Access external websites in LockDown Browser

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Allow students to visit external websites during a quiz from within LockDown Browser (LDB). By default, LDB restricts students from accessing external sites, but you have the ability to grant access as you see necessary. As the instructor, you can allow access to a single page within a selected website or the entire contents of a site.

Denying access to external websites during an LDB quiz

By default, LockDown Browser denies access to everything except the current quiz. No special actions are required.

Allowing access to a single webpage

If your students need to see a specific webpage during a LockDown Browser quiz, include a link to that page within the quiz. LDB will allow them to take that link and visit that single page. All links and navigation from that page are blocked, preventing your students from visiting any other pages.

The link to the desired page can be added anywhere in the quiz.

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Allowing websites from within LockDown Browser

Allowing access to an entire site

Students can be given access to entire sites during the LockDown Browser quiz. Granting access to an entire site is a two-step operation - you must specify the site or sites that are allowed and then link to them within the quiz.

Specifying the sites to allow

If you want to allow your students to see an entire site, like maybe your publisher's ebook, you must specify the site domains in Brightspace.

  1. Click to Assessments and select Quizzes.
  2. Click on the LockDown Browser tab.
  3. Click the little arrow to the left of the quiz name and select Settings.
  4. Expand the advanced settings by clicking on the plus "+" to the left of Advanced Settings. (See A in the figure to the right.)
  5. Click the checkbox to the left of Allow access to specific external web domains. (See B.)
  6. List the desired web domains in the box, separated by commas. (See C.)
  7. Scroll down and click the Save + Close button.

Inserting links in the quiz to the allowed sites

You grant access to a website by including a link to the first page your students should visit within the quiz. You can include the link within any question in the quiz. When the link is clicked, the site will be loaded in a new tab in the browser.

Once the site is loaded by the student, it will remain available until the student closes the tab. If you wish your students to have access to a site for the entire duration of the quiz, add the link in the first question.

Helpful tips

  • When adding access to an entire site, be sure to specify that the links "open in a new window or tab" and not in the same window.
  • Be sure to enter only the domain part of the URL. For example, use "www.winona.edu", not "https://www.winona.edu."
  • You may need to do some legwork before you include some sites. For example, if you are including a publisher's ebook, there may be several domain names that are required for full access to the text. You can determine this by talking to the owner of the site (in this example, the publisher of the ebook) or by going through the process of accessing the parts of the site that are needed and watching the address in the URL field of the breowsser to get the full list of domain names.
  • Do not include Brightspace as a site that can be visited. It will cause errors to occur within the quiz.

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