17 September 2009

Respondus LockDown Browser and Mutiple Institutions

It is possible for a computer to be used the same term for online exams at different institutions outside of Los Rios. If those non-Los Rios institutions also use the Respondus LockDown Browser, the student will need to take some steps so they can use the browser with multiple institutions. These are from an email I received from Respondus:
If the student is running LockDown Browser for Windows, she can create a new LockDown Browser shortcut with your institution ID. 
Here's the steps for running LDB for two different institutions on a Windows system. First, I'll assume she has installed other institution's version of LDB.
  1. Copy the LDB shortcut on the desktop and paste the copy back onto the desktop.
  2. On the second copy, "right click" on the icon and select "Properties"
  3. Under the "General" tab, add "LosRios" to the end of the "LockDown Browser" title.
  4. Under the "Shortcut" tab, add " /ID=xxxxxxxxx" (without quotes), where "xxxxxxxxx" is the 9 digit institution ID for your LockDown Browser. You can see the ID at the end of the URL that you distribute to students.
  5. Save the shortcut.
  6. Double click on the new shortcut to start LockDown Browser and verify it is accessing your institution.
The student may also want to edit the properties of the LDB shortcut title for the original install so she doesn't confuse the two. 
If the student has a Macintosh, she will need to uninstall the other institution's copy of LDB and install your copy of LDB. But there is a little workaround if the student has Windows XP under Bootcamp (not a Windows VM like VMWare or Parallels) by installing and running the second LDB while in Windows under Bootcamp.
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