In early fall, we step back and marvel at how quickly the year has gone by and acknowledge the fact that it will soon be over.
This means, of course, that although the Questionmark 2014 Users Conference is just over five months away, time will fly before we meet March 4 – 7 in San Antonio, Texas. And that, in turn, means that now is the time to get ready for this essential learning event.
Here are a few ways to get started:
Get with the program: We have begun building the conference agenda and will be adding to it in the coming weeks. Boookmark the schedule-at-a-glance and keep an eye out for new developments. Please note: If you are new to Questionmark, plan to attend the full-day Boot Camp for Beginners workshop. Bring your own laptop and get some basic training before the conference starts.
Get on the program: They said that when you give to something you get more out of it — and that’s true of customers who participate in the conference as case study presenters and peer discussion leaders. They make loads of connections with their peers and Questionmark staff. They also receive some red carpet treatment, including a special dinner in their honor — and we award a 50% registration discount per case study. So think about what you’d like to contribute in 2014. We’re eager to hear from you. See the call for proposals for details.
Plan ahead: Plan your budget now and consider your conference ROI. The time and effort you save by learning effective ways to run your assessment program will more than pay for your conference participation. Check out the reasons to attend and the conference ROI toolkit here.
Sign up soon for early-bird savings: You will save $200 by registering on our before December 12 — and your organization will save by taking advantage of group registration discounts. Get all the details and register soon.
We’re still building the program, which is already set to cover a wide variety of topics. The keynote address by Charles Jennings will explore the 70:20:10 learning framework and offer tips for effectively measuring informal and workplace learning.
Here are some of the breakout sessions we’ve scheduled to date:
Assesment Feedback: What can we learn from psychology research?
Writing Effective Assessments for Performance-based Training
Secure Testing in Remote Environments
Deploying Questionmark Perception 5.4
Strategies for Overcoming Reporting Challenges
Saving Your Organization Time and Money with Diagnostic Testing
We’re also pleased to offer two optional pre-conference workshops:
Charles is one of the world’s leading thinkers and practitioners in learning and development — currently head of Duntroon Associates and previously Chief Learning Officer for Reuters and Thomson Reuters.He will be talking at the conference about how the 70:20:10 learning framework — based on studies that show high performers learn approximately 70% from experience, 20% from others and 10% from formal study – is being adopted by many organizations around the world.
The keynote will address how this framework serves as a strategy for extending development beyond formal, structured learning to include informal and experiential learning opportunities.
I spoke with Charles recently and asked him for some details about his presentation. For example:
How would you describe the 70:20:10 framework?
What are the key challenges of measurement and evaluation within that framework?
How will your conference presentation address those kinds of challenge?
What advice would you give to organizations that want to use online assessments to measure the effectiveness of informal and experiential learning?
If you’d like to find out how he answered, listen to this podcast or read the transcript. There will be much, much more, of course, in his keynote address and in the conference program, which we are busy planning right now.
Early-bird registration savings are available through November 16 — so keep an eye on the conference website and be sure to register soon! We’ll look forward to seeing you in Baltimore, Maryland, March 3 – 6 at this terrific learning and networking event.
As we build the program for the Questionmark 2011 Users Conference in Los Angeles, we are also building a list of eager participants. Those who have signed up so far have saved $200 on registration. You can, too, if you register today — our first early-bird registration deadline!
Here are just a few reasons to attend this conference, to be held March 15 – 18 at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel downtown:
Maximize the value of your investment in assessment technologies and services
Smooth your transition to Questionmark Perception version 5
Attend training sessions that will improve your effectiveness in using Questionmark
See the product roadmap and influence future developments
Network with other Questionmark users and hear their case studies
Drop in on the Questionmark Techs and get your questions answered
Here’s what participants in the 2010 Users Conference have to say about it. Heed their advice and sign up today!