Testing with Assistive Technology

When using Respondus Lockdown browser to administer exams to students in D2L, assistive technologies are not able to function while the lockdown browser is enabled. Therefore, if you know that students in your course need to use assistive technology, you will need to provide them special access to the exam that disables the Respondus Lockdown browser. When delivering online examinations using the quizzing function, it is recommended that students who require assistive technology use the Kurzweil assistive technology extension available for download.  

1. Download and set up Kurzweil 3000 on a Mac
2. Download and set up Kurzweil 3000 on a PC
3. Kurzweil 3000 for Mac - Getting Started
4. Kurzweil 3000 for PC - Getting Started


To exempt specific students from the Respondus Lockdown Browser in order to use assistive technology to take exams in D2L follow the following steps:


1. Go to the “Quiz” tool and click the drop-down menu for the specific quiz or exam and select “Edit”.

 Interface of the Edit Quizzes Screen

2. Once you are inside the edit feature for your respective quiz or exam, click on the “Restrictions” tab.

An image of the restrictions tab in D2L Quizzing 


3. Within the “Restrictions” tab, scroll down to the “Special Access” section and “Allow selected users special access to this quiz” and click on the “Add Users to Special Access” button.

 Image of the Restrictions Tab Interface highlighting the Special Access button

4. On the “Special Access” page, provide an updated “Due Date”, “Start -and- End Dates”, check the box for Lockdown Browser (“Not required to take this quiz”), select the student(s) you are granting special access to, and click on the “Add Special Access”

 An image of the Special access properties highlighting the due date and availability sections and also the respondus lockdown selection box that needs to be unchecked