Podcast: Bryan Chapman on Assessment’s Strategic Role in Learning


Posted by Joan Phaup

I am looking forward to the Questionmark 2011 Users Conference for many reasons. For one thing, it will take me back to my hometown of Los Angeles! But more importantly, the conference will bring Questionmark staff together with our customers for three great days of learning and networking.

Bryan Chapman

A highlight of the conference will by a keynote by Bryan Chapman on Assessment’s Strategic Role in Enterprise Learning: Innovations and Trends.

As Chief Learning Strategist at Chapman Alliance, Bryan organizations define, operate and optimize their strategic learning initiatives. His experience with many different types of organizations will inform his talk, which will include examples of innovative assessment strategies that have helped shorten training delivery times, motivate learners and improve performance.

I asked  Bryan for a sneak preview of what he’ll be talking about the conference. You can listen in on our conversation here. But before you do, I’d like to remind Questionmark users that this Friday, December 3rd, is the last day for early-bird registration savings. So after you’ve listened to this podcast, get ready to register soon!

Podcast: Assessments for workers all across the globe

Bon Crowder


Posted by Joan Phaup

I spent some time talking the other day with Bon Crowder, a global instructional consultant for a large oilfield services company. She explained how her organization has expanded its use of online assessments to include not only high-stakes exams and certifications but also formative assessments such as quizzes.  With participants all over the world — and having recently launched an assessment to 40,000 people — Bon’s organization values the ability to gather and analyze data that will help improve instructional programs.

We touched on many subjects, including the involvement of subject matter experts (SMEs) in using Questionmark Live to create assessment content, options for monitoring some higher-stakes assessments taken outside of  testing centers, and a technique Bon has devised for easily creating multiple math-related questions from a single question stem.

Podcast: Assessments for new service technicians

Per Schou-Neilsen

Posted by Mel Lynch

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Per Schou-Neilsen from Johnson Controls Denmark. Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology company with 130,000 employees in more than 150 countries.  Per, who is Manager for Learning and Development, Industrial Refrigeration, Europe & Africa, will present a case study at the Questionmark 2010 European Users Conference to be held in Amsterdam October 3 – 5.

During his presentation he will share his recent experiences with Questionmark Perception and its use in a development and certification program for new or newly hired service technicians.

We are very much looking forward to hearing Per’s case study presentation in Amsterdam. You can listen to this podcast for a hint of what Per will be discussing and why he is looking forward to the conference.

Spaces for the 2010 European Users Conference are limited – Register now so you don’t miss out!

Podcast: Dental Education at the University of Maryland


Posted by Joan Phaup

I spoke recently with Professor James Craig and Instructional Technology Specialist Sarita Sanjoy from the University of Maryland Dental School  about the school’s move to a new building and the innovative uses of technology the move has brought to to all aspects of the dental program. On the academic side, this has included implementing the use of Sonic Foundry Mediasite, which the school uses to capture lectures in order to make content available to students 24/7.

We talked about how the school uses Questionmark Perception together with Blackboard and the many lessons Sarita and James have learned about effective security measures, the use of assessment analytics to improve instruction and testing, and supportive ways to train faculty for preparing electronic assessments, among other topics. I hope you will enjoy and share this podcast!

Erik Christensen photo: Wikimedia Commons

Podcast: Integrating Questionmark with SAP Learning Solution


Posted by Joan Phaup

I spoke recently with Tim Pospisil from the Nebraska Public Power District. He’s a member of the team that implemented the first integration of Questionmark Perception with the SAP Learning Solution. Tim shared his experience during a case study presentation at the recent Questionmark Users Conference, and his colleague Darrel Wieberdink will deliver a similar presentation in Orlando on May 18th, during the ASUG Annual Conference for SAP users.

Our case study about NPPD offers details about the integration. And in the podcast I’ve posted here today, Tim talks about NPPD’s rationale for the integration, which has helped to create a one-stop shop for about 2,200 employees working within a highly-regulated environment. He also offers sound  advice about the process of integrating enterprise systems. So take a few minutes to listen in!

Assessment Accessibility: A View from the Inside

Screen shot of assessment showing text sizing and contrast controls

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.