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Respondus Monitor

DePaul has an automated service that can be used to provide additional security to online exams in D2L. This service is called “Respondus Monitor.” Respondus Monitor is available for all DePaul faculty to use in their D2L courses, if they wish.

DePaul’s Teaching Commons has Respondus Monitor documentation and request forms here.

There are three ways DePaul faculty can implement Respondus Monitor:

  1. Read the Teaching Commons instructions and then make the changes in D2L.
  2. Ask FITS to enable Respondus Monitor on an existing D2L quiz via the request form
  3. Ask FITS to help setting up a new quiz and then enable Respondus Monitor via the request form.

Respondus Monitor Resources

Respondus has an extensive list of resources that you can leverage:

Example Syllabus

Before using Respondus Monitor in your course, please share these instructions with your students in your syllabus:

Required for online exams: Respondus Monitor (Respondus LockDown Browser and a Webcam)

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. A student Quick Start Guide (PDF) is also available.

If you have not downloaded and installed the LockDown Browser, you will be prompted to when you take a locked quiz. Please take the Respondus Monitor Practice Exam in your D2L course to download the LockDown Browser and ensure that the required technology works before taking your midterm and/or final exams.

To ensure LockDown Browser and the webcam are set up properly, do the following:

  • Start LockDown Browser, log into and select this course.
  • Locate and select the Help Center button on the LockDown Browser toolbar.
  • Run the Webcam Check and, if necessary, resolve any issues.
  • Run the System & Network Check. If a problem is indicated, see if a solution is provided in the Knowledge Base. Troubleshooting information can also be sent to our help desk (
  • Exit the Help Center and locate the Respondus Monitor Practice Exam in Quizzes.
  • Upon completing and submitting the practice quiz, exit LockDown Browser.

When taking an online exam that requires LockDown Browser and a webcam, remember the following guidelines:

  • Ensure you're in a location where you won't be interrupted
  • Turn off all other devices (e.g. tablets, phones, second computers) and place them outside of your reach
  • Clear your desk of all external materials not permitted — books, papers, other devices
  • Before starting the test, know how much time is available for it, and that you've allotted sufficient time to complete it
  • Remain at your computer for the duration of the test
  • If the computer or networking environment is different than what was used previously with the Webcam Check and System & Network Check in LockDown Browser, run the checks again prior to starting the test
  • To produce a good webcam video, do the following:
    • Avoid wearing baseball caps or hats with brims
    • Ensure your computer or tablet is on a firm surface (a desk or table). Do NOT have the computer on your lap, a bed, or other surface where the device (or you) are likely to move
    • If using a built-in webcam, avoid tilting the screen after the webcam setup is complete
    • Take the exam in a well-lit room and avoid backlighting, such as sitting with your back to a window

Remember that 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.

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