See You in LA!

eric_smallPosted by Eric Shepherd

I am looking forward to meeting old friends and new at this year’s Questionmark Users Conference in Los Angeles March 15 – 18!

LA is a place that revels in finding new ways to do things, and the conference will reflect that spirit by exploring a sea change that’s transforming the world of learning and assessment: the increasing adoption of social and informal learning initiatives by organizations of all stripes.

One of the things we’ll be talking about at the conference is the 70+20+10 model for learning and development, which I recently wrote about in my own blog . This model suggests that about 70% what we learn is from real-life and on-the job experiences — with about 20% coming from feedback and from observing and working with other people. That leaves about 10% of learning taking place through study or formal instruction. So how do we measure the other 90%? Where does assessment fit in to 70+20+10? These questions will make for some lively conversation!

We’ll be providing some answers to them by showing how Questionmark’s Open Assessment Platform works together with many commonly used informal/social learning technologies such as wikis, blogs and portals – and we’ll be showing how we will build on that going forward. We’ll demonstrate features and applications ranging from embedded, observational and mobile assessments to content evaluation tools, open user interfaces, new authoring capabilities in Questionmark Live, and next-generation reporting and analytics tools.

Of course we’ll share plenty of information and inspiration about assessments in the here and now as well as in the future! 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.

I can’t wait to welcome you to the conference and I am looking forward to learning together with you. The conference program offers something for every experience level, so I hope you will take a look at it, sign up soon and join us in Los Angeles.

Today’s the day for early-bird Questionmark Users Conference registration

Joan Phaup

Posted by Joan Phaup

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!

Podcast: Bryan Chapman on Assessment’s Strategic Role in Learning


Posted by Joan Phaup

I am looking forward to the Questionmark 2011 Users Conference for many reasons. For one thing, it will take me back to my hometown of Los Angeles! But more importantly, the conference will bring Questionmark staff together with our customers for three great days of learning and networking.

Bryan Chapman

A highlight of the conference will by a keynote by Bryan Chapman on Assessment’s Strategic Role in Enterprise Learning: Innovations and Trends.

As Chief Learning Strategist at Chapman Alliance, Bryan organizations define, operate and optimize their strategic learning initiatives. His experience with many different types of organizations will inform his talk, which will include examples of innovative assessment strategies that have helped shorten training delivery times, motivate learners and improve performance.

I asked  Bryan for a sneak preview of what he’ll be talking about the conference. You can listen in on our conversation here. But before you do, I’d like to remind Questionmark users that this Friday, December 3rd, is the last day for early-bird registration savings. So after you’ve listened to this podcast, get ready to register soon!

Military Users of Questionmark meet in Pensacola, Florida

julie-smallPosted by Julie Delazyn

I enjoyed attending yesterday’s Military Breakfast Briefing and Users Group Meeting in beautiful, sunny Pensacola yesterday.

This was a full house, with more than fifty attendees from military bases in the Southeast. We began with an agenda-setting session that focused on the use of Questionmark Perception reports, demonstrations of browser-based authoring in Questionmark Live and examples of mobile assessment delivery. Other important themes for this group were software security and compliance with Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS).

In the afternoon, Perception users had the opportunity to drill down into more detail about coming product features, talk with Questionmark staff and network with colleagues.

While this was a special regional event for military customers, we have also been running public Breakfast Briefings and User Group meetings in several major U.S. cities. The last of these will take place on Tuesday, November 9th, in Agoura Hills, near Los Angeles. A Breakfast Briefing in the morning will be followed by a  User Group lunch and in-depth discussions.  If you are in the Los Angeles area that day, I’d encourage you to attend!

Military customers will have an opportunity to get together in Los Angeles, too, at the Questionmark 2011 Users Conference next March. Judging from the energy level at the Pensacola meeting, I think they’ll have plenty to talk about!

Bryan Chapman to Keynote Questionmark 2011 Users Conference

Joan Phaup

Posted by Joan Phaup

Bryan Chapman

With the Questionmark European Users Conference just completed in Amsterdam this week, we are gearing up for the 2011 Users Conference in Los Angeles March 15 – 18.

We’re very pleased that Bryan Chapman will present the keynote address there. As Chief Learning Strategist at Chapman Alliance, Bryan is involved in providing research-centric consulting solutions that help organizations define, operate and optimize their strategic learning initiatives. His talk on Assessment’s Strategic Role in Enterprise Learning: Innovation and Trends will include examples of innovative assessment strategies that have improved learning and performance within many different organizations.

In addition to tech training, best practice presentations, demonstrations of new technologies, meetings with Questionmark product managers and drop-in meetings with the Questionmark techs, the conference includes case studies and peer discussions presented by Questionmark users. The call for proposals is now open, so we hope that Perception users who are thinking about attending will consider their own participation in the conference program.

This video will give you a general overview of what happens during the conference.

Destination Los Angeles for the 2011 Users Conference March 15 – 18

Joan Phaup

Posted by Joan Phaup

Quick!  Mark the dates of March 15 – 18 and consider  all the things you’d like to see on your trip to Los Angeles for the Questionmark 2011 Users Conference.

We’ve booked space at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza for this great learning event and look forward to seeing our customers there!

Join your colleagues to discuss best practices, attend technical training, meet with Questionmark technicians, share your ideas and learn how to write better assessments. Judging from the positive feedback we get about the conference every year, this is event is not to be missed:

“What I enjoy most  is the opportunity to network with other other people, compare solutions and mine the wealth of data that’s available.”

“I appreciate learning about various ways to implement Questionmark and looking at emerging technologies.”

“The conference was great! I learned a lot and had fun doing it! I can’t wait till the next one.”

The “next one” will be here before we know it! We  soon post more information about the conference and issue a call for proposals.

In the meantime, click here to enjoy some quick videos from the 2010 conference!