So you just purchased LockDown Browser for your institution. Now what? To have a successful rollout, put together a plan that supports the goals of your institution. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Think about how LockDown Browser will be distributed at your institution. Specifically, will the software be installed to only computers controlled by the institution, such as those in computer labs or testing centers? Or, will LockDown Browser be available to students for installation to their own computers?
A “Campus-wide License” allows unlimited installations of LockDown Browser, so this decision is entirely up to the institution. Most institutions put no limits on the distribution — that is, faculty and students can install it to any computer they want. The remaining institutions either limit the installations to only computers owned by the university, or have some other policy that partially limits the distribution. There is no right or wrong answer, but the distribution affects how the rollout will occur for administrators, instructors and students.
• Install the LockDown Browser server plugin for the learning management system (this is explained in the administrator guide).
• Enter details of the institution’s learning management system (such as the login URL) in the administrator area for LockDown Browser.
• Depending on the distribution policy (see above), install the client application for LockDown Browser to the desired computers. Or, provide the download link to instructors and students. For computers controlled by the institution, desktop management software can be used, or even a “silent install” (more details in this article.)
• For a general orientation, watch a demo movie for LockDown Browser
• Prefer to see how it works, live? Check out our training schedule, and register for a session.
• Download the 2-page “Instructor Quick Start Guide” to learn the main features, such as how to set an exam so it will require students to use LockDown Browser.
• Create a practice, non-graded exam that requires students to use LockDown Browser. This will familiarize students with the application and ensure everything is installed correctly.
• If students are installing LockDown Browser to their own computer, provide them the download URL. Note that this link is unique to each institution and will install either a Windows or Mac version automatically.
• Optionally, provide students the 1-page “Student Quick Start Guide” which contains instructions on installing and using LockDown Browser.
• Have students take a practice exam that requires LockDown Browser (this ensures they have the software installed properly and understand how to use it).
That’s pretty much it. Follow these simple steps and you’ll have a successful launch of LockDown Browser at your institution.