Integrating with other systems: video tutorials

Julie Delazyn HeadshotPosted by Julie Delazyn

Although you can use Questionmark as a stand-alone Assessment Management System (AMS), it also integrates seamlessly with other key systems – everything from learning management systems and content management systems to portals and scanning technologies.

Questionmark Connectors make these integrations possible.

Some of these, such as the Blackboard Connector, the SAP Connector and the SharePoint Connector, are designed for use with specific systems.

We also support integrations with LTI-, AICC– and SCORM-compliant systems.

You can find video tutorials about many of these connectors in the Questionmark web site. There you’ll find videos on integrating with Moodle, SuccessFactors and Cornerstone OnDemand, as well as other systems such as SharePoint, Canvas, and Ning.

Here is a sneak peak – click to view each video:

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Integrating and Connectors – Blackboard

The Questionmark Blackboard Connector is a proprietary connector that provides unprecedented integration between the Blackboard LMS and Questionmark. Through the Blackboard Connector:

  • The first time an instructor interfaces with Questionmark, a Questionmark admin ID is created for them automatically.
  • When an instructor adds a Questionmark assessment to a Blackboard course, the course short name becomes a Questionmark group, and the instructor and any
    students launching the assessment are automatically added to the group.
  • The first time a student launches any Questionmark assessment, a participant ID is created in Questionmark for the student.

And all of this automatic synchronization is optional! You can just as easily set up the connector to require that instructors, students and/or groups be created by a Questionmark admin in Questionmark so that you can control exactly who, and what courses, can interface with Questionmark.

Watch this video for a complete explanation of what the Blackboard Connector can do for you:

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Questionmark Perception Blackboard Connector

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Questionmark Perception easily integrates with various third-party applications using “standards-based” integrations or specifically created connectors. A great example of this seamless integration is Perception and Blackboard. Using the Questionmark Perception Blackboard Connector enables institutions to integrate the best-of-breed assessment management and delivery features of Perception with the learning management features of the Blackboard Learn™ Platform.

Blackboard instructors can seamlessly access Perception to create and modify Perception assessments. Once the assessments are created the Blackboard instructors can assign them to various courses available on their Blackboard course web site. Students can launch their assessments from within Blackboard. Perception will then mark the answers provided before passing the results back to Blackboard.

For information about how to install the Blackboard Connectors for Perception, click here.

Import BlackBoard 8 and 9 Question Pools into Questionmark Live

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Posted by Jim Farrell

Since introducing Questionmark Live over a year ago we have received lots and lots of feedback on how we could improve it. One frequent suggestion is that we  add different ways to import questions more easily. To date, the most popular import methods have been LXR, Questionmark Live CSV, and BlackBoard.

We have had a lot of feedback  recently on improving our BlackBoard importer. Well, you have spoken and we have responded. The Questionmark Live team has expanded the BlackBoard question import tool to include question pools from BlackBoard 8 and BlackBoard 9.

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Make sure you take advantage of Questionmark Live and get everyone on your staff writing questions that you can use today!

Podcast: Dental Education at the University of Maryland

 

Posted by Joan Phaup

I spoke recently with Professor James Craig and Instructional Technology Specialist Sarita Sanjoy from the University of Maryland Dental School  about the school’s move to a new building and the innovative uses of technology the move has brought to to all aspects of the dental program. On the academic side, this has included implementing the use of Sonic Foundry Mediasite, which the school uses to capture lectures in order to make content available to students 24/7.

We talked about how the school uses Questionmark Perception together with Blackboard and the many lessons Sarita and James have learned about effective security measures, the use of assessment analytics to improve instruction and testing, and supportive ways to train faculty for preparing electronic assessments, among other topics. I hope you will enjoy and share this podcast!

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Conference Close-up: Technical Standards and Questionmark’s Open Assessment Platform

Posted by Joan Phaup

The program for the  Questionmark Users Conference is full of informative sessions about everything from item and tests analysis analytics to techniques for writing assessments measure skill and ability as well as knowledge. Questionmark Intetegration Team Lead Steve Lay will conduct a session on Technical Standards and Questionmark’s Open Assessment Platform.

Q: What’s your role at Questionmark?

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A: I’m the Integration Team Lead, so I look after all aspects of the product  concerned with integrating Questionmark with other systems — both within an organization and over the Internet.  I am Product Owner for our Connector products, which enable integrations of Questionmark Perception with other key systems such as Sharepoint Portal Server, Blackboard, Moodle and others. And I am heading our Open Assessment Platform Initiative.

Q: You just mentioned the Open Assessment Platform. How would you describe that?

A: We’re creating a software platform as a way of making Questionmark the perfect complement to other systems people have within their organizations. We are documenting, in an open way, how you can interact with Questionmark software at both the Web service and Web development level to make integration projects go smoothly and easily.

Q: What standards will you be discussing during your Best Practices session?

A:  I am going to be talking about some of the standards in development now that we are are looking at as having the potential for support in the future.  The IMS Global Learning Consortium, for example, are in the process of publishing an interesting specification about how learning tools can be put together – learning tools interoperability.  I will also be talking about standards for exchanging data about people, IMS Learning Information Services and specifications from HR-XML — and the possibilities they open up for synchronizing people and organizational information with Perception. I’m also be going to talk about some of the more generic standards that might be having an impact on us too, such as XHTML 5 and the emerging standards for authentication and authorization such as OpenID and OAuth.  And of course, I’ll be touching on SCORM, too, although I will also be co-facilitating a separate discussion devoted entirely to the future of SCORM with Daniel Rehak from Advanced Distributed Learning.

Q: How do you see people using the information they learn in your session?

A: I hope people get a deeper understanding of what’s happening in some of these developments and take that back into their own organizations in order to figure out the impact the standards will have on them. As well as providing feedback to Questionmark, I’d like them to feel able to talk about their requirements with all their suppliers and understand how they can influence the ongoing standards process. I hope people take a way more than just the acronyms and what they stand for – I’d like them to get some ideas about how they might start conversations within their own organizations to help them prepare for future adoption.

Q:  What are you looking forward to most at the conference?

A: Of course, like every Product Owner, I’m looking forward to meeting all the new and returning customers!  It will be good opportunity to talk in a little more depth with people about integration issues, how they are thinking of using the new version of Perception and what opportunities our Open Assessment Platform presents. I have to add that I’m looking forward to a bit of sunshine as well!

Learn more about the many  conference activities by visiting www.questionmark.com/go/conference. And register soon to attend the conference, which will take place March 14 – 17 in Miami.