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Are you delivering surveys or course evaluations? Why not enhance your questions with a participant’s comments box field? The comments box sits neatly below the question and will give your participants space to expand on their answers or provide you with additional comments and suggestions.
You can turn the participant comments box on and off in within Questionmark Perception’s Question Editor. It’s easy to add or omit a comments box when you are authoring in Questionmark Live, too. You can add participant comment boxes to most question types and view the responses in the Survey Report, Coaching Report and Question Statistics Report. Participant comments boxes are also useful for questions you are beta testing.
For more information on using Questionmark Live to create your Course Evaluations, check out Jim Farrell’s blog post on that subject. Questionmark Support Plan customers can get more information about setting up comments boxes in this Knowledge Base article.
Questionmark have recently introduced multi-lingual apps to deliver assessments on Android, iPhone and iPad mobile devices, and I spent time at the European Users Conference last week demonstrating our Android app on my phone. In listening to our users talk about how they might deploy assessments on mobile devices, two areas attracted the most interest:
Formative assessments. Assessments help learning; so giving quizzes to people on the device that they carry around with them all the time is interesting to many, and is easy to do. It’s attractive that with Questionmark, you author the assessments once, and participants can take them on their device of choice.
Observational assessments. There is a big need to assess people doing things in work situations, whether it’s how a welder uses a machine, how a nurse interviews a patient or how a soldier cleans his equipment. It’s not practical to carry a laptop into many work environments, but it is practical to fill in questions on a mobile device while observing someone, so this possibility attracted a lot of interest.
Questionmark will shortly be improving our software for use for observational assessments – so watch this space.
P.S. I’m very excited to hear that Bryan Chapman is going to be the keynote speaker for our next users conference in Los Angeles in March 15 – 18, 2011. He is a real thought leader in our industry and someone I admire greatly – he introduced me and Questionmark to the AICC standard back in the 1990s and encouraged us to support it – and we’ve now been re-certified 5 times!
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We’re very pleased that Bryan Chapman will present the keynote address there. As Chief Learning Strategist at Chapman Alliance, Bryan is involved in providing research-centric consulting solutions that help organizations define, operate and optimize their strategic learning initiatives. His talk on Assessment’s Strategic Role in Enterprise Learning: Innovation and Trends will include examples of innovative assessment strategies that have improved learning and performance within many different organizations.
In addition to tech training, best practice presentations, demonstrations of new technologies, meetings with Questionmark product managers and drop-in meetings with the Questionmark techs, the conference includes case studies and peer discussions presented by Questionmark users. The call for proposals is now open, so we hope that Perception users who are thinking about attending will consider their own participation in the conference program.
This video will give you a general overview of what happens during the conference.
When reporting on assessment outcomes, it’s often desirable to compare the performance of one group to that of another. Perhaps you’d like to filter the results of an evaluation according to the demographics of the participants or according to the course instructor, location or participant group.
Questionmark Perception makes this possible by enabling you define your own filters. For instance, you can identify certain questions in an assessment as demographic questions and have the answers to those questions saved in Special Fields that are set aside specifically for filtering data from the results. This means that questions asking participants to identify variables like their trainers or departments can then be used to filter your report results; the results you see only match participants who selected those answers.
You may designate up to 10 Special (demographic) Fields per assessment:
In addition to your demographic fields, you can apply filters for dates, date ranges, participant names, topics, and assessments so that you can view the information you need when you run your reports.
By the way, when creating a course evaluation in Questionmark Live, you can add questions designated as “demographic questions.” By default, any demographic question will automatically save to a special field. Once you import the assessment into Questionmark Perception, you can change which special field that question data is saved to.
The use of filters is just one aspect of reporting in Questionmark Perception. For general information about Perception reports, click here. Questionmark Support Plan customers can get details about using Special Fields with Perception in this Knowledge Base article.