Top 5 Questionmark Videos in 2012

Posted by Julie Delazyn

Last week we highlighted our five most popular presentations on our SlideShare page. This week, we’re happy to focus our attention on videos – which offer such an easy way to share information.

You can find more than three dozen videos, demos and other resources in the Questionmark Learning Café about assessment-related best practices and the use of Questionmark technologies.

So which videos have attracted the most interest this year?

Here are the top five:

5. iPhone App
4. Questionmark Live Multiple Choice Demo
3. Course Evaluation Survey in Questionmark Live
2. Auto-Sensing and Auto-Sizing Assessments
1. CSV Question Creation and Import

Thank you for watching, and look for more videos in 2013!

Auto-sensing device and browser – now more important than ever!

Posted by Brian McNamara

The variety of widely-used web browsers, a field once dominated by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE), is becoming more complex and diverse.

A recent review of web traffic stats from StatCounter indicates that IE still sees a significant market share worldwide, but that web traffic from other browsers such as Firefox, Chrome and Safari have gained significantly in the past three years. Indeed, in several countries and regions, traffic from Firefox and Chrome browsers now exceeds that from IE.

Worldwide browser states

IE still commands the largest share of web traffic in the US,  though it has declined from about 66% to 42% since 2008:

US Browser Stats

In Europe, three browsers split the lion’s share of browser traffic – Chrome, Firefox and IE each account for about 30% of traffic, with Chrome seeing steady increases apparently at IE’s expense:

Browser stats - Europe

If we drill down a bit further to the ‘country’ level, we can see IE and Chrome nearly equal in the UK, with a similar trend in Chrome’s growth at IE’s expense.

Browser stats -  UK

But we see a different story in Germany, Europe’s largest economy, where Firefox has led IE in market share for more than three years, with IE now accounting for only about 25% of browser usage.

Browser Stats - Germany

The growth in Chrome’s usage is even more pronounced in South America, now accounting for more than 52%, more than double that of either Firefox or IE.

Browser stats - South America

So what does all this have to do with online assessment? As more and more organizations deliver online assessments to increasingly diverse and globally dispersed audiences, they must consider the impact that different browser technologies could have on the experience of the employee, student or candidate who is taking the assessment.

Fortunately, Questionmark has taken the guesswork out of the authoring and delivery process with “auto sensing” delivery – in which the Questionmark delivery system senses the participant’s device, screen resolution and browser, and then delivers the assessment in a format best suited for the participant’s environment:

Auto Sensing - Auto Sizing
Plus, Questionmark’s assessment management system supports delivery to the latest versions of many major browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera. This means that you can author an assessment once, deliver it to multiple types of devices and browsers, and obtain centralized, trustable results for analysis and sharing with stakeholders.


Auto-sensing and auto-sizing wizardry at work

Posted by Noel Thethy

The best way to describe the wizardry at work in Questionmark is to see it happen. Click here and watch what happens to the assessment screen as you resize it in your browser window. Did you miss it? Try it again.

What you would have see (if you are using a supported web browser) is the assessment screen resizing and adjusting to accommodate the screen size. When reducing your browser, the buttons get smaller, the text wraps the screen and resizes so it’s still readable, and the date and time disappear when there is not enough space. If you are not using a supported browser or you are using a mobile device, you would see Questionmark’s ability to auto-detect your browser/device and display a compatible version of the assessment.

Auto-sensing and auto-sizing make it possible to reuse the same assessment in a variety of different circumstances without needing to create new templates or assessments for each occasion. Without modifications you can embed assessments in learning materials, display surveys in your portal, and deliver  assessments via mobile devices. (Each time we update our software, we test for compatibility with the latest browsers — so that participants can easily view questions on whatever device they are using.)

To find out more about  auto-sensing/auto-sizing  and the blended delivery options supported by Questionmark, click here.

