Sneak Peek: Conference Agenda & Special Workshop in Santa Fe

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Certified Performance Technologist Jim Parry

Questionmark Conference 2017 is the place to be for vital info and training on the latest assessment technologies and best practices. This event will give you the tools you need to take your assessments to the next level and harness the power of your results.

Register by February 22 — your final chance to save for early-bird discounts.

This year, we’re offering a special pre-conference session. Advanced Test Item Writing Workshop – Learn how to test more than just knowledge. Join Certified Performance Technologist Jim Parry – an expert user of Questionmark technologies – in this fast paced, high-powered workshop.

What’s on the agenda? Here’s a sneak-peek of what you can expect in Santa Fe March 21-24:

  • Explore the Advanced Editor in Next Gen Authoring
  • Avionics: A hands-on, performance-based certification using Questionmark at SpaceTEC
  • Certifying Services-Oriented Associates at PetSmart
  • Setting a Fair, Defensible Cut (Passing) Scores
  • Staying Ahead of Evolving Security Threats

Hurry! Early-Bird Registration Ends Today

Posted by Julie Delazyn

Today is the last day to save on your registration for Questionmark Conference 2017… And seats are going fast!

Take advantage of the early-bird discount and save $200, if you sign up by the end of the day!

Aside from some fantastic social events that are designed to assist you in networking with other assessment professionals, we have a jam packed agenda covering topics such as:

  • Avionics: A hands-on, performance-based certification using Questionmark at SpaceTEC
  • Assessments as Career Development Tools at Caterpillar Inc.
  • Explore the Advanced Editor in Next Gen Authoring
  • Why Use Performance-Based Testing? Why Test at All?
  • Test Security for Grown-Ups: Enhancing exam integrity through proctoring, recording and monitoring

Bring your colleagues! Group discounts are available. Save up to $200 for additional registrants.

So meet us in enchanting Santa Fe, New Mexico March 21-24 leap into the future of assessment and authoring!

Book your room at the boutique Inn and Spa at Loretto at our special rate, while they are still available. Rates expire February 17, 2017.

2016 Recap: 12 million+ assessments; 99.98% uptime

Posted by Julie Delazyn

Every day Questionmark customers around the world are deploying high stakes assessments – in 2016 alone, more than 12 million assessments were delivered through Questionmark OnDemand’s platform. 12 million + assessments is HUGE—that’s like saying every 2.5 seconds for 365 days someone is finishing an assessment. But when the stakes are high and the demand is even higher, the number one priority is making sure that your system is up and running.

Keeping up with demand has been Questionmark’s #1 priority, and we set high standards for ourselves. That’s why we’re excited to announce that in 2016, we exceeded our 99.9% uptime target on both our European-based and US-based services – averaging over 99.98% uptime for our assessment delivery service throughout the year.

And we believe in transparency— You can check out the current performance and availability status of Questionmark OnDemand at any time here: http://status.questionmark.com/

We know that obtaining optimal availability at all times is peace of mind for our customers and their test takers, and we look forward to protecting that uptime in 2017.

Transform Your 2017 Assessment Strategy

Julie ProfilePosted by Julie Delazyn

As the year draws to close and you wrap up the final exams for 2016,  you may be thinking about your 2017 assessment strategy. Transform the way you manage learning and training in 2017 by taking advantage of these learning opportunities:

 Transforming Your Test Program with Online Proctoring

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If you’ve been considering implementing online proctoring, 2017 is the year to make it happen. With the increase in test security threats and the growing demand for flexibility in learning and training, there’s no better time to turn to a secure and cost-effective alternative to traditional brick-and-mortar test centers.

This 45-minute webinar will cover the basics of online proctoring and describe how it manages the variety of test security threats.

WHEN: This Wednesday (Dec. 14) 3:30 p.m. UK GMT / 10:30 a.m. US EDT —  Register now

Intro to Questionmark’s Assessment Management System

WebinarIf you’d like to end this year by getting a better understanding of how Questionmark’s assessment solutions can help you gain the impact you need from your test programs, then attend this 60-minute introductory webinar. We’ll give you a live demo of Questionmark OnDemand showing you key features and functions.

WHEN: This Wednesday  (Dec. 14) 6:00 p.m. UK GMT / 1:00 p.m. US EDTRegister now

If you can’t make it to tomorrow’s webinars, check back here for new dates and themes. We look forward to helping you transform your assessment strategy in 2017!

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.

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