Posted by Chloe Mendonca
There is a lot of research to support the fact that stepping up investment in learning, training and certification is critical to professional success. A projection from the Institute for Public Policy Research states that ‘between 2012 and 2022, over one-third of all jobs will be created in high-skilled occupations’. This growing need for high-skilled jobs is resulting in a rapid increase in professional qualifications and certifications.
Businesses are recognising the need to invest in skills, spending some £49 billion in 2011 alone on training [figures taken from CBI on skills] — and assessments are a big part of this. They have become widely adopted in helping to evaluate the competence, performance and potential of employees and job candidates. In many industries such as healthcare, life sciences and manufacturing, the stakes are high. Life, limb and livelihood are on the line, so delivering such assessments safely and securely is vital.
Sadly, many studies show that the higher the stakes of an assessment, the higher the potential and motivation to commit test fraud. We see many examples of content theft, impersonation and cheating in the news, so what steps can be taken to mitigate security risks?? What impact do emerging trends such as online remote proctoring have on certification programs? How can you use item banking, secure delivery apps and reporting tools to enhance the defensibility of your assessments?
This October, Questionmark will deliver breakfast briefings in two UK cities, providing the answers to these questions. The briefings will include presentations and discussions on the tools and practices that can be used to create and deliver secure high-stakes tests and exams.
These briefings, due to take place in London and Edinburgh, will be ideal for learning, training and compliance professionals who are using or thinking about using assessments. We invite you to find out more and register for one of these events:
Posted by Mel Lynch
We’re looking forward to meeting our friends and customers next week at our annual Breakfast Briefings in Manchester, Edinburgh and London!
If you haven’t attended a Questionmark Breakfast Briefing before, these events provide a great opportunity to meet fellow learning, testing and assessment professionals and to learn about the latest developments in online assessment technology. The briefings kick off with breakfast and networking, followed by overviews and demonstrations of new products and features from Questionmark. Plus, Questionmark’s customer care, training, product management and technical support staff will be on hand to answer your questions.
There’s still time to sign up for a briefing, click here to learn more or to register for Manchester, Edinburgh or London. But hurry – registration will close this Friday!
Registration for our U.K. Breakfast Briefings is now open! They will take place on three days in three cities: May 11 in Manchester, May 12 in Edinburgh and May 13 in London.
Breakfast Briefings are a great way to learn about online assessment technology and find out about the newest technologies and services from Questionmark. They’re also a great opportunity to meet other assessment professionals in your area and talk with Questionmark staff.
This year we’ll be sharing the latest from Questionmark, including:
- How to create learning mashups by embedding quizzes in wikis and portals
- Using auto-sensing and auto-sizing to deliver assessments to mobile devices
- Creating items with Questionmark Live
- Reporting and analytics
- Plus much more!
If you’re new to online assessment this is a great opportunity to see the technology in action, and talk with Questionmark staff about the best solution for your organisation. If you’re already a Questionmark customer come along to join us for breakfast and see recently released features and those that are coming soon! Click here to sign up for Manchester, London or Edinburgh.
Here I am (on the right) with fellow Questionmark staff members Anthony Harvey (Solutions Architect), Kate Soper (European Trainer), Ivan Forward (Sales Manager) at the Manchester briefing. Our London briefing was the next day, and our final stop on May 19th will be in Edinburgh.
Posted By Sarah Elkins
This week I’ve been to Manchester and London for the 2009 UK Breakfast Briefings and met with many Questionmark Perception Users and assessment professionals.
We’ve had some great feedback about the latest products and features, including the enhanced participant experience and the translation management capabilities. It’s been fantastic to see so many people get together and share their knowledge of online assessments.
We’ve also seen some great applications of assessments, including a secondary school that found a significant increase in learning retention when students were not only quizzed on what they had learned but also were asked to create the questions themselves. The students actually became the subject matter experts (SMEs) for the assessments!
Next week we’re off to Edinburgh for the final UK Briefing on May 19th. If you’d like to join us, please just register on the website.