Boot Camp for Beginners set for March 4, 2014

Joan Phaup 2013 (3)Posted by Joan Phaup

New customers who attended the Questionmark Users Conference in the past used to tell us that some hands-on instruction before the start of the conference would help them get a lot more out of the proceedings.

Enter Questionmark Boot Camp: Basic Training for Beginners – where people learn the basics before they join the throng at the conference. This full-day workshop has become a popular pre-conference option,  and we’re bringing it back again on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 – right before the Questionmark 2014 Users Conference in San Antonio.

I don’t get  to attend Boot Camp, but I did spend a few minutes talking about it with our trainer, Rick Ault, who has as much fun there as his pupils:

Rick Ault

Rick Ault

What happens at Boot Camp?
We talk about all the different Questionmark tools — how they are used together — and give people a solid understanding of the process and what they can do to build meaningful assessments. It’s hands-on. We ask people to bring their own laptops so that we can give them actual practice using the software. They have the chance to use Questionmark Live to build questions and assessments, then put that content onto a server to see it work.

Who should attend?
Any new users of Questionmark would benefit from it, because it’s designed to give people an understanding of what the product does and how it works.

What should they bring?
They should bring their laptops, plus some ideas for how they might like to use Questionmark. They should also bring some ideas for some fun content that they might want to create?

How does Boot Camp prepare new customers for the Users Conference?
It gives them exposure to all of the tools, and it helps them understand the process. By getting some hands-on experience with our technologies, they will be able to make better choices about what conference tracks and sessions to attend. They’ll also be able to think of meaningful questions to ask at the conference.

What do YOU like best about Boot Camp?
I like meeting new customers, and I like seeing their happiness when they create something. It’s great to see the birth of their new content as they join the Questionmark family!

Newcomers to Questionmark can join the familhy in style by attending Boot Camp. You can sign up when you register for the conference.

Conference Close-up: Questionmark Boot Camp for Beginners

Posted by Joan Phaup

For people attending the Questionmark Users Conference who are new to our software, we’re pleased to be offering a one-day pre-conference workshop that will get them off to a great start!

Our own Rick Ault, who has led many a Questionmark product training course, will lead Questionmark Boot Camp: Basic Training for Beginners at the Ritz Carlton New Orleans on Tuesday, March 20. He shared some details about this with me a few days ago:

“Boot Camp” sounds a little scary! What will happen during that workshop?

We call it boot camp in the same sense that a military boot camp gives you basic training in order to get more specialized skills. Our boot camp will give new Questionmark users the basic skills and knowledge so that they can get as much as possible out of the conference. We’ll give people a  solid foundation, so that they can seek more specialized information and drill a little deeper during the conference into the areas that interest them most. We want to empower attendees to make the most of their conference.

Rick Ault

Rick Ault

How much do you expect people  to learn in one day?

They’ll get a broad overview of how things work and pick up some skills by actually doing things and getting some practice. We’ll cover basic concepts such as how you create a question, how you group questions into an assessments, then publish it, schedule it, deliver it and get the results back. From start to finish, they’ll bulid up a foundation that will help them have meaningful discussions during the conference. We’re distilling our regular three-day training course into one day, so it’s not nearly as deep, but the scope of the class is the same as the longer course.

What do you hope people will take away from their day in class?

I hope they’ll take away a good understanding of how Questionmark works. I hope they’ll be able to go back to work being able to create some basic assessments, and that they’ll be on their way to doing more advanced things if they decide to go that route.

How should participants prepare for Boot Camp?

Get a good night’s rest, bring your computer and make sure it works!

What are you looking forward to at the conference?

It’s always nice to shepherd my flock – to see my past training attendees and see how they’ve grown and how they’re using Perception today…They teach me new things sometimes!

If you have not signed up for the conference yet, we hope you will sign up in the coming week to save $100 on your registration fee! (Early-bird registration ends next Friday, January 27.)