Next Generation Assessment Technology & Exciting Events Driving the Conference Agenda

Now that we have the program in place for Questionmark Conference 2017, I’m eager to highlight a few sessions that you will have a chance to attend in Santa Fe, New Mexico March 21-24.

Before the conference gets rolling, there are two full-day workshops available Tuesday, March 21:

Here’s a peak and the agenda. You can explore the entire list of sessions here: Conference Program.

Questionmark Features & Functions

Case Studies

Best Practices

Networking Events

We have some fantastic networking events planned as well.

We’re kicking off the conference with our signature dessert reception. The next day, you will have a chance to enjoy Santa Fe enchanting downtown and dine with a group of fellow assessment professionals. But it’s all culminating to our final event: Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return – an exciting multimedia immersive art exhibit experience. Watch out for surprise acts! We look forward to an evening of eating, networking and celebrating!

Questions? Email conference@questionmark.com. We’re happy to help!

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

A sneak peek at the conference agenda

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Do you want to be part of the most important learning event of the year? Come to the Questionmark Users Conference in Napa Valley March 10 – 13!

Here are some great reasons to be there:

  • Protect your assessment data: Stop cheaters, hackers and attackers
  • Examine the tools and techniques essential for trustable assessment results
  • Create better assessments: measure knowledge, skills and abilities
  • Use assessments to gather business intelligence
  • Understand the technologies that support sound assessment practices
  • Explore the latest Questionmark authoring, delivery and reporting feature

Register by January 29 for this essential professional development event and save $100.

We are thrilled by the rich content that will be offered at the conference and wanted to give you a sneak-peek at what you’ll have access to in Napa.

Here’s the current line-up of breakout sessions:

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Customer Stories

  • Using Questionmark to Conduct Performance Based Certifications
  • Transitioning 70 Years of High Stakes Testing to Questionmark
  • Writing Performance-Based Test Items
  • Deploying Questionmark Perception in a Heavily Firewalled Load-Balanced Environment
  • Building a Better Report with OData
  • Using Questionmark to Develop an Innovative Personnel Selection Tool
  • Questionmark AICC Integration with SuccessFactorscollage

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Best Practices

  • Introduction to Item Development in Large-Scale Test Development
  • Making the Case for Trustable Assessment Results in your Organization
  • Questionmark Customer Portals: Deploying Questionmark to work for your Business
  • Twenty Testing Tips: Good practice in using assessments
  • Hackers, Attackers and Your Assessments: Protecting your assessment data with penetration testing
  • Last Mile of Delivery: Ensuring the security of your assessments

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Questionmark Features & Functions

  • Assessment Authoring
  • Integrating with Key Technologies to Maximize Your Assessments and Results
  • Overview of Setting Performance Standards: Making the cognitive leap from scores to interpretations
  • BYOL: Item and Topic Authoring
  • Successfully Deploying Questionmark Perception
  • Customizing the Participant Interface

There will be so much to learn during our three days together. Other activities will include evening events in California’s wine country! We look forward to seeing you there.

Register for the conference by January 29th to save $100

Getting more value from assessment results

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How do you maximize the value of assessment results? How do you tailor those results to meet the specific needs of your organization? We’ll address these question and many others at the Questionmark Users Conference in San Antonio March 4 – 7.

The conference program will cover a wide range of topics, offering learning opportunities for beginning, intermediate and advanced users of Questionmark technologies. The power and potential of open data will be a major theme, highlighted in a keynote by Bryan Chapman on Transforming OData into Meaning and Action.

Here’s the full program:Gen 3

Optional Pre-conference Workshops

  • Test Development Fundamentals, with Dr. Melissa Fein (half day)
  • Questionmark Boot Camp: Basic Training for Beginners, with Questionmark Trainer Rick Ault (full day)

General Sessions

  • Conference Kickoff and Opening General Session
  • Conference Keynote by Bryan Chapman – Transforming Open Data into Meaning and Action
  • Closing General Session — Leaping Ahead: A View Beyond the Horizon on the Questionmark Roadmap

Case Studiesgen 1

  • Using Questionmark to Conduct Performance Based Certifications —  SpaceTEC®
  • Better Outcomes Make the Outcome Better! —  USMC Marine Corps University
  • Generating and Sending Custom Completion Certificates — The Aurelius Group
  • Leveraging Questionmark’s Survey Capabilities with a Multi-system Model —  Verizon
  • Importing Questions into Questionmark Live on a Tri-Military Service Training Campus — Medical Education & Training Campus
  • How Can a Randomly Designed Test be Fair to All? —  U.S. Coast Guard

Best Practices

  • Principles of Psychometrics and Measurement Design
  • 7 Reasons to Use Online Assessments for Compliance
  • Reporting and Analytics: Understanding Assessment Resultsgen 2
  • Making it Real: Building Simulations Into Your Quizzes and Tests
  • Practical Lessons from Psychology Research to Improve Your Assessments
  • Item Writing Techniques for Surveys, Quizzes and Tests

Questionmark Features & Functions

  • Introduction to Questionmark for Beginners
  • BYOL: Item and Topic Authoring
  • BYOL: Collaborative Assessment Authoring
  • Integrating with Questionmark’s Open Assessment Platform
  • Using Questionmark’s OData API for Analytics
  • Successfully Deploying Questionmark Perception
  • Customizing the Participant Interfacegen 4

Discussions

  • Testing is Changing: Practical and Secure Assessment in the 21st Century
  • Testing what we teach: How can we elevate our effectiveness without additional time or resources?
  • 1 + 1 = 3…Questionmark, GP Strategies and You!

