See You in LA!

eric_smallPosted by Eric Shepherd

I am looking forward to meeting old friends and new at this year’s Questionmark Users Conference in Los Angeles March 15 – 18!

LA is a place that revels in finding new ways to do things, and the conference will reflect that spirit by exploring a sea change that’s transforming the world of learning and assessment: the increasing adoption of social and informal learning initiatives by organizations of all stripes.

One of the things we’ll be talking about at the conference is the 70+20+10 model for learning and development, which I recently wrote about in my own blog . This model suggests that about 70% what we learn is from real-life and on-the job experiences — with about 20% coming from feedback and from observing and working with other people. That leaves about 10% of learning taking place through study or formal instruction. So how do we measure the other 90%? Where does assessment fit in to 70+20+10? These questions will make for some lively conversation!

We’ll be providing some answers to them by showing how Questionmark’s Open Assessment Platform works together with many commonly used informal/social learning technologies such as wikis, blogs and portals – and we’ll be showing how we will build on that going forward. We’ll demonstrate features and applications ranging from embedded, observational and mobile assessments to content evaluation tools, open user interfaces, new authoring capabilities in Questionmark Live, and next-generation reporting and analytics tools.

Of course we’ll share plenty of information and inspiration about assessments in the here and now as well as in the future! In addition to tech training, case studies, best practice sessions and peer discussions, you’ll be able to meet one-on-one with our technicians and product managers and network with other Perception users who share your interests.

I can’t wait to welcome you to the conference and I am looking forward to learning together with you. The conference program offers something for every experience level, so I hope you will take a look at it, sign up soon and join us in Los Angeles.

Learning Environments – The Learning Registry

julie-smallPosted by Julie Delazyn

A fascinating video of Steve Midgley from the US Department of Education talking about “The Learning Registry” recently appeared in Questionmark CEO Eric Shepherd’s latest blog post about Learning Environments.

Eric regards the Learning Registry – an informal collaboration among several federal agencies designed to make federal learning resources and primary source materials easier to find, access and integrate into educational environments — as is an important building block for presenting learning content at the right time and in the right context for individual learners.

Click here for more details about the Learning Registry. If this and other topics about assessment and learning interest you, check out Eric’s blog.

Learning Environments – Identity Clouds

julie-smallPosted by Julie Delazyn

Behind Questionmark’s efforts to be at the forefront of technology is the desire to bring assessments to people in ways that fit in with their learning needs and preferences, schedules, delivery devices and so on.

This has resulted in a number of innovations such as accessibility controls, multilingual participant interfaces and a Translation Management System, as well as mobile delivery capabilities for learners on the move. We are constantly exploring ways to provide assessments at the right time, in the right place and in the right context.

With those ideas in mind, Questionmark CEO Eric Shepherd has been using his own blog. to explore ideas about learning environments, assessments and identity management. Following up on a post about how Content Clouds can make up learning environments, Eric has been considering how “identity clouds” can help us tailor learning experiences to an individual. He describes how accessing  information from identity clouds, made up of 6 interconnecting sub-clouds, could help provide reliable, personalized learning experiences.

These sub-clouds provide details about:

  • Personal Data
  • Access Control
  • Drivers (Goals)
  • Trust Networks
  • Experience
  • Preferences

For more on this topic, read Eric’s entire post: Learning Environments – Identity Clouds.

Learning Environments: Content Clouds

julie-smallPosted by Julie Delazyn

I’d like to draw your attention to a blog post by our CEO, Eric Shepherd, on “Learning Environments – Content Clouds.” 

Eric uses the “cloud” metaphor to discuss the nature of learning environments, viewing them as a collection of functions clustered together. Made up of meta tags, “folksonomies,” catalogs and other elements, content clouds and sub-clouds help store learning content in a way that can help us find the information we are looking for when we need it.

The increasing amount of useful but hard-to-discover information contained in these clouds presents some serious challenges, though. With so much content becoming available, how will we store, search and find content that is personalized for the learner and suits the learner’s context?  How will we deliver content at the right time, in a form that can run on the learner’s device?  This post puts forward some ideas about how indexing and cataloging could be used to address these issues and the challenges posed by numerous repositories, data structures, tagging methodologies and content types.

For these and other ideas, check out Eric’s blog.

Assessment Security: Reducing Fraud

julie-smallPosted by Julie Chazyn

I’d like to draw your attention to some recent writing by our CEO, Eric Shepherd, on the subject of “Assessment Security and How To Reduce Fraud.”fraud risk image

In this post on his blog, Eric describes  what motivates fraudulent behavior and explains some common methods and processes to help you minimize and eliminate it from your assessments. He references the “Fraud Triangle” created by famed criminologist Donald Cressey to explain why people commit fraud. Eric examines the three elements in the triangle: Motivation, Rationalization and Opportunity. He also offers some practical tips for deterring fraud.

If you are interested in this and many other issues surrounding assessment be sure to check out Eric’s blog.