Setting Up Respondus LockDown Browser

Setting Up Respondus LockDown Browser

The Respondus LockDown Browser is a tool in eLearning that prevents students from accessing other applications while taking an online exam. This post will walk you through how to set it up for your exam in eLearning.

To require LockDown Browser for your exam, please make sure you already have your exam set up and deployed within your course. Once you have done that, follow the instructions below in your course:

  1. Click Course Tools in the left sidebar.
  2. Click Respondus LockDown Browser. This will take you to the Respondus LockDown Browser Dashboard.
  3. Click the gray arrow to the left of the appropriate exam name, then select Settings.
  4. Select Require Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam.
  5. If you would like to add a password to your exam, enter one in the Password to access exam (optional) Click Save + Close when you’re done.


Please note: If you add a password in this section, the Browser will automatically add a series of letters and numbers to the actual test within eLearning (see the image below).

LockDown String

Do NOT edit this password. The LockDown Browser needs this string of characters in order to properly function. If you need to change the password for the exam, please do so in the Dashboard by following the steps above.

Please also make sure that your students install and use LockDown Browser when they sit for their exams. They will not be able to take the test in a normal web browser. A download link for the LockDown Browser (along with more information about the tool) can be found on our website.

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ETS Survey Request

The UT Dallas Educational Technology Services (ETS) department consists of the eLearning Team, Media Services, Video Services, and the Testing Center. It is our goal to provide you with the best service possible. Please take a few moments to complete this very brief (2 minutes) survey and let us know how we are doing.

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Adding Groups to an Assignment

If you want your students to submit an assignment as a group, you can set an assignment’s submission details so that a group submission is required.

If you have already created the assignment, follow the instructions below:

  1. Click the grey arrow beside the assignment name in your course, then select Edit.
  2. Under the Grading section, click Submission Details, then select Group Submission. Move over the groups you would like to be added to the assignment by clicking the group name and selecting the right arrow in-between the boxes.
  3. Fill out the rest of the settings on the page, then click Submit.

If you haven’t created the assignment yet, you will need to create the assignment first by hovering over Assessments, then selecting Assignment. You can then follow steps 2 and 3 as listed above.

Note: If there are already submissions for your assignment, you cannot change the submission settings to add groups.

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What Are Learning Objectives?

A learning objective is a short statement of what a student is expected to learn or do by the end of a module or course. Both instructors and students can consider learning objectives as “goals” in a course, a way to specifically measure success and mastery. Ideally, objectives should be created before any assessments so that you can tailor your strategies to the objectives, not the other way around. This way you can build your assessments so that they align with the objectives and allow the students to demonstrate mastery and completion.


  • Contain specific action verb (e.g. apply, develop, describe, create)
  • Clearly state instructor expectations to students
  • Allow students to understand how to demonstrate mastery

“Know about marketing plans.”

  • Vague and uncertain
  • Difficult to properly measure
  • What does it mean to know about marketing plans?
  • Does the student only need to know that they exist?
  • How will the student prove that they know about the topic?

“Create a small business marketing plan that contains all six essential components.”

  • Appropriate action verb
  • Clear directive to do something
  • Measurable end result assessment

REMEMBER: Good learning objectives help guide course development for instructors and designers while also giving students measurable and specific paths towards successfully completing the all aspects of the course.


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Showing a Letter Grade in the Grade Center

By default, graded assignments in the Grade Center display numerical values. Some professors, however, prefer to show their students a letter grade instead. This post will walk you through how to change an assignment’s score from a number to a letter.

  1. After you have created your assignment in eLearning, navigate to the appropriate column within the Grade Center.
  2. Click the arrow to the right of the assignment column’s name, then select Edit Column Information.
  3. Under the Column Information section, find the box for Primary Display. Click on the dropdown box and change the option to Letter.
    1. Note: Your assignment must have points in the Points Possible Otherwise, entering a letter grade in the Grade Center will bring up a number instead.
  4. Click Submit.

You can now enter a letter instead of a number for assignment grades. If you would like to change the value of a letter (i.e. what constitutes an A, a B, etc.), you will need to edit the Grading Schema. See the instructions below.

  1. In the Grade Center, hover over the Manage box, then select Grading Schemas.
  2. There should already be a default schema called Letter. Click the arrow beside the name, then select Edit.
    1. If there is no default schema, or if you do not want to change the default schema, you can click Create Grading Schema at the top of the page.
  3. You will be taken to a Schema Mapping This will allow you to define what each letter grade is worth. You can insert more rows by clicking on the arrows on the right side of the box.
  4. Once you have tuned the schema to your liking, click Submit.

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Turnitin Maintenance Outage – Sept.22, 10am-6:30pm

Turnitin has scheduled a maintenance outage for Saturday, September 22nd, from 10am through 6:30pm.  This time will be used for proactive emergency maintenance. Users will be unable to submit or grade during this maintenance window, so Turnitin recommends that any submission deadlines be adjusted to fall outside this maintenance window.


PLEASE NOTE: This DOES NOT impact the regular eLearning assignment tool.


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A Quick Overview of Grade Center Icons

The Grade Center is the central location for all grades within eLearning. Here instructors can keep track of grades and assignments as well as customize the information based on personal pedagogical preferences.

Besides showing student grades, the Grade Center also provides information on assignment progress in the form of indicators within individual cells. This post will go over the three main indicators instructors might encounter during the semester.

(Note: You can hover all three indicators in eLearning for a brief description.)

The Yellow Exclamation Mark – Needs Grading


This icon indicates that the assignment in question has been submitted and needs grading. You can grade the assignment by clicking the arrow to the right of the icon and selecting Attempt.

The Blue Clock – Attempt in Progress


This icon means that the student is currently working on or is in the process of submitting the assignment in question. If you see this blue clock, then the assignment has not been submitted yet.

The Grey Stripes – Not Participating


If a student’s cell for an assignment shows diagonal grey stripes (as seen above), it means the user is not participating in the assignment. This usually can be seen if an assignment is assigned to groups but the student in question is not enrolled in any of the groups themselves. Once the student is enrolled in a group, the grey stripes should disappear.

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