Mobile Delivery: Using Questionmark’s App for Apple® iPhone® and iPad™

Posted by Julie Delazyn

Questionmark’s auto-sensing delivery makes it easy to author an assessment once, and then deliver to many different types of devices. The same Questionmark assessment you deliver to desktop or laptop can also be delivered via standard browsers on many different smartphones and tablets – but today I want to highlight the Questionmark Apps for Apple® iPhone® and iPad™. Plainly put, the Questionmark App equals added convenience. With simple configuration and options for customization it offers organizations an easy way to deliver quizzes and surveys to learners on the move, giving participants one-touch access to assessments that have been assigned to them.

To get the Questionmark App:

  1. Visit the App store and search for “Questionmark”
  2. Choose either Questionmark’s iPad App or iPhone/iPod touch App
  3. Install the App on your device

Once installed:

  1. Try a Demo and see examples of different assessments for you to try
  2. Configure the app to point it directly to your Perception Server. You only have to configure the application once; it will remember the settings.

To easily configure the App, customers can enter the URL of their Questionmark Perception server or enter a customer number provided by our Customer Care Team.

Check out this video to see how to configure the app:

For more on mobile delivery be sure to attend the Questionmark Users Conference in Los Angeles, March 15-18. View the conference program and register soon!

Short quiz on the history of assessment

john_smallPosted by John Kleeman

How well do you know the history of assessment? Did you know, for instance, that the Likert scale, used for surveys in which respondents specify their level of agreement (.e.g., Agree / Neither Agree nor Disagree / Disagree) to various statements, was invented only 80 years ago?

Here is a short 8-question summer quiz on the history of assessment. I hope you enjoy it.

As with all assessments in Questionmark Perception version 5, this assessment auto-senses and auto-sizes to fit the device, page-size or frame it’s on. The assessment you see here is embedded in the blog page. If you want to see the assessment in a different size, try calling the same URL ( directly from your browser and you’ll see that the Next and Submit buttons and other screen furniture will size themselves to fit the screen you are on.

Some day, all assessments will be like this.

Perception Version 5 Streamlines Blended Delivery & Enhances Accessibility

Joan Phaup

Posted by Joan Phaup

Excellent news: Questionmark Perception Version 5 is now available for you to download and try out!

This newest version of Perception makes the participant experience better than ever and brings enhanced security, scalability, deliverability, accessibility and translatability. Now it is easier than to deploy surveys, quizzes, tests and exams to an increasingly mobile, global and diverse audience.

Version 5 makes it simpler to deliver a single assessment to many different types of devices and manage the combined results all together. Questionmark takes the guesswork out of blended delivery by auto-sensing each device and delivering assessments to it in the right format, automatically. Whether your assessment is taken on  desktops, laptops, smart phones and other mobile devices — or embedded within wikis, blogs or Web pages — you can manage all the results together.

Here are some  key things to look for in Perception Version 5:

  • A new logon and assessment list screen that make it easier for participants to find assessments, view schedules, reports and other information.
  • Easier navigation through assessments and ready access to embedded tools such as calculators and charts
  • Outstanding accessibility tools and ease of use with assistive technologies
  • Multilingual participant interfaces available in 20 languages
  • Streamlined management of multilingual assessments
  • Enhanced failsafe functionality to protect data if an internet connection is lost
  • Greater scalability including easier deployment in load-balanced environments

Perception’s new logon and assessment list screen makes it easier for participants to find assessments, view schedules, reports and other information. It’s also easier to navigate through assessments and access embedded tools such as calculators, and enhanced failsafe functionality protects data if an internet connection is lost.

Version 5 includes new options for improving the accessibility of assessments. It is easy to use with assistive technologies such as screen readers, and participants with low or partial vision can adjust text size and contrast. Participants unable to use a mouse can now navigate assessments via keyboard and/or other devices.

There’s even an optional Translation Management System to help test publishers, businesses and other organizations that need to deliver assessments in multiple languages by streamlining the management and delivery of localized content to multinational workforces.

As you can see, it’s impossible to tell all about Perception Version 5 in this space. So click on these links to learn more!

If you really want to get up to speed on Version 5, come to the Questionmark Users  Conference in Miami March 14 -17 and attend the tech training sessions that will focus on it!