Secrets to Measuring & Enhancing Learning Results: Webinar

Julie ProfilePosted by Julie Delazyn

Research has shown that assessments play an important role on learning and retention — and the benefits vary before, during and after a learning experience. No matter where learning occurs, the goal remains the same: ensuring people have the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform well.

So, how can you use assessments to measure and enhance learning within your organization?

Check out our newest 30-minute webinar – and register today!

  • The Secrets to Measuring and Enhancing Learning Results
  • Date & Time: Wed, Dec 7  at 4:00 p.m. UK GMT / 11:00 a.m. US EDT

Join us as we discuss the important role assessments play within the learning process and explore the benefits of using them before, during and after learning. We’ll also give you some useful pointers and resources to take away.

Register for the webinar now. We look forward to seeing you at the session!

U.S. Privacy Shield: Data protection and security

Jamie ArmstrongPosted by Jamie Armstrong

Earlier this year I wrote blog post that summarized some important recent data protection and privacy law developments. Today, I wanted to follow up on that posting by looking particularly at the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (“Privacy Shield”).

The Privacy Shield came into being to fill the void left by the invalidation of the European Commission decision underpinning the US-EU Safe Harbor Agreement (“Safe Harbor”). From August this year, US organizations have been able to certify compliance to the Privacy Shield – the list of those certified organizations can be viewed here. Questionmark Corporation has certified to the Privacy Shield, and you can view our updated privacy policy here. As was the case for Questionmark’s self-certification to Safe Harbor, our compliance with the Privacy Shield principles is just part of Questionmark’s broader strategy to ensure that relevant international data transfers conform to applicable legal requirements.privcy-shield

The Privacy Shield, as well as other mechanisms such as the EU Model Clauses, provides a way for organizations to comply with EU data protection requirements when personal data is transferred to the US from the EU. Remember that whereas the EU Model Clauses may be relied on for transfers of EU personal data to third countries (i.e. those that are not part of the EEA), the scope of the Privacy Shield is limited to personal data transfers to the US.

The European Commission has produced a helpful guide on the Privacy Shield, aimed at EU citizens, with some key improvements as compared with Safe Harbor being:

  • Greater oversight and monitoring by authorities in the US and EU to ensure compliance, for example by the US Department of Commerce, Department of Transport and Federal Trade Commission;
  • A greater number of ways for individuals to make complaints to enforce their rights without cost, including to an Ombudsman within the US Department of State, via an EU Data Protection Authority, an independent recourse mechanism, and binding arbitration;
  • Additional obligations for participant organizations, like ensuring any third-party transferees provide the same level of protection for personal data as is required by the Privacy Shield.

Although the Privacy Shield includes a number of additional protections for individuals and obligations on organizations, some interest groups remain unconvinced that it is meaningfully different to Safe Harbor and legal challenges in the EU have already been made. With this in mind, organizations that have certified to or may certify to the Privacy Shield will have to monitor EU developments and continue to review their data protection and privacy approaches, so that they are satisfied that there are a sufficient number of means available to them to show adequate protection for EU personal data being transferred to the US. Questionmark’s Privacy Shield certification demonstrates to customers our particular commitment to data protection and security in respect of applicable data.

Check back here for future blog posts on data protection and privacy law issues early next year.

Disclaimer: This blog is provided for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Any views included are personal to me.

Save the Date! 2017 Conference Announcement

Julie Profileinnandspatloretto_exterior_night_entrancePosted by Julie Delazyn

Are you ready for next-generation assessment management?

We are excited to announce the dates and location for Questionmark Conference 2017. Whether you are a new user or a pro, Questionmark Conference is the ideal place to get vital information, insight and learning about the latest assessment technologies.

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Innovate. Inspire. Succeed. | March 21-24 – Santa Fe, New Mexico
Start Planning Today

Join your peers and the Questionmark team in the “Land of Enchantment” to:

  • Learn about new Questionmark features and functions
  • Attend engaging hands-on product training sessions
  • Network with fellow Questionmark users
  • Get valuable tips, insights and best-practice guidance
  • Plan for the future with a sneak peek at the product road map

Feedback from Conference Attendees

    • Excellent conference every year.”
    • My team always walks away with new knowledge – and we have been using the product for over 12 years!”
    • One of the best conferences I have been to… interesting, collegial people; job-relevant sessions and information; and great evening activities.”

Registration is now open at special early-bird rates. Visit the conference website today for details!

See you in Santa Fe!
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Security, Reporting and Online Testing in Academia: A Q&A with Don Kassner

Julie ProfileI recently spoke with Don Kassner, who has joined Questionmark as vice president of academic markets. I wanted to take a moment to welcome Don and to ask him a few questions about his extensive background, his new job role and his hopes for the future. Here’s a snippet of our conversation:

Don Kassner, VP of academic markets, Questionmark

You have had an extensive career. What is your background, and how has it influenced the insight you have on the learning and assessment world?

At heart, I am an entrepreneur.  I started my first business when I was 8 years old and have been starting and building things ever since. In the last 15 years or so I have focused on technology, training and education. During that time, I have served as the CFO for an auto dealership training company and as president of a small university in addition to founding and building the largest online proctoring company. I have also served on the faculty of San Jose State University (economics) and have been an active member of multiple onsite accreditation evaluation teams.

Now that you are part of the Questionmark team, can you share a little about your new role and the goals you have for this position?

