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Adding a Screen Reader to a Quiz that uses
Respondus LockDown Browser

By default, most activities have been blocked when completing a quiz using Respondus LockDown Browser.  This includes visiting other websites including screen readers that may be needed by the student If the student needs access to a screen reader during a quiz using LockDown Browser, the instructor can create a link within the quiz to allow the user access to  During the quiz, the user can copy and paste quiz questions into and have the question read 

The instructor needs to complete the following two-step process to allow student access to during the quiz. 

Step 1:  Create a link within a quiz to allow users access  

  1. Log in to your course in D2L and navigate to Quizzes. 
  2. Select the title of your quiz to edit. 
  3. Select Timing & Display in the right column of the Edit Quiz page.
    Timing & Display
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the Timing & Display section and select Manage Header and Footer.
    Manage Header and Footer
  5. In the Header text box in the Header and Footer pop-up window, enter text to notify the student that a screen reader is available and include the link,  
    Sample text:  If you need a screen reader for this quiz, you can use
    Header text
  6. Select Add. 
  7. Save and Close the quiz.

Step 2: Whitelisting  

Navigate to the Quizzes section of your course, “Assessments” > “Quizzes” 

  1. Select the LockDown Browser tab. 
  2. If a video appears, select “Continue to LockDown Browser” 
  3. Select the down arrow to the left of the desired quiz and select “Settings  
  4. If the quiz is not already set to use LockDown Browser, select “Require Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam” 
  5. Select the plus sign (+) to the left of “Advanced Settings” to expand the Advanced Settings options. 
  6. Select the check box to the left of “Allow access to specific external web domains” 
  7. Enter in the domain name box. 
  8. Scroll to the bottom and select “Save + Close 

The written instructor guides and video simulations on the D2L Solutions site are developed and brought to you by the

Faculty Development and Innovation Center

phone 217-581-7051 :: email :: web 

Contact the FDIC for questions about the instructor guides, to suggest topics for new guides, or to schedule a consultation appointment.  The FDIC staff can recommend integration solutions using D2L and other instructional technologies for your online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses.

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