor, please see the Instructor Quick Start Guide.

How Will Students Use Respondus Monitor to Take Their Exams?

Students should review the Student Quick Start Guide for Respondus Monitor before taking an exam to ensure their webcam and microphone are working properly, and they have appropriate software (Adobe Flash Player) installed. Instructors may wish to consider including a link to the Student Quick Start Guide in Blackboard Learn so students will know what they need to do to prepare to take an exam that uses Monitor.

Can Students Use Monitor on Campus?

Yes, if the lab or testing facility has LockDown Browser installed and computers are equipped with a webcam and microphone. All ITaP labs have LockDown Browser installed; however the labs may not have other required equipment.

Monitor Pilot Information

Respondus Monitor is currenlty in pilot and Purdue is allocated 2000 seats as part of this pilot. Once a student takes a test using Monitor, a seat is used. So, if your class has 100 students and 2 exams that use Monitor, 200 seats out of Purdue's allocation will be used.