Considering key applications for mobile assessments
Questionmark have recently introduced multi-lingual apps to deliver assessments on Android, iPhone and iPad mobile devices, and I spent time at the European Users Conference last week demonstrating our Android app on my phone. In listening to our users talk about how they might deploy assessments on mobile devices, two areas attracted the most interest:
- Formative assessments. Assessments help learning; so giving quizzes to people on the device that they carry around with them all the time is interesting to many, and is easy to do. It’s attractive that with Questionmark, you author the assessments once, and participants can take them on their device of choice.
- Observational assessments. There is a big need to assess people doing things in work situations, whether it’s how a welder uses a machine, how a nurse interviews a patient or how a soldier cleans his equipment. It’s not practical to carry a laptop into many work environments, but it is practical to fill in questions on a mobile device while observing someone, so this possibility attracted a lot of interest.
Questionmark will shortly be improving our software for use for observational assessments – so watch this space.
P.S. I’m very excited to hear that Bryan Chapman is going to be the keynote speaker for our next users conference in Los Angeles in March 15 – 18, 2011. He is a real thought leader in our industry and someone I admire greatly – he introduced me and Questionmark to the AICC standard back in the 1990s and encouraged us to support it – and we’ve now been re-certified 5 times!