Announcing this year’s Questionmark European Users Conference

Mel Lynch headshotPosted by Mel Lynch

We are very pleased to announce that the Questionmark European Users Conference will this year take place in Brussels, Belgium on the 9-11th of October.

Last year’s conference, held in Amsterdam, was the largest European Users Conference ever, with a jam-packed agenda and fantastic networking experiences (including a private party at the Heineken Brewery!). So this year we will be working extra hard to make sure that 2011 is even better!

And we think Belgium is just the location to help make this happen: As the undisputed home of quality chocolate, pommes frites  and waffles — and with direct transport links to the UK and rest of Europe — we are positive that Brussels will play host to yet another amazing conference.

Early-bird registration is now available until the 30th of June, so be sure to register soon and take advantage of the discount.

A Warm Miami Welcome!

eric_smallPosted by Eric Shepherd

As you probably know, I live in Miami, but as I spend more than 250 nights in hotels around the world I love it when I can stay at home. This year, I am happy that the Questionmark Users Conference is in Miami March 14 – 17! So much so that I’ve posted some pictures and videos to my blog that I feel capture the spirit of Miami, South Beach and what you can expect when you attend the conference.

This year’s conference will have a strong focus on Questionmark Perception version 5 and new trends in assessment delivery.  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. Miami Green and Blue

We are proud to be making this conference greener than ever. The Hilton Miami Downtown participates enthusiastically in the Florida Green Lodging Program, and we at Questionmark are doing our part for the environment by reducing the amount of paper we use, decreasing the size of our conference notebooks and making handouts available online.

I love living in Miami and think it’s a vibrant, colorful and friendly backdrop for the conference. I hope you will take the opportunity to stroll down Lincoln Road in South Beach during our Monday evening dine-around and that you’ll join us on Tuesday evening for a dinner cruise around the harbor. These events are a lot of fun, but they also have a serious purpose: helping you get to know colleagues who share your interest in assessment and create connections that will help you succeed in your work.

I can’t wait to welcome you to the conference—and I am looking forward to learning together with you. So come on down to Miami and warm up!

Early-bird registration for the conference ends today, so I hope you can sign up soon.

Conference Close-up: Questionmark Live at Shenandoah University

Posted by Joan Phaup

Shenandoah University School of Pharmacy was among the first users of Questionmark Live. Terra Walker and two colleagues, Web Developer Cheri Lambert and Assistant Professor Jeremy Fox — now with a track record of using this new authoring tool for subject matter experts — will share their experience with it at the Questionmark Users Conference in March.Terra Walker

I had a quick word with Terra the other day, to find out a little about her work and the case study she will present together with Cheri and Jeremy:

Q: What’s your role at Shenandoah University?
: I am the Webmaster for the School of Pharmacy. In addition to the web site, I support the faculty with their technology needs. In terms of student support, we have our traditional students here on campus and we help them with their technology needs. We support a community of nontraditional, online learners as well. I’m also the Questionmark Perception administrator for the School of Pharmacy. I get involved in all sorts of things, from training faculty on Authoring Manager and Questionmark Live to helping faculty members put together assessments. I also make sure things go smoothly when it’s time to administer assessments to the students.

Q: How is the school using Questionmark Perception?
A: We use it for our quizzes and exams — any assessments we want to do with traditional or nontraditional students. That could include anything from Pharmacogenomics to infectious diseases to patient assessment, all centered around pharmacy. Traditionally, we have four classes of 80 students, and at any one time have 5 cohorts of 35 non-traditional students. On-campus students take their assessments right in the classroom; non-traditional students can take them from home.

Q: What will you be sharing during your case study presentation at the Users Conference?
A: We will talk about how we have implemented Questionmark Live. We started right away with the beta version and we have really taken off with it. We’ve had new users to Perception come on board just because of its ease of use, and people who used to use Authoring Manager have transitioned over to Questionmark Live. We’ll share what we’ve been doing here and how we have been able to make it easier for the faculty to get involved in authoring questions. We’ll also talk about how we’re going to expand it and start using more of the Questionmark Live features, such as shared question sets. We would like to find out if people in the audience have used Questionmark Live too, so that we can get some ideas from them!

Q:What are you looking forward to at this year’s conference?
I would have to say I’m most excited about Perception version 5. I want to learn all that I can about it and bring back information for others who use Perception. Questionmark puts on a great conference with so many networking opportunities, so I’m looking forward to being with other Perception users. Since we’re going to have a faculty member with us for the first time this year, we’re pleased that he’ll bring a different perspective to the conference and will be able to take what he learns back to other faculty members.

Early-bird registration for the conference ends this Friday, January 22nd. Click here to register or ask to be kept informed.