While the primary purpose of a lockdown browser is to maintain the integrity of the assessment by minimizing opportunities for cheating and unauthorized access to information, there are a variety of other advantages to using this type of browser in higher education testing:
Reduced Cheating Opportunities: Lockdown browsers prevent users from accessing other websites, applications, or files on their device during the assessment. This significantly reduces the chances of cheating through conducting online searches, copying answers, or using unauthorized resources. Lockdown browsers are integrated with remote proctoring services that use webcam and microphone monitoring to deter and detect cheating behaviors. This adds an additional layer of integrity to the assessment process.
Compatibility: Lockdown browsers are designed to work with various learning management systems (LMS) and online testing platforms, making them adaptable to different educational environments.
Enhanced Security: Lockdown browsers often have built-in security measures that help prevent various forms of cheating, such as copying and pasting, taking screenshots, and using virtual tools. Lockdown browsers can also disable certain browser features, such as right-clicking and opening new tabs, to prevent users from exploiting these features to cheat or access unauthorized content.
Consistent Testing Environment: Lockdown browsers create a standardized testing environment for all students, regardless of their device or operating system. This helps ensure fairness and consistency in the testing process. Additionally, lockdown browsers are often used for browser-based assessments that require students to interact with online content, simulations, or tools, which can provide a more dynamic and engaging testing experience.
Data Collection and Analytics: Lockdown browser systems can collect data on student interactions during assessments, providing educators with insights into how students approach and engage with the content.
Generate Confidence in Every Testing Environment
No matter how an institution conducts tests, it’s important to offer support so students understand what to expect and how to resolve any issues that arise without leaving their quiz page, and so instructors feel confident in the assessment process.