Announcing secure delivery of higher-stakes tests on the Apple iPad

Headshot JuliePosted by Julie Delazyn

Questionmark Secure been safeguarding the delivery of medium- and high-stakes tests for over a decade and last year became available to Mac users. Today, I’m pleased to announce that Questionmark Secure is now available for iPad users, too – and that you can download Questionmark Secure for iPad from the iTunes App store.app sotre

Like its predecessors, this free app locks down the browser, disabling functions that participants could use to print or copy exam material, ‘”accidentally” exit a test, or gain access to materials on their devices or the Internet that could give an unfair advantage. The app provides a secure environment for delivering higher-stakes assessments such as tests and exams. Used along with other measures for combating impersonation and content theft, it can help reduce the risk of cheating.

Organizations can use the app to deliver medium and high-stakes tests via low-cost, highly portable tablets — perfect for a BYOD situation or for setting up mobile test centers.

We are very pleased to offer this option to our customers, who are embracing the use of mobile devices for many different purposes.

Shenandoah University School of Pharmacy helped beta test the new app as part of an integrated mobile learning program. So far, students involved in the program have been using the Apple MacBook Pro for accessing course material and online assessments. They’ve also had their choice of using an iPod Touch, iPad 3G or iPhone for a quick mobile delivery of content. But this fall, incoming students will work with the iPad as well as the MacBook Pro. If you’d like more details about Shenandoah’s iMLearning initiative, see Shenandoah’s case study slides from this year’s  Questionmark Users Conference. (Here’s a link to the 2014 conference!) 

To learn more about the app or to download it form iTunes, click here.

4 Tips for making your assessments BYOD-Friendly

Posted by Brian McNamara

Many organizations have begun to embrace the concept of “BYOD” (Bring Your Own Device), so we thought it would be useful to share a few tips on how to optimize your online assessments for the broadest range of devices and browsers possible.

Mobile devices are increasingly being used for delivering online surveys and quizzes. We’re also seeing more customers using mobile devices for observational assessment, and exploring the potential of tablets for “mobile test centers.”

Here are a few tips to keep in mind if you’re planning to deliver to smartphones or tablets:

1. Think small. Fortunately, Questionmark’s auto-sensing, auto-sizing interface makes it easy to accommodate a broad range of devices. However, you still should consider the word-count of your items and types of content you wish to deliver. For example, large images that are crucial to a question’s stimulus and/or choices could put users of small-screen devices at a disadvantage. Likewise, they may also take longer to load if the mobile device has a less-than-optimal data-connection signal.

2. Provide QR Codes to make it easy to access quizzes and surveys via mobile devices. A QR Code can contain a URL that makes it quick and easy to launch an assessment, improve survey response rates, and enable capturing of demographic data. See the blog article for more info: “Using QR Codes – Start to Finish

3. Be cautious using Flash, or avoid it altogether, as many devices (particular iOS devices such as the iPhone) do not provide native support for it.

4. Test it out! Try your assessments on as many different devices as practical. There are many “emulators” that you can use on PCs to help understand how content will appear on the ‘small screen’ — but be cautious as they don’t always give a true “user experience.”

If you’d like to learn more, sign up for one of our web seminars on mobile assessment delivery!