Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council Increases Certification Testing


Posted By Sarah Elkins

We recently published a case study on how the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) are using Questionmark to do certification testing.   It’s a great example of how online assessment management can make the statistical review process more efficient. By combining the easy-to-use authoring tools available in Questionmark Live and the statistical reporting features available in Questionmark Perception, PHECC have created a streamlined process that ensures valid and reliable items.

PHECC is the Irish EMS regulator, responsible for certifying all pre-hospital emergency care professionals including Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics and Advanced Paramedics. Having valid and reliable assessments is a crucial factor in this work. Volunteer organisations such as the Red Cross also use PHECC’s exams to certify staff on a voluntary basis. Since introducing Questionmark, PHECC have been able to dramatically increase the number of exams they have been able to provide, and they are now fully booked six months in advance.

Want to know more? Read the Case Study

Peer Discussion – Hot Topics in Assessment


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During the recent Questionmark European Users Conference in Manchester, Stefanie Moerbeek, Senior Coordinator for Examination Development at EXIN, and Greg Pope, Questionmark’s Analytics and Psychometrics Manager, facilitated a best practice session that gave delegates the opportunity to participate in a peer discussion on Hot Topics in the Assessment Industry.

Stefanie and Greg join me in this podcast to share the outcomes of this session and provide an overview of topics such as beta testing questions, using randomization within examinations and dealing with intellectual property theft of exams.

PIP, PIP, Hooray! Sending Push Notifications to iPhones

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Sometimes it’s important to know when someone finishes an assessment. Using standard, built-in Perception functionality you can have an automated email pushed to anyone you like–for instance the participant, a manager, or an instructor. But today I’d like to show how you can push an instant notification to an iPhone.

Perception PIP files can be a powerful yet lightweight way to integrate with web applications. Using only a PIP file and a $2.99 iPhone application, you can send push notifications of assessment completion or results directly from Perception to your iPhone (actually up to 5 iPhones or iPod Touch devices at once). Interested to see it in action? Take a look at this 45 second video.

It was surprisingly easy to do that with the help of the Perception Web Deployment Guide section on PIP files, and the Prowl API information. Of course, I also had to spend $2.99 to get Prowl on the iTunes App Store. If you’d like to learn how it is done, please take a quick look at the 5 minute explanation below.

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To make things still easier, the Questionmark documentation team added a Knowledge Base article to the Questionmark Support site, How can I use PIP and Prowl to send push notifications to my iPhone? (Community logon by Questionmark Software Support Plan customers required). I hope this inspires you to do your own creative PIP file integrations.

General Session at European Users Conference: E-assessment and Interoperability, Standards and Accessibility


Posted By Sarah Elkins

The European Users Conference is less than one month away, and I’m pleased to announce that Tom King, Questionmark’s Interoperability Evangelist, and David Sloan from the University of Dundee will be leading the Tuesday morning General Session, focusing on E-Assessment and Interoperability, Standards and Accessibility.

Tom King is actively involved with many e-learning technology specification groups, and a regular contributor to this blog. Tom will provide an overview of the current status of major standards and the specification organisations behind them, and highlight some of the emerging needs and promising developments.  David Sloan will give an overview of accessibility-related legislation, standards and best practice, and show how Questionmark can help support the creation of accessible assessments.

The conference is set to be an exciting two days for Perception Users with Best Practice sessions on the latest trends in assessment management, eight Case Study presentations, and some great Technical Training sessions. Make sure you check out the full conference agenda and if you haven’t already done so, register for the conference!

Understanding eLearning Standards- AICC HACP


Posted by Tom King

I prepared a new segment on Understanding eLearning Standards. This segment addresses the “how” of elearning standards, and specifically run-time communication using the common AICC HACP specification. [Don’t worry SCORM fans, there will be another segment focusing on the SCORM runtime.]

Standards fans (and hockey fans) are likely to appreciate the analogies used to explain a run-time environment in general. The video also steps through the lifecycle of an activity running in an LMS environment. Then I drill down to the specific of AICC, including both the common browser-to-LMS and the compelling server-to-server uses of AICC HACP.aicctm1

Finally, the segment closes with a review of key resources from the AICC web site to help you make the most of AICC HACP.

By the way, here is an extra resource for members of the Questionmark Software Support Plan Community. There is a great Knowledge Base article on customizing the Perception v4 PIP file for AICC. This article shows how you can use a custom PIP file to utilize additional demographic or custom variables from an AICC compatible LMS. Check it out.

Stay tuned to the Questionmark Blog for the next segment that will address SCORM Run-Time Communication.

Full house at learning event in New Zealand

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img00113-20090811-2230-2I posted recently about an upcoming  three-day learning event in Auckland, New Zealand, focusing on assessment best practices. Now I’d like to update you on the great turnout, exciting customers, and the full house that participated in the workshop!

The Online Assessments Symposium organized by Business Toolbox was packed with learning opportunities: the first two days were devoted to instruction on best practices img00114-20090811-2231-3in creating assessments, and the third brought together industry experts to share advice about moving assessments online.

It was motivating to see academic and corporate Questionmark users sharing  their experiences in successfully implementing assessments and enjoying some impressive case study presentations. I took img00117-20090811-2231-2these photos with my BlackBerry to give you a sense of the group that gathered.

We will continue to perform workshops like this one around the world so stay tuned for our next location.