Drop-in Demos

  • Making the Most of Questionmark’s Newest Technologies

Future Solutions: Influence Questionmark’s Road Map

  • Focus Group on Authoring and Deliverygen 5
  • Focus Group on the Open Assessment Platform and Analytics

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  • One-on-one meetings with Questionmark Technicians

Special Interest Group Meetings

  • Military/Defense US DOD and Homeland Security
  • Utilities/Energy Generation and Distribution
  • Higher Education
  • Corporate Universities

Social Events

Click here to see details about all these sessions, and register today!

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Online conference registration ends March 13: Here’s the program!

Posted by Joan Phaup

Online registration for the Questionmark 2012 Users Conference ends next Tuesday, March 13.

If you have not yet signed up, all it takes is a few mouse clicks and keystrokes to set you on your way to some great learning and networking in New Orleans March 20 – 23.

The festivities begin with two pre-conference workshops on March 20: a Boot Camp for people who want to learn the basics of using Questionmark technologies and a session on Criterion-Referenced Test Development by Sharon Shrock and Bill Coscarelli. There will also be three special interest group meetings that afternoon and a big reception that evening.

Then it’s on to a full conference program:

General Sessions:

Case Studies

  • An Architect’s Approach to Questionmark Assessment Development: How to Architect, Design and Implement an Efficient Assessment-Building Process – Tom Metzler, TIBCO Software, Inc.
  • How e-Testing is Improving Assessment for the U.S. Coast Guard – James Parry and Art Stark, USCG Training Center
  • Analysis of Examination Time Data at the Question- and Person-Specific Level with Perception – James J. Thompson, Louisiana State University
  • The Big Switch: Moving Training and Assessment to Mobile Devices – Barry Jass, Covidien
  • Using Questionmark to Answer Business Questions Related to Your Work Processes – Gretchen Seyfried, Progressive Insurance
  • Five Approaches to Effective Content Management – Sami Besalel, The Aurelius Group
  • Eighty’s a Crowd: Managing a Multitude of Assessment Authors – Scott Wilde, Intermountain Healthcare
  • Using Innovative Technologies to Aid High-Volume Testing in Multiple Environments – Jennifer Lathem and Kerry Eades, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education

Features & Functions

  • Introduction to Questionmark Perception for Beginners
  • Answers to Windows Authoring FAQs
  • Using Questionmark Live for Surveys and Course Evaluations
  • Reporting and Analytics: Understanding and sharing assessment results
  • Deploying Questionmark Perception 5.4 OnPremise
  • Questionmark Live Bring-your-own-laptop Tutorial
  • Customizing the Participant Interface

Best Practices

  • Alignment, Impact and Measurement with the A-model – Dr. Bruce C. Aaron, Ametrico
  • Instructional Design for the Real World – Dr. Jane Bozarth, State of North Carolina
  • Applying the Principles of Item and Test Analysis to Your Assessment Program – Sean Farrell, PwC
  • Timing is Everything : Using psychology research to make your assessments more effective – John Kleeman, Questionmark
  • Using Captivate and Flash Simulations in eLearning and Assessments – Doug Peterson, Questionmark
  • Using Web Services to Integrate with Questionmark Perception – Steve Lay, Questionmark

Peer Discussions

  • Proctored versus non-proctored: How does assessment setting affect student achievement on web-based assessments? – Richard Pierce, Shenandoah University
  • Managing Assessment Security as the Stakes are Getting Higher – Questionmark CEO Eric Shepherd, Moderator
  • Test Defensibility in the US Coast Guard – Using the Angoff Method to Set Cut Scores – Alan H. Wheaton and and James R. Parry
  • Managing Multiple Assessment Authors – Scott Wilde, Intermountain Healthcare

Drop-in Demos

  • Delivering Assessments to Mobile Devices
  • Making the most of new features in Perception 5.3 and 5.4

Future Solutions

  • Focus Group: Authoring & Delivery
  • Focus Group: Open Assessment Platform and Analytics
  • Open Sessions

There’s still time to register! So do it now!

Podcast: Jane Bozarth on looking before you leap into learning measurement

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I had a great time the other day chatting with Dr. Jane Bozarth, our keynote speaker for the Questionmark 2012 Users Conference in New Orleans March 20 – 23.

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Dr. Jane Bozarth

Jane, whose degrees include a doctorate in Training and Development, will be speaking from her extensive experience as a training practitioner for more than 20 years. She is Elearning Coordinator for the state of North Carolina as well as a book author, Learning Solutions Magazine columnist and blogger.

During her keynote, Look Before You Leap: What You Measure is What You Get, Jane will share methods for building assessment directly into learning design.

We are delighted that she will also present a best practice session on Instructional Design for the Real World,  for those looking for tools and tricks that will support rapid instructional design and get to the heart of needs analysis and improve communication with subject matter experts, managers and others. You can get details about this and other breakout sessions by visiting the conference agenda.

Early-bird conference registration is open until December 9th, so this is a good time to sign up!

Listen in on my conversation with Jane in this podcast, or click here for a transcript.