Managing a complex testing environment with a QMWise-based dashboard

 Chloe Mendonca Posted by Chloe Mendonca

Earlier this week I spoke with Gerard Folkerts of Wageningen University who will be delivering a presentation at the upcoming Questionmark 2013 European Users Conference in Barcelona  November 10 – 12.Wageningen UR logo

In their case study presentation, Gerard and his co-presenter, Gerrit Heida, will share their experience using the QMWISe API to create a dashboard for their  Questionmark Perception installation.

Could you tell me about Wageningen University and how you use Questionmark assessments?

Wageningen University is the only university in the Netherlands to focus specifically on the themes of ‘healthy food and the living environment’ — and for the eighth year in a row we’ve been awarded the title of “Best University in the Netherlands”.

We use Questionmark for summative and formative assessments. We do about 10 to 20 summative assessments each period with up to 500 participants simultaneously. Besides the summative assessments there are also formative assessments available to students. Besides the web based assessments we also have a setup for running tests in a secure environment which require the use of Microsoft Office, SAS or SPSS etc.

Could you tell me a little more about this secure setup?

eu confThe secure test environment turns a regular PC room into a test center. Each computer inside the room is closed from communication with the outside world. With our i- house developed tools we are able to deliver the necessary documents for the assessment to each participant. Such an assessment could be writing a report based on data analysis within SPSS. At the end of the assessment all the work of the participants is stored in a central location.

How do you effectively manage numerous participants taking simultaneous tests?

First of all we have set up a number of procedures to ensure a stabile testing environment. For this we have separated the environments needed for question development and formative and summative testing. Multiple administrators are working in the same environment and could schedule assessments to start simultaneously. With Questionmark Web Integration Services environment (QMWISe,) we created a dashboard to get a real-time view of the amount of assessments scheduled and the number of participants that are enrolled into the assessments.

How has this helped to control your environment?

Using the standard QMWise API makes it possible to build a dashboard which will show this data, and with the information already there, it is easy to do a basic health check on the assessments. For technical support it is essential to predict how much load can be expected on your QMP farm, so the dashboard has helped us to get our QMP environment in control

How do you hope that your session will benefit others?

I hope that my session will give some insight in the possibilities of QMWise. Once you understand how it works it is not that hard to add custom modules to the Questionmark Perception environment. I think the API is undervalued.

What are you looking forward to most about the Users Conference?

Meeting with other Questionmark users and learning about the roadmap of Questionmark Perception.  And of course a visit to Barcelona…

Check out the conference program and click here to register. We hope to see you there!

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P.S. An “encore” webinar on using assessments for financial services compliance

Posted by Chloe Mendonca

Last week I announced a webinar in the UK on Using Assessments to Mitigate Risk and Ensure Regulatory Compliance.

This subject is so timely that we have added an “encore” to our schedule. You can catch this webinar again at 11 a.m. British Summer Time (London — UTC +1) on Tuesday, 17 July.

Much of the seminar will draw on our white paper, The Role of Assessments in Mitigating Risk for Financial Services Organizations.

Click here to download the paper and here to sign up for the webinar.

UK Webinar: Using Assessments to Mitigate Risk and Ensure Regulatory Compliance

Posted by Chloe Mendonca

Recent news stories about regulatory compliance in the financial services industry highlight the need for effective training and assessment in this sector.

In response, we’re offering a webinar that highlights the role assessments in mitigating risk and supporting compliance.

Join us at 11 a.m. British Summer Time (London — UTC +1) on Tuesday, 3rd July for Using Assessments to Mitigate Risk and Ensure Regulatory Compliance

In addition to discussing the vital role of assessments in mitigating risk, this webinar will share how Questionmark assessment technologies can be used to support and promote compliance.

We will cover these and other topics:

  • Demonstrating your organisation’s commitment to comply with laws, making prosecution less likely if an individual mis-steps
  • How assessments can warn of a lack of knowledge or understanding before these impact the business
  • Providing effective documentation that training has taken place and that employees understand what they are required to do in line with regulations
  • Saving time by allowing knowledgeable employees to “test out” of training on topics in which they are already expert

Click here to register

UK Webinar: Learn the basics of mobile assessment delivery

Posted by Chloe Mendonca

The growing use of mobile devices is rapidly changing the way we carry out daily tasks.

At the end of 2011, there were 6 billion mobile phone subscriptions, which is equivalent to 87 % of the world population. Still more remarkable is the increasing growth in the use of smart phones! In 2011, 491 million were sold which is a 61% rise from the previous year. These numbers continue to grow and it’s predicted that 686 million smartphones will be sold in 2012. Tablets are hugely popular, too.

But how does this affect the learning industry? It means the ability to reach millions of people anywhere and at any time. Mobile delivery enables new possibilities in the way we test — and creating assessments, quizzes and surveys for mobile delivery is the key to reaching people on the go.

We will host a complimentary one-hour web seminar, ‘Creating Assessments for Mobile Delivery’ here in the UK on Wednesday 27th June 2012 at 11:00AM (GMT /London Time). Please join us to learn about this delivery option and to get a basic understanding of using Questionmark technologies for mobile assessments.

Register now for this Webinar!

Questionmark briefings and user group meetings in Europe

Posted by Chloe Mendonca

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding Breakfast Briefings and User Group Meetings in Europe, beginning this month.

The briefings will begin with a networking breakfast, followed by overviews and demonstrations of online assessment technologies and the basics of creating, delivering, and analyzing  surveys, quizzes, tests and exams.

If you’re new to online assessment or thinking of implementing it into your organisation, this is a great opportunity to see our technologies in action and speak with Questionmark staff about potential applications.

If you’re already a Questionmark customer, you will be pleased to know our afternoon user group meeting is tailored just for you. Questionmark users will get together over lunch to discuss the latest features in our newest releases, discuss technical issues, best practices and other topics with Questionmark managers.

We hope you will be our guest for at least one of these events; however, if you would like to attend both events on the same day, please register for them individually.

We currently have two briefings scheduled: one in Paris, France, on June 26th and another in London, England, on September 5th. Watch for further news about European events in the coming weeks.