Learn how to enable Lockdown Browser for specific students in Canvas Classic Quizzes, covering scenarios like varied exam times or locations.
This guide assumes that you have already installed LockDown Browser in your Canvas site and have already enabled it for a particular quiz.
There are two common use cases where instructors might want to enable LockDown Browser for specific students without enabling it for the entire class:
- when a particular student (or students) needst to take an exam at a different location and at a different time as all other students and
- when a particular student (or students) needs to take an exam at a different location but at the same time as all other students.
Unfortunately, LockDown Browser doesn’t have a feature to enable it selectively, so instructors have to use the following strategies to enable LockDown Browser for specific students.
Use Case 1: At a Different Time
How to enable LockDown Browser for a particular student or students taking an exam at a different time as all other students.
Scenario: Let’s say the class has a two-hour exam at 12:00 PM on July 29th, due at 2:00 PM, but one student, MaryKate, can’t take the exam until July 31st. She’ll be taking the exam from her dorm room, so you want to enable LockDown Browser for her only. The easiest way is to follow these steps.
Step 1: Create a Separate Due Date
Open the settings for your Canvas quiz and create a separate due date for the particular student or students who need LockDown Browser by clicking +Add under “Assign to” and selecting their names. For more detailed instructions, see How do I assign a quiz to an individual student?
Step 2: Enable LockDown Browser
In this case, the entire class can take the quiz without LockDown Browser on July 29th. After July 29th, you can enable LockDown Browser for the quiz for the student to take the exam on the 31st without affecting the students who have already completed the exam. The alternative is also possible; you can turn on LockDown Browser for the quiz for a student taking the exam on July 29th, then turn it off for the rest of the class once that student is finished. For instructions about how to enable LockDown Browser for a quiz, see LockDown Browser Quickstart Guide.
Use Case 2: At the Same Time as All Other Students
How to enable LockDown Browser for a particular student or students taking an exam at the same time as all other students.
Scenario: Let’s say the class has a two-hour exam at 12:00 PM on July 29th, due at 2:00 PM. One student, MaryKate, has to take the exam remotely, so you want to enable LockDown Browser for her. In this case, you’ll want to create a duplicate of the quiz. The easiest way is to follow these steps.
Step 1: Creating a duplicate Canvas quiz
NOTE: This is the process for creating a single copy of a quiz. Do not repeat the process, as any subsequent imports will overwrite an existing quiz.
- Log in to your Canvas course.
- Click on the “Settings” menu in your course.
- Click on the “Import Course Content” button on the right side of your screen.
- Under the “Import Content” heading, use the “Content Type” dropdown list to select “Copy a Canvas Course.”
- Next, select the same course that you are logged into right now. (You’ll probably see a warning message that you’re choosing the same course, but that’s okay.)
- Choose the option for “Select specific content.”
- Click the “Import” button.
- Under the “Current Jobs” heading, you will see a new line with today’s date and time along with a “Select Content” button. Click that button.
- You should see a row for “Quizzes” with an arrow to the left of it. Click that arrow to expand the list of quizzes in your course.
- Place a checkmark next to the name of the quiz that you want to make a copy of.
- Click the “Select Content” button.
- Once the progress bar completes, you can go to your “Quizzes” page in your course, and you should see a duplicate of the quiz. For more detailed instructions, see this Canvas guide for copying content.
Step 2: Assigning the duplicate quiz to the specific student.
- After you have duplicated your Canvas quiz, assign the duplicate quiz to the specific student or students who need LockDown Browser using these instructions on assigning quizzes. You don’t need to make any changes to the original quiz.
- Enable LockDown Browser only for the duplicate quiz (i.e., the one you assigned to the specific students who need LockDown Browser. For instructions about how to enable LockDown Browser for a quiz, quickstart guide for LockDown Browser.