German Symposium Announced for April 29, 2010


Posted By Sarah Elkins

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding a one-day symposium in Berlin, Germany this April, which will provide the opportunity for our German Users to gather and learn about the latest developments from Questionmark and best practices in online assessment management. This year’s event will highlight the new features available in Questionmark Perception version 5, as well as providing technical training and case studies from experienced Questionmark Users. Questionmark Symposia are also a great opportunity to network and learn from other users and speak directly with Questionmark senior management. If you’d like to attend, make sure you sign up today and take advantage of the early-bird discounts! 2009 German Symposium

The symposium is one of many Questionmark user events that take place around the world each year. As I write, many Questionmark Users are preparing to gather in Miami, Florida, for the three-day Questionmark Users  Conference. Online registration for the conference, which includes case studies, technical training, sessions on best practices, peer discussions and many other learning activities, ends on March 9th.

Podcast: Using Questionmark Live for Item Writing Workshops

Posted by Joan Phaup

The School of Justice at Miami Dade College in Florida plays an important role in helping people prepare for careers in public safety. Not only does the school offer degree programs, it is also home to the state’s basic abilities testing program for prospective police, correctional and probation officers.

The Florida Basic Abilities Test (F-BAT), which measures basic abilities of recruits planning to enter training programs, needs to be kept current and relevant. The College reviews the test annually and freshens the questions, drawing on the expertise of subject matter experts (SMEs) from all over the state.

The introduction  this year of Questionmark Live has given the college a new, more efficient  way of working with SMEs: During a recently item writing workshop held at the College, SMEs were given a quick tutorial on the use of Questionmark Live and were soon creating questions using its simple browser-based authoring tools. Their efforts were so successful  that the college plans to run future workshops at a distance, doing away with the need for SMEs to meet together in order to help create test content.

You can learn more about the college’s role here and find out more about the item writing sessions by listening to the following podcast with Lebsica Gonzalez, F-BAT project manager at Miami Dade College.