Ozi, Ozi, Ozi, Oi, Oi, Oi!

rafael-conf-australia2Posted by Rafael Lami Dozo

We’ve ventured Down Under to see if the Australian football supporters are ready to cheer for the Socceroos during the World Cup!

Just kidding! In fact, we are working hard speaking at public events, visiting customers and receiving the Platinum Award for Best Assessment Tool at LearnX Asia Pacific (our third year in a row to win this award in the Best-in-Class Technologies category)!

We are exhibiting and speaking at LearnX, which takes place this week in Sydney. I’ll be giving a presentation on “How to Measure the Talent you Manage” on Wednesday afternoon and Questionmark CEO Eric Shepherd will  present  “Assess Where it  Matters – Everywhere” on Thursday. So be sure to come see us if you are at LearnX!

Stay tuned for my next blog post, as we will be going to New Zealand to meet with our Kiwi users along with members of the New Zealand Association for Training and Development.

Packing for India and Questionmark Events in Bangalore and Mumbai

rafael-conf-australia2Posted by Rafael Lami Dozo

It is time to pack our suits and hit the road again…This time we are going to India!

We will be holding events in two different cities:

The first event will be on May 5th at the Taj Residency of Bangalore in the middle of the Indian Silicon Valley. You can register here.

The second event will be on May 7th at the Grand Hyatt in bustling Mumbai. You can register here.

Participants in these meetings will hear a power-packed briefing session on “Effectively measuring knowledge, skills and ability with well-crafted assessments.”

This briefing session will show how to create assessments that shed light on a person’s skill and ability as well as their knowledge. We will examine a number of different question types – as well as question writing techniques – that can be used to measure cognitive skills and abilities.

This session will help you:

 – Understand the relationship between knowledge, skills and abilities
 – Distinguish between cognitive processes and types of knowledge
 – Connect appropriate question types to specific skills
 – Write questions that probe more effectively into cognitive skills and abilities
 – Determine when to use “multiple choice” item formats versus constructed response

Also, Indian users of Questionmark Perception will explain how they are using our assessment solutions.

South African Questionmark Users Will Meet on April 20

rafael-conf-australia2Posted by Rafael Lami Dozo

I am thrilled today as I am en route to Johannesburg for Questionmark’s Annual South African Users Meeting. No time to Watch the World Cup this time around but I’ll hopefully be back in SA in a couple of months!

We will be holding our annual South African Users Meeting close to Jo’burg (as locals refer to Johannesburg), in the city of Midrand, on April 20th.  I am particularly excited about the meeting this year, as more and more users have completed the upgrade to the latest version of Questionmark Perception.SA users meeting lunch

Our South African customers will gather at the meeting to share information and learn from each others’ experiences. Of course, it also will be a wonderful occasion to show the latest developments from Questionmark and to discuss best practices in online assessment management. The South African Questionmark users meeting is the best chance to network and learn from other users and speak face-to-face with Questionmark team.

SA Users meeting lunch 2Some main topics to be discussed:

  • New features available in Questionmark Perception version 5
  • The latest release of Questionmark Live

The South African Users Meeting is one of many Questionmark worldwide events. As I write this, Questionmark events are being organized in the UK, The Netherlands, Germany, USA, India, New Zealand and Australia.  Look out for a post-Users Meeting blog entry from me!

German Symposium Announced for April 29, 2010


Posted By Sarah Elkins

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding a one-day symposium in Berlin, Germany this April, which will provide the opportunity for our German Users to gather and learn about the latest developments from Questionmark and best practices in online assessment management. This year’s event will highlight the new features available in Questionmark Perception version 5, as well as providing technical training and case studies from experienced Questionmark Users. Questionmark Symposia are also a great opportunity to network and learn from other users and speak directly with Questionmark senior management. If you’d like to attend, make sure you sign up today and take advantage of the early-bird discounts!

http://www.questionmark.com/deu/seminars/symposium.aspx 2009 German Symposium

The symposium is one of many Questionmark user events that take place around the world each year. As I write, many Questionmark Users are preparing to gather in Miami, Florida, for the three-day Questionmark Users  Conference. Online registration for the conference, which includes case studies, technical training, sessions on best practices, peer discussions and many other learning activities, ends on March 9th.

Breakfast Briefings Coming to Three UK Cities in May


Posted By Sarah Elkins

Registration for our U.K. Breakfast Briefings is now open! They will take place on three days in three cities: May 11 in Manchester, May 12 in Edinburgh and May 13 in London.

Breakfast Briefings are a great way to learn about online assessment technology and find out about the newest technologies and services  from Questionmark. They’re also a great opportunity to meet other assessment professionals in your area and talk with Questionmark staff.

This year we’ll be sharing the latest from Questionmark, including:

  • How to create learning mashups by embedding quizzes in wikis and portals
  • Using auto-sensing and auto-sizing to deliver assessments to mobile devices
  • Creating items with Questionmark Live
  • Reporting and analytics
  • Plus much more!

If you’re new to online assessment this is a great opportunity to see the technology in action, and talk with Questionmark staff about the best solution for your organisation. If you’re already a Questionmark customer come along to join us for breakfast and see recently released features and those that are coming soon! Click here to sign up for Manchester, London or Edinburgh.

Podcast: High-Stakes Assessments for Doctors in Rural Australia


Posted By Sarah Elkins

I spoke recently with Lex Lucas, who is the online services manager at the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM), a professional organisation for rural and remote medicine education and training.

Rural doctors accredited with ACRRM usually live in very remote areas, and completing an assessment in a major city could require spending days away from their practice. The introduction of Questionmark Perception means that assessments can now be taken in the local community, and doctors can stay where they’re needed. Questionmark Live has also been used successfully to track question versions and revisions, strengthening the integrity of the assessment process. ACRRM’s experience is a great example of how online assessment management can help solve unique challenges!

Listen to the Podcast