I am excited to reach out to the academic markets and address ongoing concerns around testing.

Colleges and universities want to deliver tests and exams that are consistent, fair, reliable and defensible. They want to deliver and monitor course evaluations, identify knowledge gaps and place students in appropriate courses, and be able to analyze questions to determine which ones are valid and fair. They want to do this while increasing student satisfaction and reducing cheating.

With Questionmark’s extensive security, reporting and analytics tools, that’s all possible.  My focus is to leverage my insight and experience and put this secure and easy-to-use tool in the right hands.

Can you share some of the important topics surrounding the academic markets that are on your radar?

In academia, there are real issues related to online testing. These are the top two:

  • Is the student doing the work? – With technology comes flexibility and as the stakes become higher, students will naturally look for ways to enhance their scores.
  • Are the exam results fair?  Did all the students face the same conditions with the same opportunities and were the exam rules followed?

Questionmark OnDemand, especially its analytics and reporting tools, can provide reports that can uncover the meaning hidden within assessment results, such as an item or assessment’s reliability and defensibility. In regards to security, Questionmark Secure’s lock-down browser plays a huge role in helping organizations provide a secure environment in which to deliver high stakes assessments. This can significantly help reduce the risk of cheating when deployed along with other defenses to combat impersonation and content theft.

We’re very excited to have you on board! What are your plans for keeping in touch with us on The Questionmark Blog?

Once a teacher, always a teacher! I look forward to turning back the clock to my university days and speaking on the hot-button topics that surround academic testing. My experience in education and entrepreneurship will help me as I share my thoughts on current market trends and the future of assessment and testing.

Thank you Don for taking the time to speak to us today!

You can follow Don on Twitter and connect with him on LinkedIn

Item Development Tips For Defensible Assessments

Julie ProfilePosted by Julie Delazyn

Whether you work with low-stakes assessments, small-scale classroom assessments or large-scale, high-stakes assessment, understanding and applying some basic principles of item development will greatly enhance the quality of your results.

What began as a popular 11-part blog series has morphed into a white paper: Managing Item Development for Large-Scale Assessment, which offers sound advice on how-to organize and execute item development steps that will help you create defensible assessments. These steps include:   Item Dev.You can download your copy of the complimentary white paper here: Managing Item Development for Large-Scale Assessment

How to transform recruitment and hiring with online testing

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Posted by Julie Delazyn

Did you know that 80 percent of employee turnover is a result of poor hiring practices? With turnover costs as high as $20,000 per exiting employee, improving the screening and testing process is a priority for every HR professional.

Online testing is making the hiring process easier and more effective. In this webinar,  “How to transform recruitment and hiring with online testing,” we’ll also share best practices and a case study from Canada Post Corporation.

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Dr. Glen Budgell, PhD and senior strategic HR advisor at Human Resource Systems Group (HRSG)

 Join us on June 14 at 12:00 p.m. EDT. Click here to reserve your spot!

The webinar is designed to give you an up-close look at the latest assessment technologies. To learn more, I spoke to Dr. Glen Budgell, PhD and senior strategic HR advisor at Human Resource Systems Group (HRSG), who will be leading the session. Glen has over thirty years of experience managing the promotion, development and delivery of consulting services in the area of assessment and testing.

Here is a snippet from my conversation with Glen:

How can online testing transform recruitment and hiring?

Online testing has transformed the recruitment and hiring landscape in many ways. The days in which employers were limited to local talent is over: online tests can be administered at the click of a button to job candidates in remote regions, thereby increasing both the diversity of the talent pool and the inclusiveness of the work place. Standardized testing (whether paper-pencil or computer-based) provides job candidates with a sense of fairness in the hiring process.  When you combine this sense of fairness with an innovative online test that is both job relevant and engaging, you really “wow!” the job candidate, and that is one of our goals at HRSG: to wow our clients and their job candidates with innovative employment tests.

Online testing platforms such as Questionmark provide employers and firms like HRSG the tools to efficiently develop and deliver assessments. At HRSG, we use Questionmark to develop employment tests for our clients so that they can identify the right talent faster, and at a lower cost.

What are some best practices that are important to developing a strong assessment process?

Traditional testing best practices are always relevant, and we strongly urge our clients to conduct the required job/task analysis before choosing or building an employment test. In addition, and especially if the test is being built in house, it should be ensured that the test is both job relevant and linked to the abilities/skills identified in the job analysis.

Of course, online / computer-based testing has introduced a myriad of other challenges. Companies must ensure that the testing software they use is secure and candidate data is protected. We rely on the expertise of Questionmark to provide our clients with the required security and data protection features mandated by the ISO and ICT standards. Furthermore, we share with our client’s methods and best practices for cheating prevention and analysis, monitoring the web for leaked test content, and most importantly, providing candidate’s with technical support and accessibility features when required.

What tools will attendees walk away from the webinar with:

We’ll also discuss:

  • When to buy an off the shelf assessment when to build in house
  • How to enhance the candidate experience with online testing
  • How to develop and use innovative item types
  • Importance of candidate perceptions of online testing
  • Best practices for unproctored internet testing
  • Case study which describes best practices with high volume testing

Thank you, Glen, for taking the time to speak to us!

We look forward to seeing you at this complimentary webinar on Tuesday, June 14 at 12:00 p.m. EDT.

Click here to register and save your spot.

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