Embedding Questionmark Assessments in Moodle

Embedded assessment in a Moodle pageEmbed a Questionmark Perception assessment, survey or quiz within your Moodle page.

  • To see how this would look, see a snapshot of an assessment embedded within a Moodle page.
  • Check out this How-to on our developer Web site.
  • Moodle™ is an open-source e-learning software application that uses a modular design, and is designed to help educators create effective online learning sites. Moodle is free to download and use, and can be run on Windows, Mac OS X, UNIX, or Linux servers. You can easily include your Perception assessments within Moodle in various ways.

Beta Testing Questions: Methods and Best Practices

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Posted by Greg Pope

I had the good fortune of presenting a few sessions at the Questionmark 2010 Users Conference in sunny Miami a couple of weeks ago. It was a great opportunity to catch up with customers and learn about the priorities organizations are focusing on.

In one of my best practice sessions there was a great deal of interest in the topic of beta testing, so I thought I would put together a blog article on this in case others were interested.

Beta testing can be defined as gathering psychometric information regarding newly created questions in order to inform the creation of actual exams. Newly developed questions that have gone through the necessary editing and review processes are administered to representative samples of participants, either in advance of or during an actual high-stakes assessment. Psychometric information regarding the new questions is collected and used to build the actual assessments. Questions that have been beta tested are screened to ensure that they meet certain quality benchmarks (e.g., all questions fall into a certain range of difficulty, all questions have acceptable discrimination). These beta tested questions are then used to create the assessments built to specific structure criteria (e.g., there is an appropriate spread of question difficulty, a targeted mean test score is created, more questions are included on the assessment near the pass score if the assessment is criterion referenced, etc.).

A summary graphic describing the general beta testing process is included below:

raphic describing the general beta testing process

There are a number of common models for beta testing questions, two of the most common are:


models for beta testing questions

Want more details? Questionmark software support plan customers can learn more about beta testing from our best practice guide on this topic. See our Best Practice Guide Index.

Embedding Questionmark Assessments in Google Wave

Screenshot of an embedded assessment in Google WaveEmbed a Questionmark Perception assessment, survey or quiz inside your Google Wave profile.

  • To see how this would look, see a snapshot of an assessment embedded into Google Wave.
  • Check out this How-to on our developer Web site.
  • Google Wave is an online tool for real-time communication and collaboration.  Embedding an assessment into Google Wave may be useful if you want to ask the members of your Wave to complete a quiz or  simply fill in a survey. The results can then be analyzed and reported on from Perception.

What to do with a conference bag?

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Posted by Joan Phaup

It’s a common question: What should I do with that carrier bag that was so useful during the conference I attended a few days ago?

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A perfect fit!

Dan Rehak came up with a novel answer when he returned to his northern home after leading a discussion about the future of SCORM at the Questionmark Users Conference in Miami last week. A recreational musher and owner of three Siberian Huskies, Dan discovered that this year’s satchel “makes a really nice little sled bag” for carrying basic supplies on short rides.

Now why didn’t I think of that? Ah! No dog sled at my place!  Can anyone beat this? Share here or send us a photo! conference@questionmark.com .

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Denali, Rubi & Holly: Best in Snow!

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Job Task Analysis in Questionmark

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Job Task Analysis (JTA) surveys are used to analyze what tasks within a job role are most important. They are often used to construct and validate certification programs, to ensure that the questions being asked are relevant to the job. Typically you survey “masters”, people doing a job already or who are already certified as to which tasks in their job are most important and done most frequently to determine which areas to ask questions on. JTAs are an important way to make certifications fair and legally defensible by ensuring that the coverage of questions matches the coverage of what is needed to do a job.

You can easily construct JTAs in Questionmark Perception; here is an example survey that asks some questions about enterprise sales people, to illustrate how to do it.

If you are making your own JTAs, then I’d advise making each part of the survey a separate question, usually a Likert Scale question. In the example (see screenshot below), the two questions about whether the task is important and how often it is done are separate Likert Scale questions, formatted to appear close together. Keeping them as independent questions makes it much easier to report on than combining them into a single question.

Screenshot of Job Task Analysis Survey

Assessment Accessibility: A View from the Inside

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Posted by Joan Phaup

Alan McCabe, a developer in charge of building Questionmark software, brings to his work a strong interest in making assessments accessible.

As someone who is partially sighted, Alan speaks from personal experience in this brief podcast about the accessibility tools we have provided in Questionmark Perception version 5 to accommodate the needs of participants with a variety of disabilities.

You can learn more about accessibility measures within Questionmark Perception by reading John Kleeman’s previous post on this subject and by taking a sample assessment on our try-it-out page. Look for the buttons at the top right of the screen, which allow you to change font size and change contrast